Author Interview – Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages forty-three and forty-one, respectively. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has written over 100 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment as well as the movie, Truly Everlasting by her own film company; and A Brother’s Honor by Passionflix. She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread; and was named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012. In 2020 she formed a partnership with Hollywood’s Bobby Smith, Jr (Jason Lyric’s fame) to bring more of her books to the movie screen.

What inspire you to write a book?

I love writing romance stories. I get these characters in my head with a beautiful love story that I want to share with others.

Do you write full time? if yes, is it tiring to write day in day out?

I write full time, but I don’t consider it a job. It’s my fun time. Writing relaxes me because I am in the world of my characters.

Which of the book that the story plot touches you the most and
the hardest for you to let go?

I love young love plots where the hero and heroine were high school sweethearts, being reunited, and I also the plots dealing with deathbed promises.

Do you read other author’s book specifically from the same industry as you?

Usually, I don’t have time because when I finish one book then I start another. During the breaks from my writing I’m trying to catch up on housework. Then I try catching up on movies I missed. I have so many books to be read. This year I started doing a book a week where I go to the beach or someplace quiet one day a week with a book. I usually listen via audio.

Which part of the writing process that you find it hardest to go
thru i.e. from writing to the published book?

The dreaded synopsis because by the time I finished the book, it has changed from what I said it would be. I don’t do outlines, I write from my head. My thoughts changes while writing the book.

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