Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Jacqueline Garlick, author of Lumière: A Fantasy Steampunk Romance Adventure.

Mark and Jackie discuss:

  • jacqueline garlickJacqueline’s background in writing and experience working with SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) under the mentorship of Ellen Hopkins
  • How Ellen Hopkins helped promote and nurture a beginning writer, helping them to believe that they could do it
  • The Niagara Retreat and Conference event that Jacqueline is a driving force behind
  • The self-publishing approach that Jacqueline’s agent suggested and supports
  • Taking the long-term approach as a writer, in both the indie and traditional publishing spaces, determining where a project best fits in an industry that is in flux
  • How the X-Ray machine used to be seen as a cure for everything
  • Themes in the novel, such as:  Science created for good being done for bad; and the concept of inclusion for a person with an internal affliction (epilepsy) vs a person with an external affliction (visible birth defect)– and what is more terrible to live with
  • What it was like winning and participating in the Donald Maass Breakout Novel Intensive Scholarship
  •  How self-publishing actually “takes a village” or, in Jackie’s case, a team that includes a photographer and an animator
  • The types of questions that are important to ask when hiring an editor, a designer, etc

As part of this episode’s soliloquy, Mark speaks about the importance of networking for writers, why attending local writing groups, conferences and seminars can be invaluable for a writer.


LumièreJacqueline Garlick’s website

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