Introducing Jacquie Biggar – Romantic Suspense Writer

JacquieBiggar_TidalFalls_HR (1)Join me in welcoming Jacquie Biggar to my blog today. Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson, Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She joined Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and her local chapter, VIC-RWA, of which she currently holds the position of secretary. Today she shares her writing process with us.


Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

 I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.

How do you decide on setting?

 The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.

What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.

What is your favorite part of writing?

When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the DEA at any time, J

E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?

For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book you wrote in your hands.

Please tell us your experiences with social media.  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

 I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.

For more about Jacquie Biggar check out her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Here is a blurb from my novel, Tidal Falls, available Sept 15/14

Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files, files that make her a target.

Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to find his place now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.




20 thoughts on “Introducing Jacquie Biggar – Romantic Suspense Writer

  1. So right away I like her because she has cool name:) And I found the interview interesting and fun too. I don’t much like the editing process either:) And I love that she defines herself as a panster! Hahaha! Sounds like a gripping premise…thanks for the intro.

  2. Hello Pat
    it was nice to know about Jacquie Biggar from your blog. I have read many interviews in which writers tell that they get idea of their character from their surrounding. I always wonder why people like me do not get any such idea :( . :) .
    I feel even if you have idea still it is hard to write a suspense story that is why we do not see much suspense stories I guess.
    Like Jacquie Biggar I think everyone hates the editing part.
    It makes me sick when after editing of more than 10 times when I come up with may mistakes. I wish we have some software in coming time that can do so for a person like me.
    The interview was very interesting thank you.

  3. Sounds like it could be an interesting book. Agree with her about not being keen on editing. But when it comes to reading books online I couldn’t agree less:-) Reading a book in bed is far superior.

  4. Hi Andie

    I think some of us put our attention on other things. That’s why my mind gives me a chocolate mystery world and Jacquie’s provides her with drug cartels and sexy protective men. I’m getting side-traced now….

  5. Hi Jacquie

    I suspect you’ve made her day with the comment about her name. She definitely makes me want to read her book with the premise!

    Thanks for stopping by


  6. I love that you are a panster and love the same moment as you; the one where an idea in your head spills out onto the page exactly how you imagined. Every word flowing to the next seamlessly and effortlessly. Then you build on it and before you know it…you have a sentence :) Nice to meet you Jacquie.

  7. Hi Jacqueline,
    Nice to meet someone with such good taste in names :) Mine is actually a mouthful thanks to a Roman Catholic father, Mary Simone Jacqueline.
    When I married my DH thirty years ago (Whew) I needed a second line for my name, lol
    Thanks for stopping by, take care,

  8. Hi andleeb,
    Believe me, it wasn’t easy for me either. But if it’s a passion for you, as it was for me, it’ll come to you. Maybe it’s just a matter of finding your voice (genre) I would suggest trying a story from that which you enjoy reading. Maybe it won’t even be romance, there’s no wrong way to do something you love to do. Don’t give up, :)

  9. Hi Catarina,
    The editing process is slowly growing on me, thanks in large part to Jenny Crusie’s Argh blog, in which she shares her vast experience.
    As to reading, I find the Kindle helps my weakening eyes, (you can enlarge the font as much as you need) and I like the ease with which I can order from my favourite authors and have their book in hand 2 seconds later, hard to beat that.
    Mostly now I buy print books for my keeper shelves. Thanks for your comments,

  10. Hi Tim,
    EXACTLY!! There’s nothing better than getting that scene in your head and your hands fly (well finger in my case :) ) over the keyboard in order to get it all down, and it works. It’s perfect. I love that, :)
    Nice to meet you,

  11. Hi Pat,
    Thank you so much for having me on your blog, sorry I was late getting here. Been baking pies and making homemade chicken noodle soup, Mmm :)
    Happy thanksgiving,

  12. Hi Jacquie,
    It’s great to see the release of your new book, ‘Tidal Falls’. I hope sales are soaring and that the second book is well on its way.

    Sylvie Grayson

  13. Hi Sylvie,
    Thanks for stopping by, :) Still learning the advertising ropes, hope your new book, Suspended Animation, is doing well, it’s a great book. I’m nearing the halfway mark on the second in my Wounded Hearts series, Jared. He tugged my heart in Tidal Falls, so I had to go to work giving him his HEA. Hoping for a spring release.
    Hope you have fun this Thanksgiving with that new addition to your family, :)
    Take care,

  14. Oh dear, I tried being a pantser on my first novel (still in progress) and it didn’t work out for me at all. I have learned to take a cue from my organized editor side and work on brief chapter outlines for my next one. The thing I love about process is how individual it all is.

  15. Hi Jeri,
    My DH keeps telling me that’s what I should be doing, an outline, and he’s probably right. It’s just that every time I sit down to do that I get hives!! I squiggle, I squirm, my eyes are everywhere except on the page in front of me, so I gave up.
    I think it’s part of what makes every authors work unique, their process.
    Thanks for stopping by, :)

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