Interview with Jacqueline Gardner of Thoughtless
I’m really glad to have Jacqueline Gardner here. She is the author of Thoughtless, a young adult paranormal novel.
Jacqueline Gardner works as a Story Editor for the production company, Labragirl Pictures. Her love of storytelling began at an early age when she would make up stories with her grandmother before bedtime. In early 2010, she completed her first novel and has been stuck on writing ever since. She resides in Colorado and loves hiking, writing, fantasy fiction, and all things cupcake.
In a sentence, please tell us why readers should pick up your novel.
It’s a fun and entertaining read that lets you see what it’s like to be a high school mind-reader!
Why did you decide to have a main character that could read minds?
It was a thought I had one day, and I went with it! I write what I love and I had a lot of fun with the main character
What was one of the most difficult scenes to write in Thoughtless?
Probably the ending I wanted to leave things open for book two, but at the same time I wanted readers to feel like most of their questions had been answered.
Bridget and Terrence’s first “date” was more of a blind date, would you ever consider going on a blind date?
I’ve never been on a blind date. I was always the one who set up my friends. But first dates are awkward, blind date or not!
Bridget is going to attend Hartfield Manor in England, would you mind giving us a sneak peek into her new life?
Yeah! Bridget is about to become the “new kid” in a school with students just like her. We’ll meet new characters, see Bridget’s powers develop and learn more about the coven. Yes, they’re planning a comeback!
What advice would you give to an inspiring writer that is interested in being self-publish?
Find a solid critique group and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
What has been the most rewarding experience regarding Thoughtless?
I learn a lot about myself with every story write. I drew on my own high school experiences when I wrote Thoughtless. Looking back, there are a few things I would have done differently. But Bridget is all about moving forward. She’s realized that dwelling in the pasts gets you nowhere. I believe that too 🙂
What is the oddest tasting cupcake you have ever had?
I haven’t come across one yet! I know some people aren’t fans of savory cupcakes but I like both sweet and savory. A cupcake is a cupcake.
If you be a goddess, which one would you be?
I love the ocean. I’ve always felt comfortable underwater. Is there a female sea goddess who could take Poseidon? I would be her.
The counterpart to Poseidon would be his wife, Amphitrite, goddess of the sea. Excellent choice.
Last quirky question, Ferret or Chinchilla?
Chinchilla. Ferrets are stinky.
Thank you so much for the interview.
Blurb from Amazon:
When Bridget finds a dead cheerleader in the janitor’s closet, she becomes the killer’s next target. High school just got worse. It’s bad enough that she can hear the shocking truths that pass through her classmate’s heads. Now she has to worry about staying alive, and all clues point to the one person whose thoughts she can’t read – her boyfriend Terrence. Someone is taunting her, threatening to expose her secret. And when Bridget tries to single out her blackmailer, she’s nearly beaten to death by a mind controlled minion with fiery eyes.
But when Bridget finally comes face-to-face with the killer, suddenly a horde of brainwashed students programmed to destroy her life doesn’t seem so bad.