Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out today's special guest Chloe Jacobs!
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Hello! I’m so very excited to be here today! Thank you to Shelley for having me!
Shelley asked me to talk about the things I can’t live without when I’m writing, so here it goes:
1. Laptop – A lot of people use laptops, and that’s nothing really special. But for me, I can’t write on anything BUT a laptop. I don’t like a desktop because I hate sitting at a desk and writing. Desks always seem to face the wall and I hate facing the wall when I’m working. I love being able to take my laptop wherever I want to write. Sometimes I go to the living room couch so I can write and watch tv (which somehow never results in many words on the page), or I can take the laptop with me out on the deck and write beneath my favorite tree. I can take the laptop to the cottage and write by the lake. I can take the laptop anywhere. That’s pretty much the most awesome thing in the world.
2. Coffee – Again, not really very unique, I know. Lots of people drink coffee, right? Then again, I do need to have MY mug. It has to be my mug. Not the red and green Christmas mug that my son likes to drink hot chocolate out of. Not the massive, blue mug that my husband uses for tea, or the numerous mugs we have in the cupboard from all the different radio stations in town. I need mine. It’s a plain white coffee mug with a travel lid that I take everywhere. I even drink from it when I’m not going anywhere, but the idea is that I can have the elixir of life with me at all of the same places I bring my laptop!
(Hey! There seems to be a travel theme to my writing that I JUST noticed right this minute!)
3. iPod – All right, so there’s NOTHING original in this list. Sorry about that, but I like my music and although I don’t need it all the time when I’m writing, I do need it when there are distractions (like when I try to write in a public place or if kiddo is playing in the background and making noise). I don’t like putting my playlist on random while I’m writing either. I need to have the songs play in the order I’ve listed them. Why? Because the familiarity of knowing all the songs so well, even to the order they will be played, provides enough white noise so that it drowns out other things, but doesn’t attract my attention enough to pull me out of my writing.
4. My Dog – She’s a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Blue Heeler. She’s got the long fur of the Retriever, but a black coat with a little bit of grey on her chest. The most beautiful dog EVER. And a bit stubborn. Now, granted, she doesn’t have to be with me while I’m writing, but I like it when she is. She plops down at my feet and keeps me company. Every once in a while I will reach out and bury my fingers in her long black fur. Then, if I’ve been writing for too long, she’ll put her face between me and the laptop screen to let me know that it’s break time. I usually end up getting tricked into taking her for a walk and giving her a biscuit before I can sit back down again.
5. Snacks – I can’t write without something to munch on. My favorite treat is chocolate covered raisins. I’d probably eat anything with chocolate on it, but I pick the raisins because then I can lie and tell myself it’s sort-of healthy for me. If there aren’t any more raisins, or I’m really trying to be good then I’ll have a handful of grapes, or a bowl of cereal that I can eat dry. Cheerios is good for that.
So, that’s me. I wish I could tell you I needed my Sam and Dean Supernatural action figures to write, my Red-Fog zombie comics t-shirt, or my pink grapefruit Lip Smackers…but those aren’t needed for writing, they’re needed for LIFE. LOL
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
Her debut Young Adult fantasy, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, will be available everywhere Winter 2012! In the meantime, check her out online…
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING
While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the 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 being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .