Bestselling author, Marcy Jacks, lives and works in Ontario, Canada where she is fervently pursuing the writer’s life while writing about lots of gorgeous guys. Marcy is a prolific Siren-exclusive author.
Q: The series Redemption definitely puts an imaginative spin on biblical mythology. What went into the decision to feature angels and demons as the main characters of this series? Was it challenging to write these larger-than-life characters?
A: It was very challenging. By the last book I thought I was wiped out! My main genre is paranormal, but for a story like this to work, there had to be something out there that was bigger and more powerful than just humans, vampires, and werewolves, and there had to be two opposing sides that were in a constant war with each other. Naturally one had to be good and the other not so good. Angels and demons just seemed like a proper fit. I didn’t even have to think about it with the way it clicked into place in my head.
Q: The focus of the series quickly expands beyond angels and demons to include other paranormal creatures. Did you find it difficult to integrate other paranormal creatures into a series based on religious icons?
A: Not at all. Redemption is one of the few series that I had planned out from the beginning to end, and this might be because there are only four books in the series, so it was easier to do it for that than for, say, DeWitt’s Pack. The plan was from the very beginning to bring in other creatures. All three men are half demons, but I also wanted them to represent the other creatures in the mortal world to show that the reach of Heaven and Hell affects all things. Humans, vampires, werewolves, and others.
Q: The introduction of werewolves in the second book seems to open the door for a crossover with the DeWitt’s Pack series. Are there any plans for these two casts of characters to meet?
A: It crossed my mind for sure! I like the thought that all of this is taking place in the same world and that James and Cory can maybe discuss the city of Haven, or someone from there can come into the pack looking for help, or even Annabel can stir up something. Whether James will meet Dante and Jeremy, or even John, I can’t say at this point, but I won’t say never either.
Q: Annabel is one of those villains that you almost love to hate, and she finds herself in some surprising places as the series progresses. Is it tough to strike a balance of good and evil with a character like her? What are your plans for Annabel going forward?
A: Annabel was one of the most fun characters I’ve ever written, and it’s funny that you mention good because I never thought of her as being good at all, but I was still hoping that she would be likable, if that makes any sense. I have been getting good feedback about her, and the thing I think that draws people to her character is that she’s not like the typical villains you see nowadays. In character classes, they teach you that the thing that makes a proper villain is they don’t believe themselves to be the villain. They think they’re doing something good, as it were, or maybe they feel some sense of remorse about things they’ve done, ends justify the means, etc.
Annabel isn’t like this. She knows exactly what she is and she loves it. It’s not just in her nature, she enjoys being a demon and embarrassing, teasing, and hurting people, and she has a sense of humor about it, too. If I were to give an example of her, the closest I can think of would be Jack Sparrow, only a little more evil. I don’t think I’m finished with her yet. She might have to come back later for something.
Q: Of all the couples in your books, which is your favorite, and what qualities make them right for each other?
A: That’s a tough one. I would have to say that John and Kale are at this point, but only because they’re so recent. I might fall more in love with another couple later, but right now it’s them. It might also have to do with the fact that I basically wrote the Redemption Series around them. I wanted the fourth book to be their book. You don’t see much of them interacting in book one because, ultimately, that was still Jeremy and Dante’s story, but I hope I made it clear that there was something there that would be building as things progressed.
As for what qualities make them right for each other, I’d say it’s their respect and trust for each other. Kale knows his commander and loves him, but he wouldn’t have let that cloud his judgment. He followed John because he thought it was the right thing to do, and he was willing to live with any consequences that came to him because of that.
The same thing for John. He’s one of the older angels, and is much older than Kale. He was one of the men to help teach Kale how to be an angel and a soldier after he died. Kale is much younger, but John doesn’t baby him. He feels safe when Kale has his back and that’s why he chose Kale to be one of the angels he brought with him into battle. They work well together.
Q: What’s the most romantic scene you’ve written?
A: Another tough one! I had to think about this one. Probably the time John spends at Kale’s bedside when he is sick, holding his hand and kissing his knuckles. I think that’s the most romantic because John’s finally giving in, and Kale isn’t even awake to be able to appreciate it.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
A: Reaching a goal. I feel like my day was wasted if I didn’t make my goal word count, and there’s nothing worse than that.
Q: What do you do to relax or get the creative juices flowing when you are struggling to meet your writing goals or deadlines?
A: I find that listening to music with no lyrics can help when I’m sitting at the keyboard and struggling, but it has to be something specific to what I want the characters to be feeling or the mood I want set. I’ve been listening to the love themes from the Mass Effect games lately, and those always help get me in a good frame of mind. Also walking can sometimes help. Anything that will let the thinking side of my brain zone out so I can daydream about something else.
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you that might surprise us.
A: Girl Gamer
Q: What’s the most difficult challenge you have faced?
A: The writing itself. I have a love/hate relationship with it, but it is challenging and definitely full of enough rewards to make it worth it. My biggest challenge now is admitting I’m a writer to people who ask what I do for a living. Still facing that one.