Friday, January 11, 2013

Charming Canucks: Interview and Giveaway with Chloe Jacobs

Charming Canucks is a feature I’ve created that will be posted every other month or so in an effort to spotlight more Canadian YA authors and their books. 
Today, I'd like to welcome Chloe Jacobs.
 
A bit about Chloe (as found on Goodreads): 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. 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. 

Greta and the Goblin King, your debut novel, was released on November 13 by Entangled Teen. Give three reasons why everyone should read it. 
Well, I think everyone should read it because Greta is totally kick ass. I also think everyone should read it because otherwise you’ll never believe a goblin could be so hot! And finally, everyone should read it because it’s a fantastic, high-action story, with themes of home and friendship and responsibility, that I’m really proud to have written :) 

Greta and the Goblin King is a fantasy. Is there another genre you’d love to try your hand at someday? Is there a genre you could never see yourself writing? 
I love writing stories in all different kinds of genres. I’d like to try some contemporary and steampunk, although I don’t think I will ever be the type to write mysteries. Even if there is some mystery in my books, if I were writing a book where the mystery was the main point I think I would always keep thinking I was ruining it. The answer would be too obvious and no one would be surprised at the end. 

What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser or a planner? 
I like to plot the main story – just the first couple of big points, and then see what I can do with the rest as it starts to unfold. Sometimes that means the book deviates from the original plan, but I think that’s ok and I’m willing to go with it most of the time. 

Describe your writing space. 
I can pretty much write anywhere as long as I have my laptop. I’m not constrained to a desk or a particular “spot” although I usually tend to write in a cushy chair in my living room, or out on the deck when the weather is nice. As long as there’s coffee somewhere, I’m good. 

I know Greta and the Goblin King is the first book in the Mylena Chronicles. Can you give a hint of what to expect in the sequel? 
I can’t say much, sorry! Except that Greta and Isaac still have much to overcome and a dangerous path to follow. I hope that readers will be excited by their journey and the reappearance of certain characters from book 1!

Quick Questions: 

Your website mentions that you’ve lived in practically every province of Canada. Growing up, where did you love living (city or province) and why? 
My family moved around a lot. When I was young in Alberta, there was a really harsh recession and my dad ended up out of work for a long while. We moved to a couple of places while my parents tried to make a better life. Finally, that meant settling in Ontario, where I’ve been ever since, although I did my fair share of moving around after I left my parents home too. 

You go on a cross-country trip across Canada. What is the one place you have to visit? 
Drumheller, Alberta. It’s called Dinosaur Valley and I think everyone has to check it out. Even if you aren’t a ten year old boy in love with all things dinosaur, the museum and badlands are amazing to see!Although … it’s hard to pick just one place in Canada. If you love nature and the outdoors, then Canada is THE place to be. I LOVE visiting Northern Ontario in the summertime, and the City of Ottawa with all its museums and the National Art Gallery of Canada. I love the Rocky Mountains, and the downtown Toronto skyline, and going to Kensington Market.There’s also Niagara Falls, and Jasper National Park, and the Bay of Fundy, and … wow I could really go on a tangent here. LOL. 

What's your favourite book by a Canadian author and why? 
I have read and loved many many books by Canadian authors so I hate to pick just one, but a classic that stuck with me when I read it a few years ago is The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. It’s a disturbing book published more than 30 years ago, but it stands the test of time. One of Canada's most revered authors, Ms. Laurence won two Governor General's Awards for Fiction and was given more than a dozen honorary degrees in her lifetime. 

A huge thank you to Chloe for taking the time to answer my questions!

Chloe can be found on: [her website] [Twitter] [Facebook] [Goodreads]
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16 comments:

  1. AH! I can't wait to read this Z! I of course adore a heroine that's kick ass, so I'm thinking Greta will work well for me. And I've heard some really great things about Isaac as well. Thanks so much for the chance to win! *crosses fingers*

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  2. Thanks for giving us a little insight to the author and the book, Z! I've heard of the book and I'm curious by the premise. I'm also wondering how a goblin could be hot because from what I remember they usually small, green, and ugly. LOL!

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  3. I will have to read it, because your right, when I think of Goblins, the word Hot does not usually come to mind.

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  4. Such a great interview, ladies! I can hardly wait to read this book, it sounds so interesting. Also, I love the author's author photo (I have an obsession with decorative masks!)

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  5. I'm currently reading Greta and the Goblin King :) I LOVE it!

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  6. Aha, thanks for the insight into this author and book! She sounds like a true Canadian - loved the tangent she went on about all the best Canadian places to visit (completely agree about Drumheller! It's awesome).

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  7. I am really curious about Greta and the Goblin King! It sounds really original and has had great reviews so far. Thanks for sharing the fun interview. :) I'm pretty sure if I ever wrote something, I'd be very particular about where all that writing took place. It's great that Chloe isn't nearly as fussy. ;)

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  8. I have been on a cross-country trip before and it was eventful. I love looking at the different landscapes. I think it's cool that you have lived in almost every province. The scenery must have been nice :)

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  9. Very excited to read this book and completely agree with the many voyages Canada offers :)

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  10. I love reading book with kick-ass heroine in it and this book sounds great.Thank you for the chance of winning!

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  11. Lovely new idea, Zahida! I'm usually unaware if an author is Canadian or not, so this feature will probably help me a lot. :) A hot goblin? I'm intrigued! Wonderful interview, ladies!

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  12. I read Greta and the Goblin King a while back. I really enjoyed it for its magical plot and happy ending.

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  13. I'm definitely going to buy this book if I don't win it!

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  14. I'm definitely going to buy this book if I don't win it!

    chelsknits at hotmail dot com

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  15. Thanks for the interview and the new author that I have added to my TBR pile. What a wonderful idea, giving some new authors to read.

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  16. Thank you for the giveaway and the information about the author and book!

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