Jacqueline Freeman Wheelock's novel, A Most Precious Gift, released about ten days ago. This is a great book by a great author. She has been so much fun to work with. I knew you'd enjoy learning more about her, so I asked her to be my guest today.
1. Readers love to know about writers, so tell us a little about yourself, family, dogs, cats etc.
I am the youngest of five girls. Because my three older sisters were basically adults when I was born, I like to say I grew up with four mothers. I was born an aunt and have several nieces very close to my age, so it made those years very loving and very special for me.
I’ve always been very family oriented. After four and a half decades of marriage, my husband and I were blessed with a granddaughter last year. I thought I knew what love was, but oh my!
2. What are some of your favorite activities?
I’ve always had a love affair with music, doing solos for as long as I can remember. Also, I love crossword puzzles, games such as Scrabble, and an occasional season of crocheting. But when it comes down to my all time favorite, there’s nothing I enjoy more consistently than reading a good story.
3. What made you want to be a writer?
I am a country girl from fifteen miles inland off the Mississippi Gulf Coast, so much of what I learned about the world early on came from books. Discovering the joy of entering other lives and cultures via the few books to which I was exposed whetted my appetite for more. When I became an English major, I discovered just how little I had read. Since part of my job was to teach literature, I knew right away that what I was teaching I eventually wanted to do myself.
4. If you could do anything that you are not doing now, what would it be?
I would play the piano inside the comfort of my home and sing along to the top of my voice.
5. If you could live anyplace besides where you live now, where would it be?
I would make my home near one of God’s oceans.
6. Are you a morning or evening person?
I am definitely not a morning person, though I wish I were. But being in the work place over a span of forty years forced me to become acquainted with the early eastern sun for many days.
7. What do you like best about writing?
I love getting to know the characters and having them tell the story to me. I love laughing at what they say and choking up when life gets tough for them.
8. What do you dread most about writing?
I can’t say I dread anything per se about the writing process, but I don’t look forward to cutting and editing.
9. What is your worse fear?
My worse fear about writing is that I’ll read something I’ve written and dislike it intensely. My worse fear generally is that I’ll see a snake in my yard and be chased into the house.
10. How many times have you been known to re-write a scene?
Countless times would be the only honest answer. Each time I look at a scene, I’m tempted to tamper with it. Finally, I just have to walk away and flatly refuse to look at it again.
11. Do you read your manuscript out loud?
Very rarely do I actually read it aloud, but sections of it play in my head almost audibly.
12. If I met you for the first time, what would I like best about you?
I don’t know, but I’m told I have a pleasant personality.
13. If you could pick a time to live, when would it be and why?
I would pick now because now is as good a time as any as long as the Lord is in my life. In my estimation, all times in history have their advantages and disadvantages.
14. What is your favorite vacation place?
I loved the Bay area of California the few times I visited there; I loved my trip to England and Scotland, but I can’t say I have a favorite place except somewhere near the ocean.
15. Do you have a bucket list?
Not really. I’ve had things which I’ve prayed for long and hard—such as the grandbaby born last year—that has made me feel a sense of joy and accomplishment, but I’ve always known that these things would only happen if God willed. If, however, I’d ever had a list, I think now with the publication of this book it would be pretty well filled.
16. Do you see a story in people you meet?
Absolutely I do. I see stories in people every day. The anecdotes they offer at the supermarket, the things they are passionate about o a lunch date, a turn of phrase, the way they smile—all these things find a place in my head which I’m liable to retrieve at some point and use in a story.
Thank you Jacqueline. I'm not a snake person myself. I'm in the house right behind you, or maybe I'll push you out of the way and get there first.
A Most Precious Gift is for sale on Amazon in ebook and print book. You won't regret buying it. A wonderful story.