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The Prince and the Nun
a nun in love
Why I writeÖ
Art for artís sake? Maybe, but you wonít find me writing just for the fun of writing. For something I have created to come alive, it has to be shared. So I create books that will bring me close to my readers, and let them share in the fun. I always have my reader in the back of my mind when I write but donít write for her. Instead I just hope that he or she will go along with the pictures and people I am putting down on paper.
So what do I write? I enjoy good stories. My mother started me off on Treasure Island. Odysseus and Bilbo Baggins were in the kids section of our public library. I had read Lord of the Rings before I was ten. At college (after 2 abortive attempts) I finally understood Catch 22 - still THE novel of the 20th century for me.
All of them good tales well told, all of them with a beginning, a middle and an end - usually a happy end. I love stories and story telling. Of course, I do my best to follow the masters.
I write about my great passions. Firstly romance. Iím an incurable romantic. No surprise about that, itís the way weíre programmed. And yes, I even let my men be romantic too. Then there is sex - I'm a great thinker about sex. Finally, I love places. Real, interesting and exotic places.
I have been lucky enough to follow my husband to different countries with the oil industry - 15 in all. As I was living there and not just rubber-necking, I had to fit in. Learn a bit of the language and the history, understand the local ways of getting things done. Eat the food and enjoy society, and I like to share all that.
And I want reality. I want you to believe it happened, or could have happened, in just the way I set down. So - no super heroes (or super studs). Or nymphomaniacs, come to that. If any of them exist, Iíve never met one.
So my idea of a good novel? First and absolutely necessary, it must be a good story. An old fashioned tale. It needs some romance with a happy ending. Action is a prerequisite - no kitchen sink dramas for me - but there is a distinct lack of corpses in my stories. Guns are necessary sometimes, especially if you are writing a story set in wartime, but they stay in the background. Lots of interesting things can happen without anyone getting killed, and in real life death is not much fun at all.
And sex, of course. That wonderful gift Providence has given us, our chance to touch the divine. It is a great subject for art, and one we can all share. Hollywood might not be ready to trade its loaded guns for real sex, but I am. Itís so much more fun...
Meet Annabel Gold...
I live in a wonderful part of the world. The Coral Sea is just down the road, the Great Barrier Reef is twenty minutes by small boat, we have jungle on one side and eucalyptus scrub on the other. Wallabies visit my garden most days (and attack my bananas - little buggers!), we have all sorts of birds, and the snakes generally keep out of the way.
So how could I ignore this area when it came to writing stories? I sat down to play with a plot that had been growing in the back of my mind, and set it in a small village in Far North Queensland. I figured it would be the best compliment to the place so I wrote Falling into Queensland, which is an old-fashioned adventure/crime story. Lots of people liked it and locals say it really gives a feel of the place.
The only serious thing anyone has said against it came from the lady who burned her potatoes - see here.
Hi Jacqueline ,
No wonder your books are doing well, I do love your cheeky banter! You are one of a kind. Congratulations!
PS: Love the American cover for Where Gold Lies. I want legs like thatÖ
Check out Francesca's Mucho Caliente here. It's worth it.
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Who is Jacqueline?
Jacqueline lives in the far north of Queensland, Australia, on the shores of the Coral Sea. She has a house built for the tropical climate - on tall stilts and with walls that open to let the breeze blow through.
She lives with her husband who is easily managed, and her marmalade cat Rudy who definitely isn't.
Jacqueline writes romantic stories because she is an unrepentant romantic at heart. But she also loves travelling to interesting places and meeting new people, and they find a place in her stories too.
When she is not writing, she is kept busy by her garden which is still maturing. Right now her coconut trees look young and untidy
but come back in five years and they will be towering over the house.
And what could be more romantic than a coconut palm?
Every woman's guide
Her Master's Voice
finding love on
a tropical island
Where Gold Lies
It's sexy, but is it legal?
Falling into Queensland
Life and love
The Accidental Spy
Spies, terrorists and the
endless sands of
Yellow Silk Dreams have just put out a new anthology of magical tales, with four exciting new stories. Check out Enchanted here
I am absolutely fed up with the traditional book trade pushing me around. I find I can put out a paperback book here in Australia that takes ages to make a profit for me, while the distributors and book sellers are making a fortune out of it. Well, times are changing and the age of the dinosaurs is over.
I've started a new line of sexy short stories by various authors. Click on the Yellow Silk Dreams banner, and start reading...
Here she is, the mystery co-author of Looking at Me. Now, I'm not being coy. I really do not know who she is. I'm pretty sure she lives in Queensland, but I could bump into her at the supermarket and not recognise her (unless she looks like her picture, of course.)
She wants to be anonymous, and given the hot stuff she writes, that's understandable. I wonder if she is a politician with a respectable reputation
to protect. Perhaps she is a judge or magistrate, or the town mayor. Well, who cares? All I know is, she can write hot stories!
Itís hard to believe, but the good weather is just around the corner. Warm summer days for the northern hemisphere, and cool winter ones for us by the Coral Sea. It cheers everyone up and on top of that, the economy seems to be picking up too. We seem to see the signs of an economic spring, after a very long and miserable winter.
But (thereís always a but, isnít there?) a cloud looms on the horizon. Amazon has bought GoodReads.
Why should we care we care who runs GoodReads? Ask yourself why Amazon wanted to buy it. Amazon sells books; GoodReads was an independent community of readers who talked about books. If Amazon controls access to that community, they have bought themselves a storefront. In the good old days, if a GoodReader liked a book, they would tell everyone and make a recommendation. Prospective readers would go looking for it from a variety of retailers directly from GoodReads. Now they will be able to choose from a variety of retailers called ĎAmazoní.
The trouble will come when Amazon uses its weight to influence process. GoodReads already has to police its site against mis-use by authors trying to game the system and make their books appear more popular than they are. Will they be able to stand against their owners when advertising slips into marketing slips into manipulation? What do you think?
Amazonís vision of a seamless consumer experience works, as anyone who effortlessly buys books via a Kindle will tell you. On the other hand, authors know about the dark side of the power. Try offering a book elsewhere for less than the price on Amazon, and you may have your whole list suddenly withdrawn from display in the worldís largest retailer. Want to design a book cover with a tastefully muscled man on it? Amazon will tell you what they permit, and you had better comply or you are out...
I hope some-one starts a GoodReads II...
A Requiem for GoodReads...