Interview with J. A. Jackson

Published 2018-09-04.
What do your fans mean to you?
What do my fans mean to me? Point blank period they are the wind beneath my feet. Their enthusiasm and support for my books are most graciously appreciated by me.  Not only that their support enables me to continue with my writing.  In fact, because of several fans, who learned that I grew up in Chicago, encourage me to write about a book with it taking place in Chicago.   So, to summarize, I truly appreciate and am grateful for my fans. Their support means everything to me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on Book III of Lovers’ Players and The Seducer. I haven’t really set the title in stone yet.  But it will be like the Prodigal Son returning home.
In addition, I have two completed books.  Diamond at Midnight and this story take place in Chicago. I have the book jacket and editing completed. I need to give it a final read through and then make it available for “Pre-sale”.
The other book I have completed is Book II of Mistress of Desire and the Orchid Lover.  I also don’t have a final title yet on this book, and the book jacket needs to be completed as well as another editing read through.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors and favorite books. First on my list of favorite authors are Jane Austen, Pride, and Prejudice. Next, I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou.
Third Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins. These are followed by many others great books and authors that I love. A few are Harold Robbins, Cecily von Ziegesar, Nilani Singh, Cathy Yardley, Nora Roberts, Madelyn Alt, Cecily von Ziegesar, Jude Deveraux, Beverly Jenkin, Stuart Wood, Omar Tyree, Tony Dunbar, Roxanne St. Claire, Kristi Gold, Eileen Wilks, Nalini Singh, Harold Bloom, Julie Alexander, Juliet Marillier, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Laurel K. Hamilton, Jane Austen, Jackie Collins, Sidney Sheldon, Zora Neale Hurston, Tina McElroy-Ansa Sharyn McCrumb, Mia Caldwell, and of course Maya Angelou and many, many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired to get out of bed each morning by making a conscious decision to make sure I am living my life, each day, to the fullest and doing my best to try and make sure I don’t live a life of regret.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What do you do when you are not writing?   I have many interests, I love to play at golf, I say that because I am a newbie to golf. I love going to the movies, concerts, I also love Gardening.  I love growing flowers I have many species of flowers from geraniums, roses, jasmines, jade plants that I am proud of as well as a bird of paradise that’s doing well. When I’m not in my garden my husband and I take to the road and do anything pleasurable favorite of mine “going riding”. I call it our bay area back road adventure.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get information from Goodreads friends who refer books to me. I also get recommendations from friends who have read a book as well as book referrals from websites, groups that I belong too...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, I do remember the first book I wrote it was in six grade. I used to write little mini-novels and pass them around to my friends in school.
What is your writing process?
It really depends on the book and the moment by that I mean if I’ve had a rough day my writing process can be somewhat cloudy and not focused.  But generally, I write every day and if a story has taken hold and started forming in my head.  I will jot down the plot point, element, character name, flaws etc. and write the story. Each day I review what I have written prior, revise and continue. Thus the story comes. Daily I check for the parts of the story such as the character dialogue, point of view, the plot, sub-plot,  who the character is, their flaws, desires, hopes, dreams, things that make them real and always what is that all important thing they can’t have or live without. To me, this is what makes the story and what makes the character propel the story and move it the story forward.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don’t remember the title, but the author was Louis L’Amour. I remember the author because he was my father’s favorite author and my father read his books faithfully. The thing I remember most that I think is very important is that after my father would finish his books, I would read them, and I believe this was a contributing thing to my becoming a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
Normally what happens for me is that something in the story I’ve written will touch emotion for me that makes me feel the book cover design show be a certain way. Then I will start a “draft” book cover to work from. It’s a process and once I get an idea down, I check to see if it “grabs attention and can generate excitement.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
What are your five favorite books and why?
First, Jane Austen, Pride, and Prejudice, and it's my favorite because of my high school teacher because he made it fun to read.
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou, first because it is a powerful and moving story. And secondly because of its pure magic use of a caged bird as a symbol of slavery.
Next, Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins, because I love how she can bring the drama.
Harold Robbins book the Deceivers, it too was a great drama book, and love it because it had some really sizzling steamy sex scenes.
Tina McElroy-Ansa book God Don’t Like Ugly, because of the way she told a ghost story.
And I have to add a six, and seventh Sharyn McCrumb, Ghost Riders, Omar Tyree Diary of a Groupie.
I have many others as well.
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