Linda’s Book Obsession Interviews Jacqueline Friedland, Author of “Trouble the Water” Part of Suzy Approved Book Tours
1. What is your motivation or inspiration in writing your books?
My inspiration in writing my books is ultimately about empathy. I love the idea that a story I tell could teach people to view certain aspects of life from new perspectives.
- How did you know that you wanted to be an author/writer?.
I have loved to write ever since I was a child. Friends used to come to me in elementary school asking me to write poems for their parents’ birthday cards or songs relating to whatever school projects we were working on. As I grew older, I wrote stories to entertain friends, and I always loved sharing my written ideas with people. That passion has never dwindled, and I finally decided to pursue it as a career choice.
- How do you maintain a balance in your life, between your family, and being an author?.
I find that I am unable to write anything of value when my children are in the house. Even if they are in a different part of the house and try to give me privacy, I can’t get into the right head space when I know I might be disturbed at any moment. Because of that, I try to be very disciplined whenever the kids are at school or busy with other activities because I know as soon as they return, my opportunity to produce work will be over. Luckily, my children are all at the age where they are in school all day, and their lives are busy with many other extracurricular activities.
- What is a typical day in your life?
With four kids, it’s very difficult to find a day that is “typical”. On the rare occasions that no one is home sick or has a school assembly or a special doctor’s appointment, the day usually goes as follows. The kids go off on the bus by 7:30 am. Then I am at my computer for about six hours. After that, I try to squeeze in some exercise, take a quick shower, and prepare for my kids to return home. Then it’s carpooling and homework for the rest of the night.
- What are your hobbies or things you like to do in your downtime?
I love to read and to exercise. I enjoy cooking with my kids and hanging out in front of a big fire. I also love to get involved in crafts projects, especially latch hook rugs.
- Can you tell us anything about your new writing projects?
My next project is contemporary fiction about a young Manhattanite who reconnects with her first great love years after their catastrophic breakup. She discovers that he has been diagnosed with a fatal illness, and she has to decide whether a few more months with her ex are worth sacrificing several pieces of her future. The book will be coming out in April 2020, and I’m beyond excited about it. Stay tuned for info about the title, cover reveal, and official release date!!!
- What would you like readers to take away after reading your novels?
My greatest goal as an author is to spread empathy far and wide. The great thing about fiction is that it can put readers into the shoes of such eclectic characters- people who are nothing like they are. This situation of standing in the shoes of “the other” can teach people about experiences that might otherwise be quite foreign to them. If my books can manage to make someone more understanding about a person or situation they may have formerly judged harshly or simply misjudged, I can feel like a success.
- What are your favorite genres of books you like to read?
I am a huge reader- I plow through at least two books a week, usually more, and my taste varies. I tend to stick with fiction, but there are so many choices within that general label. I enjoy historical fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, thrillers, romance, just to name a few. I’m always happy to recommend some great reads, as well.
- What actors would play your characters if your book was adapted into a movie?
I have so much trouble pinning down an actor to play my main protagonist. The fact is, there is no one quite like Douglas Elling, so finding someone to represent him just feels like an impossible task. As for Abby, the main female protagonist, I could see a young Jennifer Lawrence playing her role. And finally, I can say that the actress Bella Thorne is a dead ringer for my character Cora Rae Cunningham.
- How would you like readers to connect with you?
Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/jackiefriedland/
Readers can also connect with me through my website at www.jacquelinefriedland.com and my facebook author page.
I love to hear from everyone!