Interview with Kaley Craig

What do your readers mean to you?
Love. I love to hear from Maggie's readers. I love it when they tell me their favorite parts, or when they say they got nothing else done for reading the books. The best thing a reader ever said to me was that when she wasn't reading about Maggie, she was thinking about her. That was wonderful.
What is your writing process?
Slow. My books are dialogue intense, and I have to immerse myself in the scene - become the characters - to make it authentic. (Which can get tricky when more than three people are in the scene).
Where do you write?
I started the draft for Crazy Red on the front steps of my townhouse in Maryland, finished it in New Jersey, and did the final revisions in my home office in Memphis, Tennessee.

Wanted Dead was begun in Memphis and finished in Atlanta, Georgia, where I hope to write all of the next book in the series.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Hand lotion, dog and cat treats, binoculars (I face a large window), a clean air device, several external hard drives, my DSLR camera, glasses (computer and sun), a can of Febreze, an empty coffee cup or wine glass, and my note pad.
When did you first start writing?
I won a prize for "The Little Red Car", my first illustrated novel, while in first grade. I was so proud!
What makes your books unique?
The books in the Jackson Sugar series are illustrated. Each chapter is preceded by a hand-sketched drawing of a scene within that particular chapter, giving a preview of characters or events to come.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover was easy. The Jackson Sugar series is all about Maggie, so she gets the cover.

In both books, the cover reflects a scene from the story. On Book One, Crazy Red, the front cover is an old black and white photograph taken by Maggie's love interest - and it's the same (and only) photo he has of her when he leaves for the war. (I did accentuate Maggie's blue eyes. For Book Two, the color cover of Wanted Dead was taken from Maggie's driver's license.
What are your five favorite books?
1. A Prayer For Oweny Meany - John Irving. Best book ever.
2. The Winds of War - Herman Wouk
3. The Hollow Hills/The Crystal Cave/The Last Enchantment (The Arthurian Saga) - Mary Stewart
4. The LOTR Trilogy- Tolkein
5. Harry Potter (all of them)
What do you read for pleasure?
Histories, biographies, and fantasies.
Where did you grow up?
I was born on an Army base, and raised (primarily) in a mid-sized southern city.
What are you working on next?
Jackson Sugar Book Three will be Single Thread, where we meet Maggie a few years after the conclusion of Wanted Dead. She'll be working in the Criminal Justice system, as I did for more than a decade.
Published 2015-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Jackson Sugar: CRAZY RED
Series: Jackson Sugar. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,320. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
Set in the 1970's American South, this quirky spin on the classic coming-of-age tale is smart, sexy, and laugh out loud funny (when you're not crying). Crazy Red is Book One in the Jackson Sugar Series written by Kaley Craig. With illustrations by Victoria Skye Cleveland.
Jackson Sugar: WANTED DEAD
Series: Jackson Sugar, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 217,480. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Banished and left homeless by her mentally unstable mother, and devastated upon learning Will has married someone else, Maggie enters into a coerced marriage with the nefarious but charming Edmond Jackson. But as 1971 draws to a close, his suspicion that she still loves Will Marshall leads to an act of violent, unforgivable rage, and the threat of death should she ever betray him.