For Chloe Jacobs, writing is something she’s pretty much always done. In high school, she wrote. At university, she wrote. And guess what? She’s doing that right now, and it’s worth it. With her debut, Greta and the Goblin King, being released November 2012, it looks like the writing won’t be stopping anytime soon.
“I love to write. Unfortunately, my family wants food. And clothes. And a roof over their heads. Seriously, though, although the day job keeps me from giving more time to my writing, I don’t mind it too much. I like the interaction with other people and I like my job. I’m down to a 4-day work week though, which is perfect for me because I have the extra full day to devote to my books, and one of these days I’ll be ready to give it up altogether and focus on the writing on a full time basis.”
Jacobs discovered her first love (writing) in school, in particular remembering a short story she wrote about a girl whose dead boyfriend takes possession of the AM radio in her kitchen and his ghost tries to kill her when she starts dating again. For the 10th grade (at the time) Jacobs, writing the story was a chilling and awesome experience.
However, as what happens to many writers, life caught up to Jacobs, who started working full-time, met her husband, and had a baby.
“It wasn’t until after my son was born and I was at home for a while that I started writing again. I remember when I finished my first book (it was an adult paranormal with immortal warriors who fought escapees from a hell dimension), my husband said, ‘So now what?’ and I started looking into how to get it published.”
Approaching the YA genre, though, wasn’t Jacobs’ original intention. After finishing Greta and the Goblin King, she was told that it sounded like it should be young adult. That is when she decided to take the plunge and give it a shot.
“I made changes to that book and realized how much better it was, so now I’m writing more and I absolutely love it!”
The road to writing Greta and the Goblin King was less than streamlined, which is often a good way to learn how to find one’s writing and revising rhythm.
“My very first book took me nine months to write, and revise, and revise again. Now the process is a little more streamlined, but I’m never going to be a fast writer. I tend to let the internal editor take over too much. However, it means that when I come to the editing process, I don’t have as much to fix because I’ve already dealt with many things in my first draft.”
Querying was all wrong, according to Jacobs, who sent her letter to everyone under the sun without doing research first. Rejections came pouring in. However, when she joined the local chapter of Romance Writers of America, it gave Jacobs a look into what other authors had done before, as well as joined her with fellow newbies in the business. The results were stellar.
“After I fixed my query letter, I immediately got a more favorable response. I sold my first manuscript in a four-book deal," said Jacobs, whose story tells an intriguing and twisted tale.
While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.
To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.
But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…
A tough act to follow? Not for Jacobs, who is fervently writing away book two of Greta’s story. Jacobs is excited about it and can’t wait for everyone to read about the characters.
“But I’m also writing a fun novella for Halloween.”
Boo! We can't wait!!
Mark your calendars in order to get your goblin going on this November by pre-ordering from Barnes and Noble, Amazon and BookDepository. Until then, you can follow Chloe Jacobs on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.