Today’s guest is Victoria Jackson. She’s here to talk about her novel, Untraditional Love in the Dark…
It has been a long time since Samantha has felt loved by a man. For now, she just wants to be left alone. She continues to live a lonely life, but an early morning visit to the beach changes everything. Her future husband, Isaiah, enters the picture.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Victoria Warren Jackson. I have a good life. I am an author and teacher. I have been a teacher for almost twenty years. I love working with children. I also love to write poems and fiction novels. I am a member of the South Florida Writers Association. I participate frequently in poetry reading events. I love to interact with authors and readers. I live in Florida with my husband.
When did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was a little girl in elementary school. I recall writing a short story about a girl who lived on a farm who was being molested. I never finished the story because I did not know what to write in the ending. I was not familiar with plot development. I did continue to write as a teenager. Some of my poems were published in a book written by my high school English Teacher. I did some writing in college, as well, although my professors did not think I was very good at writing. In my adult life, I never lost track of my love to write. Thus, I decided to self-publish three of my poets, which include two fiction novels and a poetry book.
Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
My writing process is a simple as can be. I start by doing an outline on a sheet of paper. I jot down ideas about my characters. I answer the 6 Reporter’s Questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? I like to determine early on what the resolution will be in the book. While writing, I make changes as I go along. It all depends on how I am feeling about the work when I re-read the pages. I do not typically go to the computer until I have written my book in a Composition Journal or on College Rule Paper. I do like to get several eyes to read and edit my work. Some of my experiences in the past have not been successful with persons proclaiming to be editors, so I am now very cautious. In the past, the same person who created my cover pages recommended someone to typeset my work. I did all of the other work such as contacting the printer, paying fees, marketing, and promotion.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
My most recent release is the romance novel, Untraditional Love In The Dark. I purposely capitalized the “I” and “T” in the title of the book although I know this defies grammar rules. It is just something I wanted to do because the book is my baby.
Untraditional Love In The Dark is a romance novel about an educated woman who wants so desperately to find love. Her life is perfect except the fact she is a magnet for losers. Eventually, Samantha meets a charming man who she marries. The marriage is bliss in the beginning until she senses Isaiah is keeping secrets. Before it is all over, Isaiah turns from a knight into a monster. He is verbally and physically abusive. He is a liar, and the worst of all, he wants the best of both worlds. The discovery of his secret pushes Samantha to the brink of death. The most important lesson comes to Samantha when she finally realizes self-love is first.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I got the idea for the book after watching a television talk show, and an author was talking about his book, which discusses men on the Down-Low. I had never heard of the term Down-Low, but I had heard about many women who unknowingly married men who are either gay or bisexual. These men never told the women they were interested in the same sex. For many reasons, men still get married although they are gay or bisexual. I felt it would be fun writing a book discussing this topic.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Samantha is my favorite character because I can relate to her struggles finding the right man.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
The most challenging aspect of writing my book was typing the manuscript. I had a difficult time transferring the written information to the computer. I guess I was just exhausted with the story by the time I needed to type the manuscript.
Which authors have inspired your writing?
Maya Angelou, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Stephen King
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a novel. I am also focusing more on marketing and promotion of my book.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Keep writing, and do not give up. Start by connecting with local authors. Do your research, and purchase manuals to assist you. Be cautious of people who proclaim to be editors and cover designers. Be sure to set aside a working budget for all stages of the publication process. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and motivate you to keep going. And most of all, be your biggest fan.
About the Author:
Victoria Warren Jackson was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. She was raised in Milledgeville, Georgiaand Miami, Florida and attended Miami Norland Senior High School. She distinguished herself as an excellent student in high school and received numerous honors.
After graduating from high school, Victoria earned an Associate in Arts Degree in Broadcasting Journalism from Miami Dade College. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Oakwood University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Victoria is FCCPC Certified and has a CDA National.
Victoria has been an educator for sixteen years and began writing her first novel while teaching middle grade students. Victoria soon realized that writing is therapy and continues to write daily. She is the author of three books, Can You Feel Me? Intimate Poetry, Not Just Us, and Untraditional Love In The Dark.
Victoria is passionate about helping children become their best. She remains busy writing, teaching full-time, and volunteering in her community.
Victoria currently lives in Florida.