Interview with Jackson Leake

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have to go to school.
What do you read for pleasure?
I most often read YA Dystopian or Fantasy novels, such as Shatter Me, Variant, and The Maze Runner. Of course, I have read others outside of this genre, my favorite being The Handmaid's Tale. Really, as long as the book description interests me, or someone suggests the book to me, I will probably read it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I pretty much read all of my books on my Kindle, or the Kindle app on my phone. I always love reading a good print though!
Who are your favorite authors?
Tahereh Mafi, Michael Grant, James Dashner, J. K. Rowling, and John Green just to name a few.
Describe your desk
I have a desk, but I never use it. I write sitting on my bed, with my laptop on my lap. Although, almost the entire first half of Room 22 was written at a picnic table at my summer job as a pool monitor.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually talking about my book or my favorite TV shows (anything on The CW is great), school work, or sitting on my bed reading or doing nothing at all (I spend a lot of time on my bed).
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in 6th grade, but I wasn't a good enough writer back then to get my point across. I started writing more short stories in 8th grade, and wrote the original Room 22 short story when I was in 9th grade, later going on to publish the book version when I was in 11th.
What is your writing process?
Well, usually I get an idea in my head, then I sit down and start writing. Usually I come up with how the rest of the story will go as I'm writing it. Most of the time, I just write the entire story without giving any thought to it, but sometimes I pre-plan the last couple chapters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The entire Room 22 trilogy is based off of a short story I wrote back in 9th grade. When I decided the summer of 2015 to turn it into a book, I started out with the same general idea, but I just split the main character into two different characters. It wasn't until I thought to introduce Scarlett and Hunter that I even considered the possibility of turning it into a full-fledged book. I was originally just going to make the extremely short story a longer short story, maybe like a novella. It wasn't until I was a few chapters in that I realized the full potential of the story, and how many different ways I could go with it. So, naturally, I decided I would go the fantasy route. It wasn't until over halfway through the book that I decided how it was going to end, and I even considered making it a trilogy.
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I'm working on finishing the Room 22 trilogy. After that, I might pick back up the book I started back in 6th grade, which will tie into the last book of the Room 22 trilogy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always had a passion for writing, and now that my writing skills have improved, I went ahead and decided to publish!
Published 2016-01-09.
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