Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Ten Spot: Trish Jackson
Tell us about your most recent release.
"Kick Assitude," released earlier this year by Uncial Press is the second in my Redneck Series. It is classified as romantic suspense, although I've thrown in a good dose of humor.
Self-professed redneck Twila Taunton is back in her home town of Quisby, Alabama, determined to hunt down her mother's killers. Her investigation leads her to money, a man they called the Drifter who was murdered more than 20 years previously, and a secret code. Twila is adopted by a dog she names Scratch, who rides on the back of her Harley. When they crack the code, she and Great Aunt Essie head to a haunted mansion in the middle of the night, mindful of the man-eating wild boars. On the romance side of things, Twila has to choose whether to succumb to sexy cowboy, Tanner Ferrano's advances or stay true to her long-distance boyfriend, hunky Harland O'Connor.
What else do you have coming out?
Capricorn Cravings, the first novel in my Astrology Series is due for release by Soul Mate Publishing before the end of this year.
Small town Colorado veterinarian, Riley Shaughnessy is powerless to prevent herself from falling for hunky Powell Stewart, even though all the clues point to him being the serial killer the FBI has named the Capricorn Killer.
This is a shift into more serious and traditional romantic suspense, and I'm thrilled with the way it turned out. I just recently got the cover picture from the artist, and I find it fascinating to see how someone else's mind pictures my characters.
The next one in the Astrology Series, The Aquarius Arcanum is almost completed. FBI Psychic, Arlette Xylander lives in a haunted mansion with a black cat and an ancient spell book. Can she save herself when the doctor tells her she has three months to live, and gorgeous Andre Rossouw to live for?
Is there anything you want to make sure potential readers know?
My stories are all about small towns, country folk, and always include animals. So if you love barefoot heroines who ride horses and tough, rugged hunks who drive trucks and do things like mountain climbing, you'll probably enjoy my novels.
If you prefer glitz, glamour, and gloss, maybe you should still try reading one of my books. It might be a refreshing change.
When are you going to write your autobiography?
I've started my autobiography, and I add a little every now and then when I have time. Having been born and raised in Africa, I think one day my grandchildren, all of whom are American, will get a kick out of reading about the crazy things I did. Like having to carry a loaded Uzi around with me for fear of attacks by armed communist-trained insurgents who raped, tortured and murdered women and children while their husbands were away fighting the guerilla war. Although it was not a situation to be laughed at, it had its moments. Imagine, for example, if you have to drive to the city with the Uzi on your lap in case of an ambush. When you get there and want to shop in a big department store, what do you do with your weapon? Car theft is rife, so you don't dare leave it in the trunk…
What's your favorite fruit?
I actually enjoy all tropical fruit, and as a child growing up in Zimbabwe, Africa, I spent many hours sitting in a mango or guava tree eating until I was sick.
My answer as a romance writer—passion fruit, especially when it is sun-warmed and fresh off the vine. Figs, though, are said to be the sexiest fruit, and have been likened to female sexual organs and are also supposed to be an aphrodisiac. They also taste good.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
I don't know if it's wise to assume any writer is sane. I mean, can anyone truly define sanity? Just ask any fiction writers where their ideas come from and they'll all give you the same answer. "The characters were in my head and they just took over and told me what to write." Okay, a lot of people who could possibly consider themselves sane also hear voices—but they don't write down what the voices tell them.
So my answer is—maybe writers shouldn't worry about trying to remain sane—they probably aren't.
Have you ever found true love?
I have found true love in my husband and best friend. We married when I was a teenager and are still together after 42 years. We met in quite an exotic and wild place in Mozambique, on the beach, and our story is actually pretty romantic. We went back there for our honeymoon, which entailed driving on one of the worst roads in Africa, if you could call it a road. I wrote a short piece about the journey, and our encounter with lions, elephants, flooding rivers and a suspension bridge that was still under construction. (Link posted below). And that, in a nutshell, probably explains why I write romantic suspense.
What makes you cry?
I love children and animals and any type of cruelty to either brings tears to my eyes. In my first in the series, Redneck P.I., Twila rescues twin girls from a depraved monster and I'm excited that in the third book in the Redneck Series, (currently in draft format) she busts an illegal puppy mill and saves all the terribly abused animals.
Will you take a shot if the chance of failure and success is 50-50?
Yes. If something comes up that offers me a chance to do something I really want to do, I will definitely take a shot at it, even if the potential for failure is about the same as the possibility for success. I have learned this from past experience; if you don't take that chance you will forever wonder what would have happened if you had. If you take it and fail, at least you have the satisfaction of knowing that you gave it your best try.
Which one would you prefer, having a luxurious trip alone or having a picnic with people you love?
I used to think I was a loner, but now I know better. Some of my happiest memories revolve around gatherings with friends and family, and since I love the outdoors, a picnic would be perfect for me any time.
Trish has always loved to write and literally saved her pennies to buy her first computer with the sole purpose of writing. Her first novel, Way Out of Line, was published in 2004. This is a romantic suspense about two kids from Texas who make one mistake, and end up lost in the wilds of Mozambique in Africa.
The honeymoon story on my other website: http://trishjax.tripod.com/trishjackson/tab.html