Thursday, August 11, 2011

Interview with Jacqueline George

. Thursday, August 11, 2011

JM: Hi Jacqueline George and welcome to Meta Modo. I am excited to interview you today and I know my grrrls love a good contest. Can you explain the contest to us?

The Prince and the NunJG: Hi Jocelyn. Thanks for inviting me - it has definitely been worth the trip over from Australia.

Now, the contest: there are 3 questions at the bottom of this interview. They are about me and where I live - in northern Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef. If you can send your answers to Jocelyn at Jocelyn (at) JocelynModo (dot) com, the first 3 correct entries will win a prize ebook. You can choose one of three: The Prince and the Nun, Her Master's Voice and Light o'Love.

JM: Ooo! Sounds fun! Wish I was eligible to participate in the contest, but I have read Light o'Love and was thoroughly entertained. ;) Ah, well. Will you tell me about these three books?

JG: That's difficult. I suppose you'd say they are all 'proper' books, real novels you can lose yourself in. I try to write books you will want to keep and re-read in the future, so I work hard at creating stories with some meat to them. And they are all different.

The Prince and the Nun is set in a Central European castle in about 1940. There's a war going on, but it's not Hilter's war, it's an imaginary one. The heroine of the story is a nun, well, an ex-nun as it turns out, called Therese. She has a terrible time trying to protect the local villagers in those troubled times, and at the same time entertain the officers of the occupying army. And that does not mean giving them coffee and biscuits, as you can imagine.

Light o'Love is almost a Harry Potter story for adults. The heroine here is Shirley, and English girl at university in Liverpool. I say university, but the college she attends is actually full of witches. She gets dragged into dangerous times, but manages a certain amount of fun and mischief along the way. Why is the book called Light o'Love? You're going to have to read it yourself, but I can say it has a lot to do with Shirley's specialization as a witch. She grows into a powerful and very sexy person.
Her Master's VoiceFinally, Her Master's Voice is an action adventure set in South East Asia - Borneo, Malaysia and Singapore. I love that part of the world. The food, the scenery, the people - mmh! It was not trouble at all to set my story there and portray Sherry, a sexy lady whose relationship goes through some significant and very exciting changes.

All three books are good, old-fashioned stories that I hope will stay in your library for years.

JM: I'm drooling over all three. What was your inspiration for The Prince and the Nun, Her Master's Voice and Light o'Love?

JG: Well now. I suppose the first inspiration is that I have been lucky and lived in all three places. That gives me the settings. The stories come out of the blue, I suppose. I do recall wondering if a nun's vows are immutable, and what would happen if you backed a nun into a corner and said 'I want you to run an officer's club full of your girls, and if you don't I'll force girls from your friendly villages'. Not a comfortable situation of any nun to find herself in.

Light o'LoveLight o'Love is a paranormal fantasy because I was upset at the large number of TERRIBLE paranormal books around. This one is fantasy, but it is fantasy with its feet on the ground. Much more satisfying that way.

Her Master's Voice is attempt to show how light bondage and discipline can work in real life. I hate stories that have women as pinioned little dollies spending their whole life getting whipped and abused, and loving every minute of it. They're stupid - when do these bimbos get to do the shopping or raise kids, for goodness sake? This story shows how it's meant to be, and if it runs riot around a beautiful part of the world at the same time, so much the better.

JM: Let's get personal. Do you have any quirks or oddities that fit with the writer cliche?

JG: Apart from an untidy office crammed full of books where I spend hours all alone tapping at a computer? No, I'm not odd. It's the people who spend the best hours of every day working boring jobs that are odd! And I don't have quirks, thank you very much. I have endearing characteristics.

JM: LOL. I feel the same way. How about your writing process? How do you begin planning new books?
JG: I find I have two or three projects fermenting at the back of my mind, and I revisit them when I am doing something long and boring. Like driving. We're over 200 miles from the town of Cairns, with the nearest shopping mall, decent restaurants, dentist, cinemas. We run down there every month or two, and as I drive I'm mulling over what might happen in those stories. The next one is paranormal, set in the Sahara. I have written the start, and now I am thinking, reading reference material to do with the plot, and generally building up background. I expect it will be well into it by Christmas and finished in the new year. I hope. Then there's another, a sort of road movie story set in Central Europe. That one is going to wait until we can spend a couple of months touring there, to soak up atmosphere and experiences.

JM: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, tells us a few of your favorite artists.
JG: Yes, I love listening while I work. I have a rag-bag of albums of My Music, all sorts of stuff from WWII hits to British rock - to Brazilian sambas. I love Astrud Gilberto, the original girl from Ipanema. she's just so natural, and very sexy.

JM: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
JG: I don't do crazy things, only normal. I'm a very ordinary person. But to answer your question, I suppose we did some pretty crazy things when we were living in Eastern Turkey. There was not much in the way of entertainment there, so we would take to the hills and go walking around looking for history on the ground. There are so many things to see off the beaten track, and it's safe enough as long as you don't get lost. The people are not crazy like neighbouring Iran, and are happy to see you suddenly appear in their villages. Our Turkish was not so good, but that never seemed to matter. I'd go back any day, but not in winter. It can hit minus 40 in those hills, and there are no trees to shelter behind.

JM: Do you have other artistic talents? Music? Painting? That sorta thing?

JG: I dabble. I have a guitar and used to be part of a small group, but that was in another place and I don't have partners here. I do a bit of painting now and again, mostly to annoy my brother who has degrees in fine art, knows all about it, and is farming sheep as a result. He looks down his nose at my pictures because they are simple, but it's surprising which ones people prefer. That always puts his nose out of joint. Nowadays, most of my artistic ability is used in making covers for my books. I seem to have developed a style of my own, with strong tropical colours and in-your-face images. I enjoy doing those.

JM: The worst movie or book you have ever seen/read?

JG: I hate tear-jerkers and horror. I don't go to the cinema to cry or be scared out of my mind. Nowadays, you can read all about movies on the net, so we choose ones we are going to like. I haven't walked out of one for ages, but I remember walking out of Alien years ago. Too scary, and stupid as well. And worst book? Well, I don't like to speak ill of the living, especially when they have sold millions of books, but I have to say The Da vinci Code and Twilight are both in the running here. (I hate modern vampires, with the exception of those in Tery Pratchett's books.)

JM: What was your first pet? Name? Do you have a furry friend now?

JG: My firsts pet was a patient white cat called Felix. I like dogs too, but they are such a responsibily... We have two maramalde cats now, but there is a very good reason for not telling you any more about them. Intrigued? I hope so.

JM: Heels or boots?
JG: Both! Of course, I spend most of the day barefoot in a sarong and not much else, but when we're in colder places, I wear skirts with good quality European tights or stockings, and boots with heels. The combination works wonders on men. Any man who does not drool over a well dressed woman's legs, can go back to his boyfriend and stay there.

JM: Ha Ha! I totally agree...well, that's it for the interview! Not too painful, I hope. Thank you so much for hanging out on Meta Modo.

Grrrls, don't forget to enter Jacqueline's contest and win one of her awesome books! For more info on Jacqueline George, check out her kickin' website. Don't forget to email your answers to me by August 6th.

Question 1. Why does Jacqueline write romantic stories?
Question 2. Who's Rudy
Question 3. What shores does Jacqueline live on?

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo


Jacqueline said...

Thanks so much for having me, Jocelyn. Isn't it great that we can sit at our computers and still run around the world together?

Eve McFadden said...

Wow, I had no idea you were so accomplished and had so many interests, Jacqueline. Great interview. :) I'd have to disagree with your assessment of the movies, but everyone's different. Keep writing!

annabelgold said...

Oh Jaq, you are fun to hang out with!! Didn't even bother trying to read Dan Brown, but almost missed out on the Stig Larson trilogy (Girl with..) due to my 'popular press' phobia. So don't judge a book by the best seller lists. However, your covers certainly show your great artistic ability and sensibility.

Thanks for this insight. <3<3<3

6goldfish© said...

Happy to have you, Jacqueline! You were such a fun interview. :D

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear from you again!
LOVED the Price and the Nun! Loved it loved it, loved it! are we going o see something similar to that story? Please?
Agree with your movie choices!!!! Especially with horrors - what a waste of time and nerves (seriously)
Boots? Not in north Queensland lol but i hear you!!! I miss European fashion!!!!!!!!

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