Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Interview with Jacqueline Seewald

Multiple award-winning author Jacqueline Seewald has taught creative, expository and technical writing at the university level as well as high school English. She also worked as an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Eleven of her books of fiction have been published. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when she isn’t writing. In addition, she is a playwright, a landscape artist and loves many types of music. 

Today we talk with Jacqueline Seewald and her Current Work.   

This is part four of our five part interview.
Part 1 @ Teresa - Thursday, May 31st
Part 2 @ Emily - Friday, June 1st
Part 3 @ Sandra - Monday, June 4th
Part 4 @ Dean - Tuesday, June 5th
Part 5 @ Terri - Wednesday, June 6th

Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it? 

My latest novel is a romantic suspense mystery thriller entitled DEATH LEGACY, published by Five Star/Gale in hardcover April 12, 2012. It features an unlikely hero and heroine. Michelle runs a mysterious “consulting firm” and is trained in martial arts. Daniel is a psychiatrist with a sense of humor and a passion for her. They become involved in solving a murder/disappearance that relates to national security and soon places their lives in serious jeopardy. As to where you can buy the novel, Amazon or B&N online are making it available. However, I suggest requesting the novel at your local library. It has a very good Booklist review so I believe librarians will be willing to order it:

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

The research was demanding. I had to learn about firearms, bomb-making, weapons that saboteurs would use, espionage in general.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I enjoyed writing the love scenes most of all. There is humor and romance as well as sensuality. I think readers of romance will enjoy this novel as much as mystery lovers.

 If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?

I can't say that I would.  I've rewritten the novel more than once, so it's as good as it gets.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Daniel, the hero of this novel, explains that he refuses to give in to fear. He won’t let it control or rule his life. I believe that’s a lesson we all need to embrace.

Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like? 

This novel actually has had two covers. The first one which is still being shown did not satisfy me and I told the editor that as soon as I saw it. I had asked for a black, sinister limo to be pictured. Instead the original cover had a light blue impressionist car picture. It was not the right feel for a romantic suspense mystery thriller which is what this novel actually is.

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Jacqueline Seewald said...


I just want to thank you for posting this interview with me. I appreciate the publicity. I hope readers will request Death Legacy at their local libraries.

Betty Gordon said...

Another great interview. I agree with the hero of your new work -- not to give into fear or let it rule your life. This is so true and fear comes in many forms.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Jacqueline, Covers are tricky business. So much depends on getting them absolutely right. I'm glad you stuck to your guns to make your cover more sinister to fit with the genre.

I enjoyed reading that you wouldn't change your story. I feel that way too. Once I've edited to my satisfaction so that its ready to go out, its the best I can make it.

Good stuff!


Maryannwrites said...

Love the cover of Death Legacy. Just Pinned it. (smile) I think you are so right about making sure the covers really convey the essence of the story. I do get a strong sense of suspense in looking at this cover.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Betty, Maggie and Maryann,

You are all great people and fine writers! Thanks for all your support. And I'm glad you like the cover of Death Legacy as it now appears. It does fit the story.

Dean C. Rich said...


Thank you for stopping by and interviewing. Glad we were able to help out.

Dean C. Rich said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by!

LJ Garland said...

Great interview. Loved reading about your cover experience. Very interesting! :-) Congrats!!