Monday, May 12, 2014

Featured author: Victoria Warren Jackson

Untraditional Love In The Dark is a romance novel by Victoria Warren Jackson. I'm happy to be part of her blog tour today with Pump Up Your Book.

About the book:

Samantha wants to have it all. She has a successful business, a wonderful family, and a one-of-a kind best friend. The only thing missing is a man who loves her. On the rebound, and in search of love, Samantha marries Isaiah. He is a dream come true until his secret turns the marriage into a nightmare. Will Samantha survive after she tries to end it all?

Other books by Victoria Jackson

Not Just Us
Can You Feel Me?: Intimate Poetry

Interview with Victoria Warren Jackson

Victoria, how long have you been writing, and how did you start?

I started writing was I was a young girl. I was an avid reader. I wanted to put try out writing my own material. I was in elementary school when I wrote a short story but never finished the ending. I then went on to write poetry in high school, which my English Teacher included in a poetry book.

How do you get to know your characters?

I do an outline to develop my characters. I daydream about my characters. I even dream about my characters until they come to life.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?

I enjoyed writing about Samantha the most because I could relate to her desire to be loved.

What would your main character say about you?

My main character would describe me as a caring person.

With which of your characters would you most like to be stuck in a bookstore?

I would like to be stuck in a bookstore with Isaiah. I would ask him many questions about his secret life.

Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.

My favorite scene in the book is when Samantha finally catches Isaiah in the act. She can no longer deny her suspensions.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

"My Funny Valentine" by Chaka Khan.

Who are your favorite authors?

Maya Angelou, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Stephen King, and Jackie Collins.

Do you have a routine for writing?

I only like to write early in the morning or late at night. I prefer it to be dark and quiet.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I prefer to write at home.

Where’s home for you?


If you could only keep one book, what would it be?

The Bible.

Pretend you’re leaving your country for a year. What’s the last meal (or food) you would want to have before leaving?

Extra cheese pizza.

You’re given the day off, and you can do anything but write. What would you do?

Watch Lifetime Movie Network.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I received all rejection letters from the big publishing houses. I was not going to let it ruin my dreams.

Are you happy with your decision to self-publish?

I am happy I decided to self-publish. If I had not self-published my books, they would still be in my file cabinet. I started by purchasing the book by Dan Poynter. I followed all of his suggestions. I then contacted Kimberla Lawson Roby who gave me some advice. I met with local authors. I did lots of Internet research. I made many phone calls asking for help. It was not easy. Some days were very discouraging.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I am an extreme couponer for fun. I love the challenge. It gets very intense.

What are you working on now?

A fiction novel.

About the author:

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.

Connect with Victoria:
Website | Goodreads | Twitter 

Buy the book:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble