Today I have the honor of welcoming Theresa Jacobs to the blog. She’s introducing us to her newly released novella, The Cimmerians.
Welcome, Theresa. I’m so pleased you could join me. Let’s talk a bit about your writing.
If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Halloween, and that would be awesome. She’s like the daytime Johnny Carson for breakout artists.
How did you get the idea for the novel?
Well, this one began as a short story, and I include it as a freebie in the back of the book. Sometimes when I’m on my computer I’ll catch a shadow in my peripheral vision, but when I turn to look there is nothing there. One time when it happened I just thought what a good creepy ghost story that could be. So I wrote a short. Then I had such great feedback, and everyone was asking for a longer version. So I wrote a longer tale about “The Followers.”
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The above brings me to this question. My short story was called “The Followers,” so I couldn’t name the novel the same. I was deep into writing when I needed a new word for darkness, and I found the word Cimmerian – and that was another light bulb moment. Perfect new title! The Cimmerians.
What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There is a short scene where Emersyn takes a shortcut through the woods. It wasn’t a long scene, but I felt I did well with instilling a nice creepy aura. I just enjoyed it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, Cataclysm, came to me when I was a child. In the author intro, I tell the tale of my cat at night with the eye-shine, which birthed a creative idea. I carried this idea with me for many years until I started to make a story about it. It did take me over twenty years to fully write the novel, and then another to publish it. But once I did that, I dove full-force into my writing. I love doing it!
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Editing is KEY. Get help, ask for help, and listen to all the critics – the honest ones. Fix your mistakes, and keep growing.
What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
Young Adult. I do enjoy reading many excellent YA authors, and I’d love to do some light YA horror. I will try soon, I promise.
What book are you reading right now?
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up, or get discouraged. Take a breather if you need to, but keep plugging away. This is not an easy gig, but if you love it you can’t hide from it.
Is there anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you all, and I can’t wait until there are more of you!
Theresa Jacobs believes in magic, fairies, dragons, and ghosts. She trusts science and thinks that aliens know way too much. Born and raised in Canada, she only began her writing journey two years ago. Through hard work, she has published a horror novel, sci-fi novel, horror novella, horror anthologies, children’s books, and poetry. She is a contributor to 1428elm.com an online horror magazine. While working full-time, she is also currently writing a sports figure’s biography, so stay tuned.
Her website: http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage
Her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2
WordPress blog; https://authortheresajacobs.wordpress.com/
Free books available from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/theresajcbs
1428 Elm Horror Mag: http://1428elm.com/author/tjacobs/