I was delighted to be invited to join the Romance Writing Process Blog Hop. A new friend of mine, Claire Gem, from the Yahoo group, Romance Critique Group asked if I’d be interested in participating and I jumped at the opportunity, my first time. 🙂

Claire has a book coming soon, Phantom Traces (about a match-making ghost), from Soul Mate Publishing. You can contact Claire through Twitter, , or her blog, http://www.clairegem.com/blog.html

Okay, here comes the scary part. I have four questions to answer.

1) What am I working On?

I currently have three books on the go. The first, Tidal Falls, is done at 78,000 words, I’m working on the final revisions with plans to launch this fall with a Goodreads giveaway and some awesome prize packs, so stay tuned for that. 🙂

The second one is about halfway done, and the third is a novella. All three are part of a series set around the fictional town of Tidal Falls, set in the Pacific northwest. I’ve named the series, Wounded Hearts.

These books deal with men and women who have been hurt by people they trusted, and now have a hard time believing they can have a HEA.
They are romantic suspense stories with the emphasis on romance.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I believe what makes a great romance is the push, pull of attraction between a man and a woman. In romantic suspense stories this is complicated by external conflicts that keep the story moving along to a satisfying conclusion. Where my stories differ is that I emphasize that attraction. The interactions between my main characters are the fuel that feed the story, also moving it along to a satisfying conclusion, (and hopefully taking down the bad guy :))

3)Why do I write what I do?

I’ve read romance novels for as long as I can remember. I used to wait every month for the mailman to deliver that box of dreams from Harlequin. I was twelve at the time. My mom didn’t have any problem with me reading them, as long as I got up for school in the morning.
I haunted our second-hand bookstore, on the lookout for my favorite authors, Margaret Way, Violet Winspear, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Janet Dailey, to name a few. Then as I grew my tastes did too, and I began to look for funny, quirky romances. Enter, Jennifer Crusie, (still an all-time favorite) Rachel Gibson, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. From there I moved to suspense. Iris Johansen, Elizabeth Lowell, Karen Robards, Karen Rose, and of course, the queen, Suzanne Brockmann.

If I can ever write half as good as these amazing women, I’ll consider myself a success.

4)How does my writing process work?

I wish I could say I’m one of those people that get up at the crack of dawn and write two thousand words by noon. I’m not.

I usually start out my day #1 with a big mug of coffee, 🙂 and then I go through my e-mails, answering or doing critiques, reading the postings on whichever class I’m taking at the moment, and catching up on the latest news in the industry.Then I do my social media networking.

After that it’s time to take a break and do some stretching. Take my mom for coffee, or work a little in the yard.


Then it’s onto my edits for the afternoon. When my eyes start crossing, I move to one of my WIP’s and try to get down a scene or two. I’m still learning what works for me. It’s a process, but I’m having the time of my life, and that’s what counts. 🙂

Whew, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, lol.
The next author to get the honor of chatting with you is, Sylvie Grayson. She’s a good friend of mine from our local RWA chapter, and critique group. I know you’ll like her as much as I do. She’ll be posting through my blog next Monday, June 16. Any comments you’d like to share with her can be sent via her e-mail address at the bottom of this post. Please give her a warm welcome.

Sylvie Grayson was born in British Columbia, Canada. She has lived most of her life in that province in spots ranging from Vancouver Island on the coast to the North Peace River country and the Kootenays in the beautiful interior. She spent a one year sojourn in Tokyo Japan.
She has been an English language instructor, a nightclub manager, an auto shop bookkeeper and many other professions. She found her niche at university and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Doctorate f Law. Now she works part time as the owner of a small company, and writes when she can.
She is a wife and mother and still loves to travel, having recently completed a trip to Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong. The east is still calling. She lives on the Pacific coast with her husband on a small patch of land near the ocean that they call home. She prefers her stories to be full of tension and attraction and writes romantic suspense and fantasy. Her next release is Suspended Animation, out this fall of a hockey player who gets pulled home to deal with a family crisis only to find the business is broke and a young woman claims they owe her money.

You can reach Sylvie at sylviegraysonauthor@gmail.com


  1. Hi Jacquie

    Your process is upside down from mine. I usually start with SMALL amounts of social media first, then write. I’ll give myself a social media break and then write some more. Editing, critiquing and more social media comes later. Those are on days when I don’t have to factor work in. But if I left writing til last I don’t think I’d get much done! We all have such different ways of working and really, it’s what works for the individual writer. If that means standing on your head so be it.


    1. Lol, so true. Some days are easier than others for me. I love when you start into a scene and it’s just there, like a movie playing in your head and your fingers are flowing over the keyboard to get it all down. I think the hardest part for me has been learning the revision and editing process. I get frustrated and turn away from it to social media, a bad choice.
      But I’m learning, 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by


  2. Wow! You’ve got a lot happening right now. And because you have read so much in the genre, romantic suspense seems a great fit. Looking forward to reading your work.


    1. Thanks, Jodie. I’m like you, except my hobby farm is much smaller, lol. I love being out among the plants, which makes it hard to get my writing time in, another reason evenings work best for me. Thanks for dropping by.


  3. Great post Jacquie.
    I feel like I know you better now, and as I’m drinking my morning tea, I’ll be thinking of you with your big mug of coffee. Your series sounds intriguing and I look forward to updates.
    Best Wishes


      1. Oh I understand. I love coffee. I just don’t start until 10 in the morning. It’s my mid-morning treat. Love coffee. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday


  4. I love writing and reading romantic suspense. The genre gives one the opportunity to get the characters into constant conflicts and that makes it so easy to keep the story moving along. Can’t wait to read your Wounded Hearts Series 🙂

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    1. I agree, Mimi, I enjoy a story that doesn’t get too bogged down in emotional turmoil. I also love authors that add humour to their work such as Kristan Higgins and Jenny Crusie. It’s always good to be able to smile while running for your life, lol


  5. Great to read about your process Jacquie! I’m with you on the big mug of coffee, although I’m firmly attached to my Aeropress, and some days it takes me a couple of cups to get my brain in gear. I love the sound of your day – seems like the perfect pace for you too!


  6. Thanks for the glimpse into your writing past and present, Jacquie! The mention of Kathleen Woodiwiss took me right back to my early romance reading days 🙂


    1. Between her and Janet Dailey’s Calder’s(which is still a fav reread for me.) They introduced me to the romance genre and I never left, lol. There’s so many varieties of sub-genres within, I’m always learning. Thanks for stopping by.


  7. You are very dedicated Jacquie! I drink a pot of coffee before my eyes can see straight! Your books sound great. Tidal Falls I know is great (from what I’ve read in LL). Loved the interview. I feel like I now you better.

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