Jaqueline Kyle is a California girl, lover of cats, books and coffee. “If you think this is code for ‘introverted single cat lady,’ you’d be right,” she says laughing. Jaqueline has had a number of careers over the years, and whenever one was coming to a close, she would end up writing poetry, a book or a screenplay. Finally she figured out that writing was her true passion. Since then she has written three books under her own name and ghost written about 50 more.
“Writing this book has been enormously fun and I hope that you enjoy reading it, too” says Jaqueline. “I’ve decided to publish independently but need some help funding the last touches. The funds raised from this indiegogo campaign will be used to get the book properly illustrated and published (all writing is complete). Campaign ends May 6!”
– What genre is your book?
“It’s a new genre called Mashup. There are a few other famous out there like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.” It basically takes classic tales and introduces new supernatural elements into the story. My book is really based on Dickens “A Christmas Carol” and has about 50% new material. All of his main characters are there, just twisted slightly to make a new (more sinister) story.”
“Scrooge knew he was dead. Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. While the darkness of ghouls and netherworld creatures had touched his life first, it had been Marley who was Scrooge’s most trusted comrade in combating these evil forces. The nature of their business set the two apart from the rest of the living world and as a result, the funeral was quite bereft of mourners, friends, or anyone not being paid in the execution of the death rites. Sometimes it did not seem fair to Scrooge that the apprenticed partner had fallen first, and he more often than not, on these sad occasions, found himself deep in his cups to forget.” !
‘Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter’
– How did you come up with the mash-up idea?
“There are a number of really creative books in the mash-up genre. A few have been made into movies, like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the upcoming film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
– Why A Christmas Carol? What was inspiration?
“A few years ago I was wandering around the Dickens Fair that’s held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco every year. There’s a roaming play of A Christmas Carol through the streets of London with Marley’s ghost dragging chains and the Ghost of Christmas Future looking like Death. It’s creepy! It got my brain churning and now here we are!”
– Was getting published hard?
“The hardest thing about publishing is putting yourself out there. It’s really scary to open yourself up to that kind of rejection. (I did mention I’m an introvert, right?!)”
– Which of your books is your most favorite?
“My tastes are all over the place. For fiction I like sci-fi, fantasy, horror and mashups. Lately I’ve gotten into non-fiction and I really enjoyed “Creativity, Inc” by Edwin Catmull (CEO of Pixar). I drive Uber to make ends meet, so I always have a book to listen to in the car.“
– What authors influence your writing?
“Obviously, Charles Dickens is a huge influence in this book. I’d say that 50% of Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter is still comprised with his themes and prose. More recently, author Seth Grahame-Smith has really been the leader in the mash-up genre.”
– What are your current projects?
“I work with life coaches, speakers and personal development professionals to get their books ready for publication. It depends on the situation, but that might mean consulting, content editing or ghost writing.”
– If Scrooge read a personal development book, what would it be?
“Without a doubt, Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson. Scrooge is in a real emotional crisis at the beginning of Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter. He could use some motivational reading.”
“Marley was dead to begin with.”
“Scrooge had often said that Marley had more guts than brains, but now he had no bowels at all.”
Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter
– Do you have a specific writing routine?
“Absolutely. I have a whole morning routine. Once I finish that, I grab my laptop and head to the coffee shop. There’s something about that environment that is so distracting, I have to completely concentrate and block everything out to get anything done. That forced laser-like focus works for me.”
-What’s next for you?
“I have a couple ideas, but once I get going, I will forget to eat, I will forget to take a shower. I will certainly forget to promote Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter. I love writing, I will do it to the exclusion of all else, particularly things that make me uncomfortable – like self-promotion. (I’m so introverted it HURTS).”
Jaqueline Kyle might be introvert but she is such a talented author. And that was a fun interview, don’t you think?
‘Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter’ sounds a fantastic project, an interesting book that deserves to get published. So, let’s give a hand by clicking this link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ebenezer-scrooge-ghost-hunter and help Ebenezer Scrooge to continue hunting ghosts!
The funds raised from this indiegogo campaign will be used to get the book properly illustrated and published (all writing is complete). Campaign ends May 6!