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Q&A with J.L Peterson, The MacBrides

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What is the most important thing in your life and why?

The obvious and most truthful answer is my family. And that is goes for most everyone. So, I take it to the next level. As we get older we find ourselves really trying to discover who we are as individuals. Most of us move with relative ease from the different roles we experiment with as we grow through our childhood to young adults. Then we roll into our work persona’s, spouse, mother, etc. I truly think until we are done with child rearing we haven’t enough information about our true selves and I find that with myself and friends this is the time we come to truly understand who we just spent most of our lifetime evolving to. So this self awareness has become the second most important thing in my life.

Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters? (Deliberately or accidentally)

If I’m doing it accidently, I am also doing it unknowingly. I have added some of my traits into selected characters but I’ve also done the same with some of my friends’. Hehehe

My traits that I put in are those of responsibility and planning. Boring, but what can I say, that’s who I am. But I do try to add my quirky sense of humor also.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The overall all messages are that love is wonderful and fun, but it’s not without work. Other than that I just want them to have a few hours of escape into a feel good story.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes. My father was military and we moved a lot. I escaped early into books as a way to entertain myself until I was able to create new friendships. With that came my creating of my own stories in my own head. Hey, what else can you do when driving across country and not liking to read in a car with two brothers bugging you all the time. Fear of not being good though, kept me from really committing to write my stories down. However, based on the response I gave you in your first question, I relinquished the fear and am just having a good time telling my stories now.

Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured?

I am, unfortunately, not a structured writer. I can go for days working on other things until the bug motivates me again. Then I like to commit 3-4 hours a day to whatever story I’m working on.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I am enjoying creating my little sub plot with Bea, the mother, and how she is discovering a new side to life outside of her kids. Life isn’t over, until it’s over. There is always new discoveries if we are just open to them.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Do what you love. Not everyone will like your stories and not all will be your best. But keep on. If you’re happy then you’ll have spent your time wisely.

The Challenges of Genre Bending, Straddling and Hopping by A.B. Michaels

Empathy is Not Neutral by Carol Jeffers