Just a married, Canadian gay bear of a guy who likes to write things. Usually dark things. Sometimes creepy and gross things. Definitely magical things. Sometimes even sexy things!
Fun Fact: JP Jackson has a new book coming out July 2, 2018!
A little bit more about JP; J.P. Jackson works as an IT analyst in health care during the day, where if cornered he’d confess to casting spells to ensure clinicians actually use the electronic medical charting system he configures and implements.
At night, however, the writing happens, where demons, witches, and shapeshifters congregate around the kitchen table and general chaos ensues. The insurance company refuses to accept any more claims of ‘acts of the un-god’, and his husband of almost 20 years has very firmly put his foot down on any further wraith summonings in the basement. And apparently, imps aren’t house-trainable. Occasionally the odd ghost or member of the Fae community stops in for a glass of wine and stories are exchanged. Although the husband doesn’t know it, the two Chihuahuas are in cahoots with the spell casting.
J.P.’s other hobbies include hybridizing African Violets (thanks to grandma), extensive traveling and believe it or not, knitting.
J.P. Jackson identifies as Gay and prefers the pronouns He/Him
We took a minute to sit down with JP for an interview!
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
I see magic everywhere. My world is filled with spells and demons and shadows, and lots of supernatural fun! One reader described my first book as the TV show Supernatural, but from the demon's perspective, and if they were gay.
I haven't written a character with physical disabilities, but I can sign (badly - but I try), and I'd like to incorporate a deaf character soon.
My new release coming in July has a character with bipolar disorder.
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
Every single dime I spend on travel. my husband and I travel extensively, and we have a second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I think pushing yourself out of the places you're used to living in expose you to different experiences and that translates into excellent writing tales!
3. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
This is a brilliant question.
I can find many similarities between sitting down and writing and setting aside time for worship. Granted, I wouldn't or couldn't claim myself as Christain - I'm definitely pagan, but after thinking about it, writing makes me feel as energized, grounded and accomplished as I do after meditating or acknowledging the gods around me in my daily life.
4. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
HA! Constantly. I think those of us with a creative bent have a need for acknowledgment. Actors, musicians, artists, and writers all create (and that list is not exhaustive by any stretch), and then we expose our creations to the world.
Of course, we want to hear, "OMG that is the best thing ever!" and so I find myself using the Google to see if anything new pops up in terms of book reviews from stories I've published.
Have I discovered anything interesting? Define interesting! LOL. But no, nothing scandalous.
5. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
Adult stuff. I think my mind is perpetually stuck in my Twenties.
6. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
I think because of my fondness for the shadowy side of things, I'd most likely be in house Slytherin, but I probably also be that kid that recognizes Harry as an equal, and support him from across the classroom with knowing nods of acceptance. I doubt we'd hang out.
Who would I date? Remus Lupin, because he was the werewolf, but have you seen the actor who played Neville Longbottom? He's all grown up now - Matthew Lewis - and damn. Like, just damn.
7. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
And I missed the entire episode. Seriously, Anne Rice would be that person. I can't imagine such a thing ever happening.
One can dream.
8. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
TOO MANY. And I'm a total extrovert. I love meeting new people and having fun. Social environments for me are a blast.
Let's go dance!
9. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
We're totally dating.
In my newest book, James is this broken down teacher who is 'forced' back into helping 5 young twenty-year-old-somethings. He's morally grey and very handsome. I'd definitely be dating him.
10. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
Anything I write is going to have LGBTQA+ main characters, Everything I write is filled with some kind of magic or supernatural abilities. I love the fantastical, but I especially love it when it's just sitting on the uncomfortable side of dark.
Come join me! It's fun in the shadows.
Where Can We Find Your Books?
NineStar Author Page: https://ninestarpress.com/authors/j-p-jackson/
Goodreads Author Profile Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16910505.J_P_Jackson
Books are available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Nobel as well.
We thank JP. Jackson for joining us today!
Tune in tomorrow for the last author, our very own, Eli Summers!