Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?
my dad was in the marines and my mom was a teacher – and they both worked for the military so we moved around a lot, going from NY where I was born, to California, to Samoa, to the Virgin Islands, where I went to high school. I graduated and moved to NYC where I started modeling and landed a job in Paris, where I shared an apartment with my friend Andie MacDowell, and where I met and married my husband! He plays polo, and after living in England, Argentina, and Florida, we moved back to France where we raised our three children. Because of all that travel, I don’t feel as if I have a home town! It could be St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, or Kinderhook, New York – a tiny town near the state capital, Albany, or it could even be Paris! I guess for me, home is where the heart is – and that is wherever I am!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a vet, and take care of animals. Life decided otherwise, when I graduated high school and decided to try modeling for a while to earn money for school. I ended up falling in love with a polo player and living out of a suitcase for fifteen years!
Tell us about your latest book.
My most recent book is a YA contemporary romance called “Welcome to Paradise”, and I really love this book. It’s set in Saint Thomas, where I grew up, and makes me dream of white, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and palm trees! I hope I hear from readers about it!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Everything is challenging! I’m dyslexic and thank goodness for spell check! But I love writing and I love telling stories. I used to make up bedtime stories for my sister and brother, and then when my children were born, I’d tell them endless stories. I was writing from a very young age – I wrote my first book, “Tafy the Wunder Hors”, when I was just seven. Oddly enough, it never got published, lol.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Read a lot, get a good beta reader, join a writer’s group, but most of all, have fun.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
It usually happens when I’m overtired or stressed, so getting some rest and taking care of whatever problem is bothering me usually does the trick.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Ray Bradbury has always been my favorite because of his beautiful prose and wonderful storytelling.
What books have most influenced your life?
There are almost too many to list – but to give a few: To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Red Fern Grows, Black Beauty, A Once and Future King, I sing the Body Electric, Slaughterhouse Five, The God of Small Things, Leaves of Grass, The Golden Notebook, Something Wicked This Way Comes…I could go on and on!
How did you deal with rejection letters?
I won’t say they don’t affect me – I hate getting rejections, anyone does, and I’ve had my share! I guess I try to put them behind me though, and it helps that writing is such a subjective art; what is one man’s meat is another man’s poison and all that! What is important to me is not to let the rejection letters stop me from trying. Perseverance really is important.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A good spell checking program is important. My personal writing must-have is a slim book called “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk. My father gave me my first copy when I was about 12, and I’m now on my third copy – and I just bought one for my daughter. It is an amazing book that any writer can learn from.
Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
It depends on what kind of book I’m working on. I write erotic romance, so I don’t hesitate to write hot if the story calls for it. I don’t like gratuitous violence, so I won’t write it into my books, and the sexy parts have to go with the plot and the characters. I don’t just write it in to be titillating.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
I don’t know if this counts as weird – but in order to get things right, I will contact people who can help me. I have written to historians and specialists, and once I called the chief of police in Paris so he could explain how the chain of command worked in France for a murder case. We had a lot of fun discussing different cases, and he told me about one case he’d worked on in connection with the US police – fascinating stuff!
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WELCOME TO PARADISE
Blurb: Growing up on an island paradise isn’t as easy as one might think. Sugar is infatuated with the boy next door, worried she won’t make the cheerleading squad, and even more worried that she will. She is paranoid that because of the horrendous scar on her face, no one really expects her to succeed at anything. Her sister is smart, her mother is a legendary model, and her father is a famous artist. Her family’s success sets a high bar for her to live up to.
Everything changes for Sugar when a plastic surgeon removes her scar. The surgery makes her beautiful, but she makes the shocking discovery that being beautiful can be awful. When she finally discovers who she is, and what she wants from life, it nearly destroys her tightly knit family. She must confront abuse, an elopement, loss, and a secret her father has kept from her all her life. Sugar is struggling to pull everything together and find her own version of ‘Happily Ever After’.
Author Bio: Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul highschool in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories. http://www.jennifermacaire.com/