About N.D. Jackson:
N.D. Jackson spends her days wandering the streets of whatever European city she and her husband are visiting, creating new characters and new lives for her novels, and she spends her nights cooking yummy vegan food and whipping up cocktails for loved ones. Though a native Chicagoan she now lives in Romania and longs for the days she could fill her passport with stamps from Germany, Amsterdam, France, Austria and all the other places she's been.
Since she picked up her first book at the age of 7, not a day goes by she doesn’t read a page or chapter. Or finish a whole book. Her first novel, Conflict of Interest was published in 2014 at the ripe old age of she’s not telling and she had been entertaining readers with tales of love and romance ever since.
When she isn’t reading or writing, N.D. can be found indulging in her love of all things true crime, perfecting new vegan cuisine and seeing with the world with her bearded husband!
She lives for Foo Fighters, 90’s grunge, curry, Nina Simone & Adele, politics traveling, all things French, any Asian noodle dish you sit in front of her and…cocktails.
What inspires you to write?
I've always loved storytelling in just about any form including televisions, movies and songs. Creating characters and towns and worlds, it's a wonderful feeling to see what my fingers do when I'm itching to tell a new story.
Getting lost in a story is universal and it is a privilege to help someone get lost for a little while.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a hybrid. I start with an outline. Well, actually I start with an outline for whatever character inspired the story and then I punch out a few paragraphs of my idea. THEN, I start the outline either in a lot of detail or just the bare bones of what I want to happen in a chapter. As more ideas come to me, I have another section called "Notes" where I put all the extras that don't have a place but will. Soon.
I try to write every day, at least a 1,000 words or maybe a few paragraphs, depends on my schedule. When I have a full day to write, I change my scenery throughout the day from the balcony, maybe a park, but my favorite spot is my living room sofa.
How do you develop your characters?
I think I know how they will develop or how I want them to, but that generally changes throughout the story because, these characters have their own minds and sometimes go another way. Sometimes it's just the progression of the story or how one little thing changes their perspective, that changes how they develop. The important part is that they do, so between me and the characters, we figure it out before the story ends.
What authors inspire you?
I'm inspired by writers like Jane Austen (of course), Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, Kait Nolan, Zoe York and Erin Nicholas, but the truth is I'm a sucker for a well-told story, no matter who writes it.
How do you keep going in the midst of distractions?
I let the distraction wear itself out if that's a possibility. Most of the time the thing that caused my distraction returns and I figure out a plot point or a big moment, and I'm back in the game again.
If the distraction lasts too long, I move to another story and hope for the best.
What are your hobbies when you need a break from writing?
I love watching true crime and anything science or tech related, but mostly I love to travel. I plan trips, check out the cuisine and things to do, for when I get there.
I am a big fan of tennis, both watching and playing. One day I hope to do a trip that includes seeing all 4 Grand Slams in the same year.
Cooking & mixology is another passion of mine. Going in the kitchen with a podcast or a playlist of 90's rock, is a great way to relax my mind when I'm having a particularly difficult issue with my story or, more often my characters.
What romance genres do you write?: contemporary romance, small town romance
Do you write in genres that are not romance related?
I have one non-romance book published but I plan to write a few more and have two somewhat outlined.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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