Blog Post Carol Jackson- author of Julie & Kishore
When I wrote Julie & Kishore we were living in a semi-rural setting in a delightful suburb called Swanson in Auckland, New Zealand. Our property had three and a half acres of land and my writing desk was positioned to make the most of the view of our beautiful garden, with a big peach tree being the focal point. As the seasons changed I watched the flowers blossom and the fruit ripen. Along with peaches we also had grapes, passionfriut, apples, feijoas, bananas, grapefruit, persimmions and plenty of macadamia nuts – it was heaven!
At that time my husband and I ran our own business and I did some of the office work from home, this thankfully enabled me to also spend time writing. Once I put my mind to the book and began to write, the words (while overlooking that beautiful garden) just seemed to flow from my head to my fingers to the keyboard. All of my memories from the ‘80’s – where the book is set – came flooding back. I wanted to write this story for a very long time and as my children were both at school, once I started, I could not stop! I thought, ate, dreamt and breathed the words. Like most writers I kept a notebook with me at all times to jot down my thoughts, which I did, even if it was in the middle of the night.
Julie & Kishore is loosely based on my own life, a Kiwi girl who met and fell in love with an Indian guy in the mid-’80’s. We, as a real couple faced some of the same problems as the characters in the book. My husband is an absolute romantic at heart, just like Kishore, so this part was easy to write. To make the story more exciting Julie & Kishore has some adventure and excitement added to it and as such is fiction. When I was planning the book I wanted to add facts/ideas/stories about the Indian culture so that when people read the book, not only would they enjoy the story but hopefully they would also learn (if they didn’t already know) more about Indian traditions. When I first met my husband I was very naïve and had preconceived ideas about people from India.
While writing – once a week I left my house on foot and walked twenty minutes to the top of my street where I attended a Yoga class. After telling the class members about my writing I was inspired to give the first printed draft to the Yoga teacher to read. She did and said she loved it as she could relate to many of the true Kiwi references in the story. Many more drafts and fleshing out of the story followed.
I am currently proof-reading the second book which is called Julie & Kishore – Take Two. The trilogy will be completed with a third book Nina’s Art which has many of the same characters but is a completely different story.
In my books I have used the pen name of Carol Jackson – Jackson is my maiden name,
many people have asked me why I did not use my married name which is Sharma.
The reason I did this is because at times during Julie & Kishore, she (Julie) questions, the book is from her point of view, whether she can stick with the relationship as the couple face a lot of adversity. There is a sense of ‘will they or wont they’ stay together. I felt if I used my married name, people will guess that the book is based on my life and will know there is a happy ending as I have an English first name and an Indian surname.
Before I had Julie & Kishore published it was my biggest dream to place my book (as a paperback) in my Mothers hands. I am so pleased and happy to say that I have proudly achieved this. Another goal I am happy to have achieved is to get Julie & Kishore into Auckland public libraries. I was very pleased last year (2014) when I was advised that they bought copies of my book and it can now be ordered and borrowed from any Auckland library. My next wish is to see it on book shelves in book stores. I would love to walk past a café or a bus stop and see someone with their head buried in a copy of Julie & Kishore – imagine that!
Of course it would be the ultimate dream to have all three books published and sold all over the world.
But for now, I am happy just to get the next book Julie & Kishore – Take Two finished and published.
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blog post by Carol Jackson