Vina Jackson is a collaboration between two London writers, one an award-winning author and publishing insider and the other a City professional. They met at a conference and found they share similar tastes and obsessions and were surprised to discover how well they work together. It just keeps on getting better, although they both continue to write on the side under their own names.
1.What got you into writing? Both of us have written as far back as we remember. We love books, reading, telling stories, so writing became in a way self-evident
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? One of us wakes up at 6.30 am and invariably writes until 11 or midday, day in and day out, while the other mostly writes in evenings and weekends or when deadline looms whenever possible
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? The answer is NO for both of us.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? Our novels are carefully planned and plotted as all have sold to publishers before they were actually written so we had to propose something, but we improvise a fair bit along the way and change things. Short stories have more of an improvisatory feel.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors? Everything we have written has quickly sold to publishers via our agent (one of us worked for many years in book publishing and has published a lot under real name and writes full-time while other had already published a small book and several stories before the birth of VJ). Only advice re. writing is don’t talk about it and just write.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Getting into the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller list on numerous occasions, as well as German and frequent overseas ones.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? MISTRESS OF NIGHT AND DAWN is an erotic extravaganza and an attempt to move beyond the 80 DAYS series and reach a larger readership. It’s romantic, kinky, historical and supernatural.
8.Do you have a writing place/space? Our studies and sometimes bed or sofa or hotel rooms.
9.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? Not a thought that’s ever occurred, sorry
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? We just hope they enjoy our books as we try to make them as exciting and varied as possible.