Amongst Friends, With Friends Like These... | Xlibris Publishing | Fiction | 6/2011
You know the expression, "With friends like these, who needs enemies?" Sometimes Angel wonders the same thing about her friends. She loves them, she hates them, she loves them intensely and sometimes she'd love to kill them. When one of her friends dies in a mysterious car crash, can it be that love actually killed him? Follow Angel's journey as she loves them, leaves them and gets deceived by them. With all of the lies, betrayals, and yes, murder, can these friendships last the test of time?
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The book has been re-released for the general public and I just set up my website: www.jacqui-spence.com. Every month, I'll be giving away free items! Sign up for the newsletter and always know what's happening.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author of all times is Stephen King. I read IT when I was still a kid and even though I should've been afraid of it, I was fascinated and I couldn't put it down. It's like his stories give an explanation to the unimaginable.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From the time I learned to read, I've been an avid reader. I find that by reading, I can escape into another world. Then as I got a little older, I thought about how cool it would be to create the type of world others can escape into. So I started trying to build the perfect world.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My first piece of advise to all writers is to get your work copyright protected. A lot of people don't know it but you can get a copyright without the work being complete. I got a copyright for Amongst Friends with just the first chapter and an outline. I think it's important to protect your work as soon as you can. And then to also use a proof reader, a lot of readers are easily distracted by silly mistakes that software may not necessarily catch, like there instead of their.
What main genre do you write in?
Please describe your writing environment.
I try to always keep a pen and paper with me at all times because an idea can be sparked by just about anything. But normally, I write at home either at my desk on sitting on my bed with my laptop. When I write, I need quiet. Noise is a distraction and the quieter the better because i don't always know where I want the story to go, I start typing and I see where the characters lead me.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
The most challenging thing for me is time. I work a full time job and I only get a chance to write and promote my writing on nights and weekends. It's sometimes hard to try to cram the writing in, just because I have the time. It's a creative process and I only write when I'm feeling creative. I grew up hearing a writer writes every day but every day I don't feel creative, so I'll start something else, like knitting or reading, and sometime a spark is ignited and sometimes it's just not there. I try again the next day.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
Right Now, I'm reading Nicky Charles, The Finding. I love it. I read the other 2 in the series and I always want to read more.
What inspires your writing?
I think my characters inspire my writing. First I create a character, either something will spark the idea or an idea would come to me when I'm sleeping and I get up to write.I imagine what the character looks like, how they speak and their general demeanor. Then I find situations to put them in to see how they'd react. Sometimes it's only short story, sometimes it's a lot more. I start and see how the story flows. I never have an ending when I start because I like to see how the story unfolds.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
I'm running contests/promotions every month on my website. If I go to a conference or a fair, any place where I can sell books, I want to have 2 different types of promotions. One for people who are buying the book (and it'll probably be a big ticket item, like a Nook, Kindle or Smart phone) - that way someone who spends $20 for a good book can get a great prize. And I'll probably giveaway a few smaller items (10-20) for anyone who gives their name, address, email and phone number but the condition will be that I have to be able to read it, if I can't read it, they don't win. And I carry business cards and bookmarks with me and I hand them out when people start a conversation with me. I also introduce myself as the author, Jacqui Spence.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have 1 cat, I rescued her from the animal shelter in Mt. Vernon. Someone had thrown her out of a window.I have an idea for a children's book that I want to use her in. But I need to get the rest of my books out first. Who knows maybe a main character in another book can have a cat that resembles her.
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