20 Questions with Jillian Chantal

1. So, what’s your book all about?
My upcoming release, Sebastian’s Salvation, is a romantic suspense. The hero is a former Green Beret who lost part of his leg in his last mission in Afghanistan. It’s also a biracial story with the hero being an African American and the heroine being the daughter of a British earl.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?
I wanted to write a story about a hero with a disability for a long time. I have a couple of friends who are amputees and I thought it was important to have a story where someone with such disabilities can find true romance and be an active part of life in every way.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?
It’s an Aristotle quote – I love most all of his quotes and this is a favorite: “The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”  How’s that for a mouthful?  I think we, as writers, should struggle to make the outward story have inward significance to the reader.

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?
I actually have no “things” in my writing space other than my laptop. I can write pretty much anywhere. I’ve been known to write a whole short story on my Ipad on a plane (well, most of it anyway since I had to stow my electronic device right at the denouement).

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?
Anywhere pretty much, but I like to sit in the living room with the television on and noise around me. I can think better with background noise. Not conversation, mind you, just inane tv shows.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.
Super Freak. That way I could let the jackasses who pull crazy stunts on the road ahead of me know they better get out of my way before I freak out on them. I have zero patience with lousy drivers.

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.
At least six feet tall. I’m five four and can’t reach a lot of things. That side kick would be able to earn his/her keep by fetching for me.

9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”
I would definitely change the way the white man chased the Indians off their property and put them all on reservations. I think we should’ve all shared the land.

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?
Ursa if a girl and Ursus if a boy. I took Latin in school and need to use it sometimes and that’s the Latin word for bear.

11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?
I’d make him or her have Tourette’s syndrome. I think I could have fun with that. Although it may be more fun with the protagonist having that trait.

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III in red

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?
I’d spend the year in Russia. I’d travel to St. Petersburg and at some point, I’d be on the Orient Express, drinking hot tea from a samovar as the snowy landscape rushes past.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?
The Chantalia.

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?
Any old rock from the 1970s; especially The Who or Styx.

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?
“I thought you said F**k or drown”

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?
All of them. I can’t sing worth a darn. But I still rock on every time I get in the car. Alone.

18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?
This other world is called Drain-sylvania and the only way to keep it clean is with blood sacrifices once a month from fresh chickens.

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?
My website is www.jillianchantal.com and my twitter ID is @JillianChantal. I have an author page at Siren-Book strand as well at www.bookstrand.com/jillian-chantal.

20. What’s next?
I have another book out on April 21, 2012 called The Gambler. It’s Book One in a series of three books to be released over the next year by Desert Breeze Publishing. It’s a murder mystery/romance that occurs on a cruise ship.


  1. Thanks for letting me play along. It was fun and a stretch for the old noggin to answer some of these questions.

  2. Especially loved the kitchen sink question.

  3. First let me say I love the 20 questions. I think my favorite answer is the chicken blood sacrifice. Fun fun post. Sebastian’s Salvation sounds awesome can’t wait to read it.

  4. Great answers, Jillian!
    And some intriguing questions, Benjamin.
    Enjoyed it.

  5. Thanks for playing, Jillian. And good luck with Sebastian’s Salvation.

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