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Jacqueline Anders
Jacqueline Anders Author Interview

Phoenix: Field Of Mars follows a young woman seeking to advance her P.R. career when she gets caught up in a special ops’ mission that takes her back to Ancient Rome. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My inspiration for my Phoenix trilogy happened while I taught high school. I noticed that my students were reading lots of fantasy books with no educational value, in my opinion. It seemed they were completely unaware of the world around them. I wanted them and adults to know about the Middle East, all the different human faiths that began across the ocean and from the beginning of civilization, and teach them history in an entertaining way. The time travel element was always a given because I always loved books about time travel. Therefore, I combined the genre I loved with romance, action, suspense, and tidbits of learning opportunities along the way.

I thought your characters were intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I really enjoy when authors use the whole ‘fish out of water’ scenario for their protagonists. It gives the reader a chance to not only question how they would handle the tough situation the characters are in, but it also helps the reader connect more closely to the characters. We cheer on the characters that push through the hardest situations and come out victorious in the end because they persevered. However, I knew that I needed my readers to know the characters in a way that wasn’t artificial.

Kyla was a typical business woman who was used to accolades and having her opinions appreciated but then she’s thrown into a time when women were not treated fairly and were better seen than heard.

The special ops guys were seasoned in missions with advanced technology and sometimes, not always, they were used to going on missions that had a lot of intel guiding them. However, when they landed in Ancient Rome, they were flying blind and just going off of small bits of information about their target. It made it really hard because their target ended up not traveling where they were told he would be. Without GPS, informants, etc., the special ops guys really had to rely on their instincts and their training of interrogating natives to get an idea of where the threat was traveling to. In reality, that is some tough stuff and without some kind of otherworldly help, it would be almost impossible.

Also, I knew when I set out to write the contracted special ops team, I wanted them to be from all different countries. Not only because of their expertise and language acquisitions, but also to help show my readers different cultures and faiths and how they will work together for the good of humanity.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Ever since the beginning of time, humans were notorious for wanting more and more, especially when it came to resources. My story is not just a story of action, history, suspense, wars, but also a story of HOPE. In my opinion, if we were all left to our own devices, the world would have ended by now. There is a reason we haven’t destroyed ourselves yet. So for.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book is Phoenix 4: The Cerberus Chronicles, but I won’t give too much away. Let’s just say that once time travel is invented, it’s like Pandora’s Box. In truth, it’s pretty scary if we don’t have HOPE.

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A time travel thriller from best selling author, Jackie Anders, that takes the reader to Ancient Rome revealing modern and ancient conspiracies that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Twenty-eight-year-old, Kyla Marshall, has desires of advancing her career in public relations at all costs… Until she ends up stumbling in on a special ops’ mission that takes her from her client’s lab in the year 2017 to 8 A.D. Ancient Rome. After learning her new reality, she discovers that the team’s mission is to stop a biochemical scientist from unleashing a deadly virus on the unsuspecting 1st Century people in order to change history.
As Kyla encounters hostility and strife on her journey, she is surprisingly protected by the team’s leader, Capt. Christopher Eriksen. Even though Eriksen has many internal struggles from what he’s seen and done, he inspires her to trust in something bigger than herself. But as Kyla and the team race to stop the impending genocide, Kyla’s biggest fear is no longer the known threat. It is the not knowing if she will ever be able to get back home.
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