Interview with Jackie

Published 2017-07-10.
What is the Cleveland and North East Ohio connection to your books?
Each of the heroines in my adult works begin their adventures near the shores of Lake Erie. Their adventures take readers to various locations throughout the US as mysteries or crimes are unraveled. The battle of the sexes adds some spice as well as a few surprising twists ans turns.
Are there any updates?
Wind River Refuge is under revision, The new version will have a couple of additional chapters. More on this transformation later.
Another update is to the Backyard Horse Tales collection: BYHT3 "Don't Call Me Love" was released in paperback 6/20/17 and will be in hard cover for the 2017 Christmas Season.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a crime story involving a canine hero.
The revision to Wind River Refuge is in preparation of the sequel, which is well underway.
Ideas under discussion with our illustrator on Backyard Horse Tales 4.
Have your book marketing techniques changed?
The book market is constantly evolving and it appears the trend has moved toward print books for awhile. My focus during the summer and fall of 2017 is to do more book signings, visit with book clubs, and add to the retailers and bookstores who stock my books.
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.
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.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The control afforded me as an indie is my biggest motivator. Like most aspiring authors, I submitted early works to several traditional publishers, I quickly found 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, which is coming along nicely.
How are you doing with your new publishing endevor?
Titles are growing. The latest Illustrated chapter book was completed in house following the final edit and revision. Don't Call Me Love's pre-orders have been filled and the book is now available online or directly from Half Appy Press. Look for a list of independent bookstores where you can pick up a copy.
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 and reviewers.
Shashwords is easy for me to track where my readers are coming from. For instance, to date my largest sales within the distribution network appears to be with the Apple Store.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Much of the time spent away from my computer during 2017 is working with my husband to remodel our home. July and August I will be attending a class on on Photoshop at our community collage along with my illustrator.
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Books by This Author

Backyard Horse Tales 3 Don't Call Me Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,800. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Love runs afoul of a gang of horse thieves and ends up thousands of miles from her Ohio home. Follow her hair raising adventures. Will she ever be able to get back to her family?
Backyard Horse Tales: Sox (2nd edition)
Price: Free! Words: 39,240. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Mammals, 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: Free! Words: 20,290. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
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: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,490. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
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.