Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Hi, Everybody! Jools Sinclair here, author of the Forty-Four series. I’m a full-time writer and usually live in Bend, Oregon, but am currently on a two-year road trip and have landed in Colorado for a bit. I have a passion for the outdoors (hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing), love to be entertained (books, movies+tv, music, soccer, opera) love to cook and eat (Bolognese lasagna, gnocchi in sherry cream sauce, tiramisu) and love hanging out with my awesome family. One of my favorite activities is standing next to a raging outdoor fire pit and watching the sun dip out of the sky as the blues and purples of twilight rush in. All this with a glass of Chianti in my hand, and I’m beyond happy.
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write mysteries, in particular supernatural suspense. I write (and read) in this genre probably because I’ve loved the paranormal since I was a kid. Near Death Experiences, ghosts, psychics, people talking to the dead have always fascinated me. And I also particularly like strong women characters who deal with such things.
2. What’s your favorite beverage?
Well, I have two: Komodo Dragon coffee from Starbucks, and a decent red wine.
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be?
Mazzy Star, Fade Into You.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Later drafts are always a struggle for me. The first draft is a pleasure and magical, and so is the second, and third…but not so much the fifth, sixth and seventh (usually this is when I’m bringing in my editors who are TOUGH and critical, but good). There are some amazing moments in this part, but overall it’s the hardest part for me and I don’t like it. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and discouraging. This is when the “I so suck at this” really starts to get loud in my mind and I start wondering if I should head back to teaching or car detailing. Okay, not really that last thing. But…fortunately I forget about all those negative thoughts when I’m very close to publishing. And lo and behold, I’m usually happy overall with the end product…so much so that I go ahead and start planning the next book.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Oh, this one is easy…Florence, Italy for sure. I love that city so much. There is so much history there, and so many amazing and beautiful things. The food, wine, art….I even love that musty, sometimes sewer-y smell that rises up and swirls around the ancient city in the humid air. I lived in Florence for a little while about twelve years ago and hope to do it again. It’s one of the reasons I love the movie Hannibal so much and watch it half a dozen times a year….those Florence scenes tug at my heart (I realize this is beyond creepy, but true).
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I love reading and read across all genres. I look for great stories, beautiful language, and interesting characters. For me, it doesn’t matter one bit if it’s packaged up in mystery, romance, horror, or SyFy…as long as those three criteria are met.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I love this question, because I truly have no idea. I only know three things regarding where the “stuff” comes from. First, like Faulkner said, “I listen to the voices.” Second I make sure that I’m always adding to my creativity pot I’ve got stewing on the back burner (reading, hiking, paddling, watching, traveling, learning, doing, experiencing). And finally, I show up and sit in that damn chair for hours on end. It’s nice to get those initial ideas or breakthroughs on a plot I’ve been working on when I’m out on a walk, but the absolute best ideas find me when I’m sitting and working.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Anybody who loves reading my books is ideal!
9. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Flying for sure. How cool would that be? No more airports! And the views!
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Forty-Four Book 13 just hit the stands. It’s the final book in the series and I’m both thrilled and sad that it’s been released. This particular story has taken me five years to write, and I love each of the characters so much. I’ll miss them! (Which is why some of the characters will continue on in various other books….)
Thanks so much, Karen! I LOVE your blog and so appreciate you inviting me over for a chat!
Be sure to come back to read more about Jools and her novel, FORTY-FOUR BOOK 13, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Jool’s website, blog, books, etc.
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Jools will give away an Amazon digital copy of FORTY-FOUR BOX SET BOOKS 1-10 to one lucky reader who comments on today’s **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog on Wednesday. Thank you, Jools, for sharing your stories with us
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