Greetings readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors. A while back, I had the pleasure to interview a wonderful author named, Jaq D. Hawkins. A good time was truly had by all, and here’s how it went down.
Toi Thomas: Hi there Jaq! It’s so awesome to have you here at the ToiBox Blog. I’m excited to learn more about you and your work.
Jaq: Hello Toi. I’m ready to share.
Toi Thomas: So tell me, who is Jaq D. Hawkins?
Jaq: I started writing at age 6, but I’ve travelled a lot and lived in more than one country so I didn’t settle down and pursue publishing until I was in my 30’s. My first books were traditionally published in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre, though I’ve gone indie now. I love cats and can cook and knit like a proper domestic, but I’m basically an old hippy with Goth tendencies.
Toi Thomas: How very refreshing you are. I can tell this is going to be a fun interview. Like you, I don’t fit into any one particular category and I must admit, I’m excited to see what this old hippy with Goth tendencies is going to say.
Toi Thomas: So whacha got for me today?
Jaq: I’ve just released a new, expanded third edition of Dance of the Goblins, which is first in a series of three books about a post-apocalyptic society that has developed a feudal system of life and is suddenly faced with the reality of goblins living under the streets of the old ruined city. The goblins have a shamanic way of life and really just want to be left alone, but once they are discovered by humans, renewal of an ancient conflict is inevitable.
Toi Thomas: I’m already intrigued. It’s quite clear simply from the way you describe it, that this book has layers and depth. No doubt this is an entertaining read, but I have a feeling it also serves to open one’s mind and make you think.
Toi Thomas: So who’s starring is this 2 dimensional script read of Dance of the Goblins?
Jaq: The two most important characters are the leader of the humans, Count Anton, and a goblin called Haghuf. Haghuf despises humans, but he studies magic and when he learns that Count Anton is a magician along with all of the ruling class, his oldest prejudices are challenged. As for Count Anton, he has his own secrets but the one thing that torments him most is his envy for the goblins’ way of life.
Toi Thomas: I like that it seems that the one element that’s going to bring these two peoples together is one of a spiritual nature. Magic shared by humans and goblins sounds fascinating. It seems as though I quite like the way you think.
Toi Thomas: Past, present, future, is there a rhyme or reason to your writing?
Jaq: I’ve always got ideas overflowing into notes for future projects. I like to write first thing in the morning, in the quiet of morning when everyone else is still asleep. Stories often start with a concept, followed by a beginning and sometimes a predetermined end, like the science fiction story I’m working on now. I’m organised by nature and have had to discipline myself to stick to one project until finish to avoid working on too many projects at once and progressing too slowly on all of them. I write snippets of multiple stories, but I’ve always got a primary project scheduled to be finished next.
Toi Thomas: I like that your methodology. I have to admit, I sometimes get caught up working on too many things at once. I’ve only recently settled on making and keeping notes of new ideas while trying to focus on one primary objective. Someday, perhaps, I’ll be as productive as you.
Toi Thomas: What author(s) has most influenced your writing? Why or how?
Jaq: In my fiction writing, world building has always been the one thing I admire most in other writers and have enjoyed discovering for myself. Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Darkover books are a strong influence and Anne McCaffrey‘s Pern. Also Roger Zelazny‘s Amber series.
Toi Thomas: I agree that world building is important. I like the idea of feeling as though I’ve been to a place that I know doesn’t exist…
Toi Thomas: Now this is where the questions get a little personal; are you ready?
Toi Thomas: Alright then, here we go.
Toi Thomas: Whose brain are you just itching to scratch?
Jaq: Brian Cox would be fun to chat with. He’s intelligent and has imagination. I can imagine the kind of fiction he would write if he moves that way from writing his science books.
Toi Thomas: Nice choice. I’ve often had the feeling that people who are experts in certain areas would be best at writing fiction related to those topics.
Toi Thomas: Who is so you and why?
Jaq: Austin Osman Spare, because he is so not anyone else. 😉
Toi Thomas: Going for a sense of complete individuality I get that. Fair enough.
Toi Thomas: What’s your ideal reading spot for your next highly anticipated read?
Jaq: Personally I read in a comfortable big chair in my living room. I tune out noise and don’t even hear music if it’s on, assuming I’m reading something really good. I’m most likely to read either a paperback or my Kindle, though occasional hardbacks get onto my shelves.
Toi Thomas: That comfy chair sounds nice. I typically read in bed or at my new desk. For the first time in years, I’m actually using a desk.
Jaq: I read a *lot* as a pre-teen. One that stands out was Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks. I had a lot of interest in the hippy culture and read adult level books more often than teen books.
Toi Thomas: It seems that I leaped a bit in my reading as child too (but not in the same way). I adored reading age-level or age-appropriate books until about the age of 13. I never got into teen books…
Toi Thomas: Now this is where the questions get a little kooky; are you ready?
Toi Thomas: Alright then, here we go.
Toi Thomas: If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jaq: It would be a toss-up between Yellow Submarine by the Beatles or Labyrinth, with David Bowie.
Toi Thomas: Shut up! 😀 I love Labyrinth! I mean I like Yellow Submarine too, but Labyrinth is one of my all-time faves.
Toi Thomas: What makes you geek out?
Jaq: Filmmaking. I got into it sort of accidentally and I’ve learned loads about editing in recent years. It has definitely brought out my inner geek.
Toi Thomas: How cool it that! As much as I adore the cinema, you’d think I’d be trying to learn more about it; maybe one day.
Toi Thomas: When the soundtrack of your life is playing in your head, what songs express your glee and what songs bring out your rage?
Jaq: I have Mars in Pisces so don’t do rage, but I like deeply intense music from many categories. Goth, Classical, and sometimes the upbeat 1960’s stuff as well as 80’s music (not Disco) and some of the bands that have come out of Scandinavia in the 90’s. I have very broad musical tastes, but Deine Lakaein would be a good band for my personal soundtrack.
Toi Thomas: It saddens me sometimes how much music is dismissed simply as a form of entertainment. Music is emotional and personal. Music is communication across barriers. I love asking this question and receiving insight into a person’s character. I still find it hard to comprehend how some people don’t like music of any kind, when I enjoy so many kinds.
Toi Thomas: Now let’s play zombie urban survivor. What 3 things do you need to survive a black-out in Central Park the day zombies attack?
Jaq: You know I’ve got a zombie film in edit, right? My favourite zombie kill involved diet coke and Mentos.
Toi Thomas: Wow, you are too cool! Are you allowed to tell me the name of the film? Do you force feed a zombie a hand full of Mentos and then pour in some diet Coke and wait for the head to explode, or am I totally on the wrong page?
Toi Thomas: What’s the most fun experience you’ve ever had, to date?
Jaq: My first summer of film production would be a definite contender. I got away with so much! Travelling with a carnival at the age of 16 might beat it though.
Toi Thomas: How many kids want to run away with the circus- and you traveled with a carnival. I’ll say it again; you are so cool! I bet that was fun. You should write about that.
Toi Thomas: Not that you can see into the future, but in your opinion, what does the future hold?
Jaq: I will always write. My filmmaking has specific goals and once they are reached, I’ll settle back into just writing again. Hopefully a bit more travel by then.
Toi Thomas: I like those plans. They are simple and sweet.
Toi Thomas: Is there a question you would like to ask me?
Jaq: More an observation. You’ve done a lot to encourage and promote other authors and I think we should all appreciate the efforts you make for indies.
Toi Thomas: Thank you for saying that. It really means a lot.
Toi Thomas: So, do you mind if I ask, thoughts on EC: GA?
Jaq: I’ve done a review on Amazon for Eternal Curse. I thought it was a really interesting story and very original. I’m still new to reading stories about Angels but I think this one set the bar pretty high.
Toi Thomas: Again, thank you for your kind words. I don’t know that this book will ever fit into any specific genre enough to be fully understood by the masses, but if I’m able to provide a little entertainment, I’m cool with that. Who know, maybe one day I’ll be a dynamic as Jaq D. Hawkins in whatever genre I settle in.
Okay readers, blogger, geeks, and authors, that’s all for today. Be sure to follow this blog to see who will be visiting next time. For more from Jaq D. Hawkins, check out these great links:
Website: Jac D. Hawkins
Blog: Goblins & Steampunk
Facebook: The Goblin Series by Jaq D Hawkins
Pinterest: Jaq D
Amazon Author Central: Jaq D. Hawkins
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