What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?
I'm Jackie Young – poet, writer, and all-around creative catalyst. My first published offering is a poetry collection entitled "Love's Reparations: the Learning Curve between Heartache & Healing".
What genre do you normally write in?
I guess you could say that poetry is "home base" for me. It's truly where I found I had a "voice". Ever the overachiever, I'm also dabbling in some fiction as well as non-fiction.
Could you tell us just a little about yourself?
Hmmm…what's to tell? I'm a native Virginian, the world's most favorite Aunt, a lover of art in all forms (writing, music, painting, dance, etc.). Overall, I'd say that I'm a true lover of life, love and learning.
Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?
"Love's Reparations" is about growing through whatever barriers, pain, or fears we have to get to the best part of our relationships – be that relationship with God, self, significant other, family/friends. I like to think of it as a "deep tissue massage for the soul".
I have far too many "favorites" to single out one but I will tell you what they all have in common: definitely an engaging storyline. When I curl up to read them, I do so with highlighter in hand or pen/paper so that I can note those passages or phrases that just take me over the top. I love a story that teaches me something or challenges me. Along those lines, some of the books falling into that category would be anything by Pearl Cleage, JD Mason, Linda Dominique Grosvenor, Jenoyne Adams and of course Peggy Eldridge Love.
Where are your books available?
My books are primarily available via my website (www.jackieyoungwrites.com) and Amazon. Barnes & Noble, and Borders will order if for you if requested.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Not as fast as I'd like to be but yes. I'm actually juggling multiple writing projects right now. I'm working on a non-fiction offering that I hope to publish in December 08. I'm also trying to corral the characters for my first fiction offering for a Fall 2009 release. And of course there's more poetry on tap – I actually pushed back my publication date for my follow-up collection so hopefully we'll see that in the second quarter of 2009. You'll notice that I didn't name titles. LOL Not being cagey – it's just that my muse likes to shuffle the deck on me so I'm waiting until we're further into the writing process to "name names" so to speak.
What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?
LIVE life out loud, on purpose - dream so big, so beautiful, so bold that only God can answer.
Wow, thanks Jackie! What a pleasure!