The moment you open AL Jackson’s, Lost To You, you will be hooked on her incredible storytelling. Find out more about what makes Amy tick, and more about her must read books.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I think I’ve always been a writer in some capacity or another. I used to write a lot of poetry, even though I’d never had the aspiration of being an actual author. It wasn’t until my children were older that I discovered a passion for writing actual novels.
Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
I am so blessed to get to write full-time, but before I was able to write full-time, I used to work in medical records.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Start writing earlier 🙂
Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I definitely only work one storyline at a time. Of course I have ideas hit me for other books, but I never focus on them while I’m in the middle of a project. I try to pour everything I have into each book.
Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
Oh this is hard. I would have to say it’s a tie between Jared Holt in Come to Me Quietly and Come to Me Softly and Sebastian Stone in A Stone in the Sea and Drowning to Breathe.
Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
I definitely have taken from life experiences, but not to the extent that anything has been semi-autobiographical or anything like that.
What are your biggest distractions?
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
Was it Dorothy Parker who said “I hate writing, I love to have written.” I think that quotes sums it up perfectly! The writing process is incredibly difficult for me, but always so worth it.
Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
For me, I think it’s difficult trying to find unique and distinct characteristics for each new male POV. I find they often sound the same in my head, so that’s my biggest struggle.
What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
Hanging out with the family, drinks with my girlfriends, and reading, of course.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
Yes! The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon. That book has given me a permanent book hangover.
Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
It’s said there are seven basic plots in all novels, so I try not to worry about this too much. I just make sure my heart is completely into a book and developing each character.
Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
Absolutely. I usually just try to pack it up for the day and grab a book to read. That usually helps me to quit focusing so hard on what’s not coming and allows the story to hit me naturally.
Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
Ha. Yes. I keep an app on my phone so I can jot stuff down wherever I am.
What does your writing workspace look like?
I have an office that looks out over my front courtyard, which is great, and of course I’m surrounding by bookshelves that contain my personal favorite books and a lot of the cool stuff my readers have given me along the way.
Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
I do my best not to read them. I think everyone has an opinion, but it doesn’t help me as a writer or a person to read them.
Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
Almost all of them! I keep Pinterest Boards for inspiration.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
Right now I’m working on Drowning to Breathe, Book 2 in the Bleeding Stars novels. It will be the end of Sebastian and Shea’s two-part duet.
What is in your purse right now?
It’s actually pretty clean because we just got back from vacation, and I dumped all the junk out. A few days ago would have been a bunch of theme park maps and crap my kids asked me to hold for them 😉
Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
Oh my gosh, this is really hard to choose, but one that sticks out to me is the first time Samantha and Christopher see each other after seven years in Come to Me Recklessly. It was so intense and raw.
THE CLOSER TO YOU SERIES
THE BLEEDING STARS DUET
More About AL Jackson
A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.