Welcome A.L. Jackson to my blog. It’s awesome to have you visiting. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey everyone! I’m A.L. Jackson, author of Pulled, Take This Regret, When We Collide, and Lost to You. I’m over here in Southern Arizona where I spend my days writing wrapped up in a zebra Snuggie J Don’t laugh. I hate winter.
How did you decided to enter the world of writing?
I’ve always loved writing. I used to carry a journal around with me in college, and I wrote a lot of poetry at that time. It wasn’t until years later when I had the idea for Pulled that I finally decided to sit down and write a novel.
What does your family think of your writing?
They’re all really supportive. My husband is the best. I can often get really lost in my head when I write, so I know that has to be frustrating for family. It means so much that they all respect what I do and support me through it all.
Where do you get your ideas?
So far with all of my books, one character has just shown up in my head. I can see their face and get some kind of idea of their situation. I’m sure there’s something that triggers it, but I haven’t ever been conscious of it. Then I build the story and other characters around that idea.
Can you tell us a little about your book?
My newest release is a novella called Lost to You. It’s the prequel to Take This Regret, and shows us how Elizabeth and Christian first got together. I was really nervous to write a novella, but I ended up enjoying this so much.
What is your writing process?
Normally when a story idea comes to me, I think on it for a while, and then try to begin jotting down some ideas. I do write an outline and try to break the concept down into chapters so I have a good grasp on where I want to go with the story. From there, I write chapter by chapter. And then of course a big edit at the end.
What was the hardest part for you when working on your book?
I’m an impatient person and I like everything done NOW. But I’m a slow writer. In every aspect of my life, I work really quickly and love the results, so the amount of time it takes me to write can be kind of frustrating. I’m slowly coming to accept that it just takes me a while to get these stories down.
Was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work?
Not in Lost to You. The end result basically ended up the same as my first draft (but with editing, of course) and one extra scene I ended up adding at the end. But I definitely have deleted scenes in my full-length books.
Do you have a favorite character (from your book)? Why?
In Lost to You, definitely Christian. He’s so easy to fall in love with, but he’s also incredibly flawed. I love being in his confused thoughts.
Do you already know what to write next? Can you tell us?
Yes, I have an outline ready for my next book. I don’t have a name yet, but I can tell you it will be an NA romance. No long flashbacks this time, just a lot of intensity and angst.
Where can we find more information about you and your books?
I’m all over the web. Find me at:
Do you have any last words?
Just want to thank you for asking me on, and a big thank you to everyone for taking the time to read.
My pleasure A.J., I enjoyed learning all about you and your books. I hope that you visit soon.
Fun Questions ~
I love weekends because?
I love the down time with my family.
Tuna. Oh, and winter.
I want to buy?
A new house. We’ve been planning on building, but have been waiting for the lot we want to open up. Another lesson in patience J
My favorite song is?
Well, if you asked me tomorrow, my answer would probably be different, but right now I can’t get enough of Somebody That I Used to Know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY Video makes me laugh.
My favorite precious stone is?
I want to travel to? Why?
Mediterranean Sea because of its amazing history and incredible beauty.
My favorite book is?
Right now, I’m loving Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.