Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dreams of the Queen (The Brajj #1) by Jacqueline Patricks: Interview


What does your family think of your writing career?

My family is very supportive of my writing. They have been ever since I subjected them to my horrible teen crap. My dad used to read everything I wrote in Jr. High. I remember him being cautiously supportive. Now his positive feedback is genuine. He’s constantly bugging me for updates. When is the next chapter done? When can he read it? What happens next? I know most families and friends aren’t completely honest in their feedback, but mine are brutal. So to have mine be excited to find out what happens next… that’s the best!

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

Bad reviews suck. There’s no denying that, but I trying to ignore them for the most part. Sometimes they have useful things to say and I can use that to improve, but if they don’t then I do my best to ignore the bad ones. There’s never any good to come if one makes a big deal out of a bad review. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If it really stings, then I drown my sorrows in chocolate and cry on a friend’s shoulder then come back to the laptop to write some more.

Who are your books published with?

Self-publishing has been the best decision for me. I’ve collection my share of rejections. Gave up for a while and focused on working full-time, then fall back into writing again about three years ago. I’d forgotten how much I miss it. I love the freedom, but it’s a lot of hard work. You have to do a lot of research. Know what you’re getting yourself into and even then there’s a sharp learning curve. I had a bit of a false start last Nov 2012 when I first released Queen and had to relearn several things. But it’s stronger now and what I’ve learned I’ll do better with my future book releases.

If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

Early morning? I’m totally a grumpy bear. I prefer to sleep in as long as possible. Ironic since my job makes me wake up in the middle of the night. But I deal with it.

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I am a total pantser! I start with an idea or premise, sometimes just a very simple one, and I’m off. I generally write from start to finish chronologically, but if I have an idea for specific scenes out of order then I’ll write that scene and save it for later. My brain is constantly working on ideas. While I’m only writing on two main stories right now, I actually have about six in various stages of work. Often my best scenes and dialogue happen while I’m panting my way through. I’ve had characters do things that surprised me, but I’ve realized worked better than my original idea for the scene. Improv is awesome!

I do write under a pen name. I work as a paramedic and have just under eight left to retire, so I’m trying to keep some separation in my two careers.

Tell us about your current release.

My current book Dreams of the Queen- The Brajj #1 is science fiction/romance with lots of angst and twists. It’s not for the faint of heart or those lacking a strong imagination. It really takes readers on a psychological and emotional ride. Lots of characters with agendas and action and romance going on.

Tell us about your next release.

I’m currently working on Nightmare of the Queen – The Brajj #2 and another series involving fae, mortals and the end of the world called Fairytale Apocalypse. I’m hoping FA will be out late 2013 and Nightmare will be out early 2014. 

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Because it’s not like anything else out there. It’ll make you think and you’ll either love it or hate it.  But you won’t forget it.

As In’Dtale Magazine says, “"Devotees of the paranormal genre will appreciate Patricks' original work [...] science fiction and magic meld together perfectly. As readers' imagination is put to the test, it's apparent that only the strong will survive [...]the dash of romance creeps in slowly, but doesn't overwhelm or interfere with the plot that will keep fans itching for more." InD'Tale Magazine May 2013


“The alien culture of the brajj is deftly revealed over time. Plot twists at the end are genuinely startling, and leave the reader anticipating the sequel. - IndieReader Nov 2012



Title: Dreams of the Queen
Series: The Brajj #1
Author: Jacqueline Patricks
Genre: science fiction/romance
Publisher: self-published
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Length: 338 pages
Buy Links: Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo | B and N 
Book Description:
The alien culture of the brajj, to which Cass and her team are transported, is deftly revealed over time, not over-explained or tediously described. The interactions between humans and aliens are well handled. Plot twists at the end are genuinely startling, and leave the reader anticipating the sequel. IndieReader
Aliens, zombies, romance and a wormhole all wrapped up in a mystery!
*Rated Mature 17+ for violence, language, sexual scenes, gore* Science Fiction/Romance/Adventure
(Serious sci-fi with a romance-this is not a fluffy bunny)
Haunted by dreams of an alien world and obsessed with unlocking the mystery, Dr. Cass Baros does the improbable. She creates a wormhole. While her team preps to traverse it, she becomes more suspicious of her fiancé and co-project leader, Dr. Julian Saunders. Is he really so jealous and secretive?
Her boss, Dr. Janson, also has an agenda, which includes adding an U.S. Army contingent to her scientific team. Captain Lewis seems intelligent, but an army grunt is still a grunt, right? As if this isn’t enough to make a normal woman paranoid—and Cass is anything but normal—her dreams have altered to include an alien man who thinks she’s their predestined queen and savior.
Once through the wormhole, they make first contact with the brajj, and Cass meets Jeamon, the man from her dreams. According to him, she must be taken to the brajj’s leader, Master. Cass is conflicted. She is drawn to Jeamon, but still engaged to Julian and rightfully uncertain, though she feels changes occurring within her.
Unable to return home and facing numerous dangers—external and internal—the team deals with this fascinating new world, including an altering Cass. How far is the team willing to go to discover answers? What is Cass willing to do if she is to be a savior? What will Jeamon choose when faced with split loyalties?
Forced to choose between their old lives and their new ones, Cass and Jeamon are plunged into an adventure beyond their control. One in which the rest of the team must struggle to survive along with them as they unravel the millennia old secrets of the brajj’s world.
Passion and love, genius and madness, jealousy and danger enough to cause the death of worlds await them through the wormhole...
I started writing fiction when I was 15, and like most aspiring writers, my work was terrible, immature, cliched drivel. But I kept at it, even went to college for my creative writing degree before I understood how useless such degrees tend to be for real world applications. I also got used to the typical reject letters. Eventually, I needed annoying things like food, clothing and rent, so I got a real job and ended up finishing my degree in paramedicine.
Since then, I've gained 19+ years of experience as a paramedic, and that's after joining the army which paid for my degree. Of course, becoming a medic and honing the skills takes a lot of energy, so my writing got derailed for many years but never forgotten.
Then a wonderful thing happened. I woke up one morning with the fire to write fiction again. Sure, I'd written plenty of medical reports. I'd been published online by writing medical articles and was paid to write for a crafts blog, but I hadn't felt the particular desire to write fiction in nearly a decade.
I was back.
I haven't stopped writing fiction since Oct 2010, and I don't plan on stopping. In the last two years, I've written over a million words and counting. As of Oct 2012, I've got a half a dozen stories in progress and can barely keep up with my muse. Everything from science fiction, fantasy, fiction, psychological thrillers, historical fiction/action, horror, mystery and romance. If you enjoy my writing, then you can expect the unexpected.
Here's to second chances.
May 1st- My Bookshelf (Spotlight)
May 2nd- Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery and More! 
May 3rd- Full Moon Bites (Spotlight/Giveaway)
May 3rd- Love in a Book (Author Interview/Giveaway)
May 6th- Musings of a Writing Reader (Guest Post/Giveaway)
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May 15th- Gimme The Scoop Reviews (Guest Post)
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May 20th- Kristy Centeno (Guest Post)

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Ends May 25th 2013
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Kris10inger said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the e-book!!

amanda hervey said...

thanks for the post and chance for the book!

Karen Arrowood said...

Sci-fi with aliens, zombies, AND romance? Sounds terrific! I can't wait to read this one.

Thanks for introducing me to it!


Mel said...

thanks for the giveaway!!