Barbara Jaques

Biography

Life has so many possible outcomes. From the simple question what if? a thousand stories can evolve. This is how novelist, Barbara Jaques, finds inspiration, through questions of coincidence, uncertainty, superstition and faith.

Born in a tiny town in Alberta to wandering parents before their return to Bristol, Barbara has also wandered a little, although is now settled in Wiltshire with her family, close to her childhood home.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The mainstream world of publishing has narrowed, rather like the film industry. The vogue is for dead-cert money spinners. No one appears to want to test ideas or expand the market; taking a creative gamble and seeing if it pays off seems to be a thing of the past. Nowadays, unless the genre is very clear and specifically commercial, forget finding the more regular sort of support. Fortunately, the emergence of independent publishing platforms has allowed for greater expression once more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is like painting: shape it, colour it, give it mood with subtle shade; perhaps re work it or throw it away and start again with a new canvas. The process of creation is wonderful.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Barbara Jaques online

Where to buy in print

Series

Percy's Progress
Follow reluctant expat, Percy Field, to Singapore in The Cult of Following trilogy, where the rise and fall of this misanthropic Englishman is a thing to behold. Love him, hate him, envy him, nothing bothers Percy for long. Beyond the shores of Singapore and England, follow Percy's Progress as life continues to present challenges only a special man would encounter.
A short story
Short stories with unexpected outcomes
Baggy
Price: Free!
The Front Door
Price: Free!
Sterling Close
Price: Free!
Anita Smith.
Price: Free!
Fibre
Price: Free!
Party Bus
Price: Free!

Books

Flashbulb
Series: Percy's Progress, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,780. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Love him or hate him, Percy Field is venturing from British shores once more. The first time he left he was heading for Singapore hoping to save his marriage. This time Percy's goal is equally unlikely. Whiling away the days on the New Zealand island of Waiheke, how can life and love move on when even the past has become inaccessible?
Lonesome Corpse
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A creepy short story of why it is always better to stay on the path
We Are Who
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
The age of technology? The ride might be longer than you think.
Colour of the Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,970. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
As old economies collapse and new ones rise, the tide of 21st century immigration has turned, bringing an influx from the once prosperous West. Tolerance, an impoverished widowed mother of two, believes she must do anything to survive, including escaping her birthplace; a once genteel city now shrouded by a seething, perilous shanty town.
Number Ten
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(3.00 from 1 review)
The decision of one man seems to change the course of the day for many. But was change coming, anyway?
Agnes Wagner's Gardening Club
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A short tale of an elitist gardening club driving the horticulturally minded to insane extremes. Nature, nurture or just plain creepy?
Portia
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A short cautionary tale; when does a stranger become something more?
Fibre
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A short tale of threading lives and private stories where not everything is as it seems.
The Cult of Following Book 3
Series: Percy's Progress, trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,690. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
In the final book of The Cult of Following trilogy, Percy Field at last finds direction, deciding he has nothing to lose by sharing the opinion of those in awe of him. Raised up to the highest of heights, Singapore's five-foot way is a hard place to fall.
Party Bus
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Literature » Literary
What sort of party starts at 8am, includes the young, the old, and strangers, and begins on a bus in a supermarket carpark?
The Cult of Following, Book Two
Series: Percy's Progress, trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,280. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
After stepping far beyond the warm-beer and soggy-chip comforts of England, Percy Field has finally accepted his lot. While the move to Singapore was everything Percy expected, in this new place was both inexplicable and unexpected. But life for the disagreeable expat is not destined to be easy.
The Cult of Following, Book One
Series: Percy's Progress, trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,650. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Misanthrope, Percy Field, is completely at ease amongst his reserved middle England community. However, if he is to rescue his floundering marriage he must follow his wife and her job to Singapore. Percy’s new home is exactly as he imagined it to be: too hot, too humid, an annoying place where even his habitual comfort of picking fault doesn’t provide consolation, until friendship comes his way.
West of Eden; A Dedicated Tale
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Two small English cities battle it out, in a short tale of personal rivalry and obsession.
Anita Smith.
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Life is a bus journey. Or is it a lottery, where you select your own numbers or even make a random choice? Whichever, the odds do not change. What does matter, however, is what you do with the ticket. Anita Smith left hers on the bus.
Sterling Close
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sterling Close is the short story of a tiny community and their very particular, and rather unexpected, tastes. From the author of other unexpected short stories, novelist Barbara Jaques.
Love of Grace and Angels
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,930. Language: British English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Set in Bath, England, Love of Grace and Angels is the tale of a delusional stalker who believes he has fallen in love, and those lives touching his.
Baggy
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(3.00 from 1 review)
An unexpected turn of events for a young mischief maker, forces him to take a different view of his best friend
The Front Door
Series: A short story. Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: British English. Published: January 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
An unexpected tale of opportunity in the rental market. Inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Roald Dahl.
The Last Tiger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,370. Language: British English. Published: December 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Environmentalist Felix and his young granddaughter Bee witness the kidnapping of 10 year-old Tuan, sole survivor of an indigenous tribe wiped out by disease. The Last Tiger follows Tuan and Bee as they grow up together in England under the harsh spotlight of celebrity. A compelling story of love and friendship in all its guises, of difference and acceptance, of betrayal and forgiveness.

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