I had the pleasure to interview Jackie M. Smith (MJ Smith) recently on her newly published book, "Forever Yours". It was very kind of her to take the time to do this interview and I enjoyed getting to know her and her book better and hope you will too. I have included a prologue of the book below.
Excerpt from Forever Yours by MJ Smith
Liz looked at the starry sky and prayed she’d find the British troops camp in time. The allied invasion began in the French region of Caen. And if the Nazi soldiers found her, she would never go home.
An eerie silence surrounded her. But she knew the enemy patrol was near. And they would arrest anyone involved in the invasion. As she rode Arnaud’s old bicycle down the dirt road, a breath caught in her throat. The calm June night didn’t bring her any comfort or joy. Every little noise brought her uneasiness.
Quickly, Liz changed paths and rode behind some trees and bushes. She heard voices shouting behind her. And their frightening dogs barked incessantly. Her heart hammered in her chest as she pedalled faster. “Over there,” one of the soldiers called out. They approached her way. Liz looked around her, finding a hiding place while they passed by her. The moonlit sky offered some light guiding her way through the thick bushes but it also did not help her in finding the perfect hiding spot.
The voices and barks grew closer and closer.
Liz covered her bicycle with a few leafy branches then she huddled in a ditch. She prayed the soldiers wouldn’t find her. She closed her eyes and saw Philip’s face, remembering the last summer they spent together with their families; so much happened since then. Their love grew into a magical reunion of two souls; an unbreakable bond. Now she had no idea if she would ever see him again.
Glancing around again, she could hear the German soldiers and their dogs a few feet away. Her heartbeat drummed in her ears. Her whole body trembled as tears filled her eyes.
Be brave, she repeated to herself.
Closer and closer still, the soldiers approached the edge of the ditch. Liz brought her legs closer to her trembling body, and she closed her eyes. “Philip. Please come find me,” she whispered.
by MJ Smith, Eloquent Books, © 2009 MJ Smith
1. What led you to write a historical romance novel?
I’ve always loved reading historical romance novels so writing this genre came naturally to me.
2. What is your favourite part of writing?
I love creating stories with unique characters and settings.
3. What is your least favourite part of writing?
My least favourite part is the whole editing process. It’s so long and daunting sometimes.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t really have a writing quirk. When writing, I do need to sit in a comfortable chair. I write everything by hand first, and then type it.
5. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My information comes from different sources. The internet has always helped. Books, tv and documentaries are my major sources. My ideas usually come like flashes. I write them down right away so I don’t forget them.
6. Do you plan to write more historical fiction?
Definitely. I love going back in time and researching events from the past.
7. Would you be interested in writing any other genres?
The other genres I’d like to write are contemporary and paranormal.
8. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story must have believable characters, a unique setting, a sexy hero, and of course, lots of romance.
9. How many books have you written?
Now, I only have one published book. But, I’ve written two more, and working on a third.
10. What are you working on now?
At this moment, I’m editing my second historical romance called A Soldier’s Vow. It’s a story set during WWI France and Belgium where two strangers are united by love and war.
11. What job would have if you were not a writer?
I can’t see myself being anything but a writer. Before deciding to write full time, I was looking for a purpose in life. I worked in call centers, but always felt something was missing. Now I feel complete.
12. What is an interesting fact about you that people may not know?
I’m a huge hockey fan.
13. Anything else you would like to share with your readers?
I’d like to leave you a few links where you may get more information about my work.