Author Jacqueline Seewald – August 2015

Author Jacqueline Seewald

Welcome, Jacqueline! What can you tell us about THE BAD WIFE?

THE BAD WIFE is the 4th Kim Reynolds mystery novel in the series. Kim is an academic librarian with mild psychic powers that she does her best to suppress. She seems to have a gift for finding the dead as well as communicating with them. She becomes involved with policeman, Mike Gardner, a homicide detective.

The first novel in the series, THE INFERNO COLLECTION, was published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage as was the second in the series, THE DROWNING POOL, and the third, THE TRUTH SLEUTH. The novels were published in hardcover, large print, and Harlequin Worldwide Mystery paperback. Eventually, I hope they will be published as e-books as well so that they will be accessible to more readers.

THE BAD WIFE is available as an e-book from Perfect Crime Press, I’m happy to say, as well as in print.

What inspired you to start writing fiction, and how long have you been at it?

I started reading avidly back in elementary school. I loved making up my own stories just as soon as I was able to write. My mother bought me a Smith Corona portable when I was 11 and I learned how to touch type. That’s when I became a serious writer.

What genre do you prefer reading, and who is/are your favorite author(s) in that genre?

I love reading all types of mystery novels and suspense thrillers, pitting my mind against the author and trying to figure out what will be coming next. I like novels that have well-rounded characters and depth.

As to favorite writers, I have a great many, male and female authors. There are just too many to start naming who they are.

Along that same line of questioning, have you ever read an author who has had a lasting and positive impact on your life?

Bible stories impacted me and still do. For instance, THE KILLING LAND, my next Five Star/Gale/Cengage Western crime novel is influenced in part by the Book of Ruth. My novels usually contain a certain amount of romance as well as mystery and suspense.

How many hours per day do you devote to writing?

It will vary. Usually about four to five hours a day.

Can you describe a typical day in the life of Jacqueline Seewald?

I’m a morning person. It’s when my mind is sharpest. So like a surgeon I begin my work early, usually about 5 or 6 am. I’ll stop to fix breakfast, continue working, and then take a break to work out. In good weather my husband and I take long walks. In bad weather I’m on the treadmill indoors. Like everyone, I have chores, shopping, cleaning and cooking to do as well as writing. Since I’m now retired, I have the luxury of extra writing time which I appreciate.

If you could write from anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d still work right here at my desk in NJ. But I would like to travel more. There’s a lot I haven’t seen right here in the U.S. Travel inspires good writing.

What are some of your interests or hobbies outside of writing?

I love music and listen to all kinds. I like to sing along. I also paint, mainly landscapes.

What’s next?

Just published is a paranormal Gothic romance/mystery DARK MOON RISING with Luminosity Press. Astraea/Clean Reads is bringing out the print version of THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER, a YA that has sold well in digital editions. THE KILLING LAND from Five Star/Cengage will be published in February 2016. I recently finished writing a new mystery novel not in the Kim Reynolds series that I hope to sell soon. In the meantime I hope more readers will discover THE BAD WIFE.


Blurb for THE BAD WIFE:

Kim Reynolds, a reluctant sleuth with mild psychic powers, hopes for a normal life with her policeman lover Mike Gardner. But when Gardner’s supposedly “ex” wife returns, Kim’s life is turned upside down. And when the “ex” ends up dead, it looks like Mike decided to end the marriage for good.

“Seewald provides enough red herrings and action to keep the pages turning, including an exciting climax.” Gumshoe Review

“The author has a knack for pacing and is quite skilled at developing her characters. But the best thing about this book, for me, is that the author is a true storyteller. She draws the reader in as she begins the tale then keeps the reader close from page to page. It is nearly impossible to put this book down until the very end and even then, the reader is likely to wish the story had never ended because the experience was so intense and satisfying. If we still told tales around a campfire at midnight, I would want to be seated at Ms. Seewald’s campfire, that’s for sure.” Over My Dead Body!

JSeewaldAuthor BIO:

Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Fifteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies such as: THE WRITER, L.A. TIMES, READER’S DIGEST, PEDESTAL, SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE, OVER MY DEAD BODY!, GUMSHOE REVIEW, THE MYSTERY MEGAPACK, LIBRARY JOURNAL, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

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