About the Author
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavour, writing inspirational romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
1. How did you get started as an author? What or whom inspired you?
One day at work I borrowed a co-worker’s book. Though the first chapter hooked me, I flipped past the detailed sex scenes. That day, I became determined to write engaging stories free of sex scenes and profanity. Contrary to popular belief, lots of readers appreciate clean reads that are well written. Inspiration comes from watching anything that springs to life before my eyes. Then I can’t help but continue writing until the story is finished.
2. How many books have you written and in what genres?
A Gateway to Hope, an inspirational romance, is my first book.
3. What writing projects are you currently working on? What can you tell us about these projects?
Currently, I’m writing book two, which follow the same hope theme as A Gateway to Hope. I’m also working on an adaptation of my play, Pajama Party. The second hope-themed book will take place in a college town in Oklahoma, while the YA book is set in Missouri.
4. What does your writing process look like?
Sitting at the computer and allowing my imagination to take over. I only have an idea of how the story will play out.
5. Where is your favorite place to write?
I have yet to discover that place. Out of necessity, I write in my bedroom/office.
6. How important are the names in your novels? How do you choose names for your characters? Do you have any name resources you would suggest?
Very important. Naming the protagonist before fleshing out their character forces them to live up to my image of their name. With James Copley, I placed my fingers on the keys and typed his name. I liked the sound of Nikhol Lacey. As for resources, just my imagination.
7. What authors/novels that you enjoy would you recommend?
Of course, Jane Austen and my all-time favorite book Pride and Prejudice. Actually, I enjoy a hodgepodge of books from diverse authors ranging from Betty Neels and Agatha Christie to Louise Gouge and Julie Klassen.
8. Where is your favorite place to read and why?
Curled up on my couch. The living room is like a sanctuary. I only use it to read and entertain infrequent guest.
9. What period of history interests you the most?
10. If you could choose someone famous to star in one of your books made to a movie, who would you choose and for which character?
Maybe this will set a precedent, but I would love it if the models on the book cover were actors and could star in the movie version. Both models epitomize how I view their characters.
11. What inspired the idea for A Gateway to Hope?
It was the hope of writing an inspirational romance that chronicled real-life issues.
12. What other hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?
Since A Gateway to Hope was published, I’ve taken up book promotion on the side, but reading is my favorite way to relax.
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