Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Texas Author Laura Jackson

Welcome to the Book Loft, Laura! We'd love to hear the story behind your book Worth the Wait.

I was writing another story, and the character of Ellie popped in my head. I kept writing the other story, but I couldn’t get Ellie out of my head. I sat down to write for Nano (National Novel Writing Month) November of 2012, and her story just flowed. I’m in a time of waiting on the Lord, and I think it’s a real struggle for Christians, no matter the age or circumstances. But, as Ellie learns, God’s plan is always worth the wait.

What started you on your writing journey?

I used to write with my students when I taught 7th grade language arts. When I became a librarian, I missed writing. My dad was battling cancer, and my sister and I would take turns hanging out with him so that my mom would go to church. I would sit by him while he slept, and I started writing, wanting to create a happy ending since I knew my dad wasn’t going to get one.
**I know his going home to be with Jesus is the happiest ending of all, but it doesn’t feel that way when you’re watching someone you love slowly die.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

The internet. I can start going to google to “research” something and then look up three hours later, full of useless information.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 

I love YA. I’m a school librarian, so I read a lot of children’s books too. I also love Christian suspense, historical fiction, chick lit. Okay, I like pretty much anything!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?

In Worth the Wait, there’s this mean girl Lindsey. When I finished, I realized I wanted to know what made her tick…why she was so angry and hateful. So, I’m almost finished writing her story. I actually like her now.

Let's have some fun. If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

It would be a blend of country, rock n’ roll, and praise and worship.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

I work with elementary kids, and they crack me up every day. From one telling me she wants to be a turtle when she grows up to another who tells me how much he enjoys the activities we do in the library. I love to see their excitement for reading books—inspires me to write.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

I love winter. Here in Texas, I can often still wear flip flops during winter, which is disappointing. I love trees, and seeing them in winter, strong even in harsh weather, encourages me.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Hanging up the clothes after they come out of the dryer. I have a hard time doing it for just me….can’t imagine having a husband and kids!

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

Boston is my favorite city. Walking around the city, you can just feel the history in the air. Even their Walgreens is a beautiful building.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

I love water and trees. I’m not a beach person. I love just driving by the lake near my house. I live in an area with a lot of trees, and many streets are enclosed by trees, making it a peaceful drive to clear my head.

Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
Philippians 4:11
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

I want to be content no matter where God has me and despite my surroundings and circumstances.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I’m working on a book about a girl named Lindsey. In Worth the Wait, she’s the mean girl. When I finished, I wondered what made her so hateful. I have to say I’m enjoying writing about the mean girl, tearing down the walls she’s built to guard herself. 

Thanks for sharing with us today!

Connect with Laura Jackson at:

Instagram: Ljack80

Laura Jackson is giving away a copy of Worth The Wait. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Abbi Hart said...

Great interview! I had the amazing opportunity to review an e-copy ARC of this book and I absolutely loved it! I love the idea of getting to see what is behind Lindsey and what makes her act the way she does! Can't wait to read more from Laura!

Deborah Bates Cavitt said...

Hi fellow Texan. Your book I know I've been for it.

Laura Jackson said...

Thanks so much for interviewing me!

Abbi Hart said...

Sorry forgot my email!

sm said...

WORTH THE WAIT certainly sounds good, especially for those waiting for God's best partner for them.
I also am distracted by the internet, FB, Emails, and searches. Where does the time go?!
sharon m wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

Great interview. Loved learning a little bit about what makes Laura tick. pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview and would love to win this book. Sounds like a good read. Sounds like the book about Laura will be a good one also. Sometimes we would be surprised what makes a person bitter in life. Thanks for giving us a chance to win your book. I live in Texas also. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

would love a chance! mandn(at)wisper(dash)wireless(dot)com

Boos Mum said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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