Jessica, Mackenzie, Meredith, and Stephanie Jackson are identical quadruplets who are current juniors in college. They live in Northern Virginia. Some of their biggest inspirations include their parents and their two older brothers.
What inspires you to write?
Moves, Music, other books, my friends, family, parents, day dreaming basically anything can inspire me to write. In fact, don’t think I’ve ever stopped writing since the fifth grade. But Anthony Horowitz, Denise Hunter, Michael Grant, and RL Stine are some of my favorite authors. -Jess
My life, mainly. People always say write what you know and so events that went on in my life are the biggest inspiration. Sometimes I get inspired by a quote, a song, or an experience a friend has gone through. Inspiration also comes from reading a lot of different books ranging from fantasy like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter to non-fiction collections such as Chicken Soup. -Mack
Lots of things inpsire me to write; it could be as simple as phrase someone said, or what I would like to see happen in a TV show or movie. Bu, it’s mainly my own life experiences and reading other author’s works, especially JK Rowling, Denise Hunter, Sarah Dessen, Michael Grant, RL Stine, Christopher Pike, James Paterson, and Tamora Pierce that inspire me to write. Being a quadruplet gives you a plethora of different scenarios to write about. With the authors I’ve listed, there’s a wide variety of fantasy, horror/thriller, and young adult fiction that’s always caught my attention and made me read the books over and over again. -Mere
A lot of things inspire me but I’d have to say dreams or simple phrases inspire me. It just has to be something that will instantly capture my interest. -Steph
Tell us about your writing process
I don’t have one really, I just get an idea and I write and write until I feel that I’ve told a story, then I go back and edit it the best I can. What I focus on the most, however, is having a believable range of characters. -Jess
It depends on what I’m working on. Usually I get an idea for a character first and then I build a story around them. Other times I get an idea for a plot and then the characters come to life when I imagine how a certain one would react in a certain situation. It all starts, for me, asking what if questions and my ideas exands from there. -Mack
My writing process is pretty simple. As soon as I hear or think of something that I could make a story out of, I immediately write it down or send it to myself in a text. As soon as I get a notebook or I’m on my computer, I put on some music and just write. I can write for hours if I really set my mind to it. There are many times where I plan ahead of time how I want something to turn out, only to find that I write something complelety different, but it still impacts the story and characters in a strong way. So, I’d say, yes, I do listen to my characters. It’s a lot less stressful to do that instead of always wanting things to go a specific way. I’ve always found I’ve written better things when I’m not in the mindset of, “Ok, I have to have this happen this way” and just write and see what I can come up with. -Mere
When I write I have to listen to music. It helps keep me focused. I don’t like being in spaces where it is too quiet. I have to make sure, though, I don’t go on the internet or else YouTube will suck me in. As for my characters, no I don’t listen or talk to my characters. If anything my characters start out one way but then end up being different by the time I introduce them. -Steph
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve never done this -Jess
I do both, actually. Sometimes my characters even steer an idea I had in a different direction that ends up working out better than my previous idea would have. I talk to them when I as what they would do in a certain situation if I’m not too sure how an event would play out of if I am writing them right. -Mack
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop reading. If you want to write a book that you think people will enjoy, start at the kinds of books that you enjoy reading. -Jess
Don’t write for others, write for yourself. If you’re not having fun writing anymore you’re doing it wrong. If you’re writing to make others happy while putting your own happiness to the side, stop right there. At the center of it all you are writing to get a story out that you want to be proud of and that you think others will enjoy. You have no obligation to the readers. Also, do not stress if there are times where a lot of time goes by and nothing has been written. It will come to you, ignore the pressures put on you (unless you’re on a strict deadline of course). -Mack
I would tell writers to not treat writing like a job or a chore. There were many times where I would sit down and think “Ugh, I have to write this chapter today” and i found I wasn’t happy at that moment in time, telling myself that I absolutely had to finish a chapter that day. I write because I love to write not because I have to. Don’t force yourself into writing. -Mere
Keep writing. Even if you get a bad review. Even if many people will tell you otherwise, keep writing. Most cases those who give you bad reviews are just trying to break the good review streak. They leave a bad review because you haven’t received a bad review yet. Otherwise, if writing is your dream you won’t let anyone stop you. Not even yourself. -Steph
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We had our book down in the eighth grade. Skip ahead to freshmen year of college and we looked it over again and realized how bad it was. Jess re-wrote it as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and finished it in two weeks. We then took until our junior year of college to really start trying to publish it. After being turned down by, about, 20 publishers, we decided to publish ourselves. We wanted to have it done before we turned twenty and before our mother’s birthday. We missed our mother’s birthday to have it done, but we had it finished about two weeks before we turned twenty!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that it’ll just continue to get better to allow people to achieve their dreams of becoming published.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Teen Fiction, Humor, Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print