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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jeanne L. Drouillard

Our next interview is with Jeanne L. Drouillard.

Jeanne L. Drouillard graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with minors in French, computers and Sign Language. Other recognized studies and experiences have included handwriting analysis, bible studies, love & logic parenting, attachment disorder and other adoptive issues, listening skills as well as various seminars in leadership, self-improvement and psychology. She has published many articles dealing with the positive side of human nature and emphasizes what can be accomplished with a strong belief system coupled with tenacity. Her first book, Thinking Out Loud, was conceived because of her fascination with the world of thought and how it relates to our lives. Sammi Evans, her heroine, is in a unique position to study the inner and outer environment of people and to monitor their success and failure while relating it to their thought world.

1) Which 3 authors would you recommend all writers read?

A must read for all writers are Agatha Christie, Margaret Mitchell and John Grisham. These different styles and techniques give a well rounded and educated view that can only enchance your talent.

2) Which authors impacted most on your writing style?

Agatha Christie, Margaret Mitchell, John Grisham and Ernest Hemmingway.

3) What is your favorite element in your book (character, theme, setting, etc.)?

I love to keep building on a theme, making it come alive and keeping the reader wondering if the theme is plausible.

4) What was your favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part of writing is the creativity, especially not always knowing where I'm going and yet being able to tie all the parts and clues together at the end.

5) What about the publishing process most shocked you?

The most shocking part was the fact that most publishers won't speak to you unless you have an agent. And most agents aren't interested in you unless you have been previously published.

6) What advice do you wish you’d received before you started searching for a publisher?

Be sure to connect with the Editors and Preditors website to ensure that a publisher is legitimate. Also check out your chosen publisher as carefully as you can.

7) What advice would you give to writers trying to publish their first book?

Keep trying. No matter how many times you get rejected, keep trying. You have to believe in your work and if you do, don't give up.

Thanks to Jeanne L. Drouillard for answering my questions.

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