Jacqueline L. Landry was born in Houston, Texas and grew up along the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. She showed a talent from a young age for writing, drawing and music. Early literary influences included Frank Herbert, Colleen McCullough, Jack Kerouac, and Robert Heinlein.
She attended Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and the University of Houston, earning a degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Pathophysiology and Psychology. She is a trained death investigator. She has also had a number of jobs that include medical records clerk, graphic artist, web developer and a short stint in the U.S. Navy.
She’s spent the past twenty-seven years as a freelance writer and journalist. She started her career as a newspaper and magazine features reporter, specializing in the arts and entertainment. She also worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters Wire Service while living on Guam, covering the arts and politics.
Over the River, Through the Woods is her debut novel.
Today, she lives in the beautiful, rainy Pacific Northwest with three very spoiled cats named after Star Trek characters.
What inspires you to write?
My dreams. I dream very vivid, linear dreams that often end up becoming my novels. In fact, I keep a dream journal for that very purpose.
Tell us about your writing process.
I know it’s almost sacrilegious to say it, but I don’t often do an outline. I prefer to create complex character biographies and extensive notes–mainly anything and everything that comes to mind for the project I’m working on.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I absolutely talk to my characters and listen to them as well. I love it when I’m writing in a straight line and the characters grab the keyboard and steer us all out into left field.
Who are your favorite authors?
Maya Angelou, Iyanla Vanzant, Frank Herbert, Jack Kerouac, Patricia Cornwell, Phillipa Gregory, Stephen King.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Finding out I could publish for free had a huge influence on my decision! Seriously, my novel that’s currently under representation with L. Perkins Agency (“On Deployment”), has yet to be placed with a publishing house after fifteen months. That breeds a lot of frustration for a writer. So, I stepped out on my own with “Over the River, Through the Woods,” and I don’t regret it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think, with the advent of indie publishing, we’re going to see an influx of fresh new voices that would’ve never been heard from if it was left up to the big publishing houses. I think this is good for the readers, good for the authors, and good for the economy.
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