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When I first created this blog, I promised to review books, have giveaways, and interview… well anyone. Thus far, I have done 2 out of 3. This is the third. I have decided to create a new type of post. I will now be doing Author Spotlights every month. Some will be accompanied with interviews, some will not. And without further ado, the author spotlight for the month of November is Jackson Pearce.

Jackson is the author of the previously reviewed here Sisters Red, As You Wish, and the upcoming Sweetly. I met Jackson at the Decatur Book Festival in September, and she instantly became one of my favorite on-Twitter/off-Twitter personalities. If you ever get the chance to meet her, go for it. She’s great. Through the efforts of my girlfriend Amy, I was given a short interview with Jackson where we discuss everything from Sisters Red‘s inspiration to the “#DamnHistoricalNovel” Jackson has been tweeting about for weeks. The interview is at the end of this post.

You can find Jackson on Twitter (regularly) at @JacksonPearce, on her website, and you can find all of her books on Amazon.

1) What inspired you to write a modern day twist on Little Red Riding Hood?
Red Riding Hood is SUCH a symbolic story– I felt like it was so easily mined for new ideas. I wanted to paint Red as the hero, not the victim– after all, in many versions of the story, she and her grandmother end up killing the wolf after being attacked. That’s my characters in the simplest form– they were attacked, and instead of falling victim they decided to learn from it and fight back.

2) Is the relationship between Rosie and Scarlett based off of the relationship you have with your sister? (Or other siblings?)
Vaguely– my sister and I didn’t get along growing up, and it wasn’t until we learned to understand and accept one another as individuals that we were able to get along as sisters. Scarlett and Rosie go through a similar process in SISTERS RED.

3) What was the most difficult part of writing Sister’s Red?

The “chain of evidence”– the voices came very naturally to me, but working out when the characters and readers discovered information was hard!

4) How did you find the perfect balance between romance and action?
I’m not sure– I think that’s just the way the story worked out. It wasn’t an intentional decision, I’m certain.

5) Did you follow a certain process when writing the book?

I LOVE to outline. I outline everything. I start with a single note of a story idea, and then fill up a legal pad with additional ideas and characters. Sometimes the story never makes it off the legal pad and withers, but usually I end up with so many notes that I transfer them to the computer, and eventually I have a first draft or, in the very least, a detailed outline.

6) What can you tell us about the “Damn Historical Novel” that we’ve seen you tweeting about?
Not very much! It’s a historical fantasy and it involves Mark Twain. I’m keeping it a secret for now. 🙂

If you have any recommendations for author spotlights for the coming months, leave them in the comments.

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