Rumor Has It is so excited to have Chloe Jacobs, author of Greta and the Goblin King, on the blog today! Read her wonderful post and then scroll down so you can enter the giveaway!
It’s tough for a YA author to be creative in today’s saturated market, when there are so many great books out there and they all seem to have an angle that no one’s ever thought of before.
I’ve been asked how there can be so many books about vampires. Haven’t they been done to death (pun intended), in every different way imaginable? We’ve had the scary vampire, the sparkly vampire, the vampire that sucks life forces instead of blood. We’ve had vampires that can be killed by stakes and sunshine, and those that can’t. We’ve had dead vampires that never age, and alive ones that just age so slowly nobody notices.
But the reason why we can still have MORE vampires, the trick to keeping this idea fresh, isn’t in the plots or the small changes that an author makes to the tried and true trope…it’s in the character. Because in the end, EVERY story is about character. We don’t write stories to talk about the beautiful mountain tops, or the dark and stormy night. That’s only the window dressing. No matter what we write about, we introduce a character (usually more than one) and we’re asking the reader to care about them, root for them, cry with them.
If I feel something for the characters on the page, it doesn’t even matter whether they’re vampires, or werewolves, or goblins. I want to finish the book because I need to know whether they’re going to come out of it alive, save the day, win the girl, overcome their baggage.
That’s how an author keeps things fresh, and stays creative. All stories have been done before in one way or another, but when an author can bring those characters alive and make their journey compelling, then they’ve got me. I’ll go along for the ride!
Thanks so much for having me as a guest today!
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. No such luck. 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.
Her debut Young Adult fantasy, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, is available everywhere! Check her out online…
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