Interview with Jackie Anton

What's the story behind your new release "Cassandra"?
The characters and story of Casey and JD in "Cassandra: Night Shades" had been created for a totally different timeline. The characters sat locked in my files for nearly a decade before they demanded to brought into the light and underwent a contemporary makeover. Folks from Cleveland's western suburbs will recognize the setting for Casey's formative years.
How long did you work on Wind River Refuge? Are there any updates?
"Wind River Refuge" was released March of 2014. The refuge in the title was the result of finding safe harbor for a traumatized and abused young girl. This story was in the works for nearly five years. Jax's troubles follow her as she matures into a woman. Working out the characters complexities and motivations was challenging, and I had to abandon it for a while then come back at it with fresh eyes.
Today there are child advocacy groups in every state, and still children fall through the cracks. Jax was born in the 1950's before any of these protections were in place.
2015 Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Romance Category. I can still be seen doing my happy dance when I put the gold winner stickers on a batch of new books. 2016 update: Wind River Refuge is on its way to the ALA in Orlando June 23-27 with the folks at IBPA. Stop by the booth to pick up a bookmark and view all the Indie authors' books on display. Ohio Libraries with the Self-e and Biblio programs have Wind River Refuge to borrow as an E-book.
What are you working on next?
BYHT 3 is in final revisions and has been contracted for the print edition. April update: Love's tale will be read and critiqued by a group of writers at the Medina Writer's Club on the last Saturday in May. While we await the results of my fellow authors "Don't Call me Love" will travel to the editorial desk of the publisher for a final edit prior to print submission.
I'm working on a new series, but the title of the first book is under wraps for now, however there is a clue in the short story "A Tumble in the Snow" included in "Uncharted Storms: Stories of Hearts at Risk."
Would you share the book of the month with us?
"Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition" had it's fourth birthday in March. This family friendly award winning tale is for readers age 8 and up. It is also suitable for parents to read to younger children. The coupon code is YL28F and has been extended until July 31st of 2016.

"Fateful Waters: Troubles in Love-Land Book One is kicking off its new E-book price as the adult read for thru July.
Have your book marketing techniques changed?
As I mentioned in a previous interview marketing is the toughest part for me. Marketing takes a huge amount of time. During 2015 I opened an online market with Square where U.S.readers could buy my books directly from me, at a discounted price, on a secure site and have them shipped to their address. Books are signed and can be personalized. Each book includes a bookmark. Sounded like a great idea, but I found it still needed marketing. So how to get the word out? New for 2016. I am adding a book of the month club for my followers. Hope to add to book signings, speaking events, and visits to book clubs for 2016.
What do you read for pleasure?
I still read for pleasure, but these days I review for other authors. Some are traditionally published works. It has been my habit to select subjects that I enjoy or that intrigue me The fact that I am an eclectic reader offers a wide range of genre from which to choose. My focus for 2016 is to read and review the local author's I met during author events in 2015. More about this is covered later in this interview. All my best to all readers, out there, and happy reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Many books that I'm asked to review are only available as E-books, so I usually ask for an e-pub, or a PDF. I don't use my kindle any more, but prefer my computer or iPad. By far my favorite read is still a printed book, either paperback or hard cover.
When did you first start writing?
Junior high was my first real attempt at crafting a story. It sort of backfired! My english teacher was so impressed that she decided that not only was I to read my work to the class, but to present it to the school assembly. After that, my writing became a very private undertaking for many years.
Have you scheduled any events for 2016?
June update:
Life's Little Adventures Farm Horse Show 6/11/16 at 9am Rain date 6/12/16 pick up your print copies of Jackie aka J. M. Anton's books at the show and help the horse rescue at the Lewis Road show ring in the Cleveland Metro Parks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The control that being an indie affords me is my biggest motivator. Like most aspiring authors, I submitted early works to several traditional publishers, I quickly found out that I would have little say in the end results. I like choosing my own illustrator, cover, and letting my characters live between the pages the way I intended. 2015 I took my creative outlets to a new level and started Half Appy Press. There is a huge learning curve to the publishing end of things, but I think it will be worth it in keeping retail prices reasonable.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is now part of my marketing plan. It allows me to release my new work as an e-book and determine how well a new book is received by readers. Smashwords allows me to gift my book to reviewers and a sampling of readers, so that I can gauge the response. Sox Code good until July 3, 2016 YL28F

Shashwords is easy for me to track where my readers are coming from. For instance, to date my largest sales within the distribution network are with the Apple Store.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I still like to work outdoors. Winter months we take a horse or two out to a stable with an indoor arena. We started our Haflinger filly, Bella, last winter with the help of our nephew and my Quarter Horse, Doc. This year Doc is at home, so my husband and I can concentrate on advancing Bella.
Writing takes most of my time, but I still draw and paint every now and then. I design my own bookmarks, and Sandy and I put together a Christmas edition of a coloring book that I handed out to children at events in November and December.
Published 2016-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Backyard Horse Tales: Sox (2nd edition)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,240. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Excerpts of Emma's diary will helps us to understand a very special relationship as Sox grows from a foal to a colt and eventually a gelding. As time goes by, both horse and child have much to learn and share with the other. Growing up is not always easy... Despite the odds, both Sox and Emma dare to be different and eventually overcome their challenges!
Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,290. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side of weather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.
Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,490. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Frosty is an Appaloosa colt who undergoes a life changing event the summer he turns two that triggers a strange out of body experience. Is he only having bad dreams or is his strange haunting a result of the collective memories of Appaloosas from a long ago past? Follow Frosty through the twilight between space and time where you will meet the Nightstalker. 2013 Multiple book award recipient.