Author interview- John Jackson

 

 

John it’s great to hear that your book  “A Heart of Stone” is to be published by Crooked Cat Books, in Oct/Nov this year. Thanks for coming on my blog to talk about it.

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Some years ago, I came across an amazing story about my great-great-great-great-great parents. He was a young Irish peer, and he married the daughter of another Irish peer. After several years, their story took a tragic turn. While the story was fascinating, I could see that the real events were too tragic to make a book as it was. NOBODY ended up with a happy ending from this one!

That being said, the story provided a series of hooks that couldn’t be ignored. What I hope I have written is the story of “what should have happened.” The hero and heroine deserve it, after all these years.

How did you come to write your genre of choice? 

I have always been a fan of historic fiction and historical romances. My father used to get each new Georgette Heyer novel as she wrote them, and he passed his love of them on to me. Once I started to write, I never thought of writing in any other genre.

How does it feel to one of the few males in the predominantly female world of romance writing?

Absolutely great! I have been astounded by the support and goodwill I have received from my writing friends, and members of the RNA. It’s thanks to them that I am writing at all. They gave me the confidence to try and write.

Have you experienced any difficulties breaking into this world?

I have come into the industry at a time of great change. As I found, most agents are extremely risk-averse. Unless you have Cornwall, Café, or Cupcakes in your title you are really going to struggle (and I did). Being a man in a mainly female genre, probably also told against me.

What has been especially good about your journey to publication in this genre?

Self-publication is ridiculously easy in this day and age. It would have been far simpler for me to publish on Kindle or Smashwords, but, by getting the MS taken by a publisher, this represents “Peer Approval”. Someone else, apart from family and friends, thinks it worthy of publication. Being taken on by Crooked Cat was massively encouraging.

When did you start writing and why?

I started writing stories for our daughters when I was away from home on long sea voyages. Simple animal tales, and unfortunately, now lost.

I eventually moved into the world of documentation for ships, covering laws, compliance and safety, etc. This has been handy, at least in making me familiar with the process of writing and producing documents. Of course, these were all non-fiction, but I had the job of trying to explain policy and procedures, in English, to non-native English speakers, mostly from Eastern Europe and the Philippines. I soon learned, clarity was everything.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to become an author in this genre?

Read, read, read, and then write, write and write again. Recognise your limitations, and learn that the people you meet have been doing it longer and generally better than you, so learn from them.

About ‘A Heart of Stone.’ 

A Heart of Stone, a tale of love, power, jealousy, starvation and prison, set in 1740s Ireland.

What happens when a young, beautiful girl is made to marry the worst man in Ireland?

But he has a brother, and they will risk everything to be together. Her husband doesn’t take this well.

Thank you John, it’s been great talking to you. Thanks for coming on my blog today. Tell us a little bit about yourself before you go.

Author bio: 

After a lifetime in shipping, I am now retired and living in York. An avid genealogist, I found a rich vein of ancestors going back many generations. My forebears included Irish peers, country parsons, and both naval and military men.

A chance meeting with some authors both historical and contemporary, led me to try my hand at writing. I am a keen member of both the Romantic Novelists Association and the Historic Novel Association.

I was brought up on Georgette Heyer from an early age, and, like many of my age devoured R L Stevenson, Jane Austen, R M Ballantyne, and the like. Favorite modern authors include Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Liz Fenwick, Jenny Barden, Carol McGrath, Lindsey Davis and Kate Mosse.

“A Heart of Stone”, to be published by Crooked Cat  in October / November 2017

Contact John:

Twitter @jjackson42

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnjacksonauthor/ 

Blog: john42hhh.blogspot.co.uk

 

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My top ten favourite romance authors

My top ten favourite romance authors

Even though the days are getting longer and the snowdrops are out, winter keeps reminding us that she’s still here and she hasn’t finished having her say yet. I haven’t posted through January- work has been taking up a lot of time, true, and I’ve been struggling with some personal problems that the universe decided to chuck at me, however the truth is that I haven’t posted mainly because I’ve been reading.morso stove

Yes, I’ve succumbed to the log fire and good book syndrome and I have to admit that I’m totally unapologetic. So to make up for it in this post I’m going to post a list of my favourite romance writers. I started looking through my keeper shelf and my last year of Amazon purchases to be sure that I don’t forget anyone and the names just kept coming. What started out as a top ten quickly became a top twenty and may have gone even further if I hadn’t given myself a stern talking to.

Before I go any further I do want to issue a disclaimer. First of all this list is of my favourite romance authors at the moment, and it is always subject to change, of course. I’ve linked to each author so that you can find any you are interested in. I do hope that you get some new reading out of this post.

Top ten that I’m guaranteed to buy as soon as they have a new book out.

  • Joanna Bourne: Historical author. I love her writing, her plots, her characters and her subtlety. http://www.joannabourne.com/
  • Michelle Reid: Mills and Boon author. I never get tired of these. Deeply emotional stories that often make me cry. Her stories are often second chance stories. http://www.michellereid.com/books.html
  • Cherise Sinclair: Only for those with a strong stomach these are very edgy, explicit, erotic stories that venture into the world of BDSM in a major way. Lots of naughty stuff happening but they contain good stories as well. http://cherisesinclair.com/
  • Joanna Wylde: Has written in a variety of different sub genres but for me it’s the Reaper’s motorcycle books she writes that have me hooked. They are gritty, violent, edgy and dark but they work for me. Don’t buy if you are squeamish. https://www.facebook.com/joannawyldebooks
  • Julie Anne Long: An historical author who she writes with a sense of humour. Her dialogues are very clever and witty and they make me smile. Her plots are cool and her characters ace. http://www.julieannelong.com/
  • Nalini Singh: I love all her books but she’s on this list particularly for her Archangels series. Paranormal at a time when it’s lost a bit of its edge she gave it a second wind and hooked me with the terribleness of the angels and the world she’s created. http://www.nalinisingh.com/
  • Lyndsay Buroker: Lyndsay writes in a variety of different subgenres including fantasy/ steam punk and I find all of them fascinating. She creates amazing worlds. http://www.lindsayburoker.com/
  • Jo Goodman: Historical author who also writes western/ cowboy romances. Deeply emotional her characters do tend to face serious issues but unlike other authors they retain a simplicity and never become whiney. http://www.jogoodman.com/
  • Loretta Chase: Write historical with excellent dialogue, witty and emotional and just a bit out of the ordinary. http://www.lorettachase.com/
  • Patricia Briggs: Paranormal books and fantasy. I like her characters and the detail and interaction. Her heroines are strong and capable but without being militant. She is a great creator of worlds. http://www.patriciabriggs.com/

These are authors whose work I’m permanently watching for. Each time one of their books is published I want to ration it but instead I gulp it down.

I wish I could write with their emotional depth, sophistication, and polish. They give incredible pleasure to the reader in me and inspire the writer in me.

Do you have a favourite who you think should feature in a list? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll check them out.