5 PHOTOS with Vivien Jackson: Castellan, caterpillars, and cyborgs (#writerslife #SFR)

Today’s guest is Vivien Jackson, author of the recently released science fiction romance, Wanted and Wired. She’s here with her five writer’s life photos, as well as her thoughts on the biggest challenge facing writers today. Welcome, Vivien!

The Photos

Something that represents something unique about you

I’m a huge gamer: console, PC, tabletop, RPG, you name it. This is a game board from Castellan. I won. 😉

Something that represents where you live

Texas, but specifically Central Texas, is both yee-haw and laid back. It’s a weird mix, and in fact that was a city slogan for a long time: “Keep Austin Weird.”

Your pet(s) or plant(s) or thing you care for (besides your human family/friends)

I have adorable pets, but this pic isn’t them. We live in the path of the Monarch butterfly migration, and we keep milkweed plants to help out those little bugs and keep the migration happening. We had nine caterpillars at once on our milkweeds last year!

Something (not someone) that really frustrates you


Something that brings you joy (besides writing)

Gonna cheat here and use a pic of something writing-related:  opening a box one morning and finding copies of my book inside. That was a huge emotional moment for me. There might have been some happy tears.


What’s the elevator pitch for your latest published novel?

Wanted and Wired is a hair-raising, gunslinging kissing story set in a bleak and broken near future world. It’s about a Texas girl who screws up, gets herself and her cybernetically enhanced partner into a heap of trouble, and then ends up having to save them both. Basically, the plot is a noodle bowl of things I find way-cool—hot cars, space stations, personal sacrifice, friends-to-lovers, cyborgs, true love—tossed with spice and served hot.

What are you working on next?

There are two more books coming in this Tether series, follow-ups to Wanted and Wired. Perfect Gravity releases November 7, 2017, and we’re still working on a title for the third book.

What are you currently reading?

Alien Mate by Cara Bristol. I LOVE her science fiction romance books.

What are you currently watching (TV shows)?

Doctor Who. Sometimes I think I’m the only person who likes Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, but I’m really digging the dynamic with his new companion, Bill.

Favorite fantasy creature, villain, or weapon not from your own work?

In books, Snape. In film, Prince Nuada from Hellboy II.

Biggest challenge facing writers today?

Having to be all the other things: marketers, brand managers, social media mavens, document conversion specialists, production managers, graphic designers, copy editors, web developers. And this on top of the fact that most writers have a day job as well.

How can we meet that challenge?

Man, I don’t know. Right now, my agent and publisher are helping me with these things, bless them. But I see a lot of my friends who are doing it all, and wow, they amaze me. I have such a hard time with multitasking.

Thank you, Vivien, for sharing your pictures and thoughts!

Vivien Jackson writes stories with robots, grenades, pixies, and always, always down-home salacious kissery. She’s an unrepentant fangirl of many fandoms and would love to discuss your favorite ships here or here or here.

Published by

Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

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