I’m pleased to welcome Jackie Ladbury to Nesie’s Place today! Jackie is the author of Air Guitar and Caviar.
Jackie was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.
Short and sharp lesson learned.
Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’
Thanks for spending time with us today, Jackie! Let’s start with the basics –
FD: Where are you from?
JL: I’m originally from Stone in Staffordshire but I’ve lived in Hertfordshire for a long time.
FD: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
JL: I used to write heartfelt poems and jot down ‘slice of life’ observations, but I think from an early adult age I thought it would be cool to write a novel.
FD: What inspired you to write your first book?
JL: I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and for the first time I could see clearly how to start at the beginning and end somewhere near the right place at the end of a novel.
FD: Who designed the cover?
JL: Air Guitar and Caviar has Southwold Pier on the cover, a photo that I took and was determined to use, so poor Berni Stevens, who is my fabulous cover designer, was stuck with it and I think did a fabulous job of showing what the novel is about.
FD: What genres do you enjoy reading and what are you reading now?
JL: I’ve always enjoyed Rom com and romance (though hate the word chick-lit) and love a good thriller or suspense story. I tend to listen to books at night as I’m a bit of an insomniac and in the daytime, I spend most of my time writing. At the moment The Magic of Stars, my second novel is being kicked into shape.
FD: How do you relax and have fun?
JL: I’m normally reading if I’m not writing but I do enjoy playing my guitar (very badly) and I go to the gym and swim which I find very relaxing.
FD: What’s one thing from your bucket list you’d like to experience or accomplish?
JL: I’d love to ‘do’ America in a Campervan but in reality, I’d probably hate it, unless I checked into a hotel once a week to feel normal and to have a bath!
FD: What are your current projects?
JL: The Magic of Stars is the second in the Blue Skies series about an air-stewardess who needs to redeem herself in her boss’s eyes, and it will be out in February. I’m also going to release a historical saga/romance early in the spring. It’s set in the Potteries and is called somewhat unoriginally, The Potter’s Daughter.
FD: Where can readers find you online?
FD: Many thanks for visiting with us today, Jackie. Continued success to you!
JL: Thank you for having me on your lovely blog.
I’ve picked up my copy of Air Guitar and Caviar and you can too! It’s also in the Kindle Unlimited program!
Jackie’s also sponsoring a great giveaway! Three lucky winners can each win a signed print copy of Air Guitar and Caviar!
Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.
Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?
On January 12th, the cover of Jackie’s newest book, The Magic of Stars will be revealed. Below is a piece of the cover image. If you follow the tour… you just may be able to figure it out! But, check in on January 12th to see Jackie’s latest awesome cover!