Jacqueline Gardner is the author of Thoughtless, a suspenseful YA novel with a heroine who can read minds. Jacqueline stopped by the virtual offices to introduce herself and chat about her book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jacqueline Gardner] I’m a mellow, easy-going, sarcastic (at times), fitness nut with a cupcake obsession.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Thoughtless?
[Jacqueline Gardner] During a high school football game, Bridget accidentally stumbles upon a dead cheerleader in the janitor’s closet. There’s a killer out there. And worse, somehow the killer knows Bridget’s secret. The one time she actually tries to embrace her talent, it’s useless. Bridget can’t figure out who’s blackmailing her, who killed Stacey, and why she can’t hear her boyfriend’s thoughts!
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jacqueline Gardner] Thoughtless started with a random thought that popped into my head one day. What if I could have read my friend’s thoughts in high school? From there I wrote a chapter with the characters in my head to see if they had chemistry, and they did!
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing Thoughtless?
[Jacqueline Gardner] Deciding how far to go when it came to hearing other people’s inner self talk. I wanted it to play a comical part in the book but I also wanted to bring in a lot of honesty. I did my best to find a happy medium of the two.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Bridget?
[Jacqueline Gardner] Quiet, skeptical & sarcastic!
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Bridget’s single most prized possession?
[Jacqueline Gardner] Her BF Emma (although Emma is a person)! Bridget realizes throughout the course of the book just how lucky she is to have an honest and loyal friend. For a while, she takes Emma for granted.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jacqueline Gardner] I’d say things I dream about and music. I keep an idea journal next to my bed and I can’t write without my music.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jacqueline Gardner] Music (anything but absolute silence), a notebook to doodle in, and gum.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jacqueline Gardner] I just started the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It’s fantastic!
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jacqueline Gardner] The Witches by Roald Dahl
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jacqueline Gardner] I live in the Rockies so I love the outdoors – hiking, camping, biking. I’m also an amateur cake decorator.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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