Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Day in the Life of… Jackson Pearce


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A Day in the Life of.....

This is where us bloggers & fans get a glimpse inside the days of our favourite authors!

Jackson Pearce is twenty-six years old and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn’t make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.

Jackson is the author of SISTERS RED, AS YOU WISH, SWEETLY, and two forthcoming books, PURITY (April 2012) and FATHOMLESS (Fall 2012).

A day in the life of an author in between projects…

8:00am: Alarm goes off-- I have big plans to wake up early so I have more of a day.

8:01am: Turn off alarm. Go back to sleep.

8:11am: Turn off alam again.

8:22am: Turn off alarm again.

9:30am: Wonder how long the alarm has been going off. Check email on phone.

9:33am: Get out of bed. Trip over vacuum cleaner/shoes/cat. Consider returning to bed.

9:40am: Make breakfast-- sometimes I make oatmeal and eggs. Most days I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. To drink? Diet Coke.
9:45am: Get on computer and answer a few emails.

10:00am: Take Space Dog out.

10:15am: Get sucked into chat with writing partners. Today we're debating cinnamon roll recipes.

10:17am: Google cinnamon roll recipes.

10:21am: Find cinnamon specially made for cinnamon rolls. Order.

10:25am: Discuss what would happen if one ate nothing but cinnamon rolls.

10:30am: Discuss what would happen if I fed Space Dog cinnamon rolls.

10:35am: Discuss those people who eat nothing but one food item, all day, every day.

10:40am: Hypothesize appeal of a protagonist who only eats a single food item.

10:55am: Get caught up imagining characters with weird traits for books that do not exist. Realize I'm running late.

11:05am: Get to the gym five minutes late. Attempt to work hard to undo the damage a day of eating nothing but cinnamon rolls (for "research") will cause.

12:30pm: Lunch at Fake Boob Cafe, which is not the place's real name but is so nicknamed (by me) due to the large number of patrons filled with silicone. 

1:00pm: Back home. Change clothes and shower.

2:00pm: Answer emails, write video scripts, or write blog posts (depending on what needs to be done that day).

3:00pm: Work on a new series proposal-- three chapters and an synopsis. Rewrite chapter two. It sucks right now, but first drafts always do. I'll read it again this evening and work on polishing it up.

4:00pm: Leave to drive an hour to the school where I coach a middle school winterguard.

4:30pm: Mock drivers in traffic as I zip past in the toll lane.

4:45pm: Realize how much money I spend on the toll lane. Inwardly weep.

6:30pm: Middle of practice. Reflect on how many of my students are wearing Twilight themed shirts. Imagine for a moment the existence of Sisters Red shirts.

6:35pm: Reflect on the appropriateness of me wearing a Sisters Red shirt. Decide it would be uncool.
7:15pm: I could wear it to sleep in though, right?

8:30pm: Finish practice.

9:00pm: Get tacos at my favorite Mexican restaurant. Eat all the chips, spoiling my appetite for when the tacos arrive.

10:00pm: Home. Feed Alcott and Space Dog. Chase Space Dog away from Alcott's food repeatedly.

11:00pm: Talk with writer friends some more, this time about the proposal chapters and how to make them better.

11:20pm: Derail meaningful writer conversation with video of baby sloths.

12:00am: Take a bath. Play Tiny Tower on my phone while doing so with no regard to how water damage doesn't fall under my warranty plan.

1:00am: Must...not...sleep...

2:00am: Give in. Get in bed. Write down new book idea that will likely make little sense tomorrow.

2:15am: Sleep, glorious sleep.


Thank you Jackson for stopping by and sharing your day with us!

In honour of today’s visit – I’m giving away two ARC’s of Purity to two very lucky commenter's!
This is open to residents of Canada & the US.  Must be 13 yrs or older.  No PO Boxes please.

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  1. I love this post! And thanks so much for doing a giveaway for Purity - I'm so excited to read it!

  2. I probably should have read the entry rules before commenting - but here's my comment for entering :) My favorite part of my day is probably dinner, because I get to have it with all of my friends and we can sit and talk and relax together.

  3. I am so excited that you had the chance to have Jackson Pearce on your blog. Love this Day in the Life of... Jackson is so funny too.

    Nice giveaway too! I'll spread the word!

    Eating cinnamon rolls only? I could handle chocolate only. ;)

  4. LOL I loved this. Sounds perfect!

    Anyway I'd love to win an ARC!!! The cover is so gorgeous. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Whoops!

    I guess my favorite part of the day (currently) is late at night when I actually start writing (either for script frenzy or something else) but I also love the time of day at night after I run and take my shower.

    Again, thanks for the giveaway!

  6. No! Don't feed your dog cinnamon rolls! They will yak it up... all over your carpet.
    And of course cleaning it up would be my favorite part of the day. Heh...
    No, actually my favorite part of the day is checking twitter for ARC giveaways! ( :
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Thanks for doing this giveaway! My favorite part of my day is probably the calm moment in the afternoon when all of my work is done and I can relax. For about five minutes until the cat starts whining for attention and the dogs start barking :)

  8. After reading this post I'm craving tacos. I haven't had them in awhile. My favorite part of the day is early in the morning when the day isn't too warm and it's nice and quiet. Sometimes I can squeeze in some reading time if I've had a good night's rest.

  9. My favorite part of the day is late night.

  10. Evening. When everything is done and I can relax.

  11. My favorite part of the day is late afternoon/early evening

  12. My favorite part of the day is early morning/ late night.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  13. Very nice post. My favorite part of the day is the afternoon.

  14. I like early mornings...most of the dogs are still in their crates so the house is quiet and no one is around to bug me. I can have my coffee in peace.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  15. My favorite part of the day is actually the middle of the night, those wee hours of morning when everything is blessedly still & quiet. It's an amazing time to be alone with your thoghts, or wander onto the outside deck and stare up at the beautiful stars scattered like a fistful of diamonds on the velvety night sky :)

    Thank you for the sweet giveaway, I love Jackson Pearce and would truly enjoy reading Purity <3
    zenrei57 at hotmail dot com
    Mary DeBorde

  16. My favourite part of the day is the afternoon. I'd say night, but I'm a huge baby and in bed at 10 even though I could stay up til forever reading ;). The afternoon though because it's when I'm the most active and ready to do anything and everything!

    Thanks for this giveaway. I'm friggin shocked there's only 30ish entries! Here's to hoping coming in late helps me ;)


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