Jacqueline Druga has put more published works on the market in one lifetime than most of us could in five. Jacqueline has published - including audiobooks - over 100 books. Impressive? Absolutely. It's quite a feat to publish just one book!
Her novels center on the adventures of post-apocalyptic environments and survival. With so many different books in print, I had to get to know Jacqueline better. She was gracious enough to take the time to visit with Writing Belle - check out our Q & A session!!
Hi, Jacqueline. Welcome to Writing Belle. Tell us a little about yourself.
As you know I am a writer. I hail from a little town right outside of Pittsburgh. Apocalypse Fiction is my specialty. I also am a filmmaker, musician and the coolest grandmother on the face of the earth.
How many books - including audiobooks - have you published to date?
Oh, wow. I lost count. It’s over 100.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is my favorite genre of story, as my readers know. How did you get started writing end-of-the-world adventures?
One man. Charlton Heston. I became so obsessed with him, I created stories with heroes in his likeness.
Where do you get your inspiration for these types of tales?
I love the end of the world stuff. Aside from Mr. Heston, my mother was obsessed with the Apocalypse. Not like you and me, she was scared to death of it. I just always enjoyed those types of tales.
What has been your favorite book to write so far?
Without a doubt, Sleepers. I loved writing that book. I love Alex Sans - one of the characters.
I noticed you like zombies. Me too! Why do you think people are fascinated with shows like The Walking Dead and zombie fiction novels?
I think people are obsessed with zombies because they are so frightening. The prospect of the dead rising and chasing you … shivers. It’s gory, it’s gross and deep inside of us all we know it can’t happen. We know a plague can happen, nuclear war, earthquakes, but a zombie outbreak … no. So we embrace it and enjoy it.
How is publishing an audiobook different than publishing a hardcopy novel or an eBook?
It’s a long process of finding the right narrator, listening to each chapter, fixing the blips and clicks. Conveying the character verbally to the narrator. I love the process and I am fortunate enough to have some really good narrators that I work with.
How do you find time to write? What's your writing routine?
I make time to write. Although, back in the day, I didn’t have to dedicate time to promoting, social networking, editing, and art work. I get up at 10, I do emails and facebook. I finish at noon. From 3-6pm, I edit and promote on boards, also any digital art or busy work gets done in that time frame. From midnight to 6 am, I write. I do this every day of the week.
What advice could you give to authors hoping to get published?
Keep trying. If it is your dream, don’t give up. Also don’t discourage against Self Publishing. It can open up a world of opportunities for you.
What's your favorite writing snack?
Ha, ha, ha. Pickled Green Tomatoes. If I don’t have those, pickles will do.
Thank you so much for your time!! Good luck in all of your future writing endeavors!
Thank you so much!