Getting to Know Jacqueline Seewald
Topic: Author Interview
Jacqueline Seewald the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Creative, Hard-worker, Faithful
2. How do you think others would describe you?
That’s a difficult question to answer. My husband says I’m a loving wife and mother. I have no idea what others would say. Hopefully, something good!
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
I put my family first. They matter me to me more than anything. I’m also passionate about art and music. I paint mostly for my own pleasure. My home is my art gallery. I love many kinds of music, sing and play guitar. Blue grass is my favorite.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
No pets these days. We had guinea pigs and fish when our boys were young.
5. What is your most precious memory?
The birth of my children. Holding them in my arms for the first time.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
You don’t really expect me to share that with you? Ugh! Okay, walking into a men’s room by mistake.
7. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. My mother loved to read and introduced me to books at an early age. I fell in love with reading, and as soon as I could write, I was writing down the stories that were in my head. I never stopped.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Jacqueline Seewald, wife and mother, was an English teacher at the middle school, high school and college levels. She held two graduate degrees from Rutgers University, where she also taught and worked as an academic librarian. For ten years, she worked as an educational media specialist/school librarian as well.As a freelance writer, she wrote for children, teens and adults. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications. Her seventh book of fiction, THE INFERNO COLLECTION, a romantic mystery novel, was published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale the end of June 2007.
Jacqueline Seewald the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a “real” writer?
When my first novel appeared in print, I felt as if I’d finally arrived. It was an exciting experience.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I signed a new contract with Five Star/Gale to bring out a sequel to THE INFERNO COLLECTION. This is another romantic mystery with the same heroine, Kim Reynolds, an academic librarian, and the same hero, Mike Gardner, a police detective. I believe THE DROWNING POOL will be another strong read for mystery and romance readers alike.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
To obtain the services of a reputable literary agent and sell more of my work. I’m a prolific writer and have many more books I’d like to get published.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I get up awfully early and go directly to my computer to start work. I write for several hours before I consider eating breakfast. My husband and I do a lot of things together. We enjoy each other’s company. We’re both very busy. Besides writing, I enjoy cooking, shopping, gardening, and though I don’t love it, I do all my own cleaning. My son, Andrew Seewald, is an attorney in New Brunswick, NJ, who has his own firm and does all sorts of interesting cases. I enjoy talking with him because he offers intelligent, witty conversation.
13. Why do you write?
I write because I can’t not write. It’s my passionate obsession.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
There are so many that I can’t narrow it down to just one. I love to read and there are so many talented people writing today. But if I were forced to choose just one writer, it would be Shakespeare. He was just an ordinary person with a whole lot of talent who made it big. I guess you could say the same for J.K. Rowling who I also respect and admire or Mary Higgins Clark.
15. How do you define your writing?
I set no narrow limits for my writing. I am not afraid to break with genre and blur the edges. In that I suppose I am experimental. I write a little of everything and will try all types of writing. I enjoy variety.
16. In one sentence—what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
I very much hope that my work will endure and that people will refer to me as a writer of quality who had creative integrity and told the truth through her fiction as well as her nonfiction.
Jacqueline Seeward the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
They can write to me through my publisher Five Star/Gale.
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Still in print are: The Inferno Collection - Five Star/Gale
A Devil in the Pines- Afton Publishing
Where Is Robert? - Royal Fireworks Press
I also have short stories in the new anthologies: Touched by Wonder and
20. For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
Romance, mystery, page-turning suspense
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
You can read a number of my short stories for free on the internet. I encourage you to do so. You’ll find romance, mystery, fantasy, science fiction and horror. You can also go to your library and request my books. I encourage you to do that as well. Libraries are the best bargain around. Happy reading!
Posted by joyceanthony
at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 10 December 2007 12:33 AM EST