Author Interview: R.L. Jackson

33785759A year after being left at the altar, headstrong E.R Nurse, Lana McKenzie is finally piecing her life back together. Tired of dealing with seeing her ex and his new girlfriend at every turn, she longs for blissful solitude and can’t wait to enjoy a peaceful vacation alone in the mountains. However, her plans go awry when a rude stranger literally embeds himself into her life and mind.

Handsome, wealthy, and troubled, Kayden Capshaw is struggling with the death of his brother, while also trying to escape the claws of his controlling mother. In his grief, the last thing Kayden wants to deal with is the fallout from his last run in with the law. Yet, he also longs to get to know the woman now snowed in with him at the house on the hill.

The ice between them thaws every minute they spend together, and they find that they have more in common than they realize. Will they find a way to make it through, or will it all, like the snow, melt away?

Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar is proud to present the author of Crash Into Me, R.L. Jackson!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m from sunny South Florida. I enjoy unwinding by binge-watching TV and movies when I’m not writing. I’m a full-time writer at the moment.

2. Do you recall the moment you first conceived the idea for your novel?
Oh yes, I had read a few other romance novels for the first time in a long time and although I enjoyed them, I noticed a similar pattern and story plot. I wanted to try and do better and give people something a little different.

3. How different is the final product (the book) from your original vision?
It stayed on track for the most part, but there were definite moments when the story took off in different directions than I had anticipated. It makes writing that much more fun and easy, when the story just “vomits” out of you lol.

4. How did you arrive at your book’s title?
The title for “Crashing Into Me was hard fought. It was actually named several other things, but I hated them all. I thought of things that related to the story, I tried to be literal, I tried every mashup known to man that made sense and also wasn’t already taken in Amazon. Crashing Into Me, was the ultimate winner, and it really relates to the characters and story perfectly.

5. Does your story have a moral?
I guess the moral of the story would be that second chances are possible and that forgiveness of oneself is just as important when you’re seeking it from others.

6. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
I usually write out several different idea plots then outline them from beginning to end. If none jumps out, I mix and match to see if that makes sense until I have a product I like. From there as I write I let the characters dictate if the outline makes sense.

  • Do you listen to music as you write?
    I do listen to music. Either before or when I take a break and need to work out the mood of a scene with a similar song. It helps greatly.

7. What is your favorite book?
Why “Crashing Into Me” of course lol. Not only is it a tale of opposites attracting, it’s a story of people with real problems. When they’re forced to have to deal with each other, and they have to let their guards down a little but in very different ways. This opens the door for a whole lot of friction, both good and bad (wink). But nothing is ever a bed of roses, and Kayden and Lana will stumble as they learn this the hard way.

8. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
I think what ultimately makes a story good, is if it’s believable and the reader can put themselves in the characters shoes with ease. Of course being original is a plus as well.

9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write. Get up and even if you only have 10 mins, write it down. Write the story you want to read, but do your homework as much as possible on the business side of writing. The hard part my appear to be writing, but I find that the easiest of the task. It’s the marketing, advertising, and networking side that hardest work, in my opinion.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Cake or ice-cream?
Ice cream

2. Car or motorcycle?
Car

3. Ebook or physical book?
Physical

4. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis

5. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Past

6. Making a phone call or sending a text?
Call

7. Travelling by car or travelling by airplane?
Airplane

8. Losing all of your money or losing every picture you’ve ever taken and every picture that has ever been taken of you?
Pictures

9. To find true love or to win the lottery?
Wow, good question. I choose love everytime

10. Being Spider-Man for a day or being Batman for a day?
Neither, lol Mystique

11. Reading or writing?
Writing

12. Being able to speak and understand every language known to humankind or being able to speak and understand every language known to animals?
Animals i think

13. Having your car break down on an extremely busy expressway or along an abandoned road in the middle of nowhere?
Busy expressway

14. Have every day be Saturday or have every day be Christmas?
Christmas!!!

Thank you for joining us, R.L.!
Readers: want to connect with R.L.? You can find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out her author website.

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