Hi, Romance Junkies! My name is Jacqueline Seewald and my novel THE INFERNO COLLECTION is a thriller that combines sensual romance with mystery and the paranormal. I’m not much into category fiction or labeling. I try not to write formula fiction–although my novel does have many of the attributes of romantic suspense such as a woman in jeopardy and a sexy, romantic happy ending.
I love to read a passionate romance with strong, memorable characters. I also love books that provide an intelligent mystery. I decided that if I were going to write a mystery novel, it would have to be one with romantic elements. I spent several years writing and rewriting THE INFERNO COLLECTION. When I was finally satisfied with it, I went back and painfully cut away about a third of the novel because I wanted the book to be a fast-paced thriller, a page-turner. At Five Star/Gale, the book actually went through three different editors, all of whom gave me input for rewriting. After the ARC’s came out, I still found errors that needed correction, mostly those of the printer. It was a long, slow process to put out a quality book.
Some of the writers I admire that combine mystery and romance extremely well: Jayne Ann Krentz (a former librarian like myself) who always writes great romantic suspense,Faye Kellerman who writes wonderful romantic mysteries, likewise J.A. Jance and Elizabeth George. Tami Hoag’s CRY WOLF is an all-time favorite of mine, a brilliant tour de force. I also love the writing of Janet Evanovich which is great fun. There are so many great writers that combine romance and mystery, I can’t begin to name them all.