Interview with Arlinda Jackson

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There are a couple of things I do when I'm not writing. I spend a lot of time playing video games. I also work on my blog- but wait, that's writing. I spend a lot of time making sure that my writing is at the best I can make it. I also enjoy watching YouTube gamers like Dashie with my spouse, who found him and introduced me to his content. If you're into loud funny gameplay commentary he's the one you need to check out.
When did you first start writing?
I was six years old and I wrote a fanfic for Disney's Aladdin. I was so crazy about that movie when I was a kid.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Detroit, in Michigan. Living in Detroit isn't exactly easy- but I managed. It is not an autism-friendly city for a child growing up there. I did have somewhat of an easy time, but when things began to change for me socially, I found I began to rely on writing more. I used to be very proper and articulate with my words, and I heeded grammar. But as I grew up there, people who used such language were bullied and picked on, so I began to mimic the poor grammar and speech around me to survive and avoid bullies. So, to be honest, my writing is my real voice. My speech is not. If you met me in person you'd see this. I'm really quiet around people I don't know, but once I know you, I'll chat your ears off, trust me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write for freedom, that's simple. I write to have my own time, I write to be on my own schedule. I want to make content that people will love and enjoy. I find myself writing a lot about autism, and I think that maybe one of my future projects will be a novel or novel series about an autistic main character. I don't know yet, but it is in the works! I do have a few pieces hanging around that I just might turn into full novels.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. To me, fans are supporters, people who believe in me and my work. If you purchase something from me, you're a fan, and I will appreciate you. Without my fans, I don't think I'll get very far. All of us need assistance, and I'll be very grateful to anyone who decides to help me. I appreciate all of you, and that's why you're important to me. I love to write to inform and entertain. I want to be known as a writer who cares about readers through the content she publishes.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling, Octavia Butler, Amy Tan, Mercedes Lackey, and Catherine Fisher.
What is your writing process?
I usually do some planning on paper and take a lot of notes, especially if it is fiction. Then I sit at the computer and start writing. I prefer to use the blank text editor Q10 because it blocks out the entire desktop and makes these awesome typewriter noises that drown out background noise while I'm writing. It's really great.
Published 2018-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Fighting Against Failure: Memories and Thoughts of a Black Autistic Woman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,340. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A black autistic woman discusses her thoughts and memories in this heartfelt read.
A Look Inside My Head: A Series of Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until May 11!) Words: 1,690. Language: American English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The first poetry collection published by blogger, writer and artist Arlinda Jackson. This book is a small collection of poetry that many may either appreciate, or even love.