Today on my blog is Emma S. Jackson, author of The Devil’s Bride, as well as A Mistletoe Miracle, One Kiss Before Christmas and Summer In The City.
Author of the Best Selling A Mistletoe Miracle and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, Summer In The City, was released in June, with a festive romance, One Kiss Before Christmas, due for release on 2nd November 2020.
Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. The Devil’s Bride was published by DarkStroke in February 2020.
Please tell my readers a little about yourself?
I’m 37 and live on the south coast of England with my partner and two daughters and my debut novel was released in November 2019.
What inspired you to become a writer/author?
My dad was wonderful at reading bedtime stories to me and my sister, which I would get totally lost in. Then, when I learnt how to read myself, I became a bookworm and started making up my own stories about my toys and creating little booklets from folded paper. That never really left me. Even as a teenager I wanted to write novels but I didn’t complete one until I was in my twenties. I still remember exactly when the idea for it came to me (in the bath) and I decided I was really going to set my mind to it and finish it.
What is the best thing about being a writer/author?
Getting all the stories out of my head! I don’t know if it’s a nature or nurture thing but I think writers definitely NEED to write. I get very restless and grumpy if I’ve not got a story on the go! I also, absolutely love the moment when a story “clicks” into place – usually during structural edits – and you know all the pieces are falling where they are meant to.
What is your writing routine like?
Flexible mainly! When I began writing my debut novel (the third novel I completed), I had small children and worked in naptimes and disturbed evenings. Then they got a bit older and started school and nursery, which gave me a few less exhausted hours! However, my debut year has played out against the backdrop of a global pandemic, with my kids being homeschooled while I wrote two novels under contract. Now they are both at school and the routine is changing once again! I’m realising that I will have a magical endless stretch of time (which I think most writers dream of) in order to fully concentrate! My books are written in fits and starts and squeezed in the cracks.
How much time is spent on research?
I’m a sporadic researcher so it’s very difficult to assess. I always intend on getting myself well-prepared beforehand but then I want to crack on with the writing, and inevitably things crop up that need researching, that I never knew would happen.
What do you think is most important when writing a book? Characters, plot, setting, etc
I find characters are the most important thing for me. The story comes from who they are, the goals and problems they have, and how they play out with the circumstances they find themselves in, as well as the relationships they form. As a reader, a plot could be really exciting but if I don’t care about the characters who are experiencing in, I don’t really feel that my heart is in the outcome, and that’s the angle I try to come at my own writing for.
What inspired The Devil’s Bride?
I decided to write The Devil’s Bride as a challenge to myself to write something different from the usual contemporaries that I had up until that point. It’s partly based on a ghost story I heard from my cousin in the back of a car while on a long trip during my childhood, and partly inspired by the romanticism of tragic, cursed heroes in fairytales, as well Jamaica Inn and Plunkett & Maclean and Crimson Peake, and all sorts of wonderful gothic stuff.
Any new books or plans for the future?
Definitely! I’m working on a couple of projects at the moment, contemporary fiction and fantasy, and really hope that at the beginning of next year I’ll be able to make a start on the second book in The Devil’s Bride series, which a few readers are eager for, as – warning – it is left on a little bit of a cliffhanger!
Thank you for your time, Emma!
You can purchase The Devil’s Bride on Amazon now! It’s also free for Kindle Unlimited members.
Blurb for The Devil’s Bride:
No one goes near Edburton Manor – not since the night in 1668, when demons rose from the ground to drag Lord Bookham’s new bride to a fiery death. Or so the locals say.
That’s what makes it the perfect hideout for the gang of highwaymen Jamie Lorde runs with.
Ghost stories have never frightened her. The living are a far more dangerous prospect, particularly to a woman in disguise as a man. A woman who can see spirits in a time when witches are hanged and who is working hard to gain the trust of the most ruthless, vicious man she has ever known because she intends to ruin and kill him.
But when the gang discovers Matthew, Lord Bookham’s illegitimate brother, who has been trapped by a curse at the Manor ever since the doomed wedding, all Jamie’s carefully laid plans are sent spiralling out of control.
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