Grab your beverage of choice (Mimosas for me, of course!), roll up to or flip open a screen and let some talented writers talk to you about their writing process.
We’re revisiting the interview I did with the fabulous Brenda Jackson. Ms. Jackson recieved some incredible news this week!
Warner Brothers partnered with her to release Truly Everlasting – The Movie in stores and to television! The DVD hit stores yesterday, including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and wherever DVDs are sold. An announcement is forthcoming as to when Truly Everlasting – The Movie will make its television debut and on which network(s). Ms. Jackson thanked her readers who’d already purchased the DVD. Warner Brothers interest in the movie was peaked due to the huge DVD sales for an independent film.
That’s worthy of another look, don’t you think?
This week the line is out the door, around the corner and down the block: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson is in the spotlight!
Brenda is the award winning author of over 90 books, including her popular Westmoreland and Madaris family novels. She has received many awards, most recently the 2012 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. With over 3 million books in print, Brenda’s fans span the globe and even join her on an annual reader’s cruise. It’s no wonder tonight is standing room only (SRO). So let me get out of the way and cede the stage, stool and microphone to Brenda:
1. Have you always written stories?
Yes, I began writing short, innocent love stories for my classmates when I was 14 years old.
I began writing for fun in the late 80s, and submitted my novel in early nineties, and my first book was published in 1995.
When I began writing, traditional book was the way to go. No one had heard of e-pub. As far as indie, I didn’t have the upfront money required.
Normally, I write everyday for at least 8 hours. I split the hours into groups of 4 hrs each and aim for 5 – 6 pages per group or 10 – 12 pages a day. Writing relaxes me so I tend to put in more than the 8 hours.
No writers’ block. I found I can get writers block when I try making my people do something they don’t want to. My stories are character-driven versus plot driven, so I am close to my characters.
Writing the scene where my hero and hero discovers they have fallen in love. I also love researching the setting of a story.
8. Where were you when you got “The Call?”
Not to look at things through rose colored glasses. In this business, know who your true friends are. Everyone who smiles and say they are truly happy for your success, really aren’t.
Normally, I do drink champagne at weddings on occasion.
Beverly Jenkins, Nora Roberts, Lori Foster, Stephanie Laurens