Q&A with Jacqueline Paige

This Ring

  • By Jacqueline Paige
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: August 2013 by First Realm Publishing
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal / Fantasy / Romance
  • Attempting to pick up the pieces of her life and heart, Emma flees to an isolated cottage on a lake. Not knowing what to do or where to start, she needs time to decide on her new life.
    An invisibility curse has given Bryce forty years to reflect on past mistakes. The arrival of an intriguing woman brings him someone to watch, who just might be the first to see him in decades.
    Together they may find their chance to live again…
    This Ring was previously published in 2011 as one of the stories in the Curses book
    ~ Bewitching BT

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    “All in all it had been a long tedious road to this point with no turns what so ever—until this morning when she had looked right at him with both disbelief and dismay on her face. It may not have been a positive cosmic vibe but it was a hell of a lot more than he’d had in all the years he had been waiting and wandering.
    Before he was filled with that woe feeling that plagued him daily, after all spending an eternity with no one but yourself got to you after a few years, he turned back to study her. This hadn’t been a huge past time of his, most of the time when there were people around he wandered the other way. After all they represented the one thing he wasn’t – there. With her though it was different, she was somehow different than all the others. What was it about her?
    There wasn’t anything in particular that stood out about her. She seemed to be an average height and build. He pinned her age somewhere close to thirty that much about women hadn’t changed that he couldn’t guess an age range and be pretty close to right. Her hair was a mousy brown, for lack of a better way to describe it, and she had it all chopped up like scissors had randomly been placed wherever and cut—he liked it, it was original. Of course he didn’t know what the current in thing was, so it may not be all that original. He wasn’t close enough to see her eyes, but thinking about when they were huge and staring in his direction, he was fairly certain they were brown. So she was very much average across the scales—but what was it about her that just kept him sitting here on this rock, not that he felt his body against it, watching her.
    There were choices here, at least a few. He could sit here and continue doing what he was doing until night came, bringing morning closer. That would get a few bits past boring if she went back inside again and didn’t return. The second option was to go wander around the lake and pass the time with more speed than he was doing now. Grinning, he shook his head—because making time go faster had worked out so well for him in the last decade, or two.”


    If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?


    What would you say inspired you to write it?

    The idea just came to me, out of nowhere and it was an intriguing enough story that I had to write it. Several times a year I go up North to a peaceful lake and stay in a cozy little cabin, it’s my escape time. If I get up early enough I’m treated to the view of the lake at dawn, when the mist starts to rise off the lake. One morning the idea came to me … a woman sees a man walk up out of the mist on the lake. All I had to do from there was figure out why they were both there and a few details and it developed into This Ring.

    What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?

    With any character I create, I don’t sit down and analyze all the little details. I get an idea of who they are in my head and then when I start writing they reveal more and more to me. That may not be the ‘technical’ way, but it works for me.

    Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?

    Yes. Usually when I’m doing interview questions.  Seriously, I have had trouble from time to time but I’ve found a way around it that works every time. I’ll walk away from the computer with a notebook and pen, find a quiet corner and start writing.

    Your all time favorite book?

    Another author’s? That would be Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron.

    What made you pick that one above all others?

    Other than I waited what felt like forever to find out more about him, the time span covered in that book was amazing to me and so well written it was mind boggling. I love that book.

    What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?

    Usually I can do a story in a few months time, but when I sat down to write the first book in The Cross Over Huntress (we should be seeing more about that one soon!) it turned into so much more and soon I realized it wasn’t going to a single book. I worked on this one six months, constantly jotting down side notes and now it’s the first book in the Chronicles of Alterealm.

    Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?

    I don’t think it has other than I walk around talking to myself more when I’m working out plot issues. Oh and the kids would say I cook less, in fact when I’m lost in a story or it’s November (National Novel Writing Month) I forget to eat altogether! My kids keep me fed during these times.

    Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?

    No, I had no issues writing this one. I’ve had misbehaving characters occasionally, but never to the point of thinking about giving up.

    What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?

    Until a few months ago I worked 7 days a week for four years without a break as a manager of a busy café, at that point my days were endless and sleep a rare event. Now, I’m able to spend time with my family and relax (sleep!) more. It’s been great, I am thrilled being able to write when I want instead of fitting it in here and there. Aside from writing I read (a lot) do crazy things with my kids (my bio explains some of that) and enjoy life as much as I can because you never know when unexpected things change everything.

    How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?

    I haven’t had too much as far as bad reviews go (so far *fingers crossed*) but my way of looking at it is everyone has different tastes. Like some people like Coca-cola, some like Pepsi and some prefer water. I’ve read books myself that had miles and miles of great reviews and for me I found the story lacking, so I try to remember it’s just their own personal opinion and move on. The advice I would give is the same, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not everyone is going to like what you write just as you don’t like every book you read.

    Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?

    This one is not part of a series. Which is good for me because too many of my ‘single’ stories turn into a trilogy or series and I have a list that’s too long now.

    What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?

    Speaking of that list… I have a lot going on right now.
    The third and final book in The Hidden Senses Trilogy – Inner Reflections will be out in January 2014.
    I have a new trilogy that we should be seeing soon, the Ancestor’s Enchantment trilogy – The Witch Within is the first book.
    Of course I mentioned the Chronicles of Alterealm – The Cross Over Huntress is in the final pre-submission stage.
    Another new series is After the Silence, the first book, Beginnings is sitting on an editor’s desk so there should be news about that soon (crosses fingers)
    AND I’m presently writing the second book in my Animal Trilogy – Scent.

    So much to write, not enough hours in a day!

    Fun facts:
    If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?

    Oh to be selfish or not…so many things to choose from… Okay, I’d like for my mom to be more comfortable and be able to walk again, so she could enjoy life more.

    If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?

    That’s a painful choice. I just looked at my bookshelves for the answer and as weird as this is, I’d take my huge dictionary with me. Not very creative I know, but there it is.

    Name your favorite fruit.


    Coffee or tea?


    Favorite season?


    How about fav time of 24 hours?

    Late night (1-3am)

    Were you a boyscout/girlscout?

    Girlscout (or “guide” here in Canada)

    Favorite food for breakfast?


    Latest book you’ve bought and read?

    Christine Feehan’s Dark Storm

    Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?

    Coins and stuffed large cats (the fake kind)

    Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!

    Dark Purple

    Drama or comedy?


    Have a fav quote or personal motto?

    Nothing changes if nothing changes.

    Cats or dogs?


    Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?

    Dinner by candlelight

    About the Author & Links:

    Jacqueline Paige lives in Ontario in a small town that’s part of the popular Georgian Triangle area. No one has ever heard of Stayner, so she usually tells people she lives “near Collingwood” and no, she doesn’t ski at Blue Mountain or at all, in fact she’s not even fond of snow.

    She began her writing career in 2006 and since her first published works in 2009 she hasn’t stopped. Jacqueline describes her writing as “all things paranormal”, which she has proven is her niche with stories of witches, ghosts, physics and shifters now on the shelves.

    When Jacqueline isn’t working at her ‘reality job’ or lost in her writing she spends time with her five children, most of whom are finally able to look after her instead of the other way around. Together they do random road trips, that usually end up with them lost, shopping trips where they push every button in the toy aisle, hiking when there’s enough time to escape and bizarre things like creating new daring recipes in the kitchen. She’s a grandmother to four (so far) and looks forward to corrupting many more in the years to come.

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