The sexy scribe stepping into the Spotlight today is a Cali sister making a way in the state of Ohio…and writing some of the most sensual words coming out of the Midwest. Kat Jackson has six releases (all available on KU, FYI…) under her belt, which include black heroines navigating contemporary life and carnal circumstances with one (or more!) lovers.
Read on and learn about why Kat’s #TeamPantser, how she manages to slip some true crime into her true romance, and the author who influences her most by writing in a genre outside of her own!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a native Californian in the midwest. I’m the kind of person who gets emotional at other people’s cat videos and wonder why my cats never do anything interesting enough to put on the internet. I’m a historian and I do most of my writing on weekends and in the summer. I’m obsessed with true crime everything.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I write as a function of my career, but I don’t like historical writing nearly as much as fiction. Fiction writing helps my brain relax. I’m not a plotter at all. When I have a good writing session I feel like I’ve turned off all unnecessary brainwaves and just let my thoughts wander.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is an erotic romance series called The Spies Who Loved Her. The first book Pink Slip was released on July 25 and is a f/f/m triad featuring a happily married spy duo and the personal assistant they’ve been lusting after for three years. She’s been lusting after them as well, but she’s realized that she’s never going to get what she wants as their employee. She hands in her resignation and is preparing to leave when they whisk her away to help them take down a Serbian dictator.
I’m currently working on the second book, Private Eye, about a fat Black cam model and an Asian American spy who fall head over heels for one another online. But when she finds out that he’s been lying about his identity, what could have been a promising relationship seems impossible. So it’s a bit awkward when he needs her help to bring down an Albanian arms ring.
~’Fiction writing helps my brain relax.’~
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I really thought I was a writer at about 10 when I was scribbling R.L. Stine-inspired horror stories in a spiral notebook. I lost a lot of that confidence over the years, so I think I’m getting back to thinking of myself as a writer just now.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
I just wanted to see characters who I found familiar getting all the love and sex they wanted. I wanted more Black heroines and men of color heroes and lots of queer relationships. I’m literally writing the stories I want to read.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
It’s not in the genre, but I adore Jhumpa Lahiri. My favorite book by her is Interpreter of Maladies.
Share a piece of your work that showcases our writing style best.
This is a short bit from Pink Slip:
Kierra connected to the plane’s Wi-Fi and sent Maya a message.
It took less than thirty seconds for Maya to respond. She was always on her phone or computer, a fact that usually annoyed Kierra, but in moments like this she thought it was a lifesaver.
Kierra had to be very particular about what she typed so as not to violate her NDA, potentially compromise the mission (even with the plane’s encryption) or betray her own feelings. And it was most tricky not to do the latter. She had been able to survive her crush on Monica and Lane for three years by keeping her work and personal lives separate. She didn’t talk about work anymore than was necessary and she certainly didn’t talk about her bosses in any great detail.
So Maya’s response was just one more shock in a day with a new surprise around every corner.
Which boss are you jonesing to fuck today?
Kierra sat up straight and her mouth fell open.
Maya’s text was an immediate, scathing, but loving, read:
Was that supposed to be a secret? It wasn’t.
Kierra frowned and then answered.
I can’t talk about this right now. Never mind.
Maya responded with a string of sad faced emojis and then a happy cry emoji.
Sorry that last one was a typo.
I’m here to talk whenever. No judgment girl.
Fuck your bosses, if that’s what’ll make you happy.
Just protect yourself.
Your vagina and your heart.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Write a really messy first draft.
- Don’t be afraid to delete that entire chapter. (lol)
- Write a happy scene when you’re happy, a sad scene when you’re sad etc.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
Jhumpa Lahiri. Her books and short stories are always so focused on the interior lives of her characters that you almost don’t even care what’s happening around them. It’s the kind of deep dive into a psyche that is hard to write and she does so beautifully.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I absolutely cannot write without face claims. I’m super inspired by people, so the minute I have a story idea, I hit up google images. When the writing isn’t going the way I want or expect, I like being able to go and find more pictures or look at interviews of the face claims for a bit more inspiration.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
I read A LOT of indie authors but the last new-to-me indie author I found was Bria Felicien. I’m not in that time of my life anymore, but her book More Than Enough reminded me of what it was like to be fresh out of college, broke and trying to find myself and a job all at the same time. Definite recommendation.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
This might sound strange, but actually no. I just want to write and improve and find readers who are interested in my random selection of stories. The goal this year was to have no goal and see what I could accomplish. Maybe next year…
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