Today we welcome Jackie Chanel whose newest release is not untitled, it’s called Untitled!!!!!

Jackie will be awarding gift baskets to two randomly drawn commenters which will include:

– a copy of the Untitled soundtrack
– a “I like Big Books and I cannot Lie” totebag
– Untitled themed or guitar shaped keychains

– $20 Amazon gift card. 

I had the pleasure of reading Untitled and highly recommend it. If you love a powerful love store developed against a background of clashing cultures, this book will pull you in and keep you until the last page.

Jackie, tell the readers a little bit about yourself, please.

I know everyone asks this but why did you decide to write romance?

I decided to write romance because deep down inside, I am a hopeless romantic.  Unfortunately, I’ve never had the type of romance novel love (like most people) and I decided to live vicariously though my writing. 

What was the hardest thing you had to do when you started?

The hardest thing that I had to do was actually focus on writing and make myself believe that I wasn’t doing it as just a hobby anymore, that I wanted to make a career out of it.

What was the easiest thing?

The easiest thing for me when I first started was actually writing the book.  The words flowed so easily, even I was impressed.

How long did it take you to finish your first manuscript and where did the idea come from?

The first manuscript I ever wrote took about 6 months to complete.  Then it just sat and I didn’t do anything with it.  When I decided to publish it, I needed to rewrite it because it was dated and that took about 3 months.

The idea for it came from a recurring dream that I had when I was in high school.  It was strange because I’d dream the beginning, end, and then middle of the dream over a week and it repeated itself for months, until I finally wrote it down.  That dream became my first manuscript and my first romance novel, Change of Heart.

Tell me about your first contract?

I’m self-published so I’m still waiting on my first contract.

Do you base any of your stories on real people or places or events?

Yes.  I use real places.  Untitled is set in Atlanta, GA for most of the book.  I’m familiar with Atlanta because I live there and was most comfortable using places that I was familiar with and people would recognize when they read the book.

What gets you in the mood to write?

There are three things that can spark my writing muse.  The first is reading a bad book, especially bad books that have made the NYT Bestseller List.  It’s irritating and gets me in the mood to write.  After reading a poorly written book, I can usually crank out 4-6 chapters a day.

Music also gets me in the mood to write.  Music is such a huge part of my day and I might hear a song lyric that completely relates to my character’s story that I’m instantly pulling out my pad and pen and writing.

For some weird reason, rain really gets me into a writing mood.  When there is a nice calming rain, I want to write.  When there is a violent thunderstorm, I get so scared so writing helps calm me and I usually end up writing something really good.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years?

Five years from now, I see myself writing full time, without the stress of my every day 9-5 job.  My plan is to be a top Amazon Bestselling author consistently and make the NYT Bestseller List.

10 years from now, hopefully I’ve fulfilled my dream of moving to New York City and making a life there and have my own romance novel love.

What do you enjoy most about being an author?

The idea that I can control what happens in my stories and that if I don’t want something bad to happen, it doesn’t have to.  In real life, no one has that type of control.  Being an author allows me an escape from real life. 

I also enjoy the interaction and support from other authors.  Although we’re all competing to make a Bestseller list, it doesn’t stop us from understanding that someone else is in the same boat and it’s important to help each other out.  The writing community is very special to me.

Okay, quick fun questions:

Favorite ice cream

Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk

Favorite music

Blues rock (is that even a real genre?)

Favorite movie

It’s a tie between Pretty Woman and Top Gun

Favorite time to write

Night…definitely after the sun goes down.

If you could be stranded with a movie or television star who would you pick?

Ian Somerhalder or Bradley Cooper, ya know, whichever is free to get stranded with me J

If someone played you in a movie who would it be and why?

I would love if Lisa Nicole Carson portrayed me in a movie.  I think she is a great actress.  I loved her in Love Jones and Ally McBeal.  Plus, she is busty like me and we both have the same unruly curly hair.  I think she would be perfect.

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