PS Not Christmasy, but Carry Her Heart and These Three Words are still on sale, too!
I have been friends with Holly Jacobs on Facebook for an undetermined amount of time but have been reading her books since she published with Harlequin. She quickly became one of my favorite authors.
1.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a reader. Seriously, I can’t remember a time I wasn’t reading a book. Saying that I wanted to try to be a writer was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. Announcing a dream can be like that. But as my youngest reached school age and I realized I was going to need a grown-up job, I said the words. I was so lucky that my family supported my attempt. They believed in me. That meant/means everything.
2.How long does it take you to write a book?
I’ve written a book in a month, but that doesn’t leave much time for life. I prefer a 4-6 months schedule. Some books take much longer. I worked on Just One Thing for a couple years in between other projects. It was difficult to sell. No one could decide what it was. Women’s Fiction? Romance? When it finally found a home at Montlake Romance, it became my bestselling book ever. It still continues to find new readers. Having someone tell me that it helped them…it’s one of the most special things a writer can hear.
3.What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I tend to work mornings. I’ve got kids’ stuff and I’m back in school myself, plus I have my elderly family I help take care of. So my schedule is flexible. That’s one of the biggest gifts writing has given me…the flexibility to make my job fit into my busy life.
4.What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’d say a quirk is hearing people in my head…but I think it’s something more writer’s share. The characters come to life for me. And if I do it right, hopefully they come to life for readers, too!
5.Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I love researching books. Sometimes I talk to someone, sometimes I read articles, sometimes…well, each situation is different. But researching is just another form of learning and I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning (hence my being back in school). As for where ideas come from…they’re literally everywhere. The most important tool for finding those ideas is asking the question…what-if? What if a maid accidentally cleans a murder scene and is now a suspect? You get my Maid in LA Mystery series. What if three single PTA moms miss the first meeting of the year and get stuck together on the worst committee? They find friendship, fun…and love in my PTA Mom Collection (Once Upon a Thanksgiving, Once Upon a Christmas, Once Upon a Valentine’s). What if? That’s where all my stories come from.
6.When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was in my early thirties. My youngest was getting ready to go to school and my husband was a police officer who worked crazy weird shifts. Writing gave me a chance to work from home and do something I love. I was so fortunate that not only my family, but readers supported me.
7.What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I went back to college last year, I took a ceramics class…and fell in love. I’m now in my third semester…still taking ceramics. I’ve spent a lot of time blogging about the experience at Hollyworld. (https://hollyjacobs-hollyworld.blogspot.com/)
8.What does your family think of your writing?
Like I’ve said, they’ve always been very supportive. I’ve been so lucky in that. They’ve become accustomed to hearing me laughing as I write, or even sometimes crying. Whenever I read Ned’s big moment in Carry Her Heart, or his opening scene in Hold Her Heart, I cry. And I know what happens. (It’s a happy ever after…promise!) LOL
9.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’m so fortunate to have so many readers who follow me from romantic comedy to sweet romances to dramas to cozy mysteries. They hang out with me on social media and put up with my Monday Glee and odd love of buffalo plaid! LOL They’ve been so sweet about my pottery and interests. And mainly, they’ve stood by my writing. Lucky. That about sums up how I feel every single day.
The PTA Mom Collection, 9/18
Polished Off: A Maid in LA Mystery, 6/18
Holly Jacobs’ 2018 Beach Read, 5/18
Briar Hill Road, 3/18
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