I’m delighted to welcome fellow Accent Press author Jennifer Macaire to my blog today, to talk to us about the third book in her The Time for Alexander series, Son of the Moon which is out now.
Three thousand years ago, Alexander the Great was conquering half the known world – and at his side was a time traveller from the future.
Can you face the consequences of cheating the Fates?
Alexander the Great journeys to India, where he and Ashley are welcomed with feasts and treachery.
With their son, Paul, being worshiped as the Son of the Moon, and Alexander’s looming death, Ashley considers the unthinkable: how to save them and whether she dares to cheat Fate?
Lanterns made of colored silk and ribbons of bright cotton decorated everything. All the hues were bright and vibrant. Gold! Red! Pink! Violet! they screamed. The Greeks were entranced. It was a mutual love affair between the pure, classical Greek style and the colorful, elaborate Indian manner. It was sparkling white marble meeting bright fuchsia silk. It was like cold vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce. It was calm restraint meeting wild abandon. Everyone exclaimed at everything. There wasn’t a single thing that the Indians didn’t adore about the Greeks, and the Greeks thought that everything in Taxila was fabulous.
For five days, there was one big party going on. We walked through the streets on carpets of flowers, ate to the songs and instruments of India, and made love in a huge bed in an airy room overlooking a garden filled with the deep, mysterious, intoxicating fragrances of India.
The moon rose and hung fat and satisfied in the sky. The stars twinkled and shone. Alexander wrapped yellow silk covers around us and kissed me from my toes to my nose, saying all the dirty words he’d already picked up from the Indians.
He had an amazing ear for languages.
Besides all the obvious bodily functions, he’d picked up orders such as ‘give me’, ‘I want’, “Don’t touch’, and ‘hot!’ (That was for the curry) ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’, ‘how much?’ and ‘beautiful.’ Five days in India and he was already ordering the servants around, much to their hilarity, when he told them “want the window to eat hot curry now”.
Jennifer Macaire lives in France because she married a French polo player. She has three pretty nice kids, a dog who is completely spoiled, and a horse who can bow for treats. She works part time for a researcher in electromagnetic radiation and part time for an orthodontist. So far she’s avoided putting RF radiation and crooked teeth in her books, but it’s just a matter of time. She’s published a bunch of short stories and books and has a pen name under which she writes erotica. You can find her either sitting under a fluffy blanket with a cup of tea of coffee next to her (she’ll be writing), or on a horse at the polo club (she’s the one telling her horse to stop laughing at her), or on a golf course somewhere, searching for her lost ball.
I asked Jennifer to tell us more about herself
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes – seriously – since I could read and write, I read and wrote. When I was a baby, my mother said my favorite “toy” was an old encyclopedia that I carried around everyone and pretended to read. I was so excited to learn to read when I went to school – imagine my shock when all the letters were backwards and upside down – dyslexia runs in the family! Luckily, I was so excited to read it never slowed me down – although my spelling remains atrocious.
Has any author inspired you?
Ray Bradbury was my first love – and his writing is wonderful. Definitely Ray Bradbury.
What do you like writing most?
Science fiction and fantasy – time travel, and everything strange and wonderful.
Do you have a special place for writing?
No, just on my laptop, and I can take it everywhere.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
Plotter! I love outlines, and notes, and synopses, and even drawings and charts. Most of which is cheerfully ignored when I start writing- but I love research so maybe it’s connected.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
Oh yes – much of it. My brother, for example, has this amazing, hilarious sense of humor, so when I need a funny line, I think of something he said. I have a huge family, so we have a story for just about anything. Very handy!
What are you writing at the moment?
I’m outlining the last book in a YA series (The Horse Passages series) It’s science fiction – horses voyaging through space – space cowboy stuff. But I’m just at the outline stage, so I have no idea when I’ll be done. The first three books are published, and the publisher is waiting. Patiently. But I have a few books coming out this year (one in April, June, and now in September – so I had to devote my time to promotion and put the writing on the back burner. One thing the Writing Fairy doesn’t tell you when you start out – “You will spend most of the rest of your life promoting your books.” Oh, thank you, Writing Fairy. Now you tell me. And speaking of promotion, today is the day ‘Son of the Moon’ is published! (All hail ‘Son of the Moon’, and rush off to purchase a copy!)
What time of the day do you write best?
Anytime there is no one in the house and I’m not working – sometimes very early, sometimes late at night, often on Sundays or holidays…
What are your hobbies? I love reading & writing, (OK, you knew that already) and riding – I love polo (my husband is a polo pro – so I get to ride whenever I want – I’m spoiled), I like to golf and swim, and I love to draw and paint. I like to cook, but I hate cleaning up. I love travel, and museums, and science and history – I tend to get excited about everything – the words I heard most as a kid (and now too, lol) were “Calm down”, and “Clean up your room!”.
What advice would you give to other writers?
Love what you do – be enthusiastic and excited. Get a good beta reader. Be eternally patient and optimistic. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be prepared to promote. And finish what you start.
Great advice, Jennifer!
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Thanks so much for dropping by to talk to us, Jennifer!
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