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When it comes to writing a book about your own past—what do you really want to tell the reader? Are you looking to entertain, or educate?
1. A bit of both. I have had a very adventurous past and have experienced a lot more than I could ever have imagined, in one lifetime. I have been to some fascinating countries. I’ve also met some very colourful characters along the way. If I wrote about my past, the book would probably shock, entertain, and educate...and parts of it would be very funny!
What did you learn from writing your book?
2. I guess the biggest lesson was one of perseverance. The Guardian of Secrets, my first book, was very ambitious. I had no idea where the story would lead but I was enjoying the writing process, so I just kept plugging away, hoping for a really interesting and entertaining story to emerge. I almost gave up on it a few times because I was so busy. Now I know that discipline plays a big part, when writing a full length novel.
Do you think people can identify with you?
3. I hope they can identify with my books’ characters. They are an extension of my mind. I don’t think I reveal myself in my books but hope that readers connect to and enjoy my imagination, which is heavily invested in the story.
Can you tell us your favorite memory?
4. That would be my childhood in Spain. Life was one big adventure. One of my best memories, though, is of a three week tour of Egypt’s historical sites. The Egyptologist was a professor from Cairo University. His knowledge of ancient Egypt was incredible. I will never forget what I saw and learned in that country. I have done a lot and remember the good and bad times, with equal clarity.
If you had one passion—what is that passion and how did you discover it?
5. Travel and discovery of new cultures have always been my greatest passions. There is nothing I love more than arriving in a far off land and savouring the sights and sounds, and people watching, of course. I could write a few books based on countries I’ve been to and the experiences I have had there. I plan to travel again soon.
When did you realize that you were a storyteller and how long after that did you pick up a pen?
6. I have always loved public speaking. Give me an audience and I will set out to inform and entertain. I love being involved in debates. I started writing when I was asked to give lectures on The Spanish Civil War. I wrote pages filled with notes, gave the lectures to various groups, and then decided to add some fictitious characters and plots to the notes. This is how The Guardian of Secrets came about.
Do you ever wish you could live the life of one of your characters?
7. Yes, I do. There are two characters in my novels, who led amazing lives. I think I passed on my adventurous spirit to two women, in particular, and amplified my own craving for excitement.
Would I enjoy the book? Why would I enjoy the book?
8. Yes, I think you would enjoy all three of them. The Guardian of Secrets and The Mercy Carver Series have an array of characters that seem to appeal to both male and female readers. My stories are bold, unique, graphic, and colourful. They have been called, by many, “unputdownable.”
Are there more books in the wings?
9. There is a fourth book on the way, due for release in summer 2015. It is historical fiction novel, set in the Spanish Inquisition period. I am very excited about it.
Where can we find out more about you? Where can we buy your books?
You can find my books. The Guardian of Secrets,
Dark Shadows and Blood Moon from The Mercy Carver series, on Amazon worldwide stores.
You can find me on janapetkenauthor.com.
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