Hi guys, joining me today is a man of many talents, Ben Jackson!
Hi Ben! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, thanks for having me! I’m Ben Jackson and I currently live in both Australia and Canada. I’m married to my wife Sam Lawrence, who lives in Canada and we work together on all our books (she’s the brains behind our books!) I work fulltime as a boiler maker welder specializing in Aluminium ship building and write in my spare time.
Have you always wanted to write books? What made you start?
I have always been interested in reading books and can devour them quite quickly. I just sort of fell into writing my own books and eventually writing children’s books with my wife Sam.
Tell us about all your different jobs, and the secret of how you manage your time between them!
I’m a full-time welder when I’m in Australia. I’m a freelance writer on Fiverr, and self-publish my own books and manage several websites and help other authors. I don’t know how I manage my time, organized chaos and mayhem would be a good definition.
What are your favourite genres to read and write?
My favourite genre to read is war and action. My favourite books to write are my children’s books.
You write in many genres, what’s it like writing in such a broad range of styles?
Hard. I’m helping another author with a large non-fiction book now as a ghost-writer. This is the first non-fiction book I have done in a while and I’m a bit rusty!
Where is your perfect holiday destination, and what would you do there?
Anywhere relaxing! I love the ocean and beaches, but it must have Wi-Fi! I don’t like being out of touch with the world.
You have a series of children’s book about a boy being friends with a fart, where did this idea come from and how did it end up being so cute?
My wife and I came up with the idea late one night and it all sort of spiralled out of control from there. She loves to work with the illustrator Danko coming up with the ideas for pictures, bringing the book to life.
Tell us about your latest release! Or an upcoming release if you have one soon.
The latest release was my If I Was A Caterpillar, and we are right now having the book The Day My Fart Followed Me To Soccer Illustrated.
What makes this book unique?
If I was A Caterpillar is a lot different than the Little Fart series. I wanted to write a book that showed kids that they could do or be anything that they wanted!
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for having me!!! I love it and I love working with other Indie Authors to promote and build their work.