Guest Author Interview – K. M. Jackson

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Title: To Me I Wed (Unconventional Brides Romance series)

Genre: African American Romance

Synopsis: Have your cake—and true love too…Nightmare bridesmaids’ dresses, tasteless fondant icing, budget-busting wedding expenses—some women just aren’t about it. They’ll laugh off tradition, make their own rules—and find the most outrageous ways possible to flip wedding day lockstep into true love.

She’s done, finished, had it. Between her family’s expectations and being always-a-bridesmaid, Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. She’s happy with her life—and tired of being burned by “nice guys” who demand she fit their dreams. So she’s going to settle the issue once and for all: by marrying herself. And celebrated chef Vincent Caro’s fabulous restaurant is the perfect place for a big-time, blow-out, not-hearing-it-any-more wedding. Lily doesn’t care if everyone—including Vincent—thinks she’s crazy. Especially when his mouth-watering talent and no-commitments style ignites one sizzling, no-strings fling, or two…or more.

But no matter how hard they try to keep things light, their relationship keeps getting hotter. The more Vincent helps Lily tackle unexpected trouble, the more he finds she might be everything he’s ever wanted. Can she afford to forget caution and finally let go? And can they both take a risk to discover if what they have is meant to last long after the dessert course?

K. M. Jackson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is K. M. Jackson. A few years ago, She took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer because she felt that we needed diverse romance. Welcome to my blog, K. M.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

KM J: First thank you so much for having me here and thank you to your readers for joining us. Now, wow, 20 words or less… here goes… Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. So she’s settling the issue by marrying herself.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

 KM J: My story ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. I can listen to a song on the radio and it can spark a story idea or a news story can bring on an idea. The funny way I got the idea for Insert Groom Here, book 1 in my Unconventional Bride Series is that I first heard my then pastor say those words during a sermon and I thought it would be a great book title, so I developed a story around it.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

 KM J: For me no story is standard. They all have lives of their own. If they were standard they would be pretty dull. I don’t always get the whole concept but a grain of an idea and then I build off that. Ultimately though, the characters take the story where it wants to go.

CH: This idea is different—marrying yourself. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

KM J: For To Me I Wed, book 2, I got the idea from an internet article I read about a woman who threw a wedding for herself and I was intrigued. With a bit of research I found out she wasn’t the only one.

CH: When you start a new story, do you have a title for it? Or does the story trigger the title?

 KM J: Both. Sometimes the title comes first, as it did with Insert Groom Here and sometimes the story comes first. With traditional publishing, you don’t get to always keep your working title, so you do have to be flexible.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your romance writing style?

KM J: I like to think my voice is what sets me apart. I tend to let my characters go and say pretty much exactly what they are thinking on the page. I also don’t go for heroines who are perfect, because I’ve yet to meet those type of women in real life, so I like to show women who are us as we are or like the friends we’d like to hang out with.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

KM J: Now, this is so hard. It’s like picking your favorite child and as a mother of twins I don’t like to choose favorites. I will say I loved writing Lily Perry in To Me I Wed. She’s so take charge but also vulnerable and shows it. I like that about her. But mostly my favorite character to write is the one I just finished writing. LOL

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

KM J: That’s easy. The hardest is always the one I’m currently writing.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, do readers need to read the first book in the series?

KM J: It’s always nice if readers do read the books that came before because I have other characters who make cameo appearances, but it’s not necessary because the stories are of new couples falling in love, so they can stand alone.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

KM J: Yes, love can come at you in unexpected ways when you least expect it. Just be open.

CH: What other genre that you haven’t written in would you like to write a book?

KM J: That would probably be historical or mystery. I enjoy reading those genres.

CH: If you could work with any romance author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

KM J: Gosh this is so hard. There are so many authors I admire. I was lucky enough to be in a holiday anthology called Holiday Temptation with Farrah Rochon and Donna Hill and that was such a thrill for me. I’d love to work with either of these women again.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

KM J: For me, I admire any writer that sits in the chair and gets the work done. Writing is a tough job and you don’t know how hard until you make the commitment to sit down and actually do it. I tip my hat to those that persevere and don’t give up because it’s truly not for the faint of heart.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

KM J: My journey is quite a long one. But the short story is I started writing seriously when I left my job as a fashion designer to be home with my twins after losing our sitter. It took many years and more rejections than I cared to count to finally get picked up by a small digital and POD publisher. I, ultimately, parted ways with that publisher and self-published my work and one of my self-pubbed books, Bounce won a Golden Leaf Award from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America, which helped me get my foot in the door with my traditional publisher Kensington Books. My story is definitely not one of overnight success.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

KM J: At this time, To Me I Wed Book 2 in the Unconventional Brides series is coming out on April 25th and up for pre-orders now! Yay! The third book in that series The Betting Vow will be released in September.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

KMJ: I can be found on the web and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor/

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?  

KM J: My Unconventional Brides Series is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Kensington or wherever books are sold.

CH: How to Find K. M. Jackson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

KM J: Once again thank you so much for having me. It has been an honor to be here and meet your readers. Happy Reading everyone!

CH: Thank you so much, K. M. Jackson, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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