Hey everyone! I’ve got a special treat for you today. With JK Allen’s new release, Heavenfire, I got the chance to sit down with Jackson for a talk. Jackson is Aiden and Ginny’s guide and mentor. So, without further adieu, here’s our discussion.
Hi! Come have a seat and tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jackson, and I am the chapter head and a Council leader for the Lockewood chapter of the Alliance. The purpose of the Alliance is to protect humans from demonkind of all forms. You have not heard of us, because we are a secret organization. The public world at large is not aware there are angels and demons amongst us, and we are happy to help from the shadows so to speak. I am also in charge of the minors in Alliance house, teaching them their lessons and making sure they behave up to our standards. But they are good children.
How did you decide to mentor Aiden when most everyone else around looked down on him for not being a descendent of Grace?
Aiden is special, even without being angelborn. He suffered a terrible tragedy, and came out of it wanting to protect others from experiencing the same loss, rather than feeling poorly for himself. And that is exactly what our mandate with Heaven is about. It is what the heart of Alliance is, so how could I turn away this fierce and determined child who wanted nothing more than to uphold what the Alliance really means? The best part is how well he has succeeded.
What is your favorite weapon and why?
I have tried to train with a number of different weapons throughout my life. My go to is any type of sword, of which there are many options, but I usually choose a broadsword. I prefer utilitarian usage to anything fancy or more for aesthetic purposes.
So, now that you’re on the Alliance Council, what’s changed for you?
Nothing has changed in me, I should say. I still hold the same beliefs and convictions and the same moral obligations as before. The difference is now I have the ability to act upon those and not have to wade through politics to have the right things happen.
As a member of the Alliance Council, what are your hopes and goals for the Alliance?
I hope to temper the imperial sort of rule we have experienced in the past, and I hope to get rid of despotism in passing on the position of Council leader. It has often been kept within certain families, which has caused a rift between members and allowed for too much power to be held by certain people. I hope to steer us to a place where we can make the best decisions for all of the Alliance chapter members, and not just the best for a privileged few.
What is your proudest moment?
My proudest moment is difficult to define and limit to just one. I have many things I take pride in, I have lived for a while now as you may know, but lately I find great joy and pride in my children, not that they are truly mine. I know I should not call them children, as they are all now well into their teens, but I have been with them since they were children, and I do still tend to call them children. Aiden in particular has accomplished many amazing things. He is not angelborn, but he is a strong fighter, even against changelings. He also does well in his studies, which is just as crucial. The first time he successfully fought against a changeling on his own was a moment I remember with pride.
What is your biggest regret?
This is a difficult question to answer. My biggest regret is that I do not show my emotions, so this sort of question is precisely the thing I would avoid. I like to think I am a positive influence on the children, guiding them with a steady hand and being someone they can depend upon, but I think for some of them, they would have preferred if I had shown more affection or praise. It is not how I was raised, and it is my biggest fault.
Anything else you’d like to talk about?
I understand if a world with angels and demons does not make sense to you, but I hope you will feel safer knowing the Alliance and the angel Grace are working to keep you protected. We are all over the world, all over the United States, and Ginny and Aiden are doing their part to stop Jacob from gaining power to gain control. They are young, but they are powerful, especially Ginny, and they are not alone. Their mission halfway around the world is of vital importance, but I have immense faith in them. And we are acting ourselves while they are protecting our divine relics. The story starts with Angelborn, but they have their new mission in Heavenfire. Please follow along as they stop that dreadful half-demon in his tracks.
JK Allen wrote her first story when she first learned how to write and hasn’t looked back since. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity, everyday magic, and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Several of her short stories and four poems are featured in anthologies. Angelborn is her first novel in her debut series with Heavenfire continuing the journey. She is currently working on the trilogy as well as several shorts, while researching for a new series in the works. Her reading tastes are as varied as the genres she enjoys writing, from Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling. When she’s not writing, you can find her painting, drawing, or lost in another world between the pages of a book. Or on Facebook.
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