Friday Night Drinks with… Emma Jackson

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Oh how I wish I was kicking back and having Friday Night Drinks for real with this person (and the rest of the Bar Babes) because my guest tonight is one of my best writing buddies and fabulous author… Emma Jackson.

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Welcome, Emma! Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

A vodka, lemon and lime. I’m not particularly sophisticated!

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If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

I’d love to go somewhere nice to eat, maybe Italian or Tapas. Not too posh, because I like the simple things in life, but quiet enough we can have a good chat, and then a bar where we could do some dancing.

I can organise ALL of those things if you come to Yorkshire! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

This is such a tough question but I think the Obama’s. They seem like they would have endlessly fascinating conversation and be so charming even when I act like an awkward idiot. 

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So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I just started working on another Christmas romcom. I always think, how could I possibly come up with another Christmas idea, but the plot for this one dropped almost fully formed into my head at the beginning of this year, and I’m now just starting working on it. This is the first one I’ll be writing from scratch now I’m signed with my agent, so mainly, I just hope she likes it!

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

Oh wow, it might sound really vain to say I’ve had so many proud moments, but I have! It was such a long road to being published, and then the road continues with new milestones and I try to stop every now and again to look at what I’ve achieved and remember that this was my childhood dream. Most recently, I’ve been bowled away by how Sleepless in Sicily has touched some readers and made their experiences of social anxiety feel seen, as I put an extra special piece of my heart in that book. The flip side of that coin has brought the challenge of not taking the inevitable bad reviews personally.  

Bad reviews? Who would dare! Point me at them! What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

I’d love to have a book signing one day. Even though I know I would be a nervous wreck, it’d be amazing to invite the friends and family who have supported me to come along and celebrate with them…and hopefully some readers too. 

What do you have planned that you are really excited about?

As well as my romcoms, I write fantasy romance. Myself and a fellow writer, Jessica Haines, met when we both volunteered to run the RNA Fantasy chapter and we hit it off in such a wonderful way that we are now launching a podcast to talk about the books we love. We’re also holding an online festival all throughout October to celebrate the genre.

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I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

My favourite place is a toss up between Sicily and Scotland. They’re both so beautiful and full of history. I would love to go on a tour of Italy too, stop off in Rome and Florence especially.

I love Italy, let’s go on a road trip! Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.

A surprising fact might be that, despite being a writer, I don’t drink caffeine. So, no cliché there, although I do now have a cat…

I don’t drink coffee either. I also have a couple of cats though. Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

I doubt I could recommend any books you haven’t already read, but, I adored Beach Read by Emily Henry and I think it’s the perfect book to showcase the appeal of romance novels.

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TWO WRITERS, ONE HOLIDAY. A ROMCOM WAITING TO HAPPEN…

January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she’s the lead in a blockbuster movie.
Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…

Ha, ha! I haven’t read this one yet, so well done! It is on my TBR though, and I absolutely loved You and Me on Vacation by the same author, which I read over the summer. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

I always try to remember to drink a pint of water before I go to bed, and if I wake up with a hangover the next morning, it’s more water and a bacon and egg sandwich.

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

After I’ve recovered (which would include sitting around in my pjs reading, of course), a walk in the forest or a bike-ride with the kids, then a big roast dinner and a family film. 

Thank you for coming tonight, Emma, I’ve had a great time and I really want to see you in person soon!

Emma’s latest book is the gorgeous romance, Sleepless in Sicily, which you can buy in both paperback and ebook formats here. The ebook is currently only 99p, practically free! You can read my review of the book here.

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Under the starry Italian skies, anything can happen…

For most women, getting locked into a storeroom with movie star and undeniable heartthrob Rowan during a pre-production shoot in London would be the stuff of dreams. But for shy makeup artist Lila, it’s more like a nightmare. It doesn’t matter that Rowan is kind, easy to talk to and even more gorgeous up close. With her social anxiety, she can’t bear the idea of being embroiled in gossip and rumours about what exactly they were doing together.

More scandal is also not an option for outspoken Rowan, whose agency is threatening to drop him if he doesn’t toe the line. After the two make their escape, they promise to keep the incident a secret, and when they meet again on set in stunning Sicily, they pretend not to know each other. But between the blue skies and sizzling Italian heat, it becomes impossible to ignore the attraction simmering between them…

Lila and Rowan couldn’t be more different… but can they find a way to bring their worlds together?

Author of the best selling romantic comedies A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and SLEEPLESS IN SICILY, Emma Jackson has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. 

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Twitter account for SFFRomCast is here.

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