Interview with Lee A Jackson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting into the flow of an idea stream is definitely one of the most enjoyable moments of writing. There are frustrating points of the writing process, such as a blank mind and noticing a loose end that wasn't quite tied up, but when everything clicks into place and flows, then it is a wonderful process that can take you away. That and completing the final edit.
What do your fans mean to you?
If there is no-one there to read your work at the end of the day, then it falls a bit flat. Writing can be a personal experience, digging deep into yourself to pull out a character or motivation, but ultimately it is about the end reader. Anyone who positively enjoys your work (a fan) is a great support system and an inspiration in and of itself to continue writing.
What are you working on next?
Completing a back catalog of my work. After writing for so many years and doing nothing with the short stories that I had produced, I am currently working through an entire process of editing all of those stories and releasing them on Smashwords. At the same time, I am working on a bigger product of a longer story that I have had brewing around in my head for the last couple of years. Completing that will feel like a pivotal moment in my writing career.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have read a lot of the classics, but my taste has changed throughout my life. There was a period where I couldn't get enough of Edgar Allan Poe, then a journey from everyone from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Robert Rankin was enjoyed. Just about everything in-between I've read and of course that will include Stephen King, who has been an inspiration because of the left-field ideas that he's brought into the mainstream.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and a drive to be better, especially for my wife. Procrastination and a lack of belief has been battled with throughout the years, but even in the midst of it, there has always been an inner voice (however loud) telling me to get things done. Guess it's been heard, helped along by Smashwords and a wife who believes in me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I would have to speak to Coursera which has helped me broaden my horizons through non-writing times, as well as going out running and spending down-time with my wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally the ebooks that I've stumbled across have been from recommendations from across websites. That, or just general catalog browsing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not entirely which the first one was. I remember the environment that I was in when I was writing, sat at a desk, the room dark, huddled over an old Commodore computer, right next to a window overlooking the back yard. Illumination was generally from that window, or a small reading lamp.
What is your writing process?
Generally pretty scattered. The process has changed over the years. When I first started writing it was pretty much a one track process, where a story got written in one or two sittings, methodically from start to finish. Then it changed from just writing random sections of a story and then piecing it together afterwards. It has pretty much remained non-linear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the south west of England. That probably had a profound effect on my writing, because I dipped into my imagination to take me places. The nice balance with that was that the small-town environment also offered the quietude to afford me the chance to get things written.
When did you first start writing?
I was probably in my mid to late teens when I started writing. It was a bit like visiting with a secret friend during the evenings, listening to my inner dialogues and then trying to get them typed up on to the computer. The writing, which mostly started with poetry, did come from a period of teenage-angst, that is what kicked it all off.
Published 2015-01-21.
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Books by This Author

Rising Waters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Earth has been consumed by the rising waters. Land has become scarce. A solution to overcrowding was necessary. Has salvation been found off-world, a chance for civilisation to start over on Second Earth? A yearning to experience the Earth one last time before departure, leaves one Military Guard facing the crushing weight of loneliness. But not of the kind that she imagined.
Penny Fate
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A short story about how fate may control our lives. A lucky penny is found and it helps keep the routine of the protagonist's walk home, uneventful. That is even despite the tragic wreckage that plays out in front of them. How much luck is there to go around?
The Holes
Price: Free! Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A shopping cart mysteriously arrives on the front lawn. Its arrival is shrouded in mystery. But as mundane and uncomplicated as the object is, its presence has a profound and lasting effect. A short story about the search for a meaningful existence.
Within The Keys
Price: Free! Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Johnson, a vital cog of routine and schedule in society, is joined on a park bench by a woman. Communication between the two comes about in an usual manner but Johnson persists to try and find out more. The woman carries with her an old typewriter that is steeped in history but yet it has an important message about the future.
Hudson's Details
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
The old man treks the same route day after day, looking for something that is no longer there. What was inside of the Funeral Home has gone forever. Hudson was a man of details with a love of his craft that he had wanted to pass on to young apprentices. In the backroom of his business, he trained them with an unorthodox method to learn how to respect the dead. Not everyone got it.
My War Gone By
Price: Free! Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
After heading back home after a war, what he is looking for is no longer there. He wanted to find his family again, even though all hope of that was gone. But the memories on his return evoke powerful emotions of how he caused an entire town to grieve.
Bloom
Price: Free! Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
A chance glimpse of a flower drives Simon on a hunt to possess the rare bloom. It's a flower whose beauty lies in the willpower of the owner. Is just having it, enough?
Christian Tomatoes
Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A short story about Christian who finds himself having had his idyllic break on the lake shattered and now he sits with the tomatoes. He can't escape and someone is hungry.
The Observer
Price: Free! Words: 6,330. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
Richard finds himself stuck inside of another man's body from which he wants to free himself and get back to his wife. He also wants to get away from the guilt and persecution of an innocent life having been taking by his new hands. However, the "other him" looks happy with the switch and an Observer is holding Richard's fate in his hands.
Only Watching North
Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jimmy receives an unexpected letter of invitation. But it's more than that, it is finally a way out of the coffin that he's been stuck in for the last six months. But what awaits him upon his escape?
Paradoxical Undressing
Price: Free! Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
It's winter. It's cold. Very cold. But Archroy braves the winter scenes of Tealsdale to venture into town. However, the journey is fraught with the dangers of the rapidly decreasing temperatures, which Archroy is totally unaware of.
Destination B
Price: Free! Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
These are five short stories with the theme of destinations, which takes you on your own journey. How easily can you affect the world around you? How easily can you shut it all out and escape? How easy is it just to stand and watch the world go by, or even forget that it has?
Nut Stuffing
Price: Free! Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
(5.00 from 1 review)
A festive gathering with little genuine cheer attached. The nut stuffing has ruined Erin's meal, her day and perhaps her life. This story is a snapshot of fake relationships and of biting the tongue in order to play nice with family out of obligation and in trying to keep everyone happy, even though everyone clearly is not.
The Crawling
Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Change comes at a stiff price for Alex. She had only wanted to be noticed, but after the surgery she receives more attention than she had ever bargained for. The encroaching shadows. The impersonal interactions. Alex changes but they are not the positive changes that she had wished for. Instead the crawling blackness that they put in her dominates and takes her further away from herself.
Dreaming Falling Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Instead of death, Abraham chooses salvation that is offered by a dark stranger. Given a purpose and a duty to perform, Abraham is left in a dark world where no questions are asked and where everyone lives in fear of the Three Sisters. But the Sisters have caught up with him. They are hunting him down and Abraham finally gets to see what is inside of the black boxes he delivers.
Delphine
Price: Free! Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lying underneath the floorboards of Delphine's home, he watches her. He doesn't know why, he doesn't know anything, but he is compelled to watch. The intimate synergy between someone imprisoned and someone free, but who is trapped in her own dark emotions.
Kamikaze Trinitrotoluene
Price: Free! Words: 2,830. Language: British English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Archibald is clouded and hungover on his start to the day. He misses vital clues around him about the dangers which are waiting for him outside of the house. They are dangers which have all been put in place by his wife Janet, who is looking forward to finally having the perfect life without him around. Thanks to her local crime consortium connections, all it will take is the push of a plunger.
Blue Jay
Price: Free! Words: 12,070. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Jay awakens in unfamiliar surroundings of a white cell, with just a bunk, a table, a book and a pen. But why have her captors left the door open deliberately? Is it a test of her behaviour? Is there a way out of the building and more importantly, just who is watching her in the prison, a prison which upon exploration, is devoid of all other prisoners?
Kicking Sand In The Face Of Jehovah
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(5.00 from 1 review)
It is the biggest day of his life, but the events in the Churchyard right before his wedding paints a stressful scene of chaos. Rain would be the least of his concerns as the ground opens up and starts swallowing guests. Then in through the gates walks the one person who will throw fuel on the fire of destruction.
S and M
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What beauty is in the basement under the stairs? The true work of the artist, or the true nightmare for the subject? A short story where the thin line between sanity and madness (S & M) is both explored and exposed, as you descend the basement stairs to see his greatest work yet.
Snow Falling In Colours
Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: British English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It is the day after the Dark Day when everything had stood still and a night had descended into town. Simply believing in one word was enough to keep him from harm and recognise that through even the worst of times, even in the darkest of days, there is always a glimmer of hope.
Twenty Minutes Later
Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A short story about mustering up the courage to be able to cross over into something new. There are always obstacles on the road to change, but it doesn't mean that there are not ways to overcome them and be able to cross, in this case, Pevensey Bridge.
Salvation of Sam
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,240. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
The recently bereaved Jonas heads back to his forest playground to grieve. However, he stumbles across the unlikeliest of beings in his path, an abandoned dolphin. The discovery sets him off on a mission of redemption and salvation, but all that he finds along the path are obstacles which require him to dig as deep as possible as he tries to deal with the loss of Jolene.
A Soul of Stone
Price: Free! Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Peyroux faces a daily battle to drown out all of the voices that constantly chatter in his head. Having hidden away from the world, a new friend called Sebastian steels his reserve for a venture back into the outside world, with the promise of holding back the voices. But the world outside immediately becomes too much to handle for Peyroux, and from his hospital bed, he turns elsewhere for help.
A Cerberus Jaw
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,460. Language: British English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Clay has long been taunted by the ferocious Cerberus on his route to meet Elsa at the Tea Room. One day the beast finally watches Clay's life fall into chaotic ruin midst the devastation of the Coffee Bang. The facial anomaly that Clay discovers in the mirror as he tries to cope with ensuing entropy following the event, sucks him deeper and deeper into a black hole of despair.