It is great to welcome Jacqueline Tyrene Sanders, author of PearlS, which reached number #32 in a recent promotion on Amazon! First, could you tell us what your book is about?
PearlS is about a young woman named Pearl Sinclair, who as a child was mildly disfigured in a car accident. Her attempts at living a “normal” life were stunted by relentless bullying, as well as the rejection of her father. Her lifelong goal of becoming an actress (and to work with Steven Spielberg), was an added struggle in her life because she was shunned by the Hollywood community simply because she didn’t fit their ideas of what a leading lady should look like. After Pearl’s father dies, she falls into a deep depression. After adopting two pugs, and inadvertently finding a magical tree, her life begins to take the shape of a fairy tale. There are no magic birds or spells in this fairy tale, but rather a demonstration that through hard work, believing in herself and taking in the beauty that surrounds her, Pearl is able to transform her life into one that she never thought was possible.
I was told about this magic tree (The Sacred Oak) that grew near my house, and after having visited and experienced this special tree, I was flooded with ideas. I already had certain ideas for a story, but the tree really brought everything together.
I love the book cover! Who designed it?
My sister Lois designed the cover. I am not as techno savvy as she is, so she gladly (with the help of a chocolate bribe) took on that role of designer.
If PearlS was made into a movie, who would you like to star in it?
I am a strong advocate of using unknown actors. I know what it feels like to be that person who never gets their “break,” so by giving someone a chance to shine is what I would prefer. Besides, PearlS is about giving that unexpected and underappreciated person a life-changing opportunity that they wouldn’t normally have.
What are you working on at the moment?
I always have a few stories and characters who are vying for my attention, but I am in the process of redecorating my house.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to read, cook, watch movies and spend time with my family.
Do you have any parting comments or advice for other authors?
The only advice I would give is to never give up. That sounds like a generic answer, but it’s true. There are so many reasons and opportunities to stop trying, and to cave into the pressures or opinions of other people, but really, it’s all about being true to yourself and going for that brass ring.
Where can we buy your book?
Where can readers find out more about you?
Thank you very much Jacqueline for taking to time to talk to me about your beautiful book.
NEXT WEEK I’m interviewing Darcie Chan, the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse.