As part of The Most Important Catch blog tour, I have the author, Jaclyn M. Hawkes here on The Book Bug today.
For a full list of blog tour events, click here.
You still have a couple of chances to win your very own copy of The Most Important Catch on the following blogs:
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Ends 6/17)
Fire and Ice (Ends 6/14)
Book Bug: Welcome to The Book Bug Jaclyn!
When and why did you begin writing?
Jaclyn: I started randomly writing in May of ’08. And in the first year I wrote 9 books, which at the time, I didn’t realize was bizarre. Now, even I’m amazed. I’d never wanted to be a writer before that. In fact, I hated English all the way through college. But there were these ideas in my head that kept picking at me. Now I realize that this is truly what I’m supposed to be doing, but finding that out was an adventure. Who knows?
Book Bug: What is your favorite genre to read/write?
Jaclyn: Romance. And I also have some outlines waiting for some non-fiction stuff for youth. I’d love to write some action and suspense, but my brain hasn’t gone there yet.
Book Bug: What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
Jaclyn: Nothing is regular because I have 4 children and a husband, and earth life calls, but I do have a process. Initially, ideas begin to roll around in my brain. When a story begins to come together, I’ll start to jot things down. At some point, I’ll organize everything into an outline that is usually about 4 or 5 pages long. (My outlines include my character sketches.) Then, I’ll start to write and sometimes I don’t follow my outline. I keep adding ideas as I go and do some minimal editing. When I’m finally finished with the first draft, I’ll do between 3 and 8 edits—some right away and some after it has “rested” for awhile. I also have a final checklist that includes fixing my funky writing foibles, (the ones I’m aware of anyway), taking out the extra thats, correcting dialogue tags, etc. Then it goes to critical readers, after which I incorporate any ideas I agree with. Next, I send it to a professional editor. While it’s being edited, I get started on the other “preflight” stuff. Back blurb, ad copy, approving cover design, lining up endorsements, and the whole MARKETING project. (Bleck. The big ugly for me). And don’t forget the victory dance when I first hold my new book in my hand and try not to squeal.
Book Bug: I love the expression, "earth life"! It does get in the way a lot, doesn't it?!
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Jaclyn: No, but I suffer from “Mom, do you know where my cleats went?” block. It’s quite pervasive at times. Usually, if I can get in front of my computer with a few uninterrupted moments, it just comes. (Thanks, God).
Book Bug: I think that is probably the hardest kind of "block" to overcome.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Jaclyn: Finishing. A finished book is a huge project.
Book Bug: I can only imagine!
What do you think are the most important elements of good writing?
Jaclyn: Wow, I don’t know. Style, plot, character development? It. I couldn’t tell you. I just know if it’s missing it’s obvious.
Book Bug: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Jaclyn: Be with my family in the out-of-doors.
Book Bug: We are kindred spirits! I love spending time outdoors!
What book are you reading now?
Jaclyn: I have about five going. Some PMA, some self-help/parenting, some trying to stay read up on my genre. None that are stellar, dang it.
Book Bug: What are your current/future projects?
Jaclyn: My next book to come out is a great read set in Oklahoma, believe it or not. I have my first medieval book in the pipeline and what I’m actually creating is about a classy young female marriage counselor who thinks she is a complete failure because she had to boot her perpetually unfaithful husband. It’s going to be good!
Book Bug: I'm so excited to read all of those!
And lastly, do you have any advice for other writers?
Jaclyn: The same advice I have for anyone in any profession. If it truly matters to you, never give up.
Book Bug: Thanks so much for the interview Jaclyn!
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