I met Natasha at a FaceBook takeover party. I recognized her from some YouTube videos and basically stalked her. I joined her REALLY fun readers group and basically slobbered all over her like an excited puppy until she slobbered back. Natasha has a wicked, naughty sense of humor, she loves a good cocktail and she can write one hell of a small town romance. Is it any surprise that I absolutely love her?
Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I was born in Chicago but grew up in a surrounding suburb, if you’re familiar with Scott Peterson then you’ll know which one. 😉 As a child I had dreams of becoming the next Emily Dickinson or Jane Austen, but my family is from the Midwest and we do more practical things for a living so I never stopped writing but I decided to become a lawyer. By the time I’d finished grad school and had to decide where to go to law school…I changed my mind and went to politics. After that I decided, I needed more happy endings.
What are your ambitions for your writing career? I want to write. Stories, screenplays, episodes of my favorite TV shows, short stories, essays…whatever. I just want to write stories that people enjoy, no matter how they’re presented.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks? I like to put murder documentaries on YouTube and listen to them on low while I write. Surprisingly it is the perfect distraction for me because if it’s too quiet I’ll end up on social media when I should be writing. If I listen to music, it’ll turn into a live concert featuring yours truly. Murder docs, allow me to half-listen or ignore it when I’m finally in the zone.
Which writers inspire you? So many, but at the top of that list is Jane Austen, Christopher Buckley and Jill Shalvis. They are different genres but something about their styles always calls to me and I’m very likely to re-read books by these authors.
Give us an insight into your favorite main character. What does he/she do that is so special? My favorite is Sadie from Feels Like Love because she’s so strong and sweet. She’s been through hell and back but she still has the same sunny disposition as someone who had a normal, non-traumatic childhood. Maybe a little of it is that I wish I’d been as strong as her, but I just love that she’s so badass. So ready to jump through the fire even when she’s terrified.
What are you working on at the minute? I’m working on the next Mustang Prairie novel and the first book in the Plentiful series. Plentiful is the town next door to Mustang Prairie and besides having more restaurants, it has a unique quirk in that the town has a high number of twins and triplets among its residents.
What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre? Mostly romance but I do have a political satire out and I’m working on a political thriller that is still without a title. Romance and politics are kind of my great loves, so it made sense that’s what I would write about. It’s what I know and when I can combine the two, I’m twice as happy!
Why do you write? Because otherwise these people just live in my head and make it really hard to do whatever my day job would have been if I’d given up writing.
Where do your ideas come from? My ideas come from literally everywhere. Sometimes an idea will flicker while I’m watching Criminal Minds or while my husband and I are debating what economies of the future will look like. Sometimes I’ll zone out while cooking and then I’ll get a good idea. Feels Like Love came about because the victim on Law & Order SVU was a Julliard student.
Do you work from an outline or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you? A little bit of both. I try to have a basic outline and bullet points of things I definitely want to take place in the story, but a lot of times the characters have a mind of their own and you just have to let them work it out on the page. Then edit like my life depends on it!
What is the hardest thing about writing? Doing it even when you don’t feel like it or when you’re stuck. Plowing through even when you think it’s crap because you know that crap will give you inspiration later. Oh, and avoiding the trends if it’s not your jam. Just because BDSM or Stepbrother romances are the “in” thing, doesn’t mean you should write it if you’re not feeling it. Writing is already hard, writing what you don’t care about will be even harder.
When you aren’t writing, what are you doing? Cooking or traveling. I love to cook and try new recipes, or vegan-ize our old favorites. But more than that, I love going to other cities and countries and soaking up the culture. Sometimes we just hop in the car and drive to Switzerland or France for a weekend. If I’m at home and not traveling, cooking and true crime documentaries.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? I am a voracious reader and some of my go to authors are Jill Shalvis, Marquita Valentine, Christopher Buckley, Ann Rule and Doris K. Goodwin.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I would love to have a dinner party and invite Bob Dylan because he is just everything to me. His music, his poetry and activism. I’d love to pick his brain and really find out more about him as a man because I know a lot about the artist, but not much about what made the artist. Since he takes up the most room in my music collection, I’d say I deserve it hahaha!
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Easy, Jane Eyre. It is my go to novel that I read once every year and it’s just so friggin’ well written! The story gives you all of the emotions from anger to outrage, glee and devastation. Jane gets put through it all and she endures at a great cost to her. It is just a magnificent story and I’d love to have my name on it!
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DRE never returned to Emerald Creek after the man she thought she’d marry broke her heart. But a late night phone call from half way around the world brings her right back to her hometown. And face to face with the man she never thought she’d seen again. Summer in Emerald Creek was everything she remembered—endless festivals, picnics in the park and time with her best friend and her favorite little tykes—and Dre is finding it hard to resist the pull of the chemistry she and Erick still have.
ERICK made the biggest mistake of his life all those years ago but the result, his adorable little girl, was the best thing that ever happened to him. He’d done the right thing, or at least he’d tried to but his marriage hadn’t worked despite all that it had cost him. But now that Dre was back in Emerald Creek the universe had given him a second chance this summer, to put back together what he’d broken. To reclaim the only woman he’s ever truly loved.
Can one summer recall a lifetime of memories and rekindle a love that never really went away?
More books by N.D. Jackson:
Conflict Of Interest (Mustang Prairie Book 1)
A Little Bit In Love (Mustang Prairie Book 2)
Feels Like Love (Mustang Prairie Book 3)
It Must Be Love
Sweet Tea & Tattoo Ink (Rebel Girlz 1)
Mint Juleps & Moonlight Melodies
Sazerac & Sunset Kisses
Second Chance eX-mas