Sandra Jackson joins us today to talk about her work. Sandra, a Canadian author, is here to share a little bit about her process and inspiration as well.
DM: What is the title and genre of the book you want to tell us about?
SJ: The book is called Promised Soul. It’s a romance with a hint of paranormal.
DM: Can you summarize Promised Soul in one sentence?
SJ: Krista’s strange dreams and visions of déjà vu turn out to be memories from a past life, now she must discover what it all means.
DM: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
SJ: Women aged 16 and up though I have had a few men read the book as well.
DM: How did you come up with the title?
SJ: When I come up with a new story idea, I think of how I want it to end, right down to the last line. The title comes from the last line of the story.
DM: Tell me about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?
SJ: Kim Barton of Tyme Captured Photography & Graphic Design designed the cover. At the time my book was being published they were the designers that my publisher was using. I liked the artwork that was presented as I felt it captured the main elements from my book.
DM: Who are your biggest writing influences?
SJ: My biggest influences are authors Diana Gabaldon, J. K. Rowling, and Stephanie Meyer – all authors who didn’t start out as writers and had other careers.
DM: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
SJ: I would have to say that the character of Aunt Jane. She is a lovely, warm, and sometimes funny character who is very caring and helpful to the protagonist, Krista.
DM: How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
SJ: My least favourite would be Catriona (Cat). She appears in only a couple of paragraphs. She is a little pretentious and perhaps needy for the affection of Aaron. She feels threatened and almost jealous the moment she first meets Krista.
DM: If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
SJ: I don’t know that I would really change much. I suppose if I had to change one thing it might be the character name, Krista. I have heard some other names since then and I think “Wow, what a great name for a character in a book.” In any case I will save those names for other stories.
DM: Are there any fun facts about Promised Soul you can share?
SJ: When I first made up my mind to write and finish Promised Soul (at the time I had several story ideas started) I didn’t want it to require too much research. As I began writing, I soon realized that research would be integral to the story. The most fun research was attending a psychic medium party. It was an amazing experience.
DM: What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
SJ: The only one I can think of at the moment is A Love Beyond Time by Dante Craddock. It also deals with memories from a past life. A reviewer did liken it to Somewhere in Time as well.
DM: Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
SJ: I enjoy many art forms including painting, though writing takes up more of my time now. However, since becoming an author I have discovered how much I enjoy creating book trailers.
DM: How can we find out more about you and your books?
SJ: You can find out more about me and my books on my website www.sandrajjackson.com
DM: What can we expect from you in the future?
SJ: The first book of my first series will be published sometime in 2016. It is called Playing in the Rain and it is a dystopian/science fiction/thriller type of story.
DM: I hope you can come back for another visit when Playing in the Rain gets ready to launch. Until then, what can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
SJ: Post reviews! I really can’t emphasize that enough. I have had many readers tell me they enjoy the book but won’t post reviews.
DM: Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?
SJ: The biggest and probably most important thing is start building your author platform way before you get published. I started the process less than a year before my book came out, had I known the importance I would have started much earlier.
DM: Can you give us an excerpt from your book ?
Aaron brushed the grass from his lap and stood up, looked down at me, and stretched out his hand. I took hold of it feeling that familiar exchange of electricity, as he pulled me up a little too hard. I lost my balance and fell slightly forward into him, his arms instinctively wrapped around me for protection.
“Oh, sorry.” I said trying to pull away from the now awkward situation.
Aaron bent forward and kissed me. A kiss that was long, passionate, and gentle. A kiss saved for lovers who have been apart; a kiss that sent heat and shivers at the same time, coursing through my body. A kiss that made time stand still and yet made the world spin. A kiss that promised; a kiss that bound – for eternity.
About Sandra Jackson
Sandra J. Jackson was born in Montreal, Quebec. She now resides with her husband of 24 years and two young adult children in a rural setting in Eastern Ontario.
Being creative has always been her passion, whether it is landscape oil paintings or acrylic paintings on glass ornaments. However, in the last several years, writing has also become one of Sandra’s creative outlets.
Promised Soul is Sandra’s debut novel released in March 2015. Her second novel has just been recently accepted for publishing.
Sandra is thrilled with every word she writes and can’t wait to share her imagination with the world.