INTERVIEW | Andrea Jackson

Andrea, describe yourself for our visitors.

My name is Andrea Jackson . I call myself the Paperback Diva because I love reading, as well as, writing genre paperback fiction. I grew up as an Army brat and then married an Army guy. I’ve had the opportunity to live in some interesting places in the United States as well as Europe , which gives me fodder for my writing ideas. I once had all kinds of hobbies, but I don’t seem to have time for them anymore. When I’m not writing, I spend time with friends and family, including 5 children and six grandchildren.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I wish I could say I spend time every day reading my Bible. However, I don’t have trouble finding time to connect to God. As a natural part of my regular routine, I chat, ask for help, or thank Him for my blessings during my activities all day long.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

From the third grade on, I had a book in my hand. When I reached my teen years, I began to venture into creating stories for my friends. I continued to write off and on through many years of work, marriage and family. But I did not seriously think of it as a career until, in 1992, I entered Writer’s Digest monthly contest and won. That made me believe I might actually be a real writer. I joined Romance Writers of America and learned about the business and craft of writing.

In 2002, I entered the Heart and Soul contest for the Romance Slam Jam conference. I placed third or fourth. That year an editor from Genesis Press was one of the final round judges. Almost immediately after the conference, I shot a query off to Genesis, noting my position in the Slam Jam contest. And they bought it. Bodyguard was followed by Hand in Glove and Who’s That Lady?

Tell us about your current book?

Who’s That Lady? They’ve been best friends since high school They thought they knew one another well. Then Crystal Taylor and Key Emerson stumble into an impetuous romantic encounter which makes them reassess their relationship as well as themselves. Crystal is certain that a romantic connection will ruin their friendship. But Key finds that he can’t get enough of the woman he has discovered under Crystal ‘s bland exterior. ISBN: 1-58571-190-X

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

My last two novels had been romantic suspense and I wanted to see if I could make a good story without the threat of bodily danger. J Crystal Taylor , super competent in business, insecure about her personal life, and lurking in the shadow of her glamorous friend, presented herself to me begging for a story.

List your three most recent books.

My last two books before Who’s That Lady? were Bodyguard (1-58571-235-3) and Hand in Glove (1-58571-166-7). Bodyguard is a reissue due to its popularity in the first printing.

What’s next for you?

My current project is something different once more. This one is a paranormal based on Biblical principals. How about a power crew who detect and drive out demons from building sites?

Where can visitors find you online?

Keep checking on my website www.pbdiva.com for more about my upcoming books and appearances.