Interview with Aubree Jackson

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Ikigai is an interesting one. I was literally scrolling on tumblr and I saw a post made by Hannah Hart and it was just that word Ikigai and it's definition written in Times and below a gif of a girl with her arms out to her sides and the wind blowing against her. Something about reading that definition ignited a fire within me and I exploded into writing. I wrote all of Ikigai in something like 5 and a half hours with minimal breaks in between. I felt so full of energy when I finished I probably ate enough snacks for 3 people. I was so excited to show the world this short, heartbreaking story I had penned into existence. I posted it to wattpad and celebrated.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk really! I usually write wherever I can sit my laptop down, even if that means on my lap. I do like sitting in the corner of my bed and leaning against the wall, so I guess my thighs are my desk?
Where did you grow up, and how did you start your writing journey?
I grew up in a small town in Michigan just North of Detroit. I think I started writing poetry first, in about 8th or 9th grade. I was angsty then ,so everything was dark and sad, so I haven't really changed much. I joined this poetry club with my friend, who quit after the first meeting, and I found it really easy to just write forever. As time went on I kept writing poetry until, in 10th grade, I took this life changing creative writing class. I learned in that one semester that I could write from any person's point-of-view if I studied it long enough. I started writing short stories and eventually wrote a couple really, really bad short books with too much planning for how bad they were. From then on, I just kept writing little things, spread out over larger periods of time until I found NaNoWriMo and really got into writing seriously. It's been a journey ever since.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, but I don't know if I'm past it enough to speak about it fondly.
It was called... What was it called? Something about Temaru? Temaru was the name of the place I think. Oh. I guess it has been long enough... Well there were nekos and super powers and... lots of things I'd like to forget. Love triangles... Ugh. Let's not, actually.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just realized I'm an indie author. Wow. That's weird. I wanted to be an author because writing is my passion and it drives me to live each day. I live to put words and letters together in meticulous orders that resonate with people's hearts. That's what I do. It's what I love to do and if I have to be an Indie author to do it, then I will. I love it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Myself. No, I'm kidding. I don't nearly read enough. I've like started myself of literature, so I can't answer this question truthfully yet. Ask me again in like 6 months after a semester of college.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. That sounds so boring, but writing if my life energy at this point. I love it. I live for it. I wake up thinking up new ideas to share with my readers. That and food.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm either thinking up new ideas, sleeping, or listening to music. I'm always trying to find something new and exciting to listen to. I love pc music, edm, and jazz more than most. I just love the intricate minds of the people that can produce such things and if I'm inspired by a song, then that's even better. I love writing to music just as much as I love playing it. Oh! I play saxophone and piano! I do that! and I sit on tumblr, but...
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one? I mean I do, but it's not constant. Sometimes I start writing with a plan and sometimes I just wing it and hope everything turns out okay. Sometimes I sit on my butt, sometimes I lie down on my stomach and nibble on snacks. Usually, I get comfortable, wherever I'm going to sit, and I think. If I have a plan I can usually just take off writing, if not I have to think for a little longer and possibly listen to some music to get my brain to cooperate. Some days I can't write at all and I just sleep, some I can't stop writing and I end up writing ten chapter long stories that send people on emotional rollercoasters and they yell at me for it later.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I'm nothing without those dream filled eyes gazing at my words. I love every single one of them and I love everything they love me for. They really do mean the world to me. Each and every comment I've received is so full of love and dedication. I can't help but gleam with pride when I think about just how many of them there actually are. They're so lovely.
What are you working on next?
Something more original? I want to start working on something that I've been planning for almost a year now. It's such a strenuous process that I wasn't fully ready for the first time I made the attempt and now I have more of a foundation to build on and I'm going to sprint forwards at full speed!
Published 2015-06-07.
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Books by This Author

Ikigai
Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(n.) lit. "a reason for being"; 'reason to get up in the morning,' to enjoy the meaning of life - passion, purpose, something one lives for.