Jackie Gamber has been kind enough to do an author interview here. I thank her for taking the time to do so. Jackie it’s a pleasure to have you at Jess resides here.
Please tell us about yourself –
Sure, Jessica. I’m a stay-at-home Mom turned professional writer, with a love of books and tea and snuffling, short-snouted dogs. Our current family friend is Lady Ursula, a dignified and lovable bulldog.
Please tell us about your new book–
In my novel “Redheart”, Kallon Redheart lives with his back turned on his fellow dragons, on humans, and on everything he once understood. Riza Diantus is a young woman with dreams too wide to fit inside her village fence. When danger erupts in Leland Province, Riza is threatened. Kallon is the only one with the power to save her, but to do so he must confront his past and the future he stopped believing in. He must claim his destiny.
How did you get started writing? –
I started as a teen with all the usual angsty poetry, and spent a better part of my life writing without realizing that’s what I was doing, exactly. When I got down to the business of taking it seriously, I learned everything I could about the craft; the storytelling, the techniques, the good, bad, and the ugly advice. And I practiced and practiced. I still do.
What is your work space and working routine like? –
When I’m working at home, I’m usually propped in bed with my laptop balanced on pillows across my legs, and with my bulldog snoring against my ankles. I love that part! But I like to spend most of my writing time at my studio, located in an old, refurbished warehouse with aging brick and a huge a window. My daughter helped me stucco and paint the walls, and it has a cottage, time-worn comfort. I do my best work there.
What was your experience getting published like? –
Being published is the ultimate validation for all the work it takes ahead of time. It generally takes years from finishing a novel to getting attention enough for a publisher to be willing to take a risk on it. The path to my first novel has been challenging and discouraging and exhilarating, in turn. Seeing my words in print, and the experiencing of being valued as an author has been refreshing and inspiring.
Who are your favorite authors and favorite books? –
I have so many favorite books (which is a bit of a contradiction to “favorite”, I know!), but I like them each for different reasons. First, without a doubt, is Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for its redemption and hope. Shelley’s “Frankenstein” –it’s so much more than the cult movies make it out to be. Wyndham’s “The Midwich Cuckoos” for his utterly charming way of telling a chilling tale. “Fahrenheit 451”, “Island of Dr. Moreau”. I could go on and on!
What do you like to do when not writing? –
I love collecting books. I love touching them and smelling them, and, of course, reading them. I even collect electronic ones, because they are stories, too! I’m hopelessly addicted to books.
And I drink a lot of tea. In fact, I believe books and tea are such terrific partners, I love to pair certain blends with certain novels to really bring out the best of both. You can check out my BookTastings on my website at www.jackiegamber.com
Any tips for those wanting to be writers themselves? –
Study, study, study. Learn the craft. Practice. Read. Drench yourself in words so you can know your medium as intimately as you know your own mind. And write for reasons only you can understand, and hang on to that. It’s enough.
Jackie Gamber is an award-winning freelance editor, as well as award-winning author of the fantasy novel Redheart, available now through Seventh Star Press(www.seventhstarpress.com) and ebook at a special rate of $1.99! A veteran of the USAF, she is now, among other things, a rosarian, a professional BookTaster, and an avid believer in imagination. Visit Jackie and her BookTastings on the world wide web at www.jackiegamber.com