Interview Roulette: Jackie Keswick

Jackie Keswick plays today!

  • Describe one especially fond childhood memory—for yourself or for one of your characters.


Hi, I’m Nico and I’ll answer this one. But you have to promise to keep it quiet. I haven’t even told Daniel that I really love cats, and I don’t want to imagine Jack and Gareth’s faces when they finds out.

Before the accident, we had two. They came to us when they were tiny. One was black with a white tip on his tail as if he’d been painting the white lines in the road. The other was stripey. I wanted to call them Bangers & Mash, but my mum and sister said it was stupid. So the two became Roobarb & Custard – as if that was any better. My sister was forever fussing about them, but they used to come into my bed every morning. First, they’d climb all over me, until they’d woken me up. And then they’d snuggle under the quilt with me, until it was time for school. I miss them, and when I get my own home, I’m going to have a cat. I know that much.

  • Which of your characters is most likely to end up in the emergency room and why?


Well… I have one character who spends most of his time there. 🙂 Dr. Marius Leven, from action/suspense story Leap of Faith, is a trauma surgeon at the Lissand Memorial Hospital. He doesn’t turn up with sirens, but he’s used to dealing with anything from shootings to idiotic pranks to Saturday nights gone wrong, and he moves pretty fast when there’s a patient coming in. He spends a lot more time in the place than he’s paid for, but he’s fine with that. The long hours give him a chance to keep an eye on his handiwork, and he’s a useful guy to have around in a crisis. We’ll find out more about that, when he gets his own story…

  • When it comes to travel, do you prefer to plan everything or play it by ear?


We’re very half and half. I like to have the big things in place: flights, hotels, if we’re not camping, and car hire. After that, I have a must-see list, and another, longer list of places that sound interesting. From there on out, it’s very much go with the flow and see what happens. I remember meandering around Eastern Canada not knowing in the morning where we’d stop at night. When it started towards afternoon, we’d look for somewhere that felt inviting, while in Japan, we didn’t know from day to day what we’d go and explore, but we knew where we would sleep each night.

  • If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?


I wrote a Star Trek novel, long before I’d ever heard of fanfic or slash! Recently, I’ve dabbled a little. I love Bleach and Naruto. I have a thing for the original series of The Professionals. And I’m a BowTie fan – that’s Clint/Coulson from the Avengers, for anyone who doesn’t hang out in that corner of fandomland. I was exceedingly put out when Marvel sank that good ship while I had a story series unfinished. Now it’s sorta… meh.

  • What’s the worst disaster that ever happened to you (or one of your characters) while traveling?

Not really sure we had what I’d call a real disaster. The wind destroying our tent in Iceland was a bit of a setback, but we had a car and parked it on the beach for a night. Chilly and a bit cramped, but not a disaster. Travelling to the Isle of Wight in blazing sunshine a few years later didn’t prepare us for the deluge we got the following day. We came back to the campsite after a day’s racing and found about an inch of water in the bottom of the tent. That’s the only holiday we’ve ever abandoned.

  • Describe your ideal writing environment.

Comfy. With music. A glass of wine won’t go amiss either.

Book blurb:

Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins, and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is coming after them, and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Should they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?

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Author bio:

Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie writes thrillers, suspense, sci-fi and fantasy – often with love stories built in. She loves unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat. And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops. For questions and comments, not restricted to green eyes, bus stops, or recipes for traditional English food, you can find Jackie Keswick in all the usual places.


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