Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – N.D. Jackson

Here is my author interview with N.D. Jackson for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her Mustang Prairie Romance Book Series which includes Conflict of Interest, A Little Bit In Love, Feels Like Love and It Must Be Love so make sure to check out the series today.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I think romance works well with just about any other genre because let’s face it, there’s always room for love. Intense situations make for intense emotions, but something as mundane as lunch with dear old mom can be the day you meet the love of your life. Sometimes, in the case of suspense, it takes a bit more finesse to keep the intensity level up and then have them pause for a roll in the sheets. But I’ve read some really good ones so I know it can be done.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
Obviously women do it better! Haha, no I’m kidding but I do think women have a distinct edge in that we are more in tune with our emotions as well as others and I think even talented male writers struggle more. Women have been obsessing over relationships since were young girls so we have lots of experience to use as source material.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Partners In Crime.
If I’m up to no good, then so is he!

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
Since I was about 11 years old I have been a total Francophile. I had several colorful berets, smoked French cigarettes and even took French in high school so when I say I was overboard, I was WAY overboard. Knowing this when we planned our first trip to Paris as a kind of second honeymoon, I planned to be a total tourist so I could see and experience everything.
Especially the Eiffel Tower, because…Eiffel Tower. So we went up and did it with a tour guide, but later that night we did it again while it was all lit up and had a bottle—not a glass—of champagne at the top. It wasn’t over the top romance but it was my version of it.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Hahaha, not at all! Wait, does saying that ruin my street cred? Anyway I am what you’d call a closet romantic. Not that I’m ashamed of it but on TV and movies, and in books I eat up romance. Whether its cheesy or not, I will gobble it up like Swiss chocolate.
In real life though, my version of romance is my husband buying me Bob Dylan tickets and then arranging for one of my friends to go with me because he’s not a fan. I’m cynical by nature so I don’t trust entertainment romance but I think its incredibly romantic for my guy to do things that matter to me. Don’t give me roses, give me sunflowers or stargazer lilies. Skip the chocolates and give me Salt & Vinegar kettle chips. Better yet, sit down and watch the prom episode of Dawson’s Creek with me!

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
Yes but we’re weird and morbid so we both comb through history to see what events—usually horrific—happened on Valentine’s Day and we talk about them over dinner. I’m a bit of a history lover so it’s always a fun time and I love that he still gets in the spirit of it with me.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
Yes! I’m trying to get my reader’s group/street team off the ground so pretty please JOIN The Cocktail Lounge!
And sign up for my NEWSLETTER and I promise not to fill your inbox with junk!

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
I would have to say Trixie from It Must Be Love. I thought for sure it would be Sadie since she’s my favorite but nope, the rainbow haired sort of hippie has won the readers over!

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become to much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
I get away. Go out and be in nature, in the world without my mobile data on! I need to observe the world, absorb it and soak it in without interference. If I need to document something, I keep a tiny notebook in my purse, otherwise its just me and people in the world.
If that doesn’t work I get my friends together and listen to them talk about their loves. The good and the bad helps spark an idea or just zoning out while they complain often (don’t tell!) helps me work out whatever it was that kept me stuck.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
My e-books have done much better than paperbacks, which only my family members really buy because they don’t do digital. I’m looking into exploring other digital options now that I have a few years and a few titles under my belt.
It can get crazy confusing and sometimes I just don’t have the time for a major change.

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