We’re both passionate about encouraging women and share similar tastes in authors, so I feel like maybe I should hang out with Laura Jackson and get to know her! LOL Since we live in different parts of the country, that’s not going to happen. So here’s an interview so you can get to know her a little bit yourself.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I’m Laura. J I love Jesus, books, trees, and cupcakes. I’m a school librarian by day and a writer by night. I’m a sports fan—love my Rockets and Texans.
I’ve always enjoyed writing. I taught middle school language arts for 8 years and wrote with my kids. When I took a position as a school librarian, I missed writing, so I started my first book, which was so bad I didn’t finish it. But, I kept writing.
Worth the Wait is the story of Ellie Lansing. Now a senior in high school, she has a perfect life. When her boyfriend cheats and her mom gets cancer, she’s confused. She’s always been a “good” girl who followed the rules, so doesn’t God owe her a great life? She has to learn that God’s plan is worth the wait.
I hope readers remember that when their own plans fall apart, God has something even better planned.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
In Worth the Wait, there’s this girl who is just a hateful snob. When I finished the novel, I wanted to figure out why Lindsey was so mean, so I started writing her story. It’s been interesting taking a “bad” character and peeling back the layers.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Sold by Patricia McCormick. It’s free verse poetry and tells the story of a young girl sold as a sex slave. It was the first exposure I had to the devastating trafficking of humans, and it broke my heart.
Too many to name! I have favorite authors for every genre. Ally Carter and Jenny B. Jones are my favorite YA authors.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Worth the Wait is my first book, but it’s my prayer that it reaches even just one girl who feels discouraged and encourages her to wait for God’s best.
Where can we learn more about you?