Monday, May 23, 2011

Q&A with Jools Sinclair & Giveaway

Please welcome author Jools Sinclair to P.S. I Love Books!

Jools Sinclair lives in Bend, Oregon. She is an avid reader, movie watcher, orange cat lover, Frye boot wearer and Komodo Dragon coffee drinker. She admits to having an intense passion for opera and loves faraway lands where espresso bars and pastry shops line the streets. Finally, she is absolutely crazy about her family, who in turn thinks she is absolutely crazy.

Welcome Jools! I appreciate you taking the time out to visit P.S. I Love Books while on your blog tour.

Hi Mishel and Friends! It’s my pleasure to be here and thank you so much for having me! You’ve got a fabulous blog and I was thrilled to be asked to join in the fun.
Can you tell us a little bit about your newest release 44?
44 is about 17-year-old Abby Craig who, after drowning in a lake, wakes up from death into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.
The book is about her journey of going through this transformation, having to adjust to the changes in her life with some paranormal events sprinkled in, of course! I think basically the story is about life and the changes we all face at one time or another. 
 What was one of your favorite and least favorite things about writing it?
One of my very favorite things about 44 was writing about Bend, Oregon. I used Bend as the setting, with a lot of its landmarks and popular locations. It was so much fun to do this! Bend is a small, fun city in Central Oregon with seven snow-capped mountains to the west and a flat desert to the east. The town has a lot of character and I loved being able to write about real events and the scenery. A river runs through it too, and it’s quite beautiful.
The least favorite thing about writing 44 wasgetting a solid first draft down. Writing is always about faith, especially in the beginning. Faith that there is a story worth telling.But once I’m able to get past those first 30,000 words or so, I get caught up and excited. And then, it really becomes fun, even though its hard work.
Which of the characters did you enjoy working with the most?
I loved writing about Abby, the main character. In the beginning, she is vulnerable, depressed and unsure because she has gone through this terrible, life-changing accident.And people are treating her strangely and she just can’t figure it out. But that’s because she doesn’t have all the pieces yet. It takes her a while to put everything together. She was a great character to write. She was very clear in my head and spoke easily.
If you had the chance to do it all over again would you change anything in 44?
I don’t think I would change anything. Maybe another revising, but nothing major. I’m pretty happy with it.I love Abby’s journey. It’s a classic mythological story, Abby being the herowho is on a journey that transforms her.
What do you think of the cover?
I absolutely love the cover! My artist showed it to me on one chilly morning and my heart started pounding hard! Seriously, I did have an emotional reaction, which I always think is a good sign.
When did you first realize that you wanted to write?
Age 5, Dragon Story, Sherman Oaks Elementary School!
If 44 was made into a movie who would be your ideal cast for the main characters?
I would definitely need some help on this one. Any suggestions from your fabulous blog readers?Abby is definitely a tomboy, low energy, slightly depressed. Kate, her sister, is a Type A personality, beautiful, andambitious. And Jesse, well, we would need someone very tall because he’s a basketball player!
 If you could write a book about absolutely anything with any other author (dead or alive) what would it be about and who would you choose?
Wow, Mishel, what a great question! Hands down, Ernest Hemingway.I’ve read every book and short story and The Old Man and the Sea is one of my all-time favorites.

I’m always looking for books to add to my ginormous TBR (to be read) pile. What books are you currently reading or have read recently? Any good recommendations?
OMG, I know what you mean about a ginormous TBR pile! My Kindle is stuffed with books just waiting to be read…. But, really, isn’t it the best?
I just finished Allison Karras’ Drowning in the Dark and loved it! It’s another paranormal book set in Oregon and it’s so well written and good. Also, JL Bryan’s Jenny Pox, Megg Jensen’s Anathema and Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant. I also love Stephen King,Aimee Bender and Richelle Mead.
What are some of your favorite things to do when given a break from the writing life and other work-related things?
Any and everything outdoors here in and around Bend! It’s the best of the best of the best for hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and skiing and I try to get out and do all that as much as possible. Also, reading and cooking. And traveling. I love to travel.

Are you currently working on any projects that we may see from you in the future?
Yes, indeed! 44 goes on! Book 2 will be out in the summer. It’s going to be a trilogy, with Book 3 coming out in autumn.

Thank you so much for stopping by Jools! Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Thank you so much, Mishel! Your blog is absolutely fabulous and I’ve bookmarked it and will checking in regularly. I’m always so appreciative of you book bloggers!! Thank you so much for taking the time to read 44 and for having me as a guest.

I have a blog of my own, but it’s new and basic…let’s just say that it’s a work in progress, so I imagine it can only get better. I would love for you and your readers to stop by and say hello!
Thanks again and happy reading!


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Belinda said...

This was such a good interview Mishel and I always love getting insight into the story and author :)Good luck with the giveawaY!

Jools said...

Hi, Mishel!
Thanks so much for inviting me over for an interview on your fabulous blog! :)

Anonymous said...

A very wonderful interview, thanks!

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I love getting a glimpse into the mind of an author.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

SiNn said...

awesome interview ty for posting i learned alot

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