Author Interview – D.L. Jackson

Here is the interview that I did with D.L. Jackson for the Howl With The Black Wolves Event.

How long have you been published?
Eight years. My first story was a short in an Anthology.

What role do you play in the Black Hills Wolves?
I have book 3 in the series, Black Hills Desperado

As you know the lovely Rebecca Royce is the sole reason why this event is taking place so if you had to describe her to new readers in 3 words what would they be?
Smart. Talented. Dedicated.

Finding the right targeted audience can be a difficult task so what do you find to be the biggest advantage with online marketing?
The ability to get your book in front of a large audience. Individual signings in person do give you a one-on-one ability to meet readers, but online you have a far greater reach and ability to meet more readers. It’s infinite.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming release of Wolf’s Return?
This series has been two years in the making and Rebecca and Heather have worked hard to get it ready. The launch is exciting. Nice to see all the hard word come to fruit with this spectacular new world. Hats off to the creators.

What is one thing that you want fans to know about the Black Hills Wolves?
I think they will be pleasantly surprised at the variety in this series, as well as the authors who are writing for it. There are some great authors involved and it’s a lot of fun.

Of all the books that Rebecca Royce has written or cowritten with others which is your favorite and why?  
Rebecca Royce is known for her shifters. I really, truly, love anything she writes and would have a hard time picking just one. That being said, I like her YA Warriors series, but really, I don’t want to choose. I’ll just say Google her Amazon or Nook books and start at the top and start working your way down. You won’t find a bad one in the bunch.

Are you currently working on a new project that you would like to share with us?
I’m always working on a new project. LOL. I have just recently contracted a Beyond Fairytales book based on The Singing Bones by Brothers Grimm. I’m also working on the second book in the Black Hills Wolves series, which has Xan or Xander, Xio’s brother.

Are you self published or with a traditional publisher and what do you find to be the pros and cons of each?
Both. Pros, working with a traditional publisher is cheaper than launching yourself and the imprint can actually help sell books. There are readers that buy from certain imprints because of their names. However, self-publication gives your freedom a traditional publisher’s contract doesn’t. I find when I have a round book that won’t fit in a square hole, it’s better to self publish. There are some fantastic cover artists and editors that work with self-pubbed authors, like Wizards in Publishing. So it’s possible to turn out a highly-polished story that is just as good as a book from a traditional publisher.

What was one of your New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I have ongoing goals I strive to meet all the time. It’s not something I say I will do every year, but something I continually strive to meet and have been working on for years. Eight years ago it was to get published in e-book, then print. Now I’m working toward my best-seller, or getting an agent to represent me. Baby steps with an eye on the prize. Overall, I want to turn out the best books I can for my readers. I listen and adjust my goals to what they want. Right now they want bigger books and I have been working on them. Hopefully soon I will be delivering on that.

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