Interview With Romantic Suspense Author Jacquie Biggar @jacqbiggar

I welcome Jacquie Biggar to the blog today. Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She joined Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and a local chapter, VIC-RWA, of which she currently holds the position of secretary.

Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.

I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.
Tidal Falls
How do you decide on setting?
The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.

What is your favorite part of writing?

When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.

What is your least favorite part of writing?
I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the CIA at any time.

E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book you wrote in your hands.

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.

For more about Jacquie Biggar check out her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is a blurb from my novel, Tidal Falls.

Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files, files that make her a target. Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to find his place now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.

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Comments

  1. Good morning Stacy, thanks for having me on your blog today. 🙂

  2. Anna Markland says

    Enjoyed your post, Jacquie. Wishing you continued success with the book.

  3. Ethel Clow-Bowers says

    Jacquie,

    I would like to take this time to congratulate you on your success!!!! And to ask you… if you had a friend that wanted to write a novel, a biography, a romance, a fantasy anything really where would they begin and what has been your best experience in your journey so far?

    • Hi Ethel, great question 🙂 For everyone the journey is a little different so it depends on the person. For myself it came from watching news clips and getting really upset at the horrific crimes people do to others in the name of religion, money, power, you name it.
      I’m what they call a pantser, in other words I sit down at the computer with a thought in mind and just start writing. For others, plotters, they make an outline of the sequence of events, character sketches, even poster boards of scenes, then piece it all together.
      The best advice I could give would be to do a little research into whatever interests you, let the ideas perk for a bit, then write.
      You can do it. 🙂

  4. Great interview and blurb. I love to research. Good luck with the book.

    • Hi JoAnne, I agree, research is one of the best parts for me also. Though being a suspense writer I wondered how long before I was flagged for checking out drugs, arms, and criminal organisations, lol

  5. Hi Jacquie,
    Great blog and I love the cover of your book. I haven’t finished the book yet but I know it’s a page turner. Good luck with your writing,
    Sylvie

    • Hi Sylvia, Thanks so much. When I began this journey I never realized the most valuable reward would be meeting and making so many wonderful new friends, 🙂 A blessing for sure.

  6. Hi Jacquie
    Great post. I learned all sorts of new info. I love your comment about wondering if the CIA would call because if your research. I’ve had that fear too.
    I’m thrilled tour book is doing well.
    All the best
    Jo-Ann

  7. Great blog, Jacquie! I always love learning more about an author’s process and how they make their special brand of magic happen.

    • Hi Jacqui, I’m glad you dropped by. Yeah, I think it’s pretty cool how different everyone’s process is. By the way, I’m almost finished Between Heaven and Hell, can I just say Wow!! 🙂

  8. Hi, Jacquie,

    Loved the interview. I sure can relate to the researching and getting flagged! Best of luck with Tidal Falls! Your book sounds intriguing.

    • Good morning Mary, Thank you. I’ve certainly learned things I never even dreamed were happening in our world through research. It can be a scary place, and makes me grateful to live where I do.
      Take care,
      Jacquie

  9. Great post, Jacquie! We all have such different processes, different ways to bring our worlds into reality. I enjoyed reading about yours – quite different from mine, although the small town settings and the fun and games around internet research certainly resonate!

    • Hi LizAnn, thank you for stopping by. I think our different processes are what makes every book unique. It doesn’t matter that in the romance genre we’re all after the same goal, a HEA, the diversity in which we approach that ending is limitless.
      Have a great Thanks-giving weekend, 🙂
      Jacquie

  10. Hi Jacquie,
    I enjoyed your post. Love and danger in a small town, exciting! Continued good luck with your book!
    Best,
    Reggi

    • Hi Reggi,
      I think the dynamics of a small town can really add to the storyline. I grew up in a relatively small town, around 5000 people, and everyone seemed to know each others business, lol. Interesting times for sure, 🙂
      Take care,
      Jacquie

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