1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
My second agent had the idea I should try my hand at romance, as I tend to have a lot of story ideas. He was trying to give me another avenue of expression. When I thought about the story I wanted to tell, I imagined a very dark, sexy man at a bar, and that man became Sariel in my first romance, When You Believe. I really enjoy writing romance and find the stories fun to imagine and explore.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
My favorite novels contain romantic elements. Four from the top of my head are The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My current mass market release is Intimate Beings, and is about a young woman Clare, who wishes for more. She’s lonely and has always felt other–and even more so when she realizes she has powers far beyond her imagination. When Darl James shows up, she has more on her hands than she ever hoped or wished for–but the two of them have more to do than fall in love.
This story is about connecting with your other half, your soul mate, but also about family and saving your own culture, too. Lots to do in this story!
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
Actually, when I look back on it, getting Her Daughter’s Eyes published was easier than I thought, though at the time I thought it was a hard journey. Now the writing world is so different and off kilter, that those days seem like the golden age. But I have a great agent now (my third) and I’m working on a story I really like!
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I have about half and half, traditional and indie books. A couple of my ebooks were purchased by my New York publisher and then when my first editor quit, my new editor decided against publishing them. A couple of the books were projects I wrote and revised later, realizing they weren’t trendy or marketable for whatever reason. But they are all stories I love. And by putting them on Kindle and B and N online, my readers can have access to them.
My gut feeling here about all of this change is to just ride it out and see what happens. Book stores and the agent/editor/publisher model are both changing. We do know that Amazon has changed the face of the book universe. Bottom line, we have to wait and see.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
Oh, I would love to write and not try to sell everyone everything all the time! some days, I just don’t have a status update! I don’t want to think about one. I want to write a scene, instead. But it’s part of the new game, and I do still want to play.
Info about the author:
JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace,and When You Believe. She has also published six ebooks and a women’s studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Her work had been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech.
Her short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rockhurst Review,Flywheel, The Salt Hill Journal, The Drum, The West Wind Review, Compass Rose, Gargoyle and many other journals and newspapers. She is a 2002 recipient of the CAC Artist’s Fellowship in Literature. Her short story Open Eyes was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine’s 2000 writing contest.
Ms. Inclán has degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU Stanislaus and a Master’s degree in English literature from SFSU. Ms. Inclán lives in Oakland, California with her husband and is currently at work on a young adult novel. You can read more about her at: www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com
To read her most recent mass market book, part of the Being Trilogy, please click on the cover below: