Thank you for being with us here at the Barn Door Book Loft, today, Jackie
Is there a story behind your book An Irish Heart?
I’ve always thought of Ireland as a beautiful, intriguing place and wanted to write a story that took place there. As the idea for a plot line and characters came to mind, I was thrilled. Writing the story was almost like being there and tagging along for the adventure.
Question: What started you on your writing journey?
I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a writer. When I was in grade school, I remember holding one of my mother’s paperback books and telling her that when I grew up I wanted to write books.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Aedan O’Riain interested me the most. I enjoyed trying to duplicate the Irish speech pattern and learning their fun, unusual words.
Question: If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
Georgia O’Keefe. I love her use of color in her paintings and the simplicity of design. She conveys a mood or feeling which the viewer of her painting can instantly sense.
Question: What is your strangest habit? (you pick which one—just something to have fun with and show some personality.)
If a thought strikes me when I’m away from my computer, I write the ideas down on bright post-it notes and save them in my purse. Some always try to escape when I take out my billfold at the store. At home, the notes end up in a box. Funny thing though – I rarely look at them again after I write them.
Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
It’s a toss-up, but if I had to choose, it would be fall. I love the crisp air, fall colors, and pumpkins, gourds, and apples.
Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to.” Eph. 2:10
I keep this verse on my desk. It keeps me going as a writer along with anything else that I can do.
What is your motivation for writing?
I want my writing to be stepping stones, leading to a discovery of God’s love. It’s my hope and prayer that people who aren’t Christian could experience a yearning to know God through reading the stories. And those who are Christian could enjoy a fun, entertaining read.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
A Chance Mistake will come out in late summer.
By the flip of a coin, famous horror writer, Kory Slate, travels to Wales to get some rest and relaxation. His last bestseller has left him freaked out and he feels like he’s being followed. He meets Dafina, a bookstore clerk, and becomes entangled (humorously) in her family drama. This book is also a Christian Romantic Comedy but tends to have more suspense. The take-away of the story is finding healing/forgiveness for one’s past and hope for the future.
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Jackie Zack is giving away a copy of her novel An Irish Heart.
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