Interview with Sandra J. Jackson

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading fiction more than anything else. It doesn't matter whether it's fantasy, paranormal, romance or thriller. I love being taken away to other worlds.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't own an e-reader. I prefer to read real books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't know yet. My book was just released a few days ago so it's all still very new.
Describe your desk
Right now it's the kitchen table. Sometimes it's the couch in the family room or the living room. Occasionally, it's a coffee shop or used bookstore in town.
What is your writing process?
I usually come with the last line of the story and then I start at the beginning.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is seeing how the story takes shape. I might come up with the idea but the story writes itself. I just hold the pen.
What are you working on next?
I am re-working a completed thriller. There was something about it that just didn't sit right. It's a good story but it needed something more.
Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon is one of my favourites. I like that she didn't set out to be an author and just wanted to give it a try.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm either at work or out of the house with one of my adult children or my husband. If I'm home and not writing, then I'm either working on social media or watching TV or something on Netflix. I might be taking the dog for a walk either by myself or with my mother and her dog. Once a month I get together with friends either meeting for coffee or going to someone's house for a potluck dinner.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first short story I wrote in high school. As for the first novel, that would be Promised Soul.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Diary of Anne Frank - I read this a long time ago and I just remember thinking how brave and strong Anne was.
Elephant Man - Another book I read when I was about 12 - 15 years old. It was probably the first book that made me cry a lot.
Outlander Series - Diana Gabaldon. I have loved every single book. I love the romance, the history and the fantasy. It's every kind of book all in one.
The Hunger Games - An amazing trilogy with an incredible female protagonist.
Harry Potter Series - What can I say. I cried reading so many of these books and cried even more when I knew there wasn't going to be any others written. Readers were whisked away to an incredible world. Part of me wished it was real.
Published 2015-03-23.
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