Jacklynn Lord is an ordained minister, a composer, and she’s produced a couple of albums. Her husband is a trumpet player with whom she’s performed all over the world—Japan and China to Mexico. She’s also semi-retired from the phone company. But for purposes of the matter at hand, she’s an author, just having published her seventh book.
You’ve written a book.
What’s its name?
It’s STC: The Sharpest Weapon.
And you’re not going to tell me what STC stands for?
No. I could. I could tell you, and I could also tell you why I ever came up with those three letters, but it’s kind of … I don’t know … I don’t want to spoil the book for you. I’ll tell you if you want.
No, better not. So tell me a little what the book’s about.
It’s about a group of people who take care of … and defuse—Michelle could I have my computer for just a second, please—I’m going to read it to you right off the jacket.
Oh no, don’t. Just tell me what it’s about.
It’s about a group of people who defuse difficult situations when normal agencies can’t do anything about them.
Ooh. Like the A Team!
Not like that. [Laughs.]
Have you written books before?
I’m working on my seventh book.
You’re working on your seventh book? Do you live in Reno?
And how long have you lived in Reno?
How did you come to write books?
I’m a 68-year-old great grandmother, and in 1992, I broke my leg. I was laying in bed, and my daughter was doing some work on my computer, and she said, “Mom, what’s this?” She found the first two chapters of a book that I had written, an action adventure. She said, “Oh, my god, this is the greatest thing. You should finish it.” And I said, “OK.” And so for the few months that I was down, I wrote this book. And it’s been an adventure.
Are you self-published?
No. You’ve probably heard of PublishAmerica. PublishAmerica will publish anything, but they don’t charge you to publish it, so it’s not like a vanity press. You send them the copy, and if they like it, they publish it. And I had a good editor, and I just sent it to them, and they thought it was really good.
What’s a good editor?
It’s the editor who goes through and reads the book and finds any flaws in it and points it out to you and also does quite a bit of checking for typos and that kind of thing.
Where can people buy your books?
They can get it through PublishAmerica.com, or they can go down to Barnes & Noble and order it.
They don’t keep them in stock?
It just went to print. So it’ll be out in a few days or a couple weeks. It’ll be a new release on PublishAmerica.