When Ashley Riveraine jumped at the chance to travel back in time to meet her hero Alexander the Great, she never thought she would end up staying there…
Following Alexander the Great’s army on its journey across Persia, Ashley is walking the knife edge of history. As a presumed goddess, Ashley is expected to bless crops, make sure battles are won and somehow keep herself out of the history books.
Can Ashley avoid the wrath of the Time Institute while keeping the man she loves alive?
I hope you enjoy this interview.
1. When and where do you prefer to write?
I usually write on my days off from work & Sundays. I used to be a stay-at-home-mom, and nothing could distract me. I’d put the kids on the bus, wish hubby a good day, then grab a coffee and get all my work done. Now I have a job, and I find that when I come back from work I really need to wind down. (Plus getting dinner, housework – you women know what I mean!) So, for these past ten years, writing is only possible on days off.
2. Do you have a certain ritual?
I sacrifice a coffee to my muse, then put some music on. I like all different music, so it can be Muse one day, Mozart the next, lol.
3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee and chocolate – nectar from the gods!
4. What is your favourite book?
That’s like asking which is my favourite child – books are so different and they pull different heartstrings. As soon as I’m hooked and love a book, it becomes my favourite.
5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes, I love dabbling in different genres. But there are always threads of fantasy and science fiction that creep in. I think it’s because I started reading young, and my first book was a huge book of Greek myths I carried around with me everywhere! I thought that Zeus was really God, so you can imagine the trouble I got into when I went to Sunday school!
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes, all the time – and sometimes it’s not on purpose, I just suddenly realize that a character resembles someone I know. You know, there is a saying, “Don’t make a writer mad, he’ll put you in a book then kill that character off!”
7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, I have this really wacky memory where I can remember nearly everything. I have a photographic memory, which helped me in school, because I’m completely dyslexic and most of what I put down on test papers was just memorized squiggles! I get ideas all the time, but I’ve learned to let them mature and grow before trying to write them down, otherwise I’d have pages and pages of “What if…?”
8. Which genre do you not like at all?
That would have to be bondage and S&M stories. The ability to think and decide for oneself is important to me so I would not be sympathetic to that sort of relationship.
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’d love to co-write a book with Jennifer Ash – she’s a historian and specializes in Robin Hood (how cool is that?) Her books are great fun, and it would be an interesting project!
10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Greece and North Macedonia, of course!
Thank you, Jennifer Macaire and Rachel’s Random Resources.
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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