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Friday, November 28, 2014

Interview of Author Jacquie Biggar

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Jacquie Biggar.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: See information at end of interview.

Latest Book: Tidal Falls
Buy Link: http://authl.it/22y?d

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czbs7q7qQ80&feature=youtu.be

BIO:
From the time I was twelve years old, I knew I wanted to be a writer. That year I wrote a short story called Count Daffodil after spending countless hours searching for ideas. The story garnered me an A and was read aloud through the school's loudspeaker system. Needless to say, after that I was hooked.

I grew up, got married, raised a family and left my writing urges to simmer in the background unattended.

I later owned and operated a successful diner in my hometown for a number of wonderful years. And now I'm ready to take up the writing reins and see how far I can travel.

Q: How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
A: Dinner with my family.

Q: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
A: Every day is different for me. Last night I couldn’t sleep so I was up at 1:00 a.m. writing. I envy others who say they routinely write two or three thousand words a day.

Q: What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first
A: started writing? Social media. I think you have to have a presence on Facebook and Twitter in order to succeed.


Q: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
A: I fell in love with Jared Martin in Tidal Falls. He’s annoying and aggravating, but funny and loyal also. I’m writing his book now.


Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: I prefer silence. Guess I’m not a multi-tasker.

Q: Covers. Ever get one you wish you could change?
A: I’ve only had one done so far, Tidal falls, by Kim Killion Group. Love, Love those guys.

Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Accept advice, join a critique group.


Q: Have you ever used an incident from your real life into one of your books?
A: In Tidal Falls I use the setting of my own restaurant as a basis for Grits and Grace, the town’s main watering hole.

Q: Any part of a book that drives you crazy as you write: beginning, middle, or end?
A: I’d have to say the beginning, when I’m still deciding and building my world. My favorite is the middle, everything gets exciting there!

Q: Out of your entire backlist, which book has the best opening line? What's the line?
A: This is from book two in my Wounded Hearts Series, Jared.

Jared settled into a light doze—pictures of complex data mixing with cute blondes wearing lab coats, and not much else, twirling inside his overtired brain.

He’s a character, for sure, J

Fun Stuff:
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas. I love having all my family together. We open presents in the morning, then I make a big breakfast of French toast, Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham. In the afternoon the turkey goes in and fills the house with the scent of rosemary, sage, poultry seasoning, and allspice. The kids play with their new toys while the adults laugh and visit. It’s perfect.

Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I have a serious case of claustrophobia, can’t stand anything near my face. I love horses, always dreamed of having my very own black Arabian, like Walter Farley’s Black Stallion.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Surprisingly enough, an author,

Q: Favorite food.
A: Chinese, love the stir fried veggies.

Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: That’s tough, I’ve had many blessings in my life. I guess my favorite would be the day my daughter was born. Happiest day of my life.

Q: Favorite drink.
A: Coffee, strong and black.

Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Chilly winter nights spent with my DH and a warm fire.

Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: To see Italy one day.

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: To have mind control. I know, creepy right?

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
I’m always happy to chat with people. You can catch me on:
Website: http://jacquiebiggar.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jacqbiggar
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jacqbiggar
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jacqcool
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101723987676850115568/posts
Amazon Author Page

BLURB:
Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex with ties to organized crime. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files. Files that make her a target.

Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to find his place now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.

EXCERPT:
Sara Sheridan waited with nervous anticipation, and when her husband turned away to network with the senator and his wife, she made her move. Excusing herself from her half-hearted discussion on the state of the economy with old Judge Perkins, she edged out of the dining room and hurried down the dimly lit hallway, ignoring the condescending stares from Tom’s ancestors lining the walls in their expensive frames.

Knees quaking now she’d in fact committed to her plan, Sara slid the key borrowed from his nightstand into the lock, entered his office and pulled the heavy oak door closed. Flipping on the lights she froze as his mahogany desk loomed out of the darkness. Forcing her stiff limbs to move across the room, the pungent scent of his tobacco violated her nostrils. She wanted nothing more than to run, fast and far. But couldn’t, not yet. Rolling his heavy leather chair out of the way, she slid her fingers across the keypad to wake his computer. Password protected, she’d expected that. Pulling a list from her pocket, she started at the top, working her way

Nothing. Please, please, plea…

The screen changed, signaling success.

Her eyes slid shut in a brief moment of gratitude. Knowing she had to hurry Sara grasped the thumb drive Fiona had smuggled in to her and plugged it in. A quick search brought no results.

Now what?

Frustrated, she entered random words from the password list.

Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Crap.

Covert stuff wasn’t her forte. Sweaty hand sticky on the mouse, her ragged breathing loud in the otherwise silent room, she keyed in one last word.

Phoenix.

The screen switched and a list of names, dates and times appeared. She’d done it. Excitement skittered up her spine. The download took the longest minute of her life. When it was done she shut everything down, replaced his chair and turned to leave. Then a muffled thud out in the hall just about stopped her heart. She wasted precious seconds staring at the closed door wishing herself invisible, before frantically searching for a place to hide. There were heavy velvet drapes covering the windows, they’d have to do. Praying her dust allergies wouldn’t give her away, she hid between the folds, clenching the edges of the fabric in her hands. Kicking herself seven ways to Sunday for leaving the key in the outer lock, she held her breath when the door opened.


Anything else you’d like to add?
GIVEAWAY ALERT
I’d like to offer an e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls to one lucky commenter. How about you, what’s your favorite super power?

21 comments:

jbiggar said...

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Marianne. Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my US friends :)

20Pat said...

Tidal Falls sounds wonderful and, really , how can you not love Christmas? Italy is on my list of places to visit too. Wouldn't you just love to eat pizza over there? And gelato, and...

Vamp Writer said...

WOW, I don't know if my old heart could stand the kind of suspense and fear she must feel behind the curtains as the room is entered! What a great excerpt you gave us!

Lynda Bailey said...

Such a cliffhanger! I think my heart stopped... ;) Best of luck with your endeavors!

kathryn jane said...

Walter Farley! The first author name I ever knew as I searched the library for new books weekly!

Great excerpt! Tidal Falls is snoozing in my Kindle... I sure hope I get time to read it over the holidays!

Judy Baker said...

What a tense excerpt. Left me wanting to read more. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Keir said...

It's wonderful to meet you! I love your cover. My favorite super power would be to be able to move and shift time. I am so frustrated with the long drives to get where I want and the amount of things I need to bring!!

jbiggar2013 said...

I'm fascinated by the sculptures in Italy Pat. I have two boards on Pinterest dedicated to France, Italy, and sculptures. You should check them out, http://Pinterest.com/jacqcool/

jbiggarblog said...

Thanks for stopping by Vamp Writer. I love the style of Karen Robards and Suzanne Brockmann and tried to emanate a little of that in my work.

jbiggarblog said...

Thanks Lynda, :) Appreciate the kind comment. I think that's the best thing about romantic suspense, those cliffhangers.

jbiggarblog said...

Aw, thanks Kathryn :) I'm so envious you had a chance to work with him a little, even if it was from afar. And the Black...there's no other horse like him.

jbiggarblog said...

Hi Judy, Thank you. I enjoy writing suspense. If you get a good scene in your head, the words flow faster than my slow fingers, lol.

jbiggarblog said...

Great super-power Melissa. I think that would come in real handy, especially with all these wars erupting everywhere. Apply a little magical time warp and voila, the war is over and no one got hurt. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Great excerpt...now I gotta know. Is she able to hold in the sneeze?

jbiggarblog said...

Lol, Jean, you better try the book to find out :)

Sandy said...

Your family Christmas sounds like mine when I was a child.

jbiggarblog said...

Hi Sandy,
Yeah, there may not be many of us but we make up for it in spirit :)

Anna Markland said...

Mind control, eh? I'll have to keep my eye on you. You know the one. My evil eye!!
Great interview.

Sylvie Grayson said...

Hi Jacquie,
Great interview. And now your favourite time of year is almost here, Christmas around the corner. Hope sales go really well,
Sylvie

jbiggarblog said...

Lol, you don't have an evil bone in your body Anna :) Thanks for dropping by.

jbiggarblog said...

Hi Sylvie, thanks for the well wishes, I hope you have a great holiday also.

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