Inkwell Guest: Trish Jackson on Writing Romantic Suspense

Today, I welcome romantic suspense author Trish Jackson. I met Trish via a LinkedIn group. It’s great to connect with other writers there who share the same interests. Today, Trish is talking about writing romantic suspenes. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section!

Welcome, Trish!

Redneck, PIWhy I Write Romantic Suspense

Thank you so much for inviting me, Michelle, it’s great to be a guest here.

Why do I write romantic suspense? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot recently.

Maybe I write it because I have lived it.

I was raised on a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in Africa. I rode my horses, swam in our dam and hiked up our mountain, where the remains of a fort from some long lost civilization still stood. Sometimes after a rain storm we watched baboons slide down the enormous boulders.

I married young—to one of those bad boys we all love so much. Charming and handsome, with blue eyes under thick Way Out of Linelashes and unruly dark hair. He was a geophysicist—which means he prospected for minerals with complicated instruments. His job had caused him to live in the African wilderness where he had to shoot to eat and contend with elephants stepping over the guide ropes of his tent at night.

I lived in a couple of camps with him, until the guerilla war erupted in our country and it was deemed to be too dangerous.

I had three small children when the draft came, and my man went off to war. It was scary enough worrying about him being shot—it also meant I was alone with the kids on a farm. Terrorists were known to attack remote homesteads and rape and torture the occupants. I kept an UZI by my side at all times.

We’ve just celebrated our 41st anniversary. 😉

I guess I’m a little bit of a rebel myself, which is why I wrote Redneck P.I.—romantic suspense and romantic comedy. I love the “I don’t care what you think” redneck attitude, and had a great time writing it and its sequel, Kickassitude, to be released in March 2013.

Way Out of Line is about two kids from Texas who are parted but their love prevails. They end up in the wilderness in Mozambique, Africa, and have to escape militant factions and swim swollen crocodile-infested rivers.

Thanks so much again for fitting me in—now I have to get back to writing my next novel, Impassioned.

Find Trish at:

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By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.