It’s my pleasure to have New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan in the Hive today. Sheehan is the author of LOST AND FOUND, which I loved, and her new novel, PICTURE THIS, brings us the sequel, in a story about a widow retreating to a small tourist town, searching for a new life. PICTURE THIS is strong on character development as we get to know Rocky (the widow), Hill, an archery instructor, and even a four-legged friend, a black lab like the one pictured on the cover, and the interesting townsfolk who live there. Welcome, Jacqueline!
FIVE IN THE HIVE Questions:
One author you’d most like to shoot-the-breeze with?
The first author that I thought of was Oscar Wilde. I’d like to ask him if his writing would be different if he wasn’t vilified for his sexual orientation, thrown in prison, and generally tormented. If Oscar was alive today, would he be a more expansive writer, or was the persecution fuel to the literary fire?
One book you’ve never been able to get out of your head?
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. I could read the first chapter over and over. It is some of the most erotic writing, even though BK is writing about the animal world and plant life coming to life at the end of spring. It is simply spectacular writing and I can’t get enough of it.
Guilty literary pleasure.
If I want to truly relax and be taken away (wait for it) I read anything by Lee Child. Not only does his main character, Reacher, treat women in an appreciative and respectful way (the man really loves women) but there is not one bad guy who escapes him. There are just some days that I want to see Reacher clobber the bad dudes.
Most unusual place you’ve ever written?
No question about it, the most unusual place was a tree house in Yelapa, Mexico where I was staying for a week. I slept in the tree house at the edge of the jungle. The jungle is a very, very noisy place and not all that conducive to writing. Sort of like trying to write in a subway station.
Favorite “forget-the-diet” dessert?
Homemade peach pie. I would eat it once a day, everyday, if I could. But a few times every summer? Heaven!
Find out more about Jacqueline and her books at www.jacquelinesheehan.com.