Jackie Chanel

I live life by one simple quote..."When Life Gives You Lemons, Throw Them Back and Scream, "Limes, Motherf&%$er, I Want Limes!"

It's this rebellious attitude that started me on the path of writing fiction novels.  I write because it allows me to escape the routine of every day life.  I write about relationships, not just romantic relationships.  My books focus on the relationships between friends, siblings, lovers, and parents.

My characters are a reflection of the people I has encountered along my journey to find who I am as a writer and as a person.

I am "just a small town girl", born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio.  I now live in Atlanta, Georgia.  I often think of Atlanta as a place were dreams are formed and then people get out to live them.

My writing career began at an early age.  I was just in high school when I began working on me first novel.  As I studied Biology at Georgia State University, I began my second novel, Change of Heart, and quickly decided that Biology wasn't where my talent lied.  Despite many protests, I switched to Creative Writing which was instrumental in jump starting my career.

I often say that music is my influence and without it, I would not be alive.  Other than music, I also enjoys reading and watching movies, and spending time with the people I love.

Book(s) By Jackie Chanel


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I started my writing career when I was a freshman at Georgia State University, a pre-med major.  Writing was my escape but I didn't realize it was my calling until about 5 years ago. I still live in Atlanta, GA with my little min pin, King.  Music and writing are my everything. Music influences everything that I do and write about. Without books and music, I could not breathe. And wine. Can't live without that either.


Describe your book ‘Untitled*’ in 30 words or less.


Who Says a White Boy Can't Play the Blues? Aiden knows he can.  Music is his destiny. This belief takes him on a journey only music can go.


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Stepping out of my comfort zone.  Before Untitled* I was writing urban romance novels and about situations I had experienced first hand.  With Untitled*, I knew absolutely nothing about guitars or the music industry.  All I knew is that I like guitar players and wanted to write a book that everyone could relate too.  This book required tons of research before I even wrote the first chapter and then more as the writing progressed.


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


Their Eyes Were Watching  God by Zora Neale Hurston, Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillian, American Star by Jackie Collins and The Art of War by Sun Tzu


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


I market my books by using my social media platforms.  I tweet about them, cross promote with other authors, participate in Blog Tours, guest blog, and interviews.


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


When I'm not writing?  I don't think I'm ever not writing something.  When I'm not working on a blog, I blog alot, especially on tumblr.  I also spend time with my friends and family, just hanging out.  I like music alot so I go to alot of concerts and small shows.


What are you working on next?


I'm currently working on the follow up book to Untitled* which ironically is still untitled.  It's just in the beginning phases.  I'm also spending time researching blog tours because I would love to do another soon.

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