A little about this trilogy…
Each book is a standalone, but they can be read in or out of order. The trilogy spans 1263 – 1322 A.D. from Vikings to Scottish Independence to upheaval in England. Each story tells a tale of a MacCoinneach family member “gifted but afflicted” with a mystical ability that comes at a cost: to heal but lose your own breaths in return, to feel auras/lifebloods but to feel others’ pain, and to see the future but be unable to prevent the visions unless refraining from touch. Conquering Norse, Scottish lore, Ancient mystics, and invading English…the trilogy has a bit of everything. Can our mystical family hone their gifts for good, escape curses, discover mercy, find home, and find love?
A few questions & answers…
You’re going to Mars with the first SpaceX group. The essentials will be provided, but you’re allowed to bring one personal item. What will you bring?
Chapstick/lip balm or Coffee. It’s a tie. Ugh, I need both!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Gardening! I am in love with flowers. I’ve expanded to raspberries, blueberries, apple trees, and this year – a raised bed veggie garden. I love nature and plants oh so very much. I also hike and travel (when we can…). My family loves the great outdoors, especially the national parks. I’ve included a photo collage of my day lilies from this summer. I love the variety!
What’s your favorite place to visit?
Nearby: Sugar Hill and Franconia Notch, New Hampshire in the White Mountains: hikes, water, grand views, Mt. Washington, and meadows of lupine. And also nearby: Maine, coastal and mountain. Far: New Zealand (honeymoon) and Scotland. I’ve also traveled to Guatemala on a mission trip.
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
The Rock! Dwayne Johnson. I just adore him. He’s handsome and so so charming.
What’s your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show?
Soapy Spanish dramas! Gran Hotel, Cable Girls, High Seas (all with subtitles – Gran Hotel is like Downton Abbey but with more murder twists), The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias…I’ve been bingeing a lot lately. Classics: The X-Files and LOST.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Sort of. I call it Losing my Muse. My creative lust, passion, voice. The inner spirit that speaks to me and helps me pour words onto the page. I’m in the middle of a drought right now (thanks, COVID19 and kids/husband home 24/7). I had a month stretch of this lost muse way back a few years ago. I’ll break through. It’s all mental and emotional. I don’t see it as ideas that are blocked, but rather a. my creative muse just goes into hiding because of some external life factor or b. I have imposter/self-doubt syndrome. So much of this business, including writing, is a head game.
What is your dream job, other than being a writer?
I went to school first to swim with sharks (to be an ichthyologist). Truly, I loved (and still do) these misunderstood apex predators and keepers of the marine ecosystem. I tacked on a biology major to that marine science major and ended up loving microbes. Then I studied microbiology and immunology in graduate school. Fast-forward many years and now I write novels. Writing was always my passion even when young, but so was science. Now, I try to keep the science alive in my work, be it in my novels somehow or in non-fiction magazine articles I write. It helps that I married a scientist and my kids love all things ‘ology. My science high school teacher used to call me Jean Jean the Science Machine.
What is a “deleted” scene you took out of your latest writing project?
Hahaha. A great question. I kill a lot of darlings. It hurts! But it is always for the better. I save them all in files on my computer. For this latest book, A Hundred Lies, I purged all of Chapter One and had to sprinkle it in throughout the book. I was sad to let Chapter One and Domhnall’s backstory go! Sniff sniff. My editor thought it was all backstory (it was) and a bit of an info dump. It was hard to let some of those scenes go, especially the first one. Readers won’t even know and it’s for the better.
Rosalie Threston’s fortune-telling lies have caught up with her. Uprooted yet again, she’s on the run from a ruthless English noblewoman. She flees to Scotland and seeks refuge in the arms of a laird’s son who happens to be a real Seer.
A bloody past and inevitable future plague Domhnall Montgomerie. He avoids physical contact with others to ease the painful visions. When an accidental touch reveals only delight, he wonders if Rose is the key to silencing the Sight.
Mystical awakening unravels with each kiss. But can Domhnall embrace his gift in time to save her life, even it means exposing her lies?
Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing or chasing after children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.