Chloe Jacobs is a writer of YA fiction and she graciously agreed to an interview with me today, letting us know about her upcoming book Greta and the Goblin King, a “cross between Alice in Wonderland, Labyrinth and Hansel and Gretel”. Sounds exciting!
Chrys: Hi dear Chloe and welcome to my blog! Why don’t you tell us a few words about yourself first?
Chloe: Hi, and thanks for letting me visit! I’m really excited.
Chrys: What genre(s) do you write and why?
Chloe: I write young adult dark fantasy. Why? You know, I’ve never been asked that. I don’t think I ever really decided I was going to be a fantasy author, but that’s the story that came out of me. I suppose at some point I’ll decide to branch out and try something else as well, but for now I’m perfectly happy with it.
Chrys: What can you tell us about your writing projects and recent releases?
Chloe: I’m currently working on edits for the first book in my series for Entangled Publishing. It’s called GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING and I call it my cross between Alice in Wonderland, Labyrinth and Hansel and Gretel. It’s due to be released in late 2012.
Chrys: Tell us about your latest release (could include blurb, small excerpt like 200 words).
Chloe: While trying to save her brother from the witch’s oven three years ago, seventeen-year-old 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, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, in fact, that 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 boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, Greta will be forced to give up the only thing in this world worth keeping and, worse, no world will be safe from what follows her back…
Goblin King, by Candra
(Not the book cover!)
Chrys: What gave you the idea for this book?
Chloe: You know, I can’t remember exactly what it was that got me started on this book, but I remember very clearly seeing Greta in my head. I knew she was tough, but lonely. Lost, but strong. I knew that the Goblin King wanted her…and that he wasn’t going to be the type of character to play fair.
Chrys: What is special about this book – what sets it apart?
Chloe: This book is special to me because it’s my first foray into writing YA. It’s so much fun and there are so many possibilities in YA. I’m having a really fantastic time!
Chrys: Do you have a favorite scene in the book?
Chloe: One of my favourite scenes is a pretty sad scene. It comes when Greta has just found her pater has been murdered, and she can’t keep the pain inside, even though it kills her to show any weakness in front of Isaac, the Goblin King. And then he surprises her—not by taking advantage of her like she thought he would, but by helping her.
Chrys: What kind of research did you do for this story?
Chloe: The only research I did was to review some fairytale lore. My books can (very loosely) be considered fairy tale re-tellings. Other than that, it all comes from here *taps forehead*
Chrys: Reading fairytales is valid research to me! 🙂 Where can people learn more about you and your writing?
Thanks so much for letting me hang with you today!