Monday, December 29, 2014

Interview with Romantic Suspense author Jacquie Biggar


Congratulations to Amy P., the winner in Jacquie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I welcome Jacquie Biggar to the blog today. Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson, Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She joined Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and her local chapter, VIC-RWA, of which she currently holds the position of secretary.

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.

How do you decide on setting?


The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.

What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.

What is your favorite part of writing?


When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the DEA at any time. :)

E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?


For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book you wrote in your hands.

Please tell us your experiences with social media.  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.

For more about Jacquie Biggar check out her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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TIDAL FALLS

Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. 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.

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Excerpt from Tidal Falls:

“How did you find me?” Sara fell back as Tom pushed his way inside, followed closely by Sam, and then she caught sight of Fiona being led in by two other men. Her friend was cuffed, her arms pulled taut behind her back. Her mouth, covered by a bright red handkerchief tied so tight it cut into her whitened cheeks, highlighted an obscene bruise. Her eyes, one of them black and blue, filled with tears, begging Sara to forgive her.

“GPS, my dear, you’ve heard of that I presume? I traced you from your own phone, that wasn’t very smart of you. So, this is where you’ve been hiding.” He waved the others into the room, locking the door behind them. “What, no kiss for your Husband? You do recall you have one of those, don’t you?”

He looked the same, so tall and handsome standing there in his perfectly pressed suit and tie, not a hair out of place. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. It was so obvious to her now. The narrow, cold eyes, the supercilious attitude, the rigid stance, the not-so-well-hidden-anger, had he always been that way? She didn’t like to think so. How could she have been so wrong about him? He’d pulled the wool over her eyes from the beginning.

Giveaway:
In celebration of the holidays I’d like to offer one lucky commenter an autographed copy of my book, Tidal Falls and a $10 gift card to their choice of Starbucks or Tim Horton’s.

Happy New Year’s all!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 30th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

44 comments:

  1. Hi Jacquie!! So nice to 'meet' a fellow Canadian...especially so close to me (I am in Nanaimo). Your book sounds great! I've bought Tidal Falls and will get into it when I'm finished what I'm reading now! :) Happy New Year to you! Oh, have you been skating at the Empress? :) peacesr@shaw.ca

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Wow, we're almost neighbors :) Thank you for your support, I hope you enjoy the book. My daughter and grandson went skating with the elves on Christmas eve, truly magical, but then Vancouver Island is, isn't it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Would love to win a copy of your book! It is always good to find an author you haven't read before and experience their writing for the first time. debbiemac73@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Debbie, I agree. My favorite are series authors. I love finding one new to me, with a whole new world to explore :) Good luck.

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  3. It looks like an exciting story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Maureen, thanks. This book is close to my heart. I've read and watched so many news stories about spousal abuse. I wanted to give my heroine the power to overcome her past and find HEA. I hope I've done that here. :)

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  4. Enjoyed reading the Q&A! I really like the sound of your book Tidal Falls. Thanks for sharing a bit about it with us!

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    1. Good morning Colleen, thanks :) It's nerve-wracking putting yourself out there for people to get to know, lol. Thanks for the kind comment about my book.

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  5. I'm so glad I was directed to this website and am finding out about all these 'new to me' authors! amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Hi Amy,
      Yes, I've been a loyal fan of JRS for a couple of years now. A great group of amazing authors who are kind enough to give us newbies a chance. :)

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  6. Great interview. All the best in 2015, Jacquie.

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    1. Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by :) Wishing you all the best in the new year also, my friend.

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  7. I enjoyed your interview. It really helps to learn more about where you get your ideas and just how talented you are . Editing sounds like a real pain! :) After reading the excerpt from this book I definately have to read it. Amazon, here I come. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway! Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Barb, thanks! You made my day, :)

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  8. Nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks bn100, appreciate you stopping by.

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  9. The interview was fun. Glad you could share your working habits with us. Good luck on the book. I know I enjoyed reading it :-)

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    1. Hi Mimi, thanks for your always generous support. :) One of the very best things I've learned since beginning this journey, writers support and encourage each other! All the best in 2015

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  10. Sounds like a great read! Being a pantser is kind of fun - you never know what's going to come next! Love this review site! And good luck with the book.

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    1. Hi Patrice,
      So true! Sometimes the words flow easily, and other times I have to pull them out with a vise-grip, lol.

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  11. Great interview, Jacquie! The bit about your favorite part of writing? I totally agree!!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thanks for commenting :) Congrats on your upcoming release of Vanished, so proud of you!

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  12. Great interview! I wish you all the luck in the world with this book. It sounds fantastic!!!

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    1. Hi Julie, thank you :) The words every author wants to hear!

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  13. Enjoyed the interview. Do your characters ever refuse to do what you want them to?

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. ALL THE TIME! It's aways the men, they never listen, lol

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  14. Hi Jacquie,

    Great interview. I loved your book so it is interesting to get some insight into how you developed the plot and characters. Good luck with it.
    Sylvie

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    1. Hi Sylvie, thanks for your kind words. So far I'm still at the 'this is fun' stage of the game. I hope to never lose that, writing should be as enjoyable as reading.

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  15. Super interview Jacquie! This is quite the exciting business -the land of the indie author. All the best with Tidal Falls. And I hope you have a fabulous 20l5!

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    1. Hi Jodie, thanks! It is exciting, and it's thanks to the many new friends I've made since starting out. :)

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  16. Awesome interview! Loved getting to know Jacquie better. The book sounds wonderful, what a great excerpt! Totally got me hooked.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  17. this looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Hi Erin, thanks, all compliments welcome :)

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  18. Hi Jacquie,
    I like your title. And, congratulations!
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn dot com

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    1. Hi Janet, the title is almost the hardest part for me. Aside from the cover, it's the first thing the reader sees. Hugely important in my opinion. Thanks for approving of mine :)

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  19. Always enjoy reading snippets from books and this one really sounds interesting! Best wishes with the book...I'm covered up with new ones to read so let someone else have this one.

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    1. Hi Vampwriter, thanks for dropping by :) I know what you mean, I'd be embarrassed to say how many TBR's are on my Kindle, lol

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  20. Great interview, Jacquie. Always fascinating hearing about an author's writing process.

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    1. Good morning Shereen, I agree. Everyone has a slightly different process. I'm always adding new ideas to my writer's toolbox from from reading blogs such as these. Take care,
      Jacquie

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  21. Love love loved reading your first novel! I can't wait for #2! Makes me so proud to hold up my signed edition! Wishing you and your family health happiness and prosperity in 2015, love you bestie!

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    1. AW! Thanks for thirty plus years of love and support, my friend :) Happy holidays

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  22. I'm amazed, Jacquie, how you and your writing are a "fit" for me. I've always loved to read romance, in particular romantic suspense (with attitude), I like small towns and the West Coast (Why oh why do I live in the central valley of CA??), I prefer eBooks, and I'm so glad you work at editing your writing as you go along as I think it much more efficient and you'll have few errors to correct when you say "The End." I was a proofreader and brief editor for a lawfirm for over 30 years so I tend to cringe at bad grammar and spelling, etc. in the books I read. Thanks so much for this post and I'm glad I "met" you on JRS's blog today! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Janice, thanks for your kind words. I always cringed at bad spelling also, though I sure find I second guess myself more now as I get older than a few years ago, lol.
      Very nice to meet you, maybe we can chat on FB or Twitter. :)

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