E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals.
Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.
Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually.
And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.
Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.
Q&A With the Author:
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Reading and working jigsaw puzzles. Those two hobbies supply me with ample alone time.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write then edit repeatedly until I feel the book is finished. I’ve only deviated from that practice with the last book, The Certain Hope. My editor warned me not to do so again. Actually, she asked if I’d done anything differently with that book. Only one change came to mind: I’d deviated from established routine.
Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers? If so, what are they?
Discipline is the key, and practice make the words flow easier. Keep writing until you write the end. Authors should follow their heart regarding storyline, and then hire good editors who care about their work.
Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
Most times, the books almost write themselves. Information comes from multiple sources, but each one begins within my mind. Life happens to everyone. I enjoy writing about real slices of life that affect genuine people.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters coming alive on the pages make you hate for the book to end.
Tell us about your favorite summer vacation? Or what do you like to do in the summer?
Rest. It’s hasn’t happened yet, but I try each year.