Interview with Victoria Warren Jackson, Author of Untraditional Love in the Dark
Victoria Warren Jackson was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. She was raised in Milledgeville, Georgia and Miami, Florida and attended Miami Norland Senior High School. She distinguished herself as an excellent student in high school and received numerous honors. After graduating from high school, Victoria earned an Associate in Arts Degree in Broadcasting Journalism from Miami Dade College. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Oakwood University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Victoria is FCCPC Certified and has a CDA National. Victoria has been an educator for sixteen years and began writing her first novel while teaching middle grade students. Victoria soon realized that writing is therapy and continues to write daily. She is the author of three books, Can You Feel Me? Intimate Poetry, Not Just Us, and Untraditional Love In The Dark. Victoria is passionate about helping children become their best. She remains busy writing, teaching full-time, and volunteering in her community. She currently lives in Florida. You can visit Victoria Warren Jackson’s website at: www.victoriawarrenjackson.com or connect with her at Twitter.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I started writing as a child. I always loved to read books, and this pastime led me to writing. I have written three books and am currently working on my fourth book, which is a novel. I live in Florida with my husband. I am also a teacher.
When did you begin writing?
I was a young girl when I started writing poems and songs.
Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?
I typically like to write early in the morning or late at night. I work during the day.
What is this book about?
Untraditional Love In The Dark is about a young woman who meets Mr. Right only to discover he is Mr. Wrong. She rushes into marriage and ends up discovering he wants the best of both worlds. This horrible secret sends her over the edge and almost causes her to end it all.
What inspired you to write it?
I was inspired to write this book because there are so many women who marry bisexual or gay men and do not even realize what they have gotten themselves into.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My mom is my biggest supporter along with my husband.
Are you a member of a critique group? If no, who provides feedback on your work?
I am not a member of a critique group. Teachers provide feedback on my work.
Who is your favorite author?
Do you have an agent or are you looking for one?
I am looking for an agent. I recently sent out seventy-five e-query letters. I am still getting responses and sending any requested information.
Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?
It was most definitely a bumpy, depressing road. It is not easy, and it gets very discouraging when agents, publishers and some readers do not believe in me.
If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?
Yes. I would have started this journey earlier. I would never have quit. I would have focused more on book marketing and publicity sooner.