Interview with Tami Jackson

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had written for many magazines, newspapers, trade journals and short story markets for many years. I'd also begun writing a few fiction books but never saw any to completion. Ravena & The Resurrected was different for me because it seemed as though the characters kept speaking to me - wanting me to write their story. It's as though dreams and thoughts kept me inspired to keep on writing; even when the research of Seattle's history and background information for the book required a significant amount of research and perseverance.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I like the fact that Smashwords circulates the book electronically to multiple markets and made Ravena & The Resurrected available to stores like Barnes & Nobles and Apple. Smashwords certainly takes a lot of legwork out of the publishing effort. I also liked Smashwords policies better than other options and the fees seemed fair.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Feeling wholly inspired and knowing someone is going to relate to the story as much as I do - feel the extreme emotions that I often feel while I'm writing. Hopefully, those readers also leave feedback about how moved they felt by the characters. I love it when readers post their opinions on my Facebook wall too.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're pushing me to write my next book right now ... so I suppose they mean the world's muses to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm drawing comics and am building my websites and am exploring the potential for drawing a graphic novel. Most of my writing recently has been devoted to my blogs, including http://vampirereview.blogspot.com. Yet I always planned to write a sequel to Ravena & The Resurrected and states the book is "part of the resurrected series" as soon as I published it. I know many more books are inside of me. I will start writing the sequel before too long. I always like to write about what I "know" and my physical move from Seattle to Los Angeles may mean I move the vampire clan down here from Seattle as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Many people submit them to me for FREE after reading one of my blogs: http://vampirereview.blogspot.com and http://revampshebang.blogspot.com
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first one I wrote for my dad. It was about the life of a fence post. Life is unfair when you're a fence post because birds poo on you, people walk by without noticing how hard you are working to keep them and their pets safe. Dogs pee on you. Then seasonal changes hit you hard when you have no clothes or shelter for reprieve. My dad loved my story - and encouraged me to become a journalist after that.
What is your writing process?
Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. Usually feel like someone is talking to me - and I have to get the story out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not know the very first story I ever read but the very first movie I ever saw was Disney's 1967 musical called "The Jungle Book." Pretty sure I drove all my siblings mad afterwards as I followed them around singing King Louie's song: "Ooh Ooh Ooh. I wanna be like you-ooh-ooh."
How do you approach cover design?
Feel it. Visualize it. Draw it. Edit it. Post different versions of my ideas on Facebook and ask all my friends and fans for feedback. Then? I publish their favorite one.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - so much creativity and imagination. The social response to this series was highly entertaining as well. In more conservative communities Harry Potter challenged the status quo for "acceptable" juvenile reading. I love it when a book can get people so riled up like that!

Hanzi The Girl Who Loved The Swastica by by Maria Anne Hirschmann. It was a very racy book for my church school's library - especially when it featured war-inspired rape scenes and stories of a girl's first love. I think this book helped me see the world was much bigger than the very restrictive Seventh-day Adventist cult that I was being raised in.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. Book made utter and complete sense to me and helped me break away from unhelpful philosophies that I'd grown up with. Why wouldn't we all pay attention to nature and plan our success based on our surroundings? Just seemed very practical to me!

I've read many completely fantastic books about vampires, zombies, werewolves and ghosts. One of my favorite authors (and there are many favorite authors) is Lori Handeland. She writes the most romantic (but not overly sexy) werewolf books with great plots and they're all set in mysterious settings like New Orleans and swamp lands!
Published 2016-05-09.
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Books by This Author

Ravena & The Resurrected
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,930. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.50 from 10 reviews)
There are books about breaking bread and Sabbath-breaking. Then there's Ravena & The Resurrected, where all Hell breaks loose. Vampires are real. Ravena knows it no matter what her coworkers believe. When she turns vampire, her new existence is not all it was cracked up to be. Always fleeing a motivated enemy, she meets ancient beings and when they provide guidance it's not always done truthfully.