Lovin’ the Cray-Cray: Q&A with K.M. Jackson
Today our Lady Smut Q&A guest is Kwana Jackson, who publishes books under the name K.M.Jackson.
MADELINE IVA: Kwana, thanks so much for being with us today.
KWANA JACKSON: Thanks so much for having me over Madeline, it’s a real treat. As you probably know from my tweets that I like a little bit of the over the top crazy especially in my TV viewing.
MADELINE IVA: Why does Nene of the show First Housewives of Atlanta have a special place in your heart? What is her special brand of crazy? On another note–How did the television show Bridezillas first suck you in?
KWANA JACKSON: I always had a thing for Nene from the as I call them “Not So Real” Housewives of the ATL. I felt that out of being not so real, Nene kept it the realest. Always telling like it was no matter if people liked it or not. And yes, she did have a moment in season 2 where she went over the top and lost it for a moment there and became a bit of a caricature of herself but I think she brought it back home and it shows with her now taking a step into acting with being on shows like Glee and The New Normal.
As for Bridezillas, though I don’t watch all the time I will get sucked in on a Saturday marathon from time to time. There is just something about those crazy brides that has me saying, well gee, I guess my husband really lucked out with me. LOL.
MADELINE IVA: You’ve said: “I’d give anything if they did a 6 month later follow up on those couples. There is no way most of them make it. Just no way.” Do you think the irony of presenting a bride showing her utter contempt towards everyone—when she’s supposed to be declaring her eternal love–gives the reality show Bridezilla’s it’s appeal?
KWANA JACKSON: I don’t know. I think folks just like to see people behaving badly but a part of me feels like it won’t last. At a certain point the audience just may grow tired of this type of behavior and there may be a backlash. Even I, who goes for the crazy, sometimes get a little exhausted and says can this really be real? Where are these people?
MADELINE IVA: We’ve also talked about our love for crazy things that happen in romance novels. For example, I’ll never forget the Laura Kinsale novel where at one point the hero and heroine are stuck on a deserted island and together they raise a penguin. [The craziest part is how good Kinsale’s writing is–I’m not going to say how much I wept for that penguin. It’s just embarrassing.]
You’ve said you love pirates and sheiks in cray-cray romance stories. Any titles you can recommend?
KWANA JACKSON: There are so many pirates and so little time but Susan Mallery has quite a few sheiks. [Note from Lady Smut: And Mallery’s sheiks titles all have brides in them!] A new favorite sheik author of mine is Caitlin Crews. For best title go to Sharon Kendrick with The Playboy Sheikh’s Virgin Stable-Girl. Seriously with that title you get it all.
MADELINE IVA: Right! I think Smart Bitches Trashy Books made hay with that book. Meanwhile, I don’t enjoy actually doing crazy stuff myself. (Well, except for quitting my career to start writing romance novels. ;>) But I’m so drawn to hearing about it, watching it, etc. Do you think we’re hardwired that way? Does it serve a purpose to observe different kinds of craziness (like on reality television)? Do we learn from it in some way? Do we identify with it in some way?
KWANA JACKSON: I think that people like to escape from their own realities and if that means going a little crazy in their television or reading then so be it. It’s in a safe environment (for the most part) that way. In my book Through The Lens, a regular woman goes out of her comfort zone to have an island fling with her unobtainable boss, the man of her dreams.
MADELINE IVA: I mean, sometimes I identify with those bridezillas a little. Like the bridezilla who guessed most of her bridesmaids didn’t shave under their arms even though they were wearing strapless gowns. She pinned them down and made them admit it and then started busting out the razors. That there is pure problem solving in my opinion. I might have done the same thing myself. Do you ever read anything crazy in romance novels or watch anything crazy in reality television that you find you identify with?
KWANA JACKSON: Sure, I guess that’s why I liked Nene so much on The Real Housewives on ATL a lot of the things she said, I would have said myself. Like when she told Kim to, “close your legs to married men.” Bam! Perfect line, quick and to the point. Of course in the real world and on TV and in fiction nothing is perfect. Kim gave us so much crazy with her affair with Mr. Big and then Nene later with her own men, but this is why we love to watch.
MADELINE IVA: I ended up writing about a bridezilla throwing platters of shrimp off the deck at her wedding. [Of course it was bad shrimp that a sketchy caterer tried to foist off on the wedding guests.] It was so much fun writing that scene. Do you have crazy elements in your own romances?
KWANA JACKSON: I do have a bit of the crazy in Through The Lens. In one of my favorite scenes my heroine bites my hero’s tongue after a particularly passionate kiss. It was fun to write and wasn’t planned. I swear she just did it. I laughed so much after I typed the words.
Thank you so much for having me. Like I said this was a real treat and a pleasure. I’d love to hear what your readers like in their brand of wild and crazy.
Kwana can be reached via:
Her website at www.kwana.com
On twitter at: https://twitter.com/KwanaWrites
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit about Through The Lens:
Mika Walters is a normal woman working in the not so normal world of New York Fashion. As long time assistant to sexy photographer Alejandro Vargas she’s tired of being the girl in the background. Just once she wants Alejandro to look at her with the same smoldering look he gives his models and now she has her chance.
After a travel mishap where the rest of the crew and the models can’t make the remote location shoot for another three days Mika is taking her moment to catch Alejandro’s eye and put herself in front of Alejandro’s camera… at least until the real world catches up with them.
Alejandro doesn’t know what’s gotten into Mika maybe it’s the sand, maybe it’s the sun, he doesn’t really care. All he knows is that he’s finally opened his eyes and is seeing her clearly for the first time as the smart, gorgeous and incredibly irresistible woman she is.
But why can’t she realize that what he’s feeling for her is not one of his usual one, well, three night stands? What’s it going to take for him to prove to Mika that she’s the woman he wants? Now and forever.
Through The Lens is available at: