Interview with Jacqueline Driggers

What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, and I've become a big fan of the paranormal genre.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I'm afraid I don't. I started reading, or being read to, when I was really small. And my love of books has continued all my life. I started out with the classic children's storybooks and fairy tales.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle paperwhite that I love, and that is my new buddy. Before that I read on my Kindle for pc app.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Alexandre Dumas - to name a few.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town of about 6,000 people; a mostly rural county. Books were my window to the world, to other worlds. That's why I love writing science fiction and fantasy. I can make it all up.
Describe your desk
Organized disorder. Busy but I know where to find stuff. There's my pen and pencil cups, phone, answering machine, caller id box, glassware holding various stuff.
When did you first start writing?
I guess I first started writing in high school. I wanted to do that for a career, but my mom talked me out of it. That was back in 1979 when I graduated. Writing and publishing were a different world back then.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting out all those stories that formulate in my head. It's a release to turn them loose on paper.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have many yet, but they are important to me, very important. I value their feedback and input, and greatly appreciate the time they take to read my work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my blogs, my facebook pages, my groups, and I love playing games on facebook.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Oh gee, I find those in lots of places. Writer groups, review requests, free book lists on Amazon, just all over.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a fictional story, my first one, for a girl who published a Star Trek fanzine. It was about when Spock left for Star Fleet Academy.
What is your writing process?
I get a glimmer of an idea, inspired by a line or a moment in a tv show or movie, or whatever. Then I open up a word file and start writing. When I get one, I write what I have in a word file and save it, and I call those story starts. They are ideas that can be developed into full novels. I have over 50 of them at the moment, so I'll never run out of something to write about.
Published 2013-10-28.
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