Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Author Spotlight...The Wonderful Jacoba Dorothy!

We have an absolutely amazing author here today who is just the nicest person you'd ever want to meet. It's a bonus that she writes so well, too!
Please join me in welcoming the lovely Jacoba Dorothy to the blog today. Hello, Jacoba!

1)    Tell us about yourself. What started your writing journey?
I am the mother of two, a teacher and I live in Australia’s bush capital, sharing it with all kinds of native flora and fauna. Its magpie season at the moment, and you can’t walk down our street without being dive bombed by one of those crazy birds. Heaps of bike riders where these helmets with spiky plastic things sticking out of them, to stop being pecked. Crazy!!!!
My writing journey has been relatively short compared to most. I only put fingers to keyboard about three years ago. Not really sure why, I just kind of got the urge to give it a go, and here I am three years down the track about to be a published author.  So awesome!!!

2) What is your book about?
It is a trilogy, called Eternal Curse and it’s the continuing story of two sisters who are bound by an ancient curse, set to create the next sorceress in their family. The main character, Jo is unaware that she and her sister have been cursed. The first book, Reflections, tells the story of how she finds out and how she makes a few more discoveries about her family history and herself along the way.

3) Do you identify with one of your characters? Are any of your characters based on real-life or anyone you know?
I identify with the problems my main character faces, not in the fantasy sense but her bumpy road to self-discovery. I also admire her steely determination to follow through and make the most of what she’s got and who she is.
I didn’t intentionally base any characters on anyone I know, except Jack, who is based on my son. But a couple of my friends, who have read it, said the characters reminded them of members in my family and close friends. I guess subconsciously you can’t help but be affected by people around you and stories you hear.

4) What is your favorite genre to read and do you write in that genre?
I love a good love story. The kind that make you tingle, and say Aww…. I also love a good story. The kind you can’t get out of your head for days. I have read so many books over the years, and have my favourites, the ones I would read and re-read.
But to write is a different story. I feel most comfortable writing fantasy, although I’d love to write a memoir of having my son, who has Down syndrome. There seems to be a lot written, fiction and non-fiction about special needs kids but not all of it paints a positive picture.  And I know it’s different for everyone, but for us, having Jack has been, for the most part, a positive experience, and I’d like to reflect that.

5) How does your inspiration strike?
Like lightning!!! No just kidding. I wish. I have about five to six stories buzzing around in my head at the moment, but I’m concentrating on editing my trilogy and hope once that’s done I can set those stories flying.
I usually find, once I start typing, the words just flow, I don’t always know what I’m going to write, until my fingers hit the keys. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not!!!

6) If you had to start your book over, would you do anything differently?
Definitely not. The journey has been incredible! My learning curve hit the roof. I’ve loved every minute of it.
(My husband and kids not so much… LOL)

7) what do you hope readers take away from your book after they've read it?
Firstly, enjoyment. Secondly, they are hooked enough to give the second and third one a go. And thirdly, well, if they can have that Ah… moment, or if the stories stays with them for a few days, well I’d feel like I’d hit the jackpot.

glasses Do you have any new works in the pipeline? If so, what are they about?
I’ve started another YA fantasy called The Filigree Key. I’d really love to keep working on that. I’m also half way through a spoof on the Snow White fairytale, called Cold Grey. And as I said I have about another four or five others buzzing around the old noggin.  I hope once my trilogy is edited and published, I’ll have more time to concentrate on writing other stuff.
Oh, and Jess, you and Sam inspire me, I’d love to write an adult contemporary romance one day. You know when I’m all grown up... LOL! Thanks heaps for having me. Jxx

1 comment:

R.R.Jones said...

Nice to learn a bit more about Jacoba, such a lovely, helpful person.
Nice one ladies :-)