Sitting down with N.D. Jackson

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go ahead and stalk her, she likes 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? 

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More books by N.D. Jackson:

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Conflict Of Interest (Mustang Prairie Book 1)

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A Little Bit In Love (Mustang Prairie Book 2)

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Feels Like Love (Mustang Prairie Book 3)

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It Must Be Love

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Sweet Tea & Tattoo Ink (Rebel Girlz 1)

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Mint Juleps & Moonlight Melodies

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Sazerac & Sunset Kisses

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Featured Author Friday – Derek Borne (and a chance to win being a character in his UA universe!)

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Today I am sitting down with Derek Borne! I met Derek at Foster an Author, an annual event taking place on social media. He and I began chatting back and forth about our books and oddly enough – food – we’ve been friends ever since. Derek is an interesting and friendly guy, this interview was tons of fun.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I’m a Canadian indie author (wearing my tuque right now, eh). My wife and I have a bearded dragon named Ziggy for a pet, who loves to shoot me glares as if I’m an idiot or did something wrong. As for true backgrounds, I’m a bit of a mutt with predominant European genetics, which allows me to have a taste for many foods. Especially pizza. *runs off and orders some*

  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

When I was little, I used to tell stories into tape recorders (dating myself here). My imagination had no bounds. As I got older, I loved to sit down and let the stories flow onto paper. From there, things just more and more interesting. At least, I think so.

  1. Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

Pretty sure I make the faces I’m trying to describe when I write them. Maybe that’s why I get so many looks from my bearded dragon…

  1. Which writers inspire you?

As I got older, I got into Michael Crichton’s work. Man that guy could write science thrillers. A lot of what he wrote made me want to one day get to his level.

  1. What have you written and where can we buy or see them?

So far, my superhero/spy debut novel The Ultimate Agent is on Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Universal Buy Link: http://mybook.to/UADB

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  1. Give us an insight into your favorite main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Don’t make me choose. Seriously. I love all of them for different reasons. I guess if I HAD to choose, it’d be Devon (I’m sure I’ll get some ribbing from the others later). The thing with him is, sure he’s got superpowers. But that’s not what makes him the hero. He’s got some demons from his past, as everyone does. But his ability to live with them or push them to the side in order to save the world, that’s a journey I love telling. And I hope that his example can inspire others.

  1. What are you working on at the minute?

Lately, I’ve been working on rewriting my sequel in the UA series. It’s been a fun time adding the real guts to the story, as I’d written it when I was 15. So now at my nearly 30-year-old eyes, my writing ability has changed so much. (At least I hope so!)

  1. What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre?

My books are of the superhero and spy variety. I’m a huge nerd, mostly Marvel (Sorry, DC). Writing about heroes and what makes a true hero has always been a big interest of mine.

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  1. Why do you write?

Mainly I love to write for the fun of it. Creating worlds, characters, twists, it’s something that’s good for the brain. 15-30 minutes a day of writing and being creative even relieves stress. And if someone loves the stories you tell, then that makes it all the more worthwhile.

  1. Do you work from an outline or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

A general idea of where things will go is always in my mind. From there, I let my imagination do the rest. Why plan twists when you could surprise even yourself?

  1. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

My novels aren’t just centered around one main character. There are many characters on their own little journey. But once those characters come together as a team, it can be challenging working out the dialogue and choreography. But it’s also fun when you get the hang of it.

  1. When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?

I’m usually watching hockey, singing and playing my guitar, watching the latest superhero movie and spending time with my lovely wife.

  1. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

My advice is: If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask someone who’s done it. The indie author community is all about helping each other out. You may be on your own path, but don’t be afraid to make friends along the way. And when writing, make sure you’re always hydrated. And the best writing fuel is pizza.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

There’s a review competition on my author page right now! You could win the chance to be a character in the UA universe, and an early ARC of UA2! http://bit.ly/2DNSF3d

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About The Ultimate Agent:

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WARNING: THIS MISSIVE CONTAINS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

Your Mission:
Undertake an adventure of epic, global, and dire proportions.

Agent #524 – Devon Bertrand
Once a normal civilian, Agent Bertrand has been recruited by the Ultimate Agency—a secret organization of the world’s best spies. Now, after undergoing genetic upgrades, he has become a superhuman agent dedicated to fighting against all threats against the nation he now calls home.

Agent #146 – Brett Gallagher
A brilliant scientist, Dr. Gallagher invents and utilizes technologically advanced gadgets and weapons to fight against national security threats like a modern day superhero.

The Target – Maximus Romanov
Employed by a mysterious Russian terrorist group, Romanov is a superhuman operative wreaking havoc in the United States.

Mission Data – Confidential
Join Agent Devon Bertrand and Agent Brett Gallagher on a mission to stop Romanov from destroying the United States. As Bertrand and Gallagher work to discover why Maximus harbors a deep hatred toward America, they uncover a conspiracy brewing against the Ultimate Agency, and one man will make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Keep up with Derek on Social Media!

Social Media Links:
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The Space Between Us Video Trailer and Release Blitz Sign-Ups!!!

**I do NOT own this song nor the videos featured in this video. All rights belong to it’s rightful owner/owner’s. No copyright infringement intended. FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY** Emma f#cking Winchester She’s the little sister of my ex-best friend, Forrest. She’s off limits like tempting forbidden fruit, and I’m the snake slithering through the grass. She ignites a fire in me. One I can’t explain. One I sure as f#ck can’t control. It’s raw and primal. She’s sweet, and I am not. She’s pure, and I’m broken. When I came back to the town and past I’d left behind ten years ago to make it big in the world of underground fighting – it was for one reason, and one reason only. To take care of my Grandma Rose, and I’ll do it by any means necessary. Even if it means doing the one thing I said I’d never do. I didn’t expect to see Emma again. I didn’t expect to want her the way I do. I didn’t expect to peel back all her perfectly controlled layers or for her to see through mine. *** Love isn’t always simple. And it’s definitely not as predictable as aspiring dancer Emma Winchester’s life. Or the way her life used to be until Dean King forced his way into her world and heart – now there’s no turning back. Emma returned to her hometown of Evansdale after leaving for college when tragedy struck. She and her brother Forrest are now the sole owners of Winchester Estate Orchards – but the apple business has never been Emma’s passion. Dancing is. Until she bumps into Dean King, her older brother’s ex-best friend and the object of her teenage crush. She knows she’ll hurt her brother if she keeps seeing Dean, but she can’t stay away. Tall, handsome and tattooed boxer Dean King is nothing out of a fairy tale. He’s brooding and moody, and he doesn’t believe in love. But when he runs into Emma, something ignites inside of him. A fire. A desire that’s all but consuming in way he doesn’t understand. Dean’s life has never been simple. And it’s never been predictable. Coming from a poor family and having an alcoholic and neglectful mother left him with scars he’d just as soon forget. He left Evansdale to get away from the memories and reputation that have haunted him – until his grandmother Rose, the only person who’s ever told him they loved him is dying. Dean will do whatever it takes to take care of his Mama Rose. Even if it means selling his soul. Fate brings them together. Burning passion binds them. When the fires get too hot, can love save them?

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