Monday, October 25, 2010

Interview with Donald Jacques

PJ: This weekend we welcome Donald Jacques to the Changing Face of Publishing blog. Donald, will you please share a short bio with us?
Don: I have been single now for several years, enjoying bachelorhood. I am a simple man, my earliest years were as an Air Force brat travelling from base to base. I gained a fascination for tinkering watching my dad fix stuff around the house.

PJ: Tell us about “The Handyman” and where it's available.
Don: The Handyman started as a dare from a roommate many years ago, who saw me on an adult dating site. My first story was received very well, so I did 2 more on the same theme. When those were received well with additional requests, I thought I would make a book out of the stories.

This book will finally be released in print in November. This will be my third book with my publisher, who had to wait for this book since it has evolved into so much more than how it began. "The Handyman" will be available for pre-sales on and Amazon Thanksgiving weekend. Until then, it will be available for pre-sale on the publisher website,  

PJ: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Don: I have written the occasional poem for a lover, small story for a child or grandchild, but The Handyman is my first venture into publishing anything. It was actually almost an accident, but a happy one.

PJ: Describe your writing in three words.
Don: Tense, Descriptive, fulfilling

PJ: Do you have a writing routine?
Don: Not really. The bug strikes often: at lunch, dinner, or even on the road. I just pull over and write down enough notes to be able to get the story idea later.

PJ: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Don: Challenging: Trusting the story to find its own stop point.
Easiest: Trusting the story to unfold.

PJ: What’s the most rewarding aspect?

Don: For me, it is the comments from readers that tell me they love something, or hate it. If I have engendered a response, then I did my job as story-teller.

PJ: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Don: Honestly, I had not thought about it, but perhaps because I love women, an epic love story is attractive. As far as staying away from any, not on anyone's life. Life is far too precious, and enjoyable to shy away from new experiences - like it or not. More likely, I find new experiences worth wallowing every day!

PJ: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
Don: Robert Heinlein, Shakespeare, Plato, Solomon (from the Bible), and Confucius

The comment: So glad you never tried to make it easier.

PJ: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Don: Planned a quiet party with my lover.

PJ: What do you do in your free time?

Don: Practice dreaming and loving. (not necessarily in that order)

PJ: What's next for you?
Don: Another book, of course! Working on the book, "2012: The Calm Before the Storm" coming out the beginning of January 2011.

PJ: Where can you be found on the web?

PJ: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Don: What is your favorite fantasy? (And these are not always erotic.) and second, would you REALLY want to see it come true, or do you like keeping the fantasy - a fantasy?

PJ: Thank you Don for stopping by the blog this weekend. Readers, Don is giving away a PDF ebook copy of The Handyman when it's released in November. To enter the contest, answer Don's question. Then you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to Only those who leave contact information will be entered in the drawing. The winner will be chosen on Monday, November 1st.

1 comment:

Az Publishing Services, LLC said...

Am finally getting the younger daughter I wanted all along. This is the story that launched my desire to be a publisher and is how I met Don over three years ago. Published his two other daughters last year, "Moonstone" and "Ancestors". This book has always been Don's best and should have been his break out book. The story has changed and honestly, is NOW EVEN BETTER since it is now a Romantic SUSPENSE.

Woo Hoo!!

Hey Don, post an excerpt, PLEASE.