Who’s That Indie Author? Jacqueline Church Simonds

Jacqueline Church Simonds

Author Name: Jacqueline Church Simonds

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Books: The Heirs to Camelot series: The Priestess of Camelot (prequel); The Midsummer Wife (Book 1); The Solstice Bride (Book 2); Mistress of the Rose Moon (Book 3)

Bio: I have been writing for as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil. Along the way, I have been everything from a lady’s companion, to a salesperson, to a rock band roadie, to a publishing consultant. Somewhere in there, I’ve written six books and ghostwritten an additional seven to eight.

What got you started as a writer? I always told myself stories. One day, my mom suggested I write them down. It took until I was forty to actually write a novel. (I have been a professional editor, so I was always in words.)

What is your writing routine? What’s that? Seriously, I write when/as/if I have time.

What route did you take to get your books published? I self-published my first book, Captain Mary, Buccaneer (I sold all three thousand copies and foreign rights to Italy’s Harlequin Mondadori). For this series, I went with a small press.

What things do you do to promote your books? I’ve done newspaper/radio/TV interviews, podcasts, website interviews and guest hosting, signings at bookstores/libraries/author events, a table at a garage sale, and a local convention.

What is your favorite genre to read and why? I read a lot of sci-fi, but I’ll read anything not nailed down. I post my quick Book Takes on my website.

Do you prefer to write dialogue or description? I often write a lengthy description, then turn it into dialogue because it reads better.

Have any of your characters ever surprised you? Did this change the plot of your book? Ava, the main character of my series, totally surprised me in the first book. In the first draft, I felt she was sort of lifeless. A fellow writer suggested I try writing in first person, so I could “hear” the main character clearly. I discovered Ava suffered from massive anxiety attacks/poor self-esteem/PTSD from a terrible event in her life. Although I went back to third person, it gave me a better handle on how to handle the character.

What is the most difficult thing you have accomplished in your life? I had a brain tumor and recovered almost fully from it. It changes the way you think about time and what you are doing here.

What three events or people have most influenced how you live your life? Going back/finishing college in my thirties. Sitting down and writing that first novel. Recovering from brain tumor.

What would you tell your younger self? Own being a writer. Don’t give up because it’s hard and you’ll get no support. Get jobs writing. Write that big book that’s in your head. WRITE, DAMMIT!

Have you ever met up with a bear on a hike? If so, what did you do? If not, are you looking up what to do right now? I stopped hiking long ago, but the best method for dealing with a bear is: don’t be where there are bears.

You’re locked in your local library for the night with no dinner. Thank goodness you have water, but you only have enough change to buy one item from the vending machine. Choices are limited to: Fudge Pop Tarts, Snickers or Doritos. Which would you choose and why? I almost went with Doritos, but then I’d get that fake nacho dust on my fingers and I wouldn’t want to leave that on the pages. I guess I’d get a Snickers.

What’s the largest number of people you’ve had in your kitchen at one time? Ten? Last family Christmas at my folks’ place before they sold it. My kitchen is pretty quiet—my Hubbers is the cook and hates anyone else in there until he’s done.

Closing thoughts: I’ve been involved in publishing for twenty-two years. I’ve helped other people get their book babies published and launch their dreams. Indie and self-publishing is a great way to get our work out. We need more readers!

Website and social media links:
Website: www.jcsimonds.com
Facebook: @jacquelinechurchsimonds
Twitter: @jcsimonds (Caution: I am VERY political and this is where I vent.)

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20 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Jacqueline Church Simonds

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Barb! I hardly ever read paranormal romance, but Jacqueline’s stories sound really interesting! Will check them out!!

    1. That’s great, Mary – thanks so much for stopping by to meet Jacqueline and learn about her books. Always good to branch out to a new reading genre! Hope you are doing well 🙂

  2. I loved reading this interview. Great answers, which tells me Jacqueline also has a fascinating personality. Now I’ll be following her links to learn more. 🙂

    1. Hi Alethea – I’m glad you enjoyed Jacqueline’s interview. I also liked her answers, especially the one about the best way to avoid a bear! Thank you for the visit 🙂

  3. Fairy tales were my favorite thing as a child. Jacqueline, it sounds as though your work combines the imaginative in more adult ways. I admire your literary output and your resilience: recovering from a brain tumor is no small obstacle. Kudos!

  4. Great interview, Barb and Jacqueline. Two things struck me that I hadn’t heard before (and I do them too). One was tending toward narration and then converting it to dialog to make it more interesting. The other is using first-person to get close to a character that feels flat or distant and then converting it back to 3rd. Thanks for the introduction to Jacqueline and her writing, Barb. 🙂

  5. Hi Barbara, it is great to meet Jacqueline. It is quite something to have a brain tumor, it would definitely impact your attitude towards life. I can relate to her comment about re-writing sections of description as dialogue. I do that too.

    1. Thanks for stopping by to meet Jacqueline. I know she’s been having trouble getting into WordPress. She has an inspiring story. I liked that tip about writing descriptions first then turning it into dialog.

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