Kisha Green’s Literary Treasures: featuring Lewanda R. Jackson
Lewanda R. Jackson was born and raised in Cambridge, MD on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has been writing since she was a little girl but her dreams were placed on hold while she pursued her education, built her career, and became a mom. After high school, she attended Bowie State University for three years before moving to Wilmington, DE. After her daughter was born, she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration as well as her M.B.A. from Wesley College. She spent years in the accounting field before deciding she wanted a change. She enrolled in school again and completed the Corporate Law program at Widener School of Law and obtained her Paralegal certificate. She now works in the Trust and Estate Planning business and in her spare time, she loves reading, cooking, traveling, and of course writing.
KG: What is your favorite genre? Why?
LR: My favorite genre is romance suspense. I’m a sucker for a good love story but I love the twist and turns that occur on the suspense side. You get a surprise ending to a good old fashion love story…it’s the best of both worlds.
KG: How many books do you read a month?
LR: Before I started writing I read about 10-15 books per month. But now it’s about 2-3 and if I release that month, I read my own book as well.
KG: When did you decide to write professionally?
LR: Back in 2010. I was sitting in a contract law class and I started writing Secrets, Lies, and The Cover-Up. I knew then I wanted to have it published and become a professional writer but I needed to wait until I actually had the time to do it correctly.
KG: Did you ever consider hiring a literary agent and hopping your manuscript to a major publisher? Why or not?
LR: Yes, before I met my publisher that is exactly what I doing. I was looking to hire a literary agent because I needed someone who had knowledge of the industry and could help market me to the right audience and help me build me brand.
KG: What is one word to best describe your writing style?
KG: Describe your writing life.
LR: My writing life is more than what I expected. I initially wanted to write to get my stories out in hopes that readers enjoy them. I never thought that I would have die hard readers that read every single book I put out and tell me that I am one of their favorite authors. So far my writing life is heading in the exact direction I had hoped that it would.
KG: What is your greatest literary accomplish?
LR: Believe it or not, it’s having my very first book published. I will never forget that feeling.
KG: How have you handled an unhappy reader regarding a book you wrote?
LR: I haven’t had one yet (That I am aware of) but I take the opinions of my readers very seriously. Should that happen, I would let them know that I appreciate their feedback and that I will definitely consider any suggestions that they make as long as they are reasonable. I would also gift a copy of my next book, in hopes they enjoy it.
KG: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
LR: Don’t give up. This industry can be very cut throat and frustrating. There will be lots of road blocks and disappointments but you have to keep pushing if you really want to be a writer.
KG: Who is the target audience for readers of your work?
LR: Over the age of 18 and anyone who loves romance or suspense.
KG: Tell me about your latest release and what made you write it.
LR: My latest release is called Secret, Lies & The Cover Up. It’s about a hit woman named Haven who works for her crime boss uncle but ends up falling in love with her next target. She now has to decide if she stays loyal to her uncle who raised her after her parents died or if she should take a chance on love. I wrote this because I loved the idea of her character. She was woman who felt forced into the only life she knew but then she found that there was way more to life than what she had been exposed too.
KG: What’s next for you? What can readers expect from you?
LR: I have two projects that I will be releasing very soon, hopefully this month. They are called Falling for his Wife and Two Men One Heart. Readers can expect my usual twist in both of these. Both will reveal very taboo relationships also.
Secret,Lies & The Cover Up Synopsis
On the surface, Leah Rawson appears to have it all. She has a great career, a wonderful marriage, and a bright future. However, looks can be deceiving and although Leah and her husband Brenden are successful, they have grown apart. She wants nothing more than to get her marriage back on track to how it used to be, but the more she tries, the more he seems to resist and the lonelier she becomes. In walks the sexy and charming Antonio Blake. He gives her an offer she can’t refuse: companionship and sex with no strings attached. What she doesn’t know is that Antonio has an agenda, and Leah soon finds herself telling lies, keeping secrets, and trapped in the middle of a cover-up orchestrated by those closest to her.