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Q: How is the title meaningful to the book?
A: The clouds mentioned in the title are not really clouds at all. And along with the colors, they cannot be seen by the physical eye. It all has to do with what takes place in the unseen dimension beyond our physical world. Yet the colorful clouds play a huge part in this story where two people become trapped in the unseen dimension.
Q: How is the main character like you?
A: There are actually six main characters on a cruise ship crossing the Pacific. These six are assigned to the same dining table each night and soon become friends. But during their crossing, a series of natural as well as unnatural events converge upon the characters to threaten their very lives. A seventh character – the narrator – doesn’t even have a life, at least not at the time of the story. He’s dead spirit guide Pedro who communicates through the psychic in their group.
The only character I may be somewhat like is Deanna, the wife of skeptical physicist Paul who constantly pooh-poohs the otherworldly talk of the psychic. Like Deanna, I’m married to a die-hard scientist who believes in the infallibility of his chosen profession. Yet unlike physicist Paul, my scientist is open to the possibility of what lies beyond the visible realm.
Q: What would you do over again if you could on this book?
A: That’s an impossible question to answer right now. The Color of Clouds was only just released this past spring, so I’m still extremely happy with the book.
If anything, I might work a bit on the dialogue, since that’s always a bit tricky for me.
Q: How important is the setting to the story?
A: I chose to place this story on a cruise ship crossing the Pacific because the characters cannot escape to safety. Not even a helicopter can reach the ship in the middle of the vast ocean. So they all must deal with the circumstances presented.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Nothing at the moment, sad to say. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer who waits until inspiration strikes. And at the moment, I’m too busy traveling and planning more travel to sit down and write. Hopefully, I’ll be including some of my travel adventures in an upcoming novel or two. That is, if and when the spirit next strikes.
J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing while still in elementary school, creating children’s stories. But as an adult, J.C. had to face the harsh reality that such writing seldom pays the bills. So she earned degrees in both Journalism and Communications, and then turned to Public Relations, where for ten years she focused her creative energies into feature writing.
After marriage, kids, several more degrees and occupations (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J. C. entered law school. While there, she became a columnist for the school newsletter and later, one of her humorous articles was even published in The National Jurist.
Graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few short years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she has returned to where her life’s calling began, beginning in 2013 with publication of her children’s book Karmack and now in 2015 with her first novel for adults, The Color of Clouds.