Interview with Melanie Jackson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born second oldest of seven children, was raised Amish until my mother got up the courage to leave my abusive father. At birth I was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called FFU (Femur, Fibula, Ulna Dyspepsia); and dyslexia. My wonderful mother raised us alone and continued to home-school straight through high school. Having dyslexia meant that reading and writing were not easily subjects. But, my mother never gave up and cultivated in me a great imagination and love of literature.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was around twelve years old. I started off with small poems, short stories and school essays. It is a whole different world now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing life to my fictional world and the light in someones eye when they read about it. You can they are seeing, touching, tasting and feeling your world.
What inspired you to write your book?
What inspired Jaden's Heart? Well that question comes with a very strange answer. It came to me in a dream - No really – an actual dream. I went to bed and Jaden’s story was the dream. The amazing part was I remembered everything. When I woke up, I started writing, and continued writing for a whole year and three months. The weird part is every night scene I have dreamt the same dream each a different part of the whole story. It never leaves me just like a shadow it fallows me everywhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Jane Austen, Aaron Allston, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Anne Rice only name a few. I have read every Star Wars book out there and every vampire book I could get my hands on. Anne Rice's work is truly inspired.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next book in Jaden's Journey. Book 2: Jaden's Choice catches up to our heroin a year after the events in Book 1: Jaden's Heart. It has been a hard year for Jaden. She has had to learn to use her new powers as a Seer and manage the Seventh House admits the constant threat of an unseen enemy and is army of 'Crazed Immortal'. Despite everything going on around her, Jaden leaves her reluctant apprentice, Timothy, in charge and returns to London. However, her reunion with Alexis will be far from easy, as war wages around them.
What is your writing process?
Every day I set aside time to write- mostly at night. I love the mysterious pull that the dark brings with it and the allure of the setting and rising sun. I get all my best ideas during these times. If I am truly inspired I will write about 2,000 - 4,000 words in one sitting. To stay inspired I love to daydream, read and watch movies.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I mostly use social media, word of mouth and I have my own website: http://www.authormjackson.com. I also use bookmarks, flyers and book signings/readings.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love going on a walk or shopping. I also love musty antique store and bookstores. They how amazing history and I love to imagine what the last person that own it was like.
What would you say to a new author?
I would say don't give up and don't let anyone tell you its not good enough. Writing a book is hard work, it doesn't matter what’s it about. It takes dedication and determination. So when someone says something hurtful just laugh and say "have you ever wrote 90,000 words?" Then walk away will all your pride and dignity.
Published 2015-12-21.
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Books by This Author

Alexis's Memories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 116,710. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Seventeen years of Alexis’s life are missing. After her uncle’s heart attack and troubles with her family’s company, her uncle’s mysterious friend Jaden arrives at his behest. Meanwhile, a year of war with an unknown enemy has left countless dead or missing. Forced to fight on the defensive and weighted by the future, Jaden clings to her only hope happiness, the return of Alexis’s memories.
Jaden's Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,440. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Hiding from her responsibilities, Jaden wanders Los Angeles, feeding on the homeless. Never expecting to find her heart. Alexis, a homeless teen, captivates her. Yet, as their love blossoms, a former lover reemerges, with grave news. Leaving Alexis in L.A. Jaden attends an Immortal summit. Here, she must fight temptation and lust as unknown assassins lurk in the shadows, waiting to strike.