Name Jacie Floyd
Where are you from
Originally from Evansville, Indiana, now residing in Florida.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’ve been married for a really long time to the love of my life, and we have two grown children. For many years, I worked at a public library and then a television station. As we moved around the Midwest, I worked as a paralegal, and then as a category specialist where I wrote product information for a major cosmetics company. Through most of that time, I completed a dozen manuscripts and studied the craft of writing. I was honored to be nominated six times for RWA’s Golden Heart Award for unpublished authors and lucky enough to win the award twice. Eventually, I quit the full time job, started self-publishing my novels, and gave up the cold and snow of the Midwest for the sandy beaches of sunny Florida.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
With self-publishing, there’s always a lot to tell. In November, I published my first Christmas novella, HAPPY THIS YEAR, which is part of my Good Riders series.
Along with five other stories, it will also be included in a Christmas anthology, CHRISTMAS WITH YOU. http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-You-Uplifting-Romance-Novellas-ebook/dp/B017ALT5CA/
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing
Oh, my, so long ago. In school, I dabbled with poetry and short stories, but I didn’t seriously start trying to write a full-length novel until about twenty years ago. I always thought I could do it, that I had an active imagination and a way with words, and I believed I could write a book that was better than a lot of the books I read at the time.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In 2001, winning my first Golden Heart award for Single Title Contemporary Romance provided me with the validation I needed to consider myself a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My very first book was about an older heroine who leaves her philandering husband to try life on her own. I liked the idea of writing about someone with the courage to do that. On the surface, it looked like she had everything a woman could want, but she gave it up to live a life of dignity and independence, against the advice of all her family and friends. It seemed like all the books I read at the time were about young women in the first throes of love and romance, and I wanted to write something different.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
My books are fresh, flirty, and fun contemporaries about strong women and men who deal with relatable situations in familiar settings. They’re also emotionally rewarding with a liberal helping of humor.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are hard, especially when trying to keep the same style or type of title for all of the books in the series. Since the novella is a Good Riders book, and the first three Good Riders books all have three word titles, that dictated the length of the title for the novella. The story is about a young widow who’s ready to move on in her life, and an Army veteran who’s had problems adjusting to civilian life. So HAPPY THIS YEAR seemed like a good prediction for both of them. The titles for the Billionaire Brotherhood series were much more difficult to come up with.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message of HAPPY THIS YEAR is one of hope. That you can overcome anything that happens to you as long as you open yourself up to the possibility. Many veterans have a problem assimilating to civilian life when they leave active duty, but there are services available to vets that make the transition easier.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
It is a work of fiction, but the situations are identifiable. The issues of losing a spouse, being a single mom, and the consequences of depression will resonate with many readers.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’ve known young widows who have conflicting emotions about moving on to new relationships, and I had a friend whose brother committed suicide after his return from several overseas deployments. Those experiences are very loosely similar to situations in the book. Not exact circumstances, but similar emotions.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was the first book I read where I realized the power of the written word. I couldn’t name a specific mentor, but RWA is a community of writers who support and encourage one another to do their very best every time they sit down at their keyboards.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?,
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
In 2013, the last time I was privileged to be a Golden Heart finalist, I met this amazing group of women on the brink of great success. From that group alone, I have met and read so many new and incredible authors: Sonali Dev, Nan Dixon, AE Jones, Leslie Lynch, Amy Patrick, Sandra Owens, Sheila Athens, Miranda Liasson, Jacqui Nelson, Talia Surova, Chris Taylor, Darcy Woods, Joanna Shupe, Lark Brennan. I hate to leave it at that, because, there are so many Lucky 13s who are constantly publishing wonderful stories, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m excited about the Christmas Novella and CHRISTMAS WITH YOU Anthology, of course, but I’m finishing the edits for the third book in my Billionaire Brotherhood series, REMAKING RYAN, which is currently available on Amazon for pre-order. It will be released in January. http://www.amazon.com/Remaking-Ryan-Billionaire-Brotherhood-Book-ebook/dp/B0167QVQUS
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The FiveCorners, a group of four other women from Cincinnati. We were unpublished writers who encouraged and supported one another through a lot of ups and downs. I might not be on this same path, if not for them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. If you want to be successful, it has to be. If you want to write stories for your own entertainment or as a creative outlet, it can be a nice hobby. But if you want your books to be published, you have to treat it as a business.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There’s always something I would like to change. In HAPPY THIS YEAR, I wanted to focus more on Lisa’s older son and how he was struggling with his father’s death. Since HAPPY THIS YEAR was a novella, there really wasn’t room to flesh that storyline out as much as I might have liked to.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Primarily, through my love of reading.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
From HAPPY THIS YEAR
“What is it?” Lisa had to find his behavior alarming. It had been a long time since he’d been interested in a woman. He really liked this one, and here he was frightening her off.
“I overheard Seth talking to Santa. I know what the special thing is he wants.”
She clapped her hands together. “Great, I hope it’s something I can get for him.”
“It depends on if it’s something you want or not.”
“Something I want? I don’t understand.”
“He asked Santa to bring you a boyfriend for Christmas.”
She let out a little gasp. “A boyfriend? Why would he ask for that?”
“He thinks you’re lonely without his dad.” He stepped in a little closer. “Are you?”
She shook her head ruefully. “Sometimes, but I’m surprised the boys realize it. I didn’t know they see me as anything but their chauffeur, cook, and disciplinarian.”
“Are you kidding? I met the three of you tonight, and even I can see they’re crazy about you.”
“Thank you, but I’m not sure how it’s going to help me find a boyfriend before Christmas.”
He would happily jump in line, if he thought he had a shot.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have favorites in every genre, but my current favorite romance author is Kristan Higgins. I love her sense of humor, her sense of community, and her excellent dialogue.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, unfortunately, I don’t have to travel at all, but mostly because I have travelled so much in the past. The Good Riders Series is set in Cincinnati, where I lived for over twenty years. The Billionaire Brotherhood is set all over the US: St. Louis, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Maine, and California, but they’re all places I’ve lived in or visited. My next series is a small town series set in Southern Illinois, which is very familiar to me and my Midwestern background as well.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs has designed all of my covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part is always letting it go. I would work on them forever if I didn’t establish publishing deadlines. I live under the assumption that I can always make them better if I have just a little more time.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing a novella was difficult for me, because I kept thinking of scenes I wanted to include, storylines I wanted to pursue, and there was a real, hard and fast limitation on length. I learned that when I am forced to, I can write a complete story in less than 40,000 words. And in doing research for Quin’s occupation, I learned a little bit about under-water welding.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Personally, I wish I had hired a professional developmental and copy editor a long time ago to go over my unpublished manuscripts before I submitted them to contests, agents, and editors. At the time, I thought it cost more than I wanted to spend. Now, I see that it would have been worth it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am more grateful than I can express over the fact that I actually have readers. To know that my books are a reality, that they’re out there in the real world, and real people are reading them is quite simply a dream come true. Thank you so much! And please, if you have read and enjoyed any of my books, reviews posted on Amazon are both encouraged and appreciated.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember the first ‘chapter’ book I ever read in first or second grade. I checked it out of the school library and was so proud of reading such a long book in one night. The name of it was BETSY’S BUSY SUMMER, but I don’t remember the name of the author.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Weddings, funerals, tender moments, my children, courage, prejudice, and senseless violence.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Jane Austen. She was a trailblazer in women’s fiction at a time when that would have been socially unacceptable. Her characterizations and dialogue were way ahead of her time, and I assume she was a witty and entertaining conversationalist.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Wife, mother, author. Because they are the three roles that have brought me the most joy.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Reading, cooking, travelling, making jewelry, shoe shopping. Does my addiction to Pinterest count as a hobby?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch very little television. I did love the Poldark series on PBS this past summer. I try not to miss Jeopardy, and I probably turn to the Food Network or HGTV when I have idle time.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food: Italian, such a rich heritage
Favorite color: Turquoise, the color of the sea
Favorite music: My all-time favorite song is Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah—which is another one of those things that moves me to tears.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Librarian or chef
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is: www.JacieFloyd.com
And I love to hear from readers. Feel free to contact me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jaciefloyd on Twitter at @jaciefloyd, or on Pinterest @JacieFloyd.
Please visit my Amazon Author page at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00MQ3Q792
Links to books:
THE GOOD RIDERS ROMANCE SERIES
Meet Your Mate (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/Meet-Your-Mate-Riders-Romance-ebook/dp/B00MPSD65Q
Cursed By Love (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/Cursed-Love-Good-Riders-Romance-ebook/dp/B00OZVOSJ4
Meant For Me (Book 3) http://www.amazon.com.au/Meant-Good-Riders-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00WP6ZGLA
Happy This Year (Christmas Novella) http://www.amazon.com/Happy-This-Year-Christmas-Novella-ebook/dp/B017KTYPYU/
Christmas With You: Anthology: Six uplifting romance novellas to lift the heart this holiday season: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-You-Uplifting-Romance-Novellas-ebook/dp/B017ALT5CA/
THE BILLIONAIRE BROTHERHOOD
Winning Wyatt (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Wyatt-Billionaire-Brotherhood-Book-ebook/dp/B00YBLKAXG/
Daring Dylan (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/Daring-Dylan-Billionaire-Brotherhood-Book-ebook/dp/B0140K01IQ/
Remaking Ryan (Book 3). http://www.amazon.com/Remaking-Ryan-Billionaire-Brotherhood-Book-ebook/dp/B0167QVQUS