by Jackson D'Lynne
Before I ever set foot in my aunt’s bedroom, I knew writing was my passion. By the time I reached high school, I’d written hundreds of short stories, poems, and journal entries. Much of what I’d written was garbage (hey, I was in elementary school), but it started the fire that caught at the kindling that grew into the bon fire it is today.
My passion is writing, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Thankfully, my skills and talents are congruous with my passion, which means I get to write and people will pay me to read it! At least that’s what I hope happens.
As an avid reader (I think I read at least half of the books in my aunt’s bedroom in a single year), I know what I like; I know what makes me happy, what makes me angry, and I know what I want to write.
I want to write whatever the hell I want to write. My Muse doesn’t like to cram all her creative juices into a single genre. I’ve written Christian Fiction and Time-Travel, Paranormal Romance. I also have outlines and story blurbs for YA thrillers, romantic suspense, adult thrillers, women’s fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance littering my office.
My first romance novel, THE DIVA AND THE DUKE, took almost four years to write. During that time, I birthed three kids, bought a house, ran a small copywriting business, and lived and breathed excuses not to write.
Eventually, my Muse convinced me to finish the damn book, and so I did. I published The Diva and the Duke in June 2014. The Diva and Duke is a time-travel novel. It takes a 21st century woman, drops her into the 19th century, and hands her a lot of hell and high water. I created characters worth loving, a plot worth reading, and a villain worthy of all hate. So why didn’t more people read it?
Personally, I think time-travel romance as a genre plateaued decades ago and is still struggling to find an audience. Sure, there are readers who love to read about people plucked from one time and plopped into another, but the surplus of self-pubbed books far outweighs the number of interested readers. Outlander is a HUGE phenomenon, and I hope some of the hype it garners trickles down to us self-pubbed time-travel romance authors.
Book two in my Three Goddess Series, THE RANCHER AND THE RENEGADE, features a heartbroken heroine from 2014 who saves the life and the ranch of a Texas rancher in 1856, and finds love and healing in the process. There’s a lot of other stuff in there too, but you can pick up your own copy and read it for yourself.
I love time-travel romance. So what if people haven’t caught on to how awesome it is. Writing is my passion. Simple. If can make money doing it, great. I won’t write to appease the reader. Too many writers do that and end up burnt out and alienated from the core of readers who got them famous in the first place.
All this to say that despite what the market or romance publishing juggernauts want me to write, I will write time-travel romance novels. And the slowly growing group of readers who love my work will stay supplied with good reads for years to come.
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Jackson's Newest Release: The Rancher and the Renegade
Harvard lawyer turned cattle rancher Tyrence Barrett is in a battle he can’t win as desperadoes raid the settlements along the creek, burning and murdering their way through the land. On a routine inspection of his property, Ty stumbles upon a beautiful migrant woman who seems out of place, completely irresistible, and strangely compelling…
When evil threatens to destroy the ranch, Mari must use her wits and determination to help beat back the raiders who seek to clear the land and claim the water in the creek for themselves. With Ty by her side, Mari must learn to forgive herself, rely on the strength of others, and to love despite the overwhelming fear of loss.
Can a displaced renegade help a Lone Star rancher defend his home against an encroaching evil? Will the time lost Mari give in to the desperate sorrow devouring her heart? Or will Ty show her that a rancher and a renegade can find love and a happily ever after?