I’m pleased to be joined by Kiltie Jackson today as she takes her turn as Author in the Spotlight. Her latest novel, An Artisan Lovestyle, is available now as an ebook or in paperback. You can order a copy online here: An Artisan Lovestyle Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour. There’s also the opportunity to win a £40/$40 Amazon voucher so don’t miss your chance to take part in this very generous giveaway. Details further down this post.
Thanks for joining me Kiltie. First of all, would you tell my blog readers a little about yourself?
Hello, I’m Kiltie Jackson and in-between running around after five cats, one grumpy husband, and a forty hour a week day job, I like to relax by sitting down and writing novels. I live in the Midlands in a little terrace house which we call Moggy Towers. Despite all the moggies, there are no towers. I often refer to the grumpy husband as Mr Mogs when he is being discussed on Twitter or Facebook.
Tell me about your journey to publication
I have taken the route of self-publishing so my journey was different from traditionally published writers. I dithered for several months over what to do with my debut novel but, once I had read a few articles and realised that several established authors had left their publishers to become self-published, it seemed to be the more stress-free option. I started off knowing absolutely nothing but with guidance from other self-published authors, who were more than happy to give their advice, especially Pam Howes who was very kind to me, I learnt the ropes and found I really enjoyed being in control and making my own decisions.
In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?
The main concept is that we often just plod our way through life without really living it. We all have our own special gifts but many of us are guilty of letting them wither and die. ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ focuses on two people who have fallen into this trap and who now must change their lives for the better or they will die. Again!
How did you come up with the title for your book?
Oh my, was that ever a job and a half! For a long time, it was merely book 2. Then, driving home from work one evening, I came up with ‘Of All The Unlikely Places’. It held this title for several months but I was never entirely happy with it. It was one morning, somewhere around 4.30am when I couldn’t sleep, that it came to me – if this is part of the ‘Lovestyle’ series then why not just call it ‘Something Lovestyle’? It really was a lightbulb moment and I was immediately comfortable with it. I ran it by a friend later that day. She backed me up and said it was a brilliant idea and definitely the way forward.
How do you plan to celebrate publication day?
Unfortunately, I will be working away at my desk as I am still a forty hour a week wage slave. Five cats take some feeding and they would be most upset to lose the roof over their head. ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is being released on a Thursday so I suspect a bottle of something fizzy will be consumed on the Friday.
Do you have a work in progress just now?
I do. It is the third book in the ‘Lovestyle’ series and it begins approximately six to seven weeks after ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ finishes. The story will focus on two different main characters although people from books one and two will either appear in it or be mentioned.
What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months? Or favourite three if you really can’t choose!
I recently re-read ‘The Cat Who Came In From The Cold’ by Deric Longden. This is an old favourite of mine which I have read many times. It is a really cute story about how a ‘dog man’ steals his neighbour’s new kitten and ends up falling totally under the feline spell. It is very humorous and I often laugh out loud while reading, despite knowing the story so well.
What are you reading just now?
As I type this, it is the 22nd April 2018 and I started ‘The Toymakers’ by Robert Dinsdale only this morning. I am already 10% into it and I believe I am hooked. I fell in love with the cover when it was released a few months ago and, thus far, the story is meeting all my expectations.
If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?
I would probably choose the Complete Works of Charles Dickens for the simple reason that I keep saying I will read more of his work but never seem to manage it. If I ‘was’ stranded on a desert island, I would have no excuses.
Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film? Who would be in your dream cast?
I would love to see my debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ become a film. The idea never crossed my mind until one of my reviewers made the suggestion and others readers backed her up. I haven’t gotten as far as working on the cast as I can never get past my main character, Pete Wallace, being played by Ryan Reynolds… *Kiltie gazes dreamily into the distance…
How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?
I have a website – www.kiltiejackson.com – where people can stay up to date with my progress on my current works in progress. I am also on Facebook – www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson – and Twitter – www.twitter.com/KiltieJackson – and I chatter on them most days.
And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?
I would have to be Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. She was a free spirit, independent and not afraid to speak her mind when it was required. She had many wonderful adventures which I would love to have been a part of although I think I would pass on the one where she dyes her hair green!
Thanks Kiltie – Anne is a popular choice!
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From the back of the book
Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?
Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.
Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.
On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.
Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree to complete three tasks.
They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfill their quests.
If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.
If they should fail however…
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.
Will they do it?
Can they do it?
After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…
More about the author
Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland. This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.
When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are
finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!
She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!
Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won
a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.
She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.
In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished
manuscript and finally finish what she had started.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.
Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.
She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and
the ideas still keep on coming.
Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”
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