Pat Jackson


I've had a varied life, to say the least! After I obtained my degree in Hispanic Studies from Liverpool University, I joined the Army, intending to stay for three years. I left six years later, having thoroughly enjoyed the time I served - well, most of it! Ten years of living in Spain followed, where I taught English and Spanish. Unfortunately my husband became ill and we returned to England where, subsequently, he died, leaving me with a young daughter. Years later and happily married again, I spent another seven years back in Spain until the recession drove us back to England. I now live in Dorset with my husband - my daughter has now flown the nest. I spend my time writing, reading the tarot, healing and I still give private Spanish tuition. Pat Jackson is my nom de plume - there is a celebrity with my real name, so I thought it best to choose another! Too Long To Die is just the first in a series of books following the exploits of Lonell, the world's first detective. The second one is well on its way ...

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Stratford upon Avon, surrounded by all things Shakespeare. To this day, I believe he is the greatest writer that ever lived. I went to boarding school from the age of nine - I'm not complaining about this. On the contrary, it gave me access to so much I wouldn't have had at home, including wonderful drama, sport, art and endless books. The downside? My English teachers always said I could write well enough but had no imagination. It's taken me 35 years but I think I've now proved them wrong!
When did you first start writing?
About 5 years ago I had the idea for my novel, Too Long To Die, and I started writing it 3 years ago.
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Too Long To Die
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,740. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Set 30,000 years ago, Too Long To Die tells of a murder which tears apart the life of a people, revealing deep divisions within the Pescovari tribe. Only one man has the ability to solve the crime. Introducing Lonell, the world's first 'detective', the story unfolds against the harsh reality of early man's struggle for survival, whilst celebrating his ingenuity and resilience.

Smashwords book reviews by Pat Jackson

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 20, 2014

    I had been told that uploading to Smashwords was very tricky but I thought I'd give it a go so I downloaded this style guide more in hope than expectation. Now, to put you in the picture, I am a complete technological idiot - it was only 3 months ago that I had to ask someone what a blog was! The result? I uploaded my novel first time. OK, it took me a couple of days but then I really was starting from scratch. I just followed the instructions in this book and it worked. If I can do it anyone can! This guide is brilliant. Well done, Mark Coker