14 October 2019

Guest Post || Magic Harbor by Kristen L. Jackson



When Alyx Eris convinced him to become a keeper of the watch, Chase Walker knew he gained the ability to traverse the twelve dimensions.

He knew there were others—the hunters—who would do anything to put an end to the watches’ existence.

He knew his status as a keeper was completely binding until his nineteenth birthday.

Most importantly, he knew he’d be spending the year by Alyx’s side.

What he didn’t know was that in this dimension resides a ruling mage that poses more of a threat than the hunters ever could.

He didn’t know that magic-born hybrid beasts lurk in every corner of the surrounding forests.

And he didn’t know that nothing—and no one—is what it seems in the mystical world of Dimension 8.


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Why I Love Writing Fiction
By Kristen L. Jackson


Writing fiction is the most wonderful feeling in the world. 

Sometimes as I'm writing, my heart pounds while my hands race across as the keys. There is a feeling of pure euphoria that washes over me while creating something from my imagination alone. 

In the middle of world-building, even when I'm not actively writing, the multitude of directions the story might go saturates my mind. In my new release, MAGIC HARBOR (Book Two in the KEEPER OF THE WATCH Series), there were so many possiblities! I am completely in love with this story and these characters in this setting.

Throughout the day at work, performing everyday routines, or laying in bed at night, all the possibilities are constantly running through my brain. 

Occasionally, the details of reality bog me down...and I lose sight of my imaginings. It is then that I have to remind myself that this is my world, and in it I can do anything I want. 

Fiction. 

In a manuscript I wrote last summer, part of the story was set at our small cabin in the Pocono mountains. Just the other day, I was asking my husband details about the water system so I could describe it just right. The storyline just wasn't going the way I wanted, and I began to get discouraged. 

It hit me in a flash. Just because I'm basing the novel on a certain place does not mean it has to be exactly the same. I can change the setting to suit the story. So I re-routed the piping system in the story to make it work. 

(If only problems could be solved as easily in real life!)

While immersed in writing, I spend countless amounts of time staring off into space just thinking. Concocting all sorts of things. Weapons. Automobiles. Parallel worlds. Protagonists. Antagonists. Background. Setting. 

I don't have to prove any of it exists. I don't even have to know all the technical information involved. 

All I have to do is effectively explain why it makes sense within the boundaries of my story.

"A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist." --Vladmir Nabokov

I simply let my imagination take me away...and then write about it!

But the truth is, no matter how active a writer's imagination is, it is the reader who needs to keep reading and relate to the story.

Without the reader's imagination, the tale falls flat.

If a reader can't picture in his mind the setting, characters, descriptions ... then it's a failure.

The ultimate goal of a writer is to stimulate the imagination of others.

It only begins in the imagination of the writer. Stephen King once said, "Description begins in the writers imagination. But it should finish in the readers."

The real superhero is the reader.

I want to thank all of the avid readers who make it possible for dragons to fly, magic to exist, and dimensions to travel. 

Thank you for the miracles, the happy endings, and the twists that become real. 

All because you believe. 

Without your imagination, none of these things would ever exist. 

You are the ones with the superpowers. 

Keep dreaming, and never lose your youthful spirit and imagination!

"You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one." –John Lennon, Imagine

Keep on reading! –Kristen L. Jackson

About the Author

Kristen L. Jackson been a teacher for over twenty years, and lives in Reading, Pennsylvania with her husband, two grown sons, and three large-breed dogs. Books inspire her. From children’s picture books to adult literature in all genres, she has loved reading all her life. Becoming a published author has been her dream come true, and she loves to share her stories with readers of all ages. Sign up on her website to follow her blog to stay up to date on what she’s working on now! Kristen loves writing, reading, and spending time with her family and dogs at their cabin in the Poconos…her favorite place to escape and write!










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