Alexander the Great journeys to India, where he and Ashley are welcomed with feasts and treachery.

With their son, Paul, being worshipped as the Son of the Moon, and Alexander’s looming death, Ashley considers the unthinkable: how to save them and whether she dares to cheat Fate?

 

 

Q&A

I hope you will enjoy the interview.

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Thank you for having me on your blog today!

Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?

I love comics and graphic novels – when I was a kid, I’d buy a new comic every Saturday – they cost a dime back then (I’m aging myself, I know) I loved the Archie comics and Superman / Supergirl! Right now my husband is into the Walking Dead graphic novels, and I recently read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapiand and loved it.

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

My parents were both readers – and besides reading to us when we were little, they encouraged us to read. I always had a library card – our monthly trips to the library were something I used to look forward to! Every time I arrive in a new city, I go straight to the library and take out a card.

When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

Well, of course! Don’t all authors do that? “Don’t make an author mad, they’ll kill you in their next book!” I read that somewhere and thought it was hilarious.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Sometimes the name is obvious, and sometimes the name pops out of nowhere. Sometimes I have to try out several names before it works, and that means once or twice having to go back and change a name for hundreds of pages!

Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?

I translate and do work for a scientist – I don’t know if that counts, lol.

If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

Based on is fine – one of my short stories was made into a film (here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTd5Fa86VRQ  ) and it was practically word for word the same. But for a novel, based on might make more sense.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Alexander the Great – and he kidnapped me – and that’s how it all started! 😉

Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

Yes, lots! I write emails, I ask questions – sometimes it’s about a historical detail, other times it’s for a translations. But definitely – I like to contact experts. Everyone has been incredibly helpful.

Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

My mother, who is an avid reader, English teacher, and who corrects my manuscripts for plot holes and questions about grammar. For problems with plots I’ll ask my husband – he always has great ideas!

What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course).

I have had all of the above, and I think that constructive criticism is helpful – but it’s also a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted – it’s hard to correct something that’s already published. That said, a good review can help a reader who is undecided if they want to buy the book – a bad review can make a reader shrug and click on another book, so authors are always happy with the good and sad about the bad – on the other hand, I’ve bought books with terrible reviews because they sounded good to me! To each his or her own!

Thank you, Jennifer Macaire and Rachel’s Random Resourves.

 

About the author

Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

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