Hi, Jackie! Let’s get started by finding out which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Jackie: I’ve read so many books, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. Authors I’ve read several times over are J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Tolkien, and Lewis. Some authors who I found that started off or are still currently independent authors are Amanda Hocking and Rachel Morgan. There’s more, but those are the ones that come immediately to mind.
I found Morgan on Wattpad – which is a great place to find new writers – and I simply adore her Creepy Hollow series.
What I love most about these authors is their uncanny ability to create striking worlds that jump off the page and live on in my imagination, even after the last page is turned. The ability to do that is truly a gift. They’ve each created a world I want to return to again and again and again.
I, too, love it when an author can make an imaginary world so real. In the world of fictional villains, who is your favorite?
Jackie: This is an even harder question to answer. The villians I’ve found most interesting are Gollum from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. The Smeagol/Gollum duel personality – which was shown more in the movies than the books, I think–but I found it fascinating. Gollum’s desire to be free of the ring, yet entrapped by its power, made him a terrifying foe because we were never sure which side would win out in the end.
My other villain would be Snape from Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I didn’t care how despicable she created him because I kept thinking there was something deep down that would redeem him in the end, and that things weren’t quite what they seemed.
I like both heroes and villains that aren’t simple cardboard cut-outs with only one side, while the other is blank. No human is all good or all bad. I like characters that are a mixture of a little of both. It’s that battle of good and evil in everyone that influences the choices we make.
Good choices! I agree, the battle of good versus evil creates believable characters. Can you tell us what project are you currently working on?
Jackie: I’m still working on my White Road Chronicles series and will soon be starting the fifth book. I’m debating on the title at the moment. However, I’ve begun a new series aimed for younger readers called The Sentinel Archives. The first book,Through the Portal, will be released on the first of October. Right now, chapters are going on up on Wattpad for those who would like to check it out here: https://www.wattpad.com/user/JackieCastle
Welcome to the kingdom of Alburnium If the Wizard of Oz swept you away and Narnia enchanted you, then follow the White Road Chronicles for a new kind of adventure. Illuminated: Book One- begins with a girl in search of the truth. Alyra, mockingly known as Princess, was captured at an early age by the evil ruler, Darnel, and brought up in the dark land of Racah. Now, at the age of seventeen, she considers herself nothing special. She has no recollection of who she is or where she came from. Her hope of ever finding freedom dims. Until the messenger arrives. Until he brings to light the meaning behind the medallion she’s kept hidden. Until she accepts the blinding truth. Now she flees for her life. Alyra’s journey leads her down a narrow road with strange traveling companions. Together, they encounter a kingdom where nothing is what it first seems. Illuminated is the first book of The White Road Chronicles followed by: Luminosity: Book Two; Emanate: Book Three; Radiance: Book Four.
www.jackiecastle.com (author website)
www.jackiecastlebooks.blogspot.com (The White Road Chronicle series site)
http://thesentinelarchives.blogspot.com/ (The Sentinel Archives – still under construction, but there is information about the books available.)
Jackie Castle graduated from UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas. She lives in Texas with her husband, children, and dog, Ginger (aka ginger-roonie). Her favorite pastime, besides reading, is traipsing through the worlds of Alburnium or Fay in search of another story. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences. Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle’s Story World: http://www.jackiecastle.com