Today I welcome J.P. Jackson to the blog to answer a few questions for Interview³.
J.P. Jackson Author Interview³
1) Tell us 3 little-known facts about you
a. I didn’t start writing until I was 45 years old. (Except for weird spurts when I was in my twenties and childhood that didn’t last very long)
b. When I wrote my first novel, I told absolutely no one I was writing a book until it was almost complete.
c. My stories play out like movies in my head, and then I write down what I see.
d. Additional Fun Fact: I can’t watch horror movies – so if any of my books every got made into a movie, chances are, I’d never be able to watch it.
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
a. Anne Rice
b. Neil Gaiman
c. Clive Barker/Stephen King
4) Share your 3 favourite books
a. The Mayfair Witches (the whole series)/The Vampire Chronicles – Anne Rice
b. The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson
c. The Stand – Stephen King
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
a. Coffee/Wine (Inspiration)
b. Internet connection (Research)
c. Music (Mood)
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
a. Dining Room table – because that’s where it all happens right now.
b. (Dream Spot) – An office decorated in goth fashion, painted black with gargoyle statues everywhere.
c. (Dream Spot) – a cabin in the woods (but it would have to have killer internet and be well stocked)
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
a. Fan Art – OMG I can’t wait for a reader to be so in love with one of my characters that they feel compelled to draw how they perceive the character.
b. Write the sequels to both Daimonion, Book One of the Apocalypse and Magic or Die and have them be as good as or better than the original book in the series.
c. I’d like to see one of my series/books turned into a movie – now go see what I wrote for question #1
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
a. Write. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, just write. Writing is a skill, and skills only get better with practice, so practice. Write. All. The. Time.
b. Read. Read everything in your genre. Read everything you can outside your genre. Just read.
c. Be true to yourself. Be good to yourself. Be kind to yourself
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
a. Write at least 1 more book.
b. Continue writing on my blog
c. Start up a newsletter (I’d really love to hear more from my readers)
10) Tell us about your latest release
You know, it’s funny. After Daimonion, Book One of the Apocalypse was released, I didn’t think I would love anything quite as much as I did that story and those characters…and then…And then Magic Or Die happened. My editor at NineStar Press asked if I would consider writing a story for an anthology they were going to put out. I wasn’t really convinced that the theme was something I would be interested in...Until that same editor said – and I’m paraphrasing “Just think about a werewolf with anger issues.” Before I knew it, a short story that was going to be in an anthology ended up as a full length novel.
Magic or Die quickly blossomed into a full length story that now needs at least one more book to complete the tale. It’s about five young adults who all have incredibly powerful magical abilities, so potent that they are lethal. They are kept away from everyday society in a facility that promises to help them ‘get better’. In actuality, the facility is only really interested in making money.
A teacher is brought in to help out these unruly Magicals, but he’s quite damaged and has a bucketful of his own demons to deal with. Here’s the blurb:
James Martin is a teacher, a powerful Psychic, and an alcoholic. He used to work for the Centre for Magical Research and Development, a facility that houses people who can't control their supernatural abilities. He left after one of his students was killed, turning to vodka to soothe his emotional pain. Problem is, he still has one year left on his contract.Magic or Die is set for release on 2 July 2018. It is a new adult MM tale with fade-to-black sex scenes.
It's not common knowledge, but the CMRD holds final exams for each of its residents and if they don't pass, they're euthanized. So when James returns to the CMRD to fulfill the rest of his contract, he finds himself assisting five young adults, confronting the demons of his past, and attempting to protect his new class from a possible death sentence.
James discovers that his class isn't bringing in enough sponsors; the agencies and world governments who supply grants and ultimately purchase graduates of the CMRD, and that means no profit for the facility. Now, James and his students face impossible odds. Measure up to the facility’s unreachable standards or escape.
At the CMRD, you have to be able to control your Magic or Die.
While you await that release, here are some other stories by J.P.
Daimonion, Book One of the Apocalypse
“A Tended Garden”--short story included in the Into The Mystic, Volume 1 anthology from NineStar Press
“Hood’s Ride is Red”--short story included in the Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume 1 anthology from NineStar Press.
J.P. has 1 x eBook of Daimonion to give away. To enter, simply comment on this post.
J.P. Jackson works as an IT analyst in health care during the day, where if cornered he’d confess to casting spells to ensure clinicians actually use the electronic medical charting system he configures and implements.
At night however, the writing happens, where demons, witches and shape shifters congregate around the kitchen table and general chaos ensues. The insurance company refuses to accept any more claims of ‘acts of the un-god’, and his husband of almost 20 years has very firmly put his foot down on any further wraith summoning’s in the basement. And apparently imps aren’t house-trainable. Occasionally the odd ghost or member of the Fae community stops in for a glass of wine and stories are exchanged. Although the husband doesn’t know it, the two Chihuahuas are in cahoots with the spell casting.
J.P.’s other hobbies include hybridizing African Violets (thanks to grandma), extensive travelling and believe it or not, knitting.