Today my guest is author Jacqueline George, from Australia. Jacqueline became a part of RLJ not long ago and she's already left her mark. She's posted several witty and interesting articles, and as I'm learning, has a great sense of humour. Jacqueline has published both erotic and non-erotic novels, that have been well received. Please welcome the girl from down under! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview, Jacqueline - it's great to have you here! Don't mind me, I'll just throw a few shrimp on the barbie while you allow the readers passage into your world.
Who is Jacqueline George? Tell us about yourself.
Who is Jacqueline? Just an ordinary person who happens to have washed up on the shores of the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia. We used to wander the oilfields of the world, with my husband working as an engineer and me doing not much at all. I suppose living and working in different countries (about 15 in all) has shaped both of us. In the year 2000, we had to do some planning and decide where we wanted to end up. We settled on Queensland, and just as well because there was a business slump and we had to settle earlier than we had planned. We packed our bags in the Slovakian winter, and set off for the sunshine. We’re very happy here in Cooktown. We built a house and are slowly getting the garden into shape. After moving at least once a year for many years, we have been in this place for 6 years already, and are not planning to move again.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I suppose I have always found writing easy. I studied geology and geography at Liverpool University. The geology and physical geography were serious, but I managed to B-S my way through the Arts side of geography by rewriting newspaper and magazine articles. Light-weight maybe, but the examiners must have like reading my stuff! I was also joint editor for the newspaper at my post-grad Uni in Northern Ireland. After that I did not do much apart from technical reports until I started on my first book in 1987.
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I remember living on a military airbase in Libya. I was about 3 or 4, and my mother started to read Treasure Island to me. I was completely terrified by the scene near the beginning where Jim Hawkins is hiding under a bridge while the pirates ransack the Admiral Benbow inn on the road above. I was so frightened my mother stopped reading the book, but the story must have stuck with me, especially as I later lived in the same area of England as the Admiral Benbow. I eventually sat down to write an expanded (non-erotic) version of that great story – now published as Where Gold Lies.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Firstly places. I have been so lucky to have lived in fascinating places, and I carry them with me. They were all different, and I would be happy to revisit any of them tomorrow (except maybe Libya, where any secret policeman who has read The Accidental Spy would probably lock me away forever.) Of course, places come complete with their people and cultures, and you can’t separate the two but I think of myself as a geologist, so the places come first.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular?
I suspect you will find this hard to believe, but here goes… After I had finished Where Gold Lies, I started sending it out to agents and to an editor. This worthy lady (for cash, bless her grasping heart) said very little apart from ‘I think the language is a little difficult for a children’s book’. A kid’s book? What was she talking about?
I honestly had not given a thought to who might read my book. I had written with myself in mind. If I liked that sort of thing, then so should everyone else. I was so cross that I sat down to write a second book, and this time NO-ONE was going to mistake it for a kid’s book. That was Foreign Affairs.
To my surprise, writing naughty stories was great fun. It still is; the most fun you can have at home by yourself!
And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
You may find it hard to believe, there are readers out there who do not like erotic stories. Crazy, but true, so I have written some non-erotic tales with little sex in them. They don’t sell as well and I don’t attract the same notoriety, but I always feel that a good tale is a good tale, whatever the genre. I certainly have all sorts of genres on my own shelves.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Shall I say ‘a context’? Meaning a place, a way of life and the sorts of people who might live it, and a grand sketch of the plot. Before I start serious writing, I need to mull over the project for months at least, to put a little flesh on the bones. The plot and characters only get filled out when I am actually writing.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
For me, the end sequence. If you have created a world that is jogging along nicely, bringing things to a climax can be hard.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Absolutely, and it does for everyone. Every word a writer puts on paper is a product of their experience, even if the story is about alien blobs in outer space.
More tangibly, I never completely invent settings, but use something I have experienced. For instance, my current book is Falling into Queensland and the bad guy lives in a deserted mining area in the bush, in an abandoned gold dredge. I have visited that dredge and can picture it well, except it is in Bulolo, Papua New Guinea, not in Queensland.
Writing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
My husband wishes to make it completely clear that my sex scenes are the product of my own fevered brain and nothing else. He would like to repeat that, and does so frequently to his work colleagues.
As to how much comes from experience, well, buy me a candle-lit dinner and I might whisper in your ear. Let me leave you with a quotation from my Foreign Affairs, which concerns the prosecution for obscenity of a book by John Trehearne (a much better writer than I). Here he is, trying to evade the same question…
“Trehearne, please tell the Board how much of this book is autobiographical.”
Trehearne thought for a moment before addressing the Board. “Madam Chairperson, the Investigator has asked me a serious question that I am not able to answer. Some of this book I know to be true. Some I heard about second-hand, and some is pure imagination. But all through it, there are real people involved – admittedly under other names. As a gentleman, I cannot encourage any speculation that might identify the real characters without their permission.”
Valerie's jaw dropped. “You mean, some of this is true?”
“Yes. Approximately three-quarters, I would say.”
“You mean people actually do these things?”
“Of course. Why do you ask?”
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left the to imagination?
If you think of the best sexual encounters, they usually begin with a great deal of teasing and anticipation. (Women are very good at this – just getting dressed and putting on your make-up is a start down that road.) Given the right partner, the right time and place, the right atmosphere, your imagination can become very heated indeed.
Then there is that magic moment when nothing else matters anymore, as long as you are sure of getting lots of those delightful Anglo-Saxon words and actions. There is no telling what your limits might be at a time like this, because you are no longer quite rational. Then it all ends with a relaxing, soporific cuddle (we hope).
Although there are as many ways of writing sex as there are of doing it, an idealized sex scene should include all of the elements above. Sophisticated and crude, poetic and earthy, modesty and brass-fronted exhibitionism, they are all part of that great human blessing – sex.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
I absolutely never write about real people. Never, except that interesting girl I saw in the hotel in Singapore. And the guy in the gringo bar in Santa Cruz de las Sierra with his tales of life in East Africa. And the semi-discrete nightlife in Jakarta, and etc, etc.
No, I never write about real people.
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Therese, the heroine of The Prince and the Nun. She really is a lady you can admire. She starts off as a nun and then, well, you can read about her. I will say she was the most formidable character to write. The plot outline required that she jump in to bed with some-one – anyone – very early on but do you think she would? No matter how hard I tried, the lady had ideas of her own. She virtually wrote the story herself, and she was going to decide how much bed jumping happened and exactly when.
I admire her because she has real principles, is devoted to helping other people, and does not let institutional ideas stand in the way of doing the right thing.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
I am interested in whole BDSM scene. Not so much for myself (my bottom remains defiantly unspanked) but the reasons women get involved, and apparently enjoy it. I can’t say I fully understand yet, but Her Master’s Voice is an attempt to put it in perspective. Sherry, the heroine, finds her rather staid marriage turned upside down when she starts to explore. As the novel is set amongst the colours of South-East Asia, there is a lot of interesting fun to be had.
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
Right now I finishing up a crime/adventure set in my home state of Queensland. It will probably be called Falling into Queensland, and here is a sneak preview of the cover.
It tells the story of a young Englishwoman who inherits a house on a wild river in the far north. She meets all sorts of interesting people (include a rather shy but dishy bush man) and falls foul of a local bikie crime boss.
Should be under edit by the end of the month and released as an Australian paperback in April/May. I hope to have the ebook underway earlier than that.
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
I have 7 books out at the moment, and Falling in Queensland will be number eight. Absolutely the best way to find them is to go to www.jacquelinegeorgewriter.com where you can see all the American and Australian editions. People like Amazon and Barnes and Noble have some of them, and the Red Lipstick store is the best way of accessing those. In fact, the Red Lipstick store will be the main American distribution point for How to make Wild, Passionate Love to your Man (every thinking woman should have this one on their bedside table).
The main difference between American and Australian editions of my books lies in the covers. Us Aussie are a little less in-your-face than folks over there. It is nice being able to release editions in both countries. My US editor judged the beginning of Light o’Love was not simple enough for American women (how’s that for arrogance?) and forced me to make a 10,000 word adjustment. The Australian version is complete, and a better book as a result, I believe.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I am not sure if I want to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in five years, or wait for the full ten. Apart from that, I am not a pretentious person. If I can keep making readers happy in future, that is good enough. Of course, making more and more readers happy has an even more positive effect me!
Don't forget, sweetheart of a man, and new author Edward Kendrick will be here on Feb 25th! Then Rawiya/the author with multiple personalities this weekend! LOL Dena Celeste has posted @ RLJ - the slave/master dynamic!! Red Lipstick Journals And this is also the place to read Jacqueline George's contributions to a fabulous group of authors! All the RLJ author links can be found under the RLJ tab @ the BRB Blog. Thanks again for stopping by Jacqueline - you're a very gifted lady. I'll definitely be looking up your novels in the future and all the best for the upcoming release! The weekend is almost here sweeties! Enjoy the day!
Happy Yaoi Hunting ^_^!!
Happy Yaoi Hunting ^_^!!