Today I am interviewing the talented, hilarious (in a good way), and stupendously awesome Chloe Jacobs. Check out her fun answers to my interrogation (interview), drop by her media sites, and take a look at my 5-star review for her debut novel!
Sum up yourself in a tweet (140 characters or less)!
I was tossed in the river in a basket as a baby, raised by ninjas, and trained as a secret agent. Okay, one of those might be an exaggeration
Where did you get the idea for Greta and the Goblin King?
Well, originally I set out to write a twisted fairy tale because I love them. I love learning about where they come from and the meaning that was behind them when they were first written. But I didn’t want to re-do a fairy tale that had already been done often already. When I settled on the tale of Hansel and Gretel, and thought about where I could take it, I know that the real story I was going to be telling wasn’t about a witch in the forest and a gingerbread house, it was about an entirely new world beyond that witch’s oven where there would be more than just witches, but also goblins , ghouls, ogres, faeries, and an eclipse that turns them all into raging monsters.
What personality traits do you share with Greta?
Didn’t you read the whole trained by ninjas thing?
Haha just kidding (maybe)
Seriously though, I’m not really like Greta at all. I mean, I can be pretty stubborn, but that’s about as close as we get. Greta’s been through some serious tribulations and all I can say is I’m glad I haven’t had to live that kind of life. It was hard enough trying to imagine what it would be like to lose everything, not only your family and friends, but even the world as you knew it. I’m not sure I would have ended up as strong as she is.
In your book, you have a lot of new twists on old mythical creatures. Which one of your reinventions is your favorite?
Well, I really do love Isaac, but that might be for reasons other than the mythical twist his character ended up with. *grin*
I also loved to research the Lamia. I took the idea of the witch who eats children from Hansel and Gretel and found another similar myth. Did you know that in Greek Mythology, there is a creature called Lamia, who was tricked by Hera (Zeus’s wife) into eating her own child, and thereafter developed a bit of a taste for it? (She might have been driven a tad insane.)
What is your average writing day like?
I try to write every day (or edit, depending on the stage I’m at). For me, the writing process is about challenge. I write best when I tell myself how many words to get, and then I have to sit down and get it done before I can do anything else, like fool around on Twitter. *grin*
If you could go on vacation anywhere–fictional or real–with any person–fictional or real–where would you go and who would you take?
If I could go anywhere, I’d pick Egypt, or maybe Scotland, or China. I love the old places. The ones where history bleeds from the very stone and there are hundreds of stories that time has forgotten, just waiting to be rediscovered and told again. I should say that I would want to bring my husband, but he’s more interested in hiking through the woods and communing with nature, so maybe I’d bring my son because he loves that stuff as much as I do.
Legolas or Aragorn?
Oh. My. God. I have to pick?!!??!
What’s a question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview? What’s your answer?
I love to share what I’m reading lately, and recently I finished Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas which were so amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. I also read Tara Fuller’s second book in her reaper series, and the hero, Cash, is to die for! And I’ve just picked up The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater and Graceling by Kristin Cashore so I’m looking forward to those.
I love getting recommendations, too, so tell me what you’re reading!
Thank you so much for letting me come by and chat today!