Monday, March 26, 2012

Interview with Jacqueline Corcoran

We have Jacqueline Corcoran here this week talking more about herself and her great writing! Drop a comment below and be entered to win a free pdf of her novel, A Month of Sundays!

WR: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you write? Why?

J: I mainly write mysteries but also non-fiction. I like mysteries because of the puzzle and the plot, and that’s what I like reading. I’ve had the dream to be a writer since I was seven years old. I loved reading even then and hated turning off the light at night because I couldn’t read anymore.

WR: If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose?

J: I am my characters already so I don’t have to choose!

WR: What is your creative process like? Do you need music to write? Silence?

J: I need silence, and I write long-hand first, then type it up later. I write a blurb, have a general idea and then go from there. In other words, I am a pantser and a result I get horribly stuck at times, which I find very frustrating until I can dig myself back out again. However, I finish everything I start even though I despair at times.

WR: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

J: Popcorn and M and M’s, although I’m not guilty about it. I do a lot of reading about craft on writing blogs which sometimes interferes with my own writing.

WR: What inspires you?

J: Writing craft books and blogs.

WR: What is one of your worst pet peeves?

J: I have many of themJ In reading, mysteries written by men. I read primarily women authors.

WR: Describe what a perfect day would be for you.

J: A day when I know where I’m headed when I write and I have lots of plot ideas. The writing then just flows out of me, and I’m able to write 20 pages longhand.

WR: If you could bring any fictional character to life, yours or anyone else’s, who would you pick?

J: When I was a child, I would have picked any main character from one of the many characters I enjoyed then, but alas I’ve lost the magic now.

WR: If you could shape-shift, what animal would you turn into and why?

J: As above, unfortunately, I’ve lost the magic I had as a child and can’t go there.

WR: Where can we find you and your work around the web?


1 comment:

  1. *Couldn't find a 'blurb' or extract from "A Month of Sundays" so unfortunately I can't leave a comment on the book!*

    Comment on the interview OK?

    I sympathise with anyone who is forced to admit that they have somehow lost (or been deprived of) the 'magic' of childhood. Writing for children always fills me with a sense of adventure: I try to imagine myself as a child reading the printed word, and (for me, at least!) the sense of discovering something "new" never seems to fade.

    Shape-shifting: I was born in the Year of the Tiger,and have many feline attributes: as a Cub Scout leader for many years, I invariably became Bagheera because nobody ever heard me coming (though I never TRIED to sneak up on people LOL!). In several of my books (different genre) I've used a cat as a central character: when I do, I will always try to see scenes involving the cat FROM a cat's POV (this is especially true of anything written for the younger reader).