Thursday, May 3, 2018

Guest Blogger: Jean Jacques

Please tell us about your latest book.
* My latest book is entitled ‘Bad Day for Harry Day’ and it’s about the blackmailing of a US Senator.
Senator Harry Day lies to his wife telling her that he has business to attend and blows off an important family reunion dinner.
Instead he attends his best friend's bachelor party at the Wild Irish Rose Pub.
The party gets out of hand when Patricia, a stunning lady accidently trips and spills her red wine on Harry shirt.
Harry is fuming. She offers to take him to her home and clean his shirt. At first he is hesitant, but he really has no choice.
After throwing his shirt in the washing machine Patricia begins to seduce him, dragging him to her bedroom and setting him up
for one of the most insidious scam ever conceived.

What can we expect from you in the future?
* I have many projects, writing a screenplay for ‘Bad Day for Harry Day’.... my autobiography ‘My Thirty Five Phoquing Years In Hollywood’...
‘Stanley Forcefinger’... ‘Blacky From Nun’s Island’... ‘Wheels of Fortune’.
How do we find out about you and your books?
‘The Baby Factory’... Amazon: Createspace
   ‘Bad Day for Harry Day’... Amazon: ----- to add later on---------------------------------------
Why did you decide to write thrillers novels?  
* It’s exiting to me... I always loved suspense... l love to scare people.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
* My thirty five years working in the film business in Hollywood gave me plenty of enlightenment... believe me.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I wrote many TV commercials, short subject films. In 1985 I wrote a screenplay with my dear departed friend Ahmed Lateef, also a film director.
That was our first stab writing a screenplay and it didn’t turn out too good. The screenplay was ‘The Baby Factory’. We found out that if you don’t have
an agent nobody will look at your script, and to get an agent you have to be somewhat known... catch 22. It was years later when I was in France that
I decided to turn my screenplay into a novel and lucky me ‘The Baby Factory’ was published last September by Summer Solstice.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
* I just go with the flow. Sometime I feel like drawing and sometime I feel like doing nothing... just thinking about the universe.
Space fascinates me... always did... I can lay down in the desert and stare at the Milky Way for hours.
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
*  Presently I’m in Shanghai... far away from any family... My wife does not bother me.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
*  I love to walk around Shanghai and take pictures... This town is full of exotic interesting wonderful places.
Where do your ideas come from?
* Mostly from my brain... haha!
Do you feel humor is important in thrillers and why?
* Humor is universal... it belong every where you can sneak it in.
What kind of research do you do?
I don’t do research... I don’t wanna be influenced by anything already written.

Please tell us about yourself.  
*  I come from my mother, and at the time she happened to be in Quebec City... The year was 1930, yes, the great depression.
Went to school with the Christian Brothers... wasted ten years of my life... never like schools.
For my first job I was a window trimmer... then I worked for Lever Bros. selling soap as a traveling salesman... good experience but not my vocation.
I went to work for Canadian Breweries as an art counselor, then in 1957 I decided to go study animation in California.
Worked in Hollywood for 35 years. 1990 moved to Montreal to direct two big animation series... ‘Bad Dog’ and ‘Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat’
for Sesame Work Shop... 2002 moved to Provence... I worked on some French animation shows and then 2007 we moved to Shanghai. 
What are some of your favorite things to do?
* I love to look and photograph cars and here in Shanghai I’m in heaven... Lamborghini... Ferrari... Maserati... Jaguar... all over town.
Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
* Carl Sagan... Cosmos.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
* Will Rogers... George Bernard Shaw... Jean Paul Sartre.
What do you think of critique groups in general?
* They are needed... keeps you on your toes.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
* In five years I will be 91... I have no idea where I will be... we keep moving around... So far we’ve been around the world twice.
How many books have you written, how many have been published?
* Two... ‘The Baby Factory’ and ‘Bad Day for Harry Day’... both published.
After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
* Of course... what a joy to have your book in your hands.
Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
* Yes... ‘Baby Factory’ because it was a screenplay first and the movie is in my mind.
Emerantia... my literary agent, is now repping my screenplay to the major movie studios.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
* I’m repeating myself... to hold your published book in your hands and say... I did it. It’s so hard to have a book published.
If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
* I would be drawing and taking pictures.
What is your greatest desire?
Looking for the day when I can invite all my friends for the world premier of the motion picture... ‘The Baby Factory’.
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
* My motto... don’t give up the ship... sell it... haha!



  1. Don't forget to invite me to the premier, Jean.

  2. Wonderful interview! It's so nice to get to know more about Jean Jacques. Good luck, Jean, with all of your projects.

  3. Interesting interview. I agree. Never give up.


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