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Get to Know Author Jacqueline Gardner

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Today we have author, Jacqueline Gardner visiting to talk about her book, Thoughtless, and answer a few more burning questions I have. If I left anything out that you'd like to know, just leave her a comment below.

So Jacqueline, please tell us about, Thoughtless.
 THOUGHTLESS is a YA supernatural thriller about a mind-reader named Bridget.  During a high school football game, Bridget accidentally stumbles upon a dead body in the janitor’s closet.  There’s a killer out there.  And worse, the killer knows Bridget’s secret.  The one time she actually embraces her talent, it’s useless.  Bridget can’t figure out who’s blackmailing her, who killed Stacey, and why she can’t hear her boyfriend’s thoughts! 

 Who or what inspires your writing?
 Since I was little (probably around eight years old) I’ve kept an idea journal next to my bed.  There have been many nights where I’ve woken up, turned on the light, and jotted down a dream I just had.  When I read it later sometimes it makes sense.  Sometimes it doesn’t!  But all my initial inspiration for a story starts with an idea I’ve written down

 When did you know you would be a writer?
 I didn’t study Creative writing or English in college but when I was in high school I put “write a book” on my mental bucket list.  I had no idea what the book would be about, how old I would be when I finally wrote it, or if it would even be published.  I just knew I wanted to do it.

 How long did it take you to write your first novel?
My first manuscript was very very long, and it took me about 9 months to write.  When I was finished, I’d given birth to an incredibly lengthy, horribly wordy, manuscript of mixed genres.  Though that manuscript will never see the light of day, I still consider it my baby.  It taught me a lot. 


What is the hardest part of writing for you?
 Finding the time to sit down and get it done.  There are times when I can’t type fast enough, and times when I can’t concentrate enough to even write a sentence.  I bribe myself with naps, nail polish, and cupcakes.

 Do you have any writing rituals?
 Nothing specific, but I need noise!  It doesn’t matter if it comes from the TV, radio, or the neighbors outside.  I can’t write in absolute silence.  Especially when I’m working on an intense scene.  Sometimes I can freak myself out! 

 Have you written anything else?

 Yes!  I have another book out called MUTINY, and next month I’ll be publishing my third, JADE.  Both are novels for young adults.

 Any advice to aspiring writers?
Accept all criticism with an open mind.  And when the time comes, make the leap.  Because putting yourself out there is scary.

 Who are your favorite Authors?
I have so many!  But my love of storytelling started with one author in particular - Roald Dahl.

 What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
I’ll always have a soft spot for Roald Dahl, but I honestly admire any author who has the courage to be honest and up-front in their writing.  I remember reading, SPEAK in high school.  I was floored.  The honesty in that book is inspiring.   


What are you currently reading?
 Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. 

 How do readers find out more about you?
 They visit my blog/ author website www.jacquelinegardner.com.  They can also follow me on twitter.  I tweet @Writer_Jacque.

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