Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Janice: Hi, Fiona.My name is Janice Seagraves and I’m 58 years old. And I write romances in a verityof genres.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Janice: I was born in the heart of California, in a small farming community where I still reside.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Janice: I have two siblings, one brother and one sister.
My husband and I have one daughter together. I’ve been married once and I’m still with the same husband. I went to college but didn’t graduate.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Janice: I’m waiting for my publisher to publish the next book in my Chronicles of Arcon series, called Alien Desire.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Janice: I’ve always been enchanted by stories. I started writing at twenty, sorry to disappoint anyone but I’m a late bloomer. I have all these stories in my head and had to write them down.
Janice Seagraves grew up with a deep love of science fiction and adventure stories. Always the consummate artist, she traded in her paint brush for a desktop to write breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Janice: While writing my blog postson my blog. I mostly post on my website now.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Janice: My first published book was about survivors on a deserted island, one from a downed airplane and the other from a shipwreck. When I was going through a rough time while living in my mother-in-law’s converted car shed, I’d imagine being washed up on awindswept shore and what it would take to survive there. I eventually wrote that book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Janice: I was doing research on the Bahamas and thought to myself, there must be a lot of windswept shores in the Bahamas. Then it hit me, that would be the perfect title for my book: Windswept Shores.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Janice: I write in deep third person and try to get what is happening down in an easy to understand manner.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Janice: I do occasionally lift things from my own life or something someone tells me about, but shh, keep that under your hat.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Janice: While working on Alien Heart which is Book One in my Chronicle of Arcon Series, I travelled to a couple of places in California, so I could find an area where the compound for my aliens would be located. I finally found the perfect place, an area just above Hunting Lake California.
Other than that, I do a ton of research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Janice: Winterheart Design.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Janice: To love one another.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Janice: I have a whole list of writers I like and admire: Jim Butcher, Laura K. Hamilton, P.C. Hodgell, and my new favourites are Rachel Leigh Smith, M.C.A. Hogarth, and L. Rowyn.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Janice: Faith Bicknell-Brown who ran a now extinct yahoo group called Avoid Writers Hell (she’s also the author of the book by the same title), and Faith became my mentor. I think everyone needs a mentor at some point in their writing career.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Janice: Yes, I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Janice: Nope. Not a thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Janice: I always learn tons whenever I write a book.
In my upcoming book, Alien Desire, one of the heroes, an alien, suffers from agoraphobia. In the course of the book, he must overcome his fear to win the heroine’s heart.
I learned how agoraphobia affects a person. And found it’s a type of anxiety. I used most, but not all those symptoms to describe what he goes through.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Janice: The only one who comes to mind is Chris Hemsworth for Seth in Windswept Shores. Seth is Australian, too.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Janice: Just these quotes:
“Never give up. Never surrender!”
― Galaxy Quest
“Never, never, never give up.”
― Winston Churchill
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
― Richard Bach
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Janice: Yes, I write in a verity of romance genres, so there should be something that you’ll enjoy reading. Please look me up on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Janice: I’m reading a science fiction: Amulet Rampant (Princes’ Game Book 3) by M.C.A. Hogarth
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Janice: Yes, I was twelve and sick with the flu. And I wasn’t much of a reader then, but I was so bored, I picked up Tarzan and the Lost Safari and read it from cover to cover. Something just clicked. After that, I checked out The Hobbit from the library and kept reading. I haven’t stopped yet.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Janice: I don’t laugh at people getting hurt, or slapstick comedy, but if you read my books, you’ll see what gives me a chuckle or two.
As for making me cry, I’m tender hearted. I cried when the Iron Giant realises, he can be anyone and he wants to be Superman. I cried watching Avengers: Endgame. And I love An Affair to Remember, but the ending chokes me up every time.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Janice: Jim Butcher. I think he might be an interesting person to talk to.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Janice: I love gardening, taking pictures, and drawing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Janice: My husband and I have plansto see the new Godzilla: King of the Monstersmovie.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Janice: I enjoygood food—Chinese, Japanese (sushi and bento), Italian, and of course American.And music from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, also classical, and Celtic.
I just painted my bedroom walls a light sky blue from a photo I took when my husband and I went to Morro Bay (CA). And I look smashing in green, black, and burgundy.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Janice: Take photos and try to sell them, or I’d go back to my artwork. Maybe I’d even take a class in Master Gardening and help people with their gardens.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Janice: Hmm, well, I had a recent scare. I had a bloody nose for a week, and anyway, long story short, I’m now on blood pressure medicine and probably will be for life.
Back to the question: I’d like to spend the day on a beach, watching my grandchildren play.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Janice: Janice Seagraves, she had a big heart, and wrote breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Janice: My website:https://janice-seagraves.org/
Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Seagraves/e/B0056D223Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1