Friday, January 9, 2015

Interview with Huston Author Laura Jackson

Hi Laura, Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft. Is there a story behind your book Worth the Time?
When I wrote the first book in the series, Worth the Wait, I needed a mean girl, and Lindsey fit the description perfectly. When I finished writing the book, I realized I wanted to know why Lindsey was so angry and hateful, so I wrote her story.

Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I read across the board. I’m a school librarian, so I read a lot of genres for work, and that carries over when I get home. I’m a huge fan of Susan May Warren. Her latest series about the Christiansen family is fantastic. I also enjoy romantic suspense, thriller, chick lit, etc. My favorite genre is YA though.

Question: What is your favorite season of the year? 
Since I work at an elementary school, I like summer because I’m off and can focus on my writing. But, I like winter best. I love cold weather, bare trees, and jackets.

Question: What do you like most about the area where you live?
I live in a suburb of Houston, and it’s great. I can go into the city whenever I want, but I’m also in a quiet neighborhood when the hustle and bustle of a city is too much.

Question: Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Folding clothes. Why is it so hard to put stuff on hangers? It’s a much smaller task than cleaning the bathroom, but I’d rather scrub the bathtub than hang up clean clothes.

Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Boston is my favorite city. I love the rich history that is at every corner. I set part of Worth the Time there just so I could look through my old pictures again.

Question: What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I love this crockpot chicken recipe. I cook it a few times a month for lunch.
1-1.25 pounds of chicken. I usually add a little Tony’s, garlic, and onion.
1 large can of black beans
1 large can of Rotel
1 block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Throw it all in the crockpot in the morning, and it’s ready for dinner. Add corn at the end.

Sometimes we eat it over rice and on a tortilla. Sometimes I eat it like a stew.

Thanks for sharing! Sounds yummy. I will have to try it sometime.

Question: When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m working on a stand-alone book about a girl named MJ. She’s always lived in the shadow of her best friend, but when tragedy strikes, she’ll have to learn who she is on her own.

Readers: you can purchase the book on Amazon:
Or have your local library order it in for you!

Laura Jackson is giving away a copy of Worth The Time. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

5 comments:

cjajsmommy said...

I love the idea of exploring why the mean girl is the way she is. I haven't read your previous book but at this point I think I want to read it also.

Deanna Stevens said...

Enjoyed meeting you today. That crockpot meal sounds like a keeper. Going to try that.. dkstevensneAT outlook DoTcoM

Laura Pol said...

That's so cool your a school librarian! I bet the kids think your cool, especially with having your own novel published (I know I would)! That recipe sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! :)
Sylvesternator AT yahoo DOT com

Linda Kish said...

I always hang my clothes as soon as they are out of the dryer. The laundry isn't done til it's put away. Goes quick for me. Bathroom, not so much.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...


I enjoyed this post Sharon. Thanks for having Laura.
Thanks Laura for the recipe. Sounds good and easy.
Thanks also to both of you for this chance to win
this book. Wishing both of you a very happy new Year. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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