I am at the IRC (Indie Romance Convention) in Lebanon, TN. Sitting here with me I Author Jacqueline Rhoades.
Jacqueline has agreed to answer a few questions for me.
What genre do you write?
Romance!I began with paranormal romance and still write for the two series I started; The Guardians of the Race and the Wolvers. Somewhere in between I began a small town contemporary series, Hidden Mountain, and now I’m trying my hand at sci-fi romance.
Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and do you read the same genre as you write?
I’m a retired supervisor of a bad boys holding tank otherwise known as the school library. I don’t miss the work, but I do miss those boys! I’m a wife, and mother of five grown children, and I write because my real life is very, very dull. Where else, at my age, can I find hot sex, hunky guys, and adventure if I don’t make them up?
I’m an eclectic reader. I’ll read almost anything in any genre, though I don’t have the time to read as much as I used to. Romance will always be my favorite. That’s the downside of writing. When I’m writing, I avoid reading the same type of books. If I’m writing about shifters, you’ll find me reading contemporary or Westerns. When I finish writing a book, I binge read three or four books a day until I can stop living in the book I just wrote. Then I’m ready to write again.
What inspired you to write in this particular genre?
Happy endings. I love a good HEA. I write about average type women, who learn to see themselves as strong and beautiful and not always in a kickass way. We all want to find that special someone to love, and I love helping my couples find their way to each other. I also incorporate the love of community and family in my books. The love that grows between my couples doesn’t evolve in a vacuum. They’re surrounded by it – with a few bad guys thrown in for good measure.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Connecticut, but moved to Southern Ohio with my husband soon after our first child was born. We live in a rural area surrounded by a little wood in the middle of corn fields. I love it here.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Jazz from The Alpha’s Daughter. She’s a kickass, foul mouthed, motorcycle riding bitch, who discovers the wonderfully caring woman that she’s meant to be.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters’ names?
Not particularly. I sometimes ask my Rhoades Runners for suggestions. That’s how I got Reb in Wolver’s Reward. Patience came from a reader and was the perfect foil for the stuffy Broadbent. Mostly (and I know how weird this sounds) the characters tell me their names. “This is who I am,” they say. Except, of course, for the Guardian women, Grace, Hope, Joy, Faith, and Patience. Do we see a pattern here? But even those reflect the woman within. I do try to keep things simple. Readers don’t like names they can’t pronounce. The next Women of Earth hero is Kai-Tan. Where the heck did that come from?
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
Lorelei from the Hidden Mountain books. She’s a secondary character in Preston’s Mill, and she’s cold and hard – not a very nice person. I knew by the end of that book, that she had a heart wrenching story to tell. Some readers said they were afraid to read her story in Changing Times, but they didn’t know her as deeply as I did. Lorelei called to me. I loved her, and I loved watching the walls she’d built come tumbling down. I still cry when I think of her.
What is your motto?
Quit whining and get on with it.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Good chocolate and better scotch. My secret dream is to be able to afford the best of both!
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Eleanor Roosevelt. I know, another weirdness. There was such beauty inside that woman. She held her head high and carried those old fashioned ideals of honor, and loyalty, and faithfulness. She was strong of heart and character. She cared deeply about the working people of this country and spent her widowhood campaigning for them. I admire her tremendously. Can you tell?
Tell us your latest news?
Tor, my second Women of Earth book, has recently been released. I already have characters and plot notes for Book 3, Kai-Tan. I’m currently writing the next Hidden Mountain book, New Beginnings, and have plans for at least two more. I also have notes for another Wolver or two. Or three. I’m a slow writer, so it looks like I’ll be writing until I die or those people stop talking my head.
Thank you Jacqueline Rhoads for taking the time to answers these questions.
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About the Author:
Author of fifteen novels, Jacqueline Rhoades has written books that fall under Contemporary, Paranormal and Sci-fi headings. What they all have in common, though, is a heartfelt love story peopled with characters you’d like to meet.
Known as Jackie to her friends, she lives in rural southern Ohio with her personal romance hero and two spoiled dogs. She believes coffee is a food group and therefore necessary to her survival. When not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in someone else’s book, working in her garden or chatting on Facebook.
Jackie loves hearing from her readers and is always willing to chat. She can be reached through her website, http://www.jacquelinerhoades.com/ or at firstname.lastname@example.org