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 dog.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After 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?
Sure. 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 most?
The 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 Luck Club.
How does your family feel about your career?
My 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 your book?
Not 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?
Devil-may-care until Crossed
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.