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Hi Readers! I am so excited to kick off a new series I am beginning this month in which I will feature different Young Adult authors and their books. I love Young Adult fiction, and as many of you know I am currently working on my own YA novel. I am thrilled to have this opportunity, so without further ado please welcome fellow ACFW Member and YA author, Laura Jackson!
About Laura Jackson…
I love books—reading and writing them. As an elementary school librarian, I get to spend most of my day sharing great books with kids. After work, I write my own stories to share.
When I’m not surrounded by words, I love watching sports. I’m a huge Rockets fan, and I love the Texans.
Why do you write?
The characters would follow me around until I do. Ha! You get an idea in your head, and it’s like it lives there until you do something with it.
Why young adult fiction? What is most appealing about writing for this demographic?
I taught middle school and loved it. I love the adventure of finding out who you are, and I think the most important journey is finding out who we are in Jesus.
What are your writing rituals, if any?
Nothing that I know of. I work full time, so my writing schedule is whenever/wherever I can.
Favorite Book/Author and why?
Sold by Patricia McCormick. It’s an amazing story of one girl sold into slavery. It’s the harsh reality that there are still girls sold each day.
The best thing about being a writer?
Hearing that something you wrote impacted them. It’s amazing, and I don’t think it will ever get old.
The worst thing about being a writer?
Putting yourself out there for people’s rejection.
What tools do you/have you used to study the craft of writing?
James Scott Bell’s books on writing are great. I also read blogs. I learn best by doing, so I think actually having my work edited by someone else has been the best teacher.
Would you rather read a good book or write a good book?
Read one—less work!
Favorite literary character of all time and why?
Best time of day to write and why?
I work all day, so I write mostly at night.
Do you write by the seat of your pants, plot first, or a little bit of both?
I really want to be a plotter, but alas, I am not. In fact, right now, I’m about to hit the gym, hoping an hour on the elliptical can help me figure out what to have happen next!
What keeps you motivated?
Now that Worth the Wait is out there, reading people’s reviews/comments/messages about it keeps me going. People have been amazing, and I’m so thankful that they’re enjoying Ellie’s story.
What is your goal in writing?
I read a lot of YA, and even the best stories often leave out the most important part of life’s journey—Jesus. So, my goal is to write coming of age stories where girls find out who they are in Jesus.
Can you share a little bit about Worth the Wait?
In Worth the Wait, Lindsey is a mean girl. I wanted to know why. So, I’m telling her story, and I love her.
Self-published or traditionally published? Which is better, in your opinion?
I haven’t signed a contract on it, but since Worth the Wait is traditionally published, I hope to go the same route.
I don’t think either is better. I think they’re different, and people have to go with what works for them. I don’t have the patience or time to figure out how to self-publish, so I’ll probably stick with traditional publishing for now.
How do you balance your writing life and everything else?
It’s a balance act that I’m learning. I don’t think I have it down yet!
Any words of wisdom you would like to share with aspiring YA authors, such as myself?
Have your work edited professionally. It’s a huge help. I’ve hired Rebecca Miller a few times and loved working with her. It was worth the money to learn those lessons.
A Bible verse that encourages you in your writing?
Phil. 4:11 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 with God’s plan for me. I spend too much time thinking about how it should be instead of being grateful for how it is.
Name one thing you have learned in your growth as a writer.
I think I queried too soon. I could have learned a bit more before sending my story out there.
Connect with Laura!
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Also, be sure to leave a comment or question for Laura below! Until then, happy reading!
Yours in Messiah Yeshua,
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