Please welcome R.L. to my blog for my first ever Author Interview!1
- Tell us about yourself and what you write:
A Bahamian-born native, R.L Jackson writes fiction and enjoys reading Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian, YA, and everything in between.
Her first novel “Crashing Into Me” was released on Feb 14, 2017 and is available on Amazon in kindle format as well as in paperback.
- What’s the best thing and hardest thing about writing romance, do you think?
The best thing for me is creating new people, new experiences and the journey they take to find that love. The hardest is finding interesting and unique ways to tell stories that haven’t been told before.
- Would you ever write in a different genre? (Even a different sub-genre of romance)
I write in different genres already, just none that I’ve published yet.
- What’s your favourite trope in romance?
I use a mix of different tropes, it just makes a story more realistic to me. I don’t believe in instant love, in novels because in real life that is a rarity, outside of middle school aged “love” lol.
- What are some of your favourite genres or authors to read?
I don’t have a favorite author, but genres are Thriller, Romance, Paranormal, Dystopian, and some Fantasy depending on what it is.
- Why did you choose to be an Indie Author?
I chose it for the freedom of controlling my own creative process after reading up on the pros and cons of both from the mouths of trad and indie authors, I decided indie was the best for me.
- What are some of the most valuable things you’ve learned since publishing?
The real work starts after you press publish. I wish I had a marketing plan in place before I did it to be honest, as well as the marketing budget. There aren’t many places that will promote your book for free unless it is free or discounted, which makes me roll my eyes because it’s frustrating. Or if they do promote your book, the cost is huge. From what I can tell indie Publishing may have taken the decision to publish their work out of trad publishing hands, but simultaneously given others (bloggers, promotion sites) the power to decide if and how they will promote them, thus creating brand new hurdles and hoops to jump through.
- If you had to do one thing over in your writing career so far, would you? And what would it be?
Marketing plan, marketing budget, virtual assistant to handle social media etc so I can focus on writing.
- What’s your writing process like? How often do you find the time? Do you outline first? Do you listen to music while the magic happens? Give us some insight.
My process starts with the concept, plot, then outline. I write my ending first and work backwards. I outline and listen to music when I get blocked or need inspiration for a particular scene.
- Where do you get your ideas?
Sometimes they hit me out of the blue, others are based on my personal experiences.
- How do you recharge your imagination when you can feel your creative well getting dry? (Or is it just me that happens to!)
I watch a movie or binge watch Netflix to get out of my head for a while. Then I go back and read what I wrote making changes as I see fit.
- What are you working on now?
Book two of my ‘Crashing” series and a few surprises I can’t mention yet.
Just for fun:
- Sweet or savoury? Both
- Hot weather or cold? Cold
- If an apocalypse comes, what would be your most valuable skill? Fighting
- If you won a million dollars tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy?
Is this 1mill before or after taxes lol. Seriously though, I’d pay off my outstanding bills, start a charity I’ve been wanting to start for a while, and purchase my first home.
Thanks so much R.L. for stopping by my blog!