We’re back for another edition of Meet the Author, where we poke and prod and otherwise look the gifted horse right in the kisser! Today we’re joined by Jaq D. Hawkins, author of the steampunk adventure, The Wake of the Dragon.
Great to have you here, Jaq. To start off, how about you finish this sentence: If I couldn’t be an author, I’d be a…
Cat. There’s no point to being human if you can’t enjoy writing. Maybe a nice black panther, but not trapped in a zoo. I could play drop bear with unsuspecting humans and do my part for ecological balance.
Seriously? But you’d only live for, what, fifteen years? Hmm, though, you would get to lay around in the sun all day and do nothing. Yeah, I could deal with that.
Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story?
What a brilliant idea. Apart from not wanting to dwell on people I don’t like, I can see this as a method of catharsis. But that would be giving into powerlessness and using Fantasy to deal with emotions. My stories come from my weird imagination and seldom brush with real life. So where do I get one of these T-shirts?
It’s nice to meet an author who can full slip out of their literary world. *snort* Wish I could do that. And as for the shirt, I’m totally having one made for myself. What author do you most admire?
It’s a toss-up between Roger Zelazny and Marion Zimmer Bradley, although the latter has an edge for continuing to publish books for many years after she died. Now that’s dedication!
Wow, now that’s a handy-dandy skill. Is she a vampire? Zombie? Geez, wouldn’t I like to know! What’s your favorite paragraph from one of your works? No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.
As it’s from the first chapter of my fantasy novel, Dance of the Goblins, I don’t mind saying:
‘We are not like you. We do not glory in having power over our own kind.’ Haghuf turned to walk away. Then as an afterthought added over his shoulder, ‘Or imagining that we do.’
This brief exchange started the series off and defined the nature of the goblins. It’s a commentary on the nature of artificial hierarchy among human societies and their complete basis in consensus. The goblins are natural anarchists, and it works.
Great opener, starts us right off with some goblin philosophy.
Do you have any odd rituals when you write, like stand on your head to get the blood flowing or turn around three times before you sit at your desk? Not that I do that, just saying.
You mean apart from chaining my boyfriend to the bed so I can get some peace?
Ha! You mean you do that, too? And what will you do with all of that peace? Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?
Oh gods yes. I’m currently working on the third book of the Goblin Series, Power of the Dance. Also begging for my attention is a sequel to my Steampunk novel, The Wake of the Dragon. It doesn’t have a title yet but the first chapter is mostly written. There is also a Khempunk novel vaguely related to those and a completely bizarre Fantasy novel called The Chase for Choronzon, about two reincarnated magicians chasing a demon across different dimensions. Then there is a Paranormal Romance novel about a vampire that formed from a song inspiration. I’m going to be busy for some time, ideas come far too easily.
You will be a busy girl, geez! Spread some of that author mojo around, wouldja? How was your road to publication? Short and sweet? Long and winding with many bumps?
I’ve always been a writer, but first got published in magazines in the 1980′s. My first book came out in 1996 in the MBS genre and was followed by several more, establishing my reputation in that genre. When I finished my first novel, it was released by a small publisher that subsequently failed, but it has now been re-released by Paganarchy Press and all of the fiction is coming out with them in the e-book and POD arena. It seems to be the wave of the future. Would I go back to traditional publishing? Maybe, if I got the right offer. At the moment I’m enjoying having a lot of control of my work although the traditional route has the advantage of getting books on shelves in the local book shop. Some shops are beginning to stock POD titles, it will be interesting to see if it becomes a trend.
I hear you on the level of control indie authors are afforded over publishing with the big boys. It definitely has its perks.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Public toilets with receptacles that overhang the toilet seat or doors that barely clear it so that you have to straddle it to close the bloody door!
Oh, yeah! Why do they do that? Why not put in one fewer stall and make them useful, geez! Okay, enough potty-talk, if you could have an hour alone with any literary character, who would it be?
Now there’s a tall order. Any character? Do I go on space adventures with Ford Prefect or try to convince one of my own goblins to allow me a taste of the goblin world…do I get down and dirty with James Steerforth, knowing he would move on immediately, or go adventuring in one of Gandalf’s wild enterprises? You’ve got me stumped on this one, there are too many choices!
I know! If I had to answer this one I’d have a hard time choosing, too. Now that we’ve gotten to know Jaq, let’s take a look at her little beauty below:
No sane airshipman will fly near a storm, but the cover of storm edge offers effective concealment for airship pirates who can strike quickly from above before anyone knows a ship is near. With the protection of Aide, the goddess of air travel, one airship defies the elements to seek fortune for the rag tag aerialists who make up the pirate crew.
The elements are the least of their problems when they find themselves saddled with an airsick clerk, a crewmember suspected of working for the East India Company and a love sick farm girl whose headstrong misconceptions compel her to seek adventure where no decent woman would wander unescorted.
Battling businessmen, mechanoids and villagers armed with torches and pitchforks, Captain Bonny must decide who to trust, and if the only rational course of action is one of apparent madness.
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So, all you steampunk fans out there. Have you added this one to your TBR yet? *stare*