Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in
print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her
husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled
with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband.
Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the
I finished the first draft of my second book. Prior to that, I wasn't sure
writing the first novel was a fluke or not. Could I do it again? Then I did,
and it was my proof I had what it took to be a writer. Every time I reach the
end of a work, it's further reinforcement.
Can you please tell us about your
book ‘Shadow Cat (The Striped Ones)’ and why you wrote it?
Shadow Cat follows the journey of Eric, an American business man, who travels
to Malaysia for a bit of R&R. A few mishaps and he finds himself stranded
in the jungle, fighting wehr-tigers and demons. In the midst of it all, he
falls for a native, Berani, who has a few mystical surprises of her own.
What books have most influenced your life
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, hands down. I related to the women in the book both
as a mother and a daughter. Though my parents weren't overbearing and never
pressured me beyond my abilities, I still had self-imposed expectations for
myself because I wanted them to be proud of me. As for me being a parent, I
have hopes and dreams for my children. I don't dictate their future careers for
them, but I do guide them along the paths they hope to obtain. I only want the
best for them. Amy Tan managed to express my sentiments and more in the Joy
How does your family feel about your career?
husband makes it very easy for me to be a writer. He pays the bills, gives me
peace and quiet, and as long as I don't lock myself away in a room, he's quite
supportive. Since I published and provided a copy of Shadow Cat to my mother,
she's recently come around. Before, she seemed a bit skeptical. These days
she's spreading the news--her daughter is an author. As for my reading aged
children, my oldest hit a bout of defiance a week or two ago. She told me a few
days before her 18th birthday I couldn't stop her from reading my erotic
writings. As she put it, I can't keep treating her like a child. My next
oldest, a 14-year-old, is a "take it or leave it" kind of gal. As
long as I keep her well supplied in fresh books, she's good to go.
Briefly share with us what you do to market
enough, I'll tell you that. :) The marketing thing is new to me, and I admit to
botching it royally. :) In terms of paid marketing, I've purchased several ads,
a sponsorship, and done a few giveaways (print and ebooks). No cost
advertisement--blog posts, tweeting, review requests, and I have a mini blog
tour scheduled this month.
If you had to verbalize a slogan for your
life – what would it be?
What are your current projects?
I love writing but hate editing, and the current state of
my projects reflects that. At the moment, I have the first draft of book two
and three of the Striped Ones finished and ready for editing. Other than a few
gaps, I have the first draft of a New Adult novel called I Loved You First
complete. And I plan to tackle on a New Adult fantasy novel next month which I
started last year. Now I need to schedule time for editing so I can send the
drafts to critique partners.
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