The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event Interview – N.D. Jackson

Here is my author interview with N.D. Jackson for The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Event. We will be highlighting her Mustang Prairie Romance Series which includes Conflict of Interest, A Little Bit In Love, Feels Like Love and It Must Be Love so grab your copy of this amazing series today!

What made you choose to write in the romance genre?
Romance was my first writing love. As a kid I read your standard kids stories but the first story I wrote at about 10 or 11 blended my two loves; politics and romance. I admit I strayed away for a while but it’s always there.

How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
I have 8 books out and though most of them are two separate series, I would recommend starting with Feels Like Love from my Mustang Prairie series. Sadie was one of my favorite heroines to write and I had been fleshing out her story for awhile. I was going to make it a standalone without a series but then I thought it would be great to explore her strained relationship with her family.

Do you enjoy reading romance books as much as you like t write them?
Totally! I read way too many books and a good amount of them are in the romance genre. I wish I could say it’s research but the truth is, I’m just a fan.

If you could co-write a new romance book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Oooh good question! I’d have to say Jill Shalvis or maybe Maisey Yates. They both have this amazing way of illustrating scenery that just puts me right there in the mountains, wilderness or wherever. It’s just another layer of storytelling that I admire so ladies if you’re listening…hit me  up. 😉

How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
You learn a little more each time you finish a story. Whether it’s thanks to a brutally honest editor or opinionated beta readers, you learn something that you add to the memory bank to use for next time. For me, I’d say going with my instinct. You read one or two bad reviews about something specific and it makes you shy away from that in the future and I’ve worked hard to get past that. All stories should be told and if an idea calls to me I’ve learned to stop thinking of what the reader will hate and just go with trying to make them love what I wrote.

If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
Daydreaming. Busy. Marketing.

Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us?
Yes! I’m finishing up a new story that isn’t part of a series, just a contemporary second chance romance. The heroine is a prickly computer genius with her own business and the hero is her first love and a super sexy chef. There will be fighting and angry words. And hot sex. And lots of love.

How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
Ha! The real question is how long would you like it to take. I’m more of a write one book at a time kind of girl, while jotting copious amounts of notes for new ideas that hit me, so it takes about 3-4 months if all goes well. This year I’m bumping that up to 4 to 5 months because life has been getting in the way.

What book or books do you plan on promoting during your romance themed day takeover?
It Must Be Love and If You Leave Me Now.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
Just do it. Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll get a publishing deal, just keep writing and find a way to do what you love. It’ll happen. Actually I think that’s pretty good advice for all of our younger selves.

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