Today I had the pleasure of interviewing I. D. Jackson, the author of Deadly Determination and Dead Charming. He is currently working on his next novel, so if you haven’t read his books yet, now is the time to catch up!
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I began writing as a child. Whenever we had people around my parents would wheel me out as the ‘party trick’ and ask their friends to come up with a character and a situation and I would be expected to create a fascinating story on the spot…I was about 6 they tell me! My first books were adventure stories written when I was about 10 and passed among my friends and family – unfortunately none survive, but I can still see and ‘feel’ them in my mind…. yes, I’m strange!
Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?
A: You know what I don’t, but probably should. Psychology and human nature fires my imagination to write.
Q: Tell me about your books Deadly Determination and Dead Charming. What were the original ideas behind them?
A: My interests lie in psychology and I’ve always been fascinated how seemingly normal people can be affected by an event or perhaps another person in their lives which then drives them on to commit heinous crimes. A germ of a story began emerging in my mind that eventually went on to become my first novel, Dead Charming which was greeted with critical acclaim. Deadly Determination is the second book (not a sequel) and carries through these themes. Both novels are crime thrillers with a twist that will take the readers breath away.
Q: How much ‘grunt work’ went on behind the scenes of writing your novel?
A: Many hours of research as well as interviews with detectives, coroners and some criminals – fascinating stuff.
Q: You have written articles for magazines such as Concept and Style Guide. How is this process different than that of writing a book?
A: When I wrote for magazines and newspapers it was a job to be completed, whereas now I get to write about things I’m interested in – thrilling crime!
Q: Did your days as a local magazine and sports program publisher help you in your quest to publish your novels?
A: Surprisingly not – the contacts I have through publishing magazines are completely different to novel writing and literary agents – like chalk and cheese really.
Q: What is some advice that you wish you had received when you began writing?
A: Start pitching your book as soon as you’ve written the first three chapters and have a tight synopsis ready for the rest – literary agents and publishers only want to see the first three chapters anyway and will base their decision on your writing style and the synopsis of the book.
Q: How has becoming a published author changed your life? Has it always been your goal?
A: My life hasn’t particularly changed as such. I love the fact that I have two books in print, but it wasn’t one of my ambitions as a young man.
Q: You got married to your wife, Susie, not to long ago. Has she read your books? Does she like them?
A: Yes, she has. She helps me as I go through reading chapters and commenting on characters and plot-lines. I think she enjoys the creative process and she says she likes the books…but then she has to really!
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: Labels are dangerous and anyone can work to improve their psychological imbalances, however severe they are. I believe in redemption for everyone when they are ready and I hope that readers identify with, and even feel sympathy for, some of my darker characters.
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