About the Author
Jacky Donovan might not have nine lives, but she does have a few. Bored with being a ‘Stepford’ housewife in Southampton, Jacky packed her bags and headed to London just over a decade ago. She’s now a successful author and, more importantly, curious about cats, whether they be of the feline or cat o’nine tails variety! Her erotically charged romance “Instant Whips and Dream Toppings: A true-life dom rom com” and also her latest book “Simon Ships Out: How one brave, stray cat became a worldwide hero” – the memoir of the world’s first celebrity cat! – have been published to great acclaim in the UK and are now making a splash worldwide. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Sabotage Times.
In between her writing she has recently trekked to see Mount Everest; tandem jumped from a tiny plane; been on Canarian TV due to her crazy long fingernails; run a lesbian dining club; escaped from a yoga holiday in a dinghy; and regularly does charity work for Breast Cancer and Gay Pride. She currently spends her time between London and Gran Canaria.
What inspires you to write romance books?
A life-changing love affair with a married man compelled me to put fingers to keyboard and start writing romance. From a heterosexual affair came lesbian lovers, threesomes, transgender explorations, and much passionate and public cavorting.
Tell us about how you write:
My creativity is at its best when I am walking or swimming. I confess I call my voicemail and leave messages to pick up later so I don’t lose any terrific ideas I may have. I outline chapters and find potential linkages between different romantic interludes before simply sitting in front of my laptop and allowing the story to flow naturally.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time! I have voice permanently in my head as they whisper their deepest, darkest, and innermost secrets to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t think, just do. Allow your imagination to roam, let your romantic side take over and create plausible but interesting characters in whom readers can lose themselves.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was fortunate to find a publisher for one and self-published a second. Both are now with a new publisher which has helped sales zoom.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There has never been a greater opportunity for authors to publish, with paperbacks, ebooks, and audio books all providing separate avenues for budding authors. Despite busy lives, people still love to immerse themselves in a good read.
What genres do you write:: Romance, memoir
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print