I got a letter from a woman who was reading my first novel, Project June Bug, while she was having breakfast. She said that at one point, she burst out laughing and sprayed coffee through her nose all over the page. She was upset that it ruined her book, so she bought another copy. I wish more people would do that!
If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
I was a teacher in my past life (pre-retirement), and I found it very rewarding, so I'd have to say teaching would be my choice. It's a very challenging job and can often be frustrating, but there's nothing like knowing you've made a difference in a child's life.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books?
I laughed a lot while reading my first novel, Project June Bug, because most of the characters are based on people I knew, and they always crack me up.
I must admit I cried once while reading "Jacqueline." The book based on an experience my dad had while stationed in France during WWII. (That's him on the cover.) He'd been asking me to write the story for a long time and was so proud when I finally put the book in his hands. He passed away in May, just 6 months shy of his 100th birthday. On July 4th, I was reading from the book while giving the keynote speech to the VFW, and I shed some tears before I finished.
What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it?
I just finished reading Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner with my 8-year-old grandson while I was visiting him in New Jersey. Andrew is a big Rush Revere fan and is working his way through the whole series.
If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
I'm not really familiar with many young actresses, but when I was writing "Jacqueline," I pictured her as a young version of Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter movies.)
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again?
Ray Bradbury wrote my all-time favorite book, Dandelion Wine. It's a beautiful little coming-of-age story set in a kinder, gentler time. I discovered it in high school and fell in love with Bradbury's lush, descriptive writing. I've reread it several times over the years, and at each phase in my life, I get something new from the story.
Learn more about Jackie at: www.jackieminniti.com and www.fabulousfloridawriters.blogspot.com.
C.M. Huddleston's 5 Star Review
Great historical fiction based on a real event:
Jacqueline captured my interest from the beginning as I also write so that kids will learn a bit of history while enjoying a good story. This book is an excellent story and relays a good deal of information about World War II in Europe. I can see many children enjoying this book on their own, but many, many more enjoying it in a classroom setting. The characters are varied and represent those that would be found in many communities of the times. The story moves at a good pace with a bit of humor now and then. I sincerely hope Ms. Minniti continues to write books with great stories in historical settings.