Monday, June 04, 2012

BRoP Interview: Jacqueline Seewald

I hope you had a good weekend, everyone! Today I'm in the middle of another Blog Ring of Power interview with Jacqueline Seewald. You can find the first two parts of the interview here and here; the remaining sections will be posted here and here.

Where do you get your story ideas?

One thing is I observe people. Sometimes I listen in on conversations in restaurants. I talk to people in general. Once I was standing in line at a supermarket. The lady in front of me had a container of ice cream. She explained it was her daughter’s favorite. Her daughter, she explained, had died tragically young in an auto accident. She brought the ice cream to the cemetery. That sparked the idea for an award-winning horror story called “Mother Love.” I also read a great deal of nonfiction as well as fiction and that sparks ideas. For example, in my latest novel DEATH LEGACY, I had read about an intriguing real life spy case, a murder mystery that was never solved. It was the initial springboard for the novel.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t. I’m experimental with my writing. I write first person point of view as well as third. I write humor as well as horror. I believe writing should be pleasurable play with words as well as work.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I try to write through it. If I’m stuck in one project, I move on to something else. I’ll come back to the earlier work at another time.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

I do not believe precisely in formula writing. I tend to be an out of the box writer. I want my work to be original and my characters unique. I try to write a variety of literature in different ways.  However, with genre fiction, mysteries and romances, for example, there are certain conventions that do need to be observed.

Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?

I confess to outlining the plot before I sit down at the computer. However, the main characters need to live in my head for quite a while before I start to write a word.

Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?

I think critique partners are great. I know lots of people that benefit from working with other writers, but I work alone. Until I sell a book, no one sees it except editors, not even family or friends.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging to write?

Believe it or not, poetry is the most challenging form of writing for me. Poetry should consist of the best words in the best order. It keeps my mind sharp and boosts my brain power.

Multiple award-winning author Jacqueline Seewald has taught creative, expository and technical writing at the university level as well as high school English. She also worked as an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Eleven of her books of fiction have been published. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when she isn’t writing. In addition, she is a playwright, a landscape artist and loves many types of music. 


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Jacqueline Seewald said...


Thank you for hosting me today. It's a pleasure. I appreciate the exposure.

I hope readers will request DEATH LEGACY at their local libraries. Five Star/Gale publishes in hardcover and is big on library sales. The novel is actually a mystery with elements of romantic suspense.

bolligersrus said...

Great questions, Sandra! I'm always interested in author's writing processes and I found it intriguing that Jaqueline writes across several genres. I'm definitely putting DEATH LEGACY on my TBR list!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks for the positive feedback!

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jacqueline!

Bolligersrus, it is pretty amazing when an author can cross so many genres, isn't it? I hope you enjoy Jacqueline's work!

About Bobbi C. said...

I'm also an eavesdropper, and find many story ideas that way. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Bobbi,

There are so many great stories out there! I guess writers just need to be sensitive observers.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Kudos to you, Jacqueline, for attempting poetry. That's a writing form that I tend to stay away from because it is so demanding.

I admire your strength of story and your decision to keep the story isolated while you are creating it. That's not easy to do in this day and age.

I enjoyed the interview.


Alana said...

Jacqueline, It was a pleasure to read your interview and learn a bit about how you work. Best of luck with your new book.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Maggie,

Thanks for the kind words which I greatly appreciate. Congrats on the success of your new novel!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Alana,

Thanks for coming by. It's always good to become acquainted with more authors.

Sharon Ervin said...

Nice job, ladies.

D'Ann said...

I am so sorry I am so late. I was amazed to read that you have no CPs! I couldn't do without mine.
Great job!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, Sharon! Glad you dropped by.

Joyce Yarrow said...

Jacqueline - Thanks for sharing some fascinating details of your writing life. I look forward to reading DEATH LEGACY!

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks to all who stopped by!

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

Jacqueline I have many paralells in writing style, but I feel compelled to say I admire her style, her acomplishments and her enthusiasm for the field. Write on, my friend.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Joyce and Mary,

Thank you both for stopping by and for your kind and encouraging words. Since you are both wonderful writers in your own right, your comments especially matter to me.

Sandra, thanks again for the interview! Wishing you every success in your writing endeavors.


Jacqueline Seewald

Pauline B Jones said...

Nice interview. Interesting to learn about your process. Congrats on the release!

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