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Here’s a unique way RG2E Featured Author KJ Jackson stays inspired to keep typing away…
Take it away, KJ…
Hi and thanks for having me today, D.D. I’m excited to be here today and talk about writing and my new book, Flame Moon!
After a 10 year hiatus from writing to build a house (yes, with my own hands — I can respectably tile and hammer and mud), work, and birth two fantastic kids, I’ve been jazzed to get my fingers back on the keyboard. And with it, Flame Moon, is my latest production. More on that further down.
A friend asked the other day what I do while writing (aside from the laundry, of course). She really meant, what music do I listen to, what inspires me while I’m typing away? And although I have some fine playlists on Spotify — some that are more than necessary to get me in the mood — I’m also a Gen Xer who grew up with the tv on all the time. I like to have someone in the room with me, even if they’re a fifth my size and two dimensional.
To that end, the surprising (at least to her) answer to the question was: I stumbled across the PBS series, Ken Burns: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea on Netflix around the same time I started Flame Moon. I needed something on that I could tune in and out of, but still have some beautiful scenery going on.
I think I’ve had the whole six-part, twelve-hour series on while writing about thirty times now. Flame Moon is set in the mountains (I originally envisioned the mountains in the San Luis Valley — where the Great Sand Dunes, a sparse, but beautiful part of the country). And drawing inspiration from the scenery in the Ken Burns series was easy, it is a breathtaking — these are our National Parks, after all — but in the series, the stories of the real people that fought, dreamed, created, and saved the land are even more impressive.
I could go into the lofty-ness of how untamed nature can help our souls, as it is a theme in Flame Moon, but what I have to say would just be embarrassing when compared to the eloquence of the people interviewed in the series, so I’ll refrain.
The one thing that particularly struck me in the series was the comment that if you grew up in the United States, at some point you’ve most likely stepped into a National Park, whether road tripping with your family or on a school field trip. It is something that binds us as Americans. Amazing. So of course, that night (cue the gently waving stars and stripes and pipe in America the Beautiful here) I told the family we were headed on a road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. And we did, and it turned out like all fine road trips — hot, sticky, and wonderful. Oh, and I finished Flame Moon.
But the parallel that this draws for me, is the other things that bind us as human beings. Aside from our National Parks, what else do we all get to experience? I can think of no other thing that has stood the test of time like the human need to tell and hear good stories.
Sure, there are other things, like the need for food, water, shelter, and love (and sex). But after those things are taken care of, what do people do around the campfire? Tell stories. Real-life, fiction — doesn’t matter — it’s innate in us and how we function as communities. It is something that binds us. And I couldn’t be happier, and think it’s pretty cool, to be able to contribute my own little piece of that to the story-lovers, as I am one too.
So my latest story for your campfire:
A fantasy romance, full of action, mystery, some pretty fun supernatural powers, and most importantly, heart.
The back cover blurb:
Skye Walters thought waking up on the side of a river with no memory was her biggest problem. She had no idea that the man who had saved her from drowning, the man she now depended on, Aiden, was more than mere mortal. A warrior of ancient.
No memory, nowhere to go, Skye stays in the mountain town, only to discover she herself, has unexplained powers. Her life, her destiny, are soon out of her control, as are her feelings for Aiden. The deeper Skye gets sucked into Aiden’s hidden world, the more the past, and who she really is, threatens her future, her love, her sanity.
So RG2E readers, what is your favorite humanity binding experience? That flash of freak-out when you pass a cop going ten miles over the limit? Stinky feet? I know you have one!
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/K_J_Jackson (@K_J_Jackson)
Happy reading — hope you enjoy! And thanks again D.D.!
Thanks sooo very much for sharing this fascinating source of inspiration, KJ, and for treating a bunch of RG2E Peeps to an Ebook Gift Copy of Flame Moon! U rock!!!
The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder