Ring Around the Rosy by Jackie Fullerton – Author Interview & Book Giveaway

kieAuthor Jackie Fullerton

Jackie Fullerton is a successful businesswoman and attorney who grew up in rural Ohio.

A mother of five, Fullerton returned to college when her last child was in grade school. She graduated summa cum laude from both Franklin University, where she earned her BS degree in business, and Dayton University, where she earned her MBA. Fullerton later attended Capital Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1993, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in 1995, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1996. Although she is not in active practice, Fullerton volunteers her legal services at a local homeless shelter.

While she lived in Ohio, she was an active member of the Columbus, Ohio, community, Fullerton served on several boards and commissions, including the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Franklin County ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health) Board; Community Shelter Board; Habitat for Humanity Board; and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County, Ohio (CASA).

Fullerton now lives in Florida, with her husband, Tom, and their dog, Flash.

Jackie Fullerton is the author of Ring Around the Rosy, Revenge Served Cold and Piercing the Veil.



1. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
I have received a lot of advice through the years, both solicited and unsolicited. I got advice from my parents, my friends, my business associates, and of course my editor. As far as writing is concerned, the best advice I ever received was if I was serious about my writing, I had to commit to writing one hour every day. No matter what I produced, set aside one hour each day. This is what changed my writing from a hobby to serious author.
2. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I picture myself as Anne Marshall, my protagonist. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and she has a good moral compass. Things I hope can be said of me. Also, the close relationship she has with her father is based on my relationship with my own father. On the other hand, some of her characteristics represent ones I wished I had. She has absolutely no fear and rushes in without thinking. I am a little more cautious. Although I have found myself in situations that make the hair on my husband’s neck stand up.
3. How do you react to a bad review?
I view all reviews as constructive. Fortunately most of my reviews have been positive. The few negative ones I received, offered great advice. Ways I could improve my craft. One reviewer suggested if I didn’t further develop Jason, Anne’s fiance, I should kill him off because all he does now is “show up for sex.” I spent a lot of time developing him further in this third book Ring Around the Rosy, although I may still kill him off.
4. How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
I am constantly looking for unique situations where a murder can take place. If I’m in a hotel, I look down the dark hallways and picture a murder. When I do get a perfect plot, it can germinate for months as I refine it in my mind. The plot for my fourth book came to me over two years ago and I have just worked out all the nuances to my satisfaction. Of course, all that changes once you put pen to paper.
5. In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Mary Higgins Clark. Enough said.
6. Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
With music. I can’t imagine a world without music. I have it playing in the background all the time. Any genre from Elvis to Bach.
7. Favorite places to travel?
Gosh, anywhere. I was born with a suitcase in my hand. The world is so large and so many places to see. On my bucket list is visit every continent on the planet. I’m making good progress and am short only South America and Antarctica. I spent a month in Australia in 2012 and could have shot my self for not tacking on a short trip to Antarctica, but that’s another trip. Favorite so far, are the British Isles. Love Scotland, Ireland, and of course, London.
8. If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Without a doubt, anything by Jane Austin. That period in England brings out the romantic in me. Of course, I would have to be part of the aristocracy and not selling chickens in the west end of London.
9. Pets? – childhood or adult
I adore animals! All of them. I have always had at least one pet in my life for as long as I can remember. Sometimes cats, sometimes dogs, with an occasional hamster or turtle thrown in for good measure. I think having a pet brings out the best in all of us.  Our current pet Flash, is a rescue dog, and has filled our lives for twelve years with joy and happiness.
10. How do you go about revising/editing?
Oh, the dreaded word “editing.” I may write an entire book in just under ten months and then it goes to editing which may take another year. I am fortunate to have the best editor in the entire world. She gets me. But it is still a painful process. She edits and I revise. I have to say that almost every edit she has offered has been  right on. One time I became so discouraged, I questioned why I even bother to write. She told me that authors are story tellers and there would be no books without them. Editors are there to clean it up. That made me feel better.
11. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
That’s simple – Butter Pecan
12. Favorite Food?
Pizza and any type of Pasta..
13. What drives you insane about the writing process?
The dialogue. I hate writing dialogue.
14. Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Absolutely! I draw from my friends most. Every character in my book is based on one of my friends. The villains, who knows, I guess I have met some pretty disagreeable people as well.
15. What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up with a good book or put in a British movie, preferably Jane Austin.
16. Favorite childhood book?
I can’t think of one particular book. My Uncle Wendell bought me a set of Childhood Fairy Tales. I loved those books and still have them. I was always drawn to fantasy – dragons and all that.
17. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Memories from The Way we Were, because of the relationship between Anne and her father which is really the foundation of all the books.
18. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I started attending various author conferences held around the country and quickly realized how open and sharing other authors were. It made no difference if they were widely published or just had their first book put in print, they were all willing to sit around and offer help and advice to new authors. It was at one of these conferences I realized I had become an “author.”
19. What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t get discouraged. Remember you write because you love to tell a story. And don’t be afraid to self publish. It does not have the stigma it used to and more and more authors are e-publishing on their own. Tell your story and then put it out there. (After editing, of course)
20. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because I think it is a good read.



ring aroundRing Around the Rosy

Law student and amateur sleuth Anne Marshall and her attorney fiance Jason Perry leave their Midwestern town for a Florida vacation at the home of Jason’s parents. When they land in Florida, they find that Jason’s father has discovered the murdered body of his wife’s best friend, Maude. The only clue left behind is a note pinned to her that is the second verse of the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy.

Unable to pass up the opportunity to investigate a juicy murder, Anne soon discovers that Maude’s brother was killed in a hit-and run accident several months before. The first verse of Ring Around the Rosy was pinned to his chest. Anne thinks the perp is a serial killer who will strike again.

When Maude’s son, Ron, is brutally attacked and left for dead, Anne knows his work is just beginning. Racing against the clock, Anne soon finds herself in a serial killer’s crosshairs while battling an untimely attraction to homicide detective Don Reynolds.

Ring Around the Rosy takes you on an adventure from present to past and back again as Anne and her crime-solving partners shift in to high gear to stop a killer before he strikes again!



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