Last week I profiled Brad Boney on the site. He was our first new M/M author introduced in this short series and I think both he and the readers had a lot of fun with the questions. This week Jackie Nacht is on the hot seat. Jackie writes mostly short stories therefore many of you who like novels may not have heard of her. This is your opportunity to meet Jackie and ask her any questions to which you would like to know the answers. Below, Jackie re-enacts the scene that spurred her into a writing career. I never realized that Pina Coladas were so powerful. -
Conversation seven months ago with my sister, after a very failed attempt at mixing Pina Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris. (Author’s note: We still drank them.)
“This movie is so bad, it’s good,” Sis said while speed-typing the likes of which you have never seen.
“That doesn’t even make sense.” I look up at the screen while working on my own computer. “Those guys got those glasses from the dollar store.”
“And the necklaces, too. Hey, what are you writing? Are you on FB messaging me from across the room again?” Sis starts long-necking.
“Yep. No one listens to us anyway except Dev…Dev always listens.” I take a quick peek at my FB and, sure enough, there she is. Awesome. “No, seriously, I’m writing something.”
“No way!” I try to cover the computer with my body—like that would actually stop her.
“Will you at least let me know what it’s about?”
“It’s a LGBTQ YA where there’s two endings, so everyone who reads Kale’s Spirit will get their happily ever after.” I shrug.
“Like a ‘choose your own adventure’?”
“Kind of, but more of a fork. I just got sick of losing, you know?”
“What are you talking about?” Sis is looking at me like I’ve lost my ever luvin’ mind.
“I’ve always picked the wrong team when it comes to YA books. I’m O for the count. There need to be books where you don’t have to burn your team t-shirt at the end.”
“Please don’t tell me…you have a t-shirt?” Sis gasps. Smart ass.
“Not anymore! All those teenage girls laughing and pointing at the mall. I couldn’t take it anymore.”
Shaking her head solemnly, Sis says, “That’s brutal.”
I nod in agreement. “I know. Then, I just finished an adult M/M, Taming Sweet Puck, which is based on the character Puck from Midsummer’s.”
Sis points at me in accusation. “You’re blushing. Sheesh, did you cover your eyes when you wrote the sex scenes?”
“Nope, just covered my head in a hoodie and pulled my sweatshirt over my nose. Can’t type and cover my eyes, silly.” How ridiculous.
“Wait a minute. How many books have you done?”
“Four. A young adult titled See and another adult M/M short.”
“Four! And I didn’t know about this because…”
“You’re the writer, I’m the rapper.” I snorted. Yep, I’m a snorter—very sexy.
“Quit quoting Scary Movie 3. And we can’t sing—we’re both tone deaf.”
Trying to evade the question, I get up as Sis steals my computer and proceeds to read my first chapter. I didn’t want to watch her read it. Who would? So I went to get another Pina Colada minus the strawberry…mmm better.
Coming back in, I snatch my computer back and grumble, “Thief.”
“Seriously, submit those… All they can do is say no.”
Just thinking about it has me shaking head to toe. I get the urge to down the Pina Colada as fast as possible. Wait…can’t do that—I’d get a major brain freeze. “Okay, let me polish them and see if our GRL buddy will edit it, and if she thinks go for it, then I’ll go for it. She’ll tell me the truth.” With that, I start laughing and point at the television. “Look! Those vampires have tan lines!”
Standing up, I go over to the television and proceed to frame the tan lines like it’s the next showcase. “Those vampires have tan lines. How do you have a tan line when you can’t go into the sun?”
“Like I said, this movie is so bad, it’s gooood. By the way, you’re writing one with me, too.”
Thank you Jessewave and Aunt Lynn for the honor of being on your blog today.
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