Jacqueline Druga has been obsessed with any and all types of apocalypse scenarios for as long as she can recall. While she dabbled in disaster through her writing, her obsession led her on a path of learning and she absorbed all the information she could on how to survive each and every type of event. Her writing specialty is apocalypse fiction. Her series, Sleepers, is up to part IV and currently one of the bestselling titles at Permuted Press. We caught up with Jacqueline for a little Q & A.
DM: Tell us more about your writing style and your bestselling Sleepers series.
I think I am a more ‘cut to the chase’ author only interjecting the extra fluff it really needed. You won’t be overwrought with details of a room unless something in that room is vital. My readers are intelligent people who don’t want to be told everything. My best stuff is the emotional scene. I know if I cry while writing it, the reader will, too. I’m most comfortable writing First Person and find it easiest and natural. My newest and next release, Contagious, is in third person.
DM: You’ve had several novels published with Permuted Press. How do you like working with them?
I love them. They are very easy to work with and have grown so much. I was with them before the new owners. Having had my own small press years ago, I don’t know how the previous owner managed to not only run the company but run it well. I know personally I feel special with Permuted.
DM: How does writing apocalyptic horror compare to filmmaking?
Easier. Writing screenplays to me, is a piece of cake. Once you get into the knack of writing them they are very easy. But filmmaking is long and stressful. 12-14 hours days and maybe, just maybe you knock out 10 minutes of the film. Book writing is more of an instant gratification. But nothing like seeing words come to life on the screen.
DM: Do you have any advice for writers just staring out?
Gonna stay clear of the typical words of advice. Don’t give up, keep pushing at it, working at it. Writing daily is vital. You can’t get better at something if you don’t write. Too many new writers spend hours rewriting a page or scene. That’s fine but do it later, when the story and book is done.. Sort of like learning to ride a bike, but then after one ride, you get off and stare and think about what you did wrong. You aren’t gonna get better unless you do it.