Saturday, July 9, 2016

Come & visit with Multi-Published Author Jacqueline Vick, author of Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic Mysteries & More...

      Hello every one and how  are you doing today? Happy and healthy, I hope. 'm back and hope everyone is doing well and happy! It’s so great to be with all of you again. Welcome back to my writing blog page where I try to share whatever I think may interest you. Of course, by now you all know how very much I love promoting other authors. Today I interview another fellow writer. With me this time is Multi-published author Jacqueline Vick, as she discusses writing and her current book, Civility Rules, which was released on June 9, 2016 from Classical Reads.

     Jacqueline Vick is the author of over twenty short stories, novelettes and mystery novels. Her April 2010 article for Fido Friendly Magazine, “Calling Canine Clairvoyants”, led to the first Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic mystery, Barking Mad At Murder, followed by A Bird's Eye View of Murder. Her first Harlow Brothers' mystery, Civility Rules, will be out in June 2016. To find out more, visit her website at
     While researching an article for "Fido Friendly Magazine" (April, 2010), Jacqueline came up with the idea of the Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic mysteries. The first novel, "Barking Mad at Murder", is available on Kindle. 

                              Author Jacqueline Vick

     Her humor has been described as screwball, and she thinks sleuths are at their best when surrounded by nutty and unpredictable characters. That's why she loves the "Liturgical Detective" series, the "Barbara Marr" series, and the "Ms. America" series. "Death by Sheer Torture" by Robert Barnard will always be one of her favorites.

     To read her interviews of other writers you may like as well as hearing the latest news, visit A Writer's Jumble at Find out more about the author on her website including the true story behind how her big sister led her to a life of crime...writing.

     Welcome Jackie! Thanks so much for joining us here. You’ve lead such an interesting and well-traveled life in writing. I’m fascinated by it all. Shall we begin to learn more about you and your writing?

          SJ: I couldn’t help noticing that you have written a number of suspense novels as well as children’s books. That is quite a varied experience. Can you tell us a little bit of how the idea evolved for each one?

     Jackie: I have several mystery novels, and I think I fell into writing them because my mother has always been a huge mystery fan. I remember she owned every Agatha Christie written, and she loved other Golden Age crime writers, especially the British. You would be hard-pressed to come up with an author from that era that she hasn't read.

     It's funny, but I didn't like mysteries when I was growing up. It wasn't until my thirties that I started reading them. I fell in love with the genre, and then I had a lot of catching up to do!

     After we moved to Los Angeles from the Chicago area, I started writing screenplays. (Like everyone else out here!) Then I took a shot at a mystery that later became Family Matters.

     The children's book came out of nowhere. I liked the idea of teaching children logic, and Logical Larry was born. I haven't followed up with it because it means keeping up with two different worlds of writers etc., but I do have another young adult novel in mind that I might eventually write.

                 Jackie's Latest Release.

     SJ: Please tell us about your newest release….

     Jackie: Civility Rules is the story of Edward and Nicholas Harlow. Edward is the author of the Aunt Civility etiquette books, something only his younger brother, Nicholas, knows. Nicholas is his secretary, and it's a difficult job, because although Edward looks the part of a mannered individual, he's actually a short-tempered diamond-in-the-rough.

I love family relationships. They are so honest. You would say things to your siblings that you'd never say to a friend or stranger, and in a straightforward manner!


     SJ: How extensive was your research for each one of your books? How much fact and fiction do you roll into each one?

     Jackie: The facts are the support for the fictional story.  The current pet psychic novel-in-progress takes place on a cruise. I've researched various elements about the setup of a cruise ship, such as the typical floors on a cruise ship, where the on board entertainment would live while on the ship, etc., but then the fiction comes in. There isn't a Finlander cruise line or a chief security officer named Robinson (to the best of my knowledge); however, Officer Robinson is ex-military, and that's where cruise lines actually get a lot of their security officers. 

     Another example:

Facts:  The various experiences of animal communicators and animal behaviorists that I've interviewed for my pet psychic mysteries.

Fiction: The situations that wind up in my books.

It's a balance I'm happy with. My books aren't police procedurals, but I try not to take too much license with how things would work in the real world.

The first Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic Mystery

      SJ: If you could turn one of your books into a film, which one would you choose and why?

      Jackie:  Civility Rules would make a good movie of the week, and Family Matters would make a good comedy romp. The pet psychic books would be much harder to show on film, since you can't touch, feel and see a psychic experience.


       SJ: With so many published books, you’ve written, where do you get your inspiration and ideas from?

       Jackie: Life with a capital "L".  Everything that happens to me is fodder for my books. As with most authors, I simply ask "what if?"  I have a friend who was harassed by a customer at the grocery store where she works. What if she decided to extract revenge? Could she poison his produce without anyone finding out? What if he was a serial harasser, and there were clerks all over town who would like to eliminate him? Nothing is safe.

 the 2nd Chandler Mystery

      SJ: What do you love most about being a writer? Least?

      Jackie: The hardest part of being a writer is discipline. You are responsible for your own deadlines. No one tells you what they want and when they want it by (although editors and publishers sometimes play this role.)

     The best is the freedom to create. I love to make people laugh.


      SJ:  What writer inspired you most and how?

      Jackie: Agatha Christie is up there. Do you realize that more than once she came out with multiple books in a year? I would love to be as clever and productive as she was.


      SJ: If you could give just one piece of important writing advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?

       Jackie: Keep writing. You will look back on your first brilliant piece of writing and wonder how you could have thought it was any good! It takes several years of writing to hone your skills. Don't give up, but don't embark on a writing career and expect immediate payoff. 


      SJ: What is a favorite book you enjoyed reading and would recommend without hesitation? Why?

      Jackie: Robert Barnard's Death by Sheer Torture.  Hysterical.


     SJ: In closing, and without giving too much away, do you have any more projects in the immediate future? We’d love to hear about it.

      Jackie: I've been researching exorcists. Interesting. My priest, Father Gerald McAllister, is a former exorcist assigned to teach Religious Education at an all-girl high school. Anyone who has ever been or known a teenage girl knows this is a lateral move.


     SJ: I agree. That is quite a switch from one extreme to just teaching.  Not to mention, a bit out there. Looking forward to the end result of your research. Thanks so much, Jackie for participating. It’s been a pleasure speaking with you. I don’t know about you, readers, but I can’t wait to read it and see what you put to paper. Thanks, Jackie, for allowing use to take some time out of your busy schedule and interview you about your writing and your latest novel, Civility Rules. It’s been a pleasure and so fascinating speaking with you.  Do keep writing and keep those stories coming.

     Readers, take note you may purchase a copy of any of Jackie’s books at on-line book stores: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and from all major and Indie US book stores.

 Jackie's Children's Book

     But before we go, it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t share an excerpt from Civility Rules:


The setup:  Edward and Nicholas have arrived at Inglenook Resort. As Nicholas is standing in line to check them in, he meets one of their fellow guests....

Behind a front counter of dark-polished wood, I could see through a glass wall into an office. Directly behind the counter, a man and woman about my age, early thirties, with matching dark auburn hair worked to process the guests, who looked like the kind of people you'd find at a resort in the middle of nowhere. Not a group of good-looking women in the bunch.

Off to my left, a placard welcomed the Victorian Preservation Society for their annual convention, but no mention was made of their guest speaker, Edward. That would suit my brother fine, because while he enjoyed lecturing groups that shared his interests, he hated meeting the average public, whom he referred to as cretins.

"That's a nice coat." The voice came from a short, stocky woman in a checkered dress of white and gray, black stockings, and sensible shoes. Her faded strawberry-blond hair had been hacked into a bob with bangs. She touched the sleeve of my leather jacket.

"My granddad brought back a jacket just like that from the war. You remind me of him. Of course, you're quite a bit younger. And his hair was blond. And he's dead."

"We almost sound like twins." I nudged the luggage forward with my foot and moved ahead with the line, and she moved along with me.

"I'm Zali. Are you here for the grand opening? It's been in all the papers. So exciting. I suppose everyone wants a peek inside the old Inglenook mansion, though I can't think why. It's just a big house." Zali beamed up at me with the pleasure of a child who has discovered a new playmate.

"Then why are you here?" I said just to make conversation.

"Me?" Her hand went to her throat and she played with the collar of her dress. She shifted her gaze around the room and puckered her lips together. "Me?" she repeated. "I'm just taking a little vacation." She grasped the fingers of one hand in the other, a gesture of comfort. "A little rest and relaxation."

My gaze traveled the room and landed on a geriatric group huddled in the corner assisted by canes, walkers, and one wheelchair. "This is the place for you, then. Don't imagine anything exciting ever happens here."

Zali clasped her hands behind her back and rocked on her feet, obviously pleased to raise my low expectations. "Oh, I would think murder's exciting enough for anyone."

Edward wandered up right then and handed me a Styrofoam cup of coffee. I pointed it at Zali and made introductions.

"She's here for rest and relaxation." I hoped to cut her off before she continued her theme of death, but she was determined to spread the good news.

"I was just telling him about the murder."

Edward choked on his coffee and pulled out a handkerchief to cover his coughing fit. "Pardon me," he said, his deep baritone smoothed out in what I called his public voice. "I thought you said murder."  

I turned my back on her. "Don't mind her. She's cuckoo."

"I'm not crazy." Her tone held an icy edge, and I pulled a face for Edward's benefit and turned back to her with a bright smile.

"Of course you're not." I patted her shoulder and winked at Edward, but he turned to stare straight ahead, like a statue trying to ignore an approaching flock of pigeons.

"There was too a murder. A maid went to sleep and never woke up. Something nasty put in her evening cocoa." She squinted her eyes and nodded her head. "Probably to cover the theft of the Inglenook Emeralds."

It was too much for Edward. "Excuse me," he said to Zali, and to me he added, "I'll wait for you," and then he escaped like a coward to one of the armchairs.

"Inglenook Emeralds, huh?" I said to Zali. "Good choice. Emeralds are rarer than rubies, which would make them more valuable."

Zali crossed her arms over her sturdy bosom. "There's no such thing as the Inglenook rubies."

"Of course not." 

"Next, please." The pretty clerk looked up, and I approved of the way her dark eyes and brows went well with her auburn hair. I picked up the luggage and approached the counter.

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