Despite me being sick, I had the chance to get to know the lovely Aida Jacobs a bit more this week! Find out her favorite characters, places to find books, and authors she recommends below!
Who is your absolute favorite original character? Why them?
While I love and adore all of my characters, for they are my babies (some, more so than others), I would have to say that my favorite is Marin, my main protagonist of my Primordyan Chronicles. Aside from the fact that she has some seriously kickass powers, it really comes down to the simple fact that I wish I was more like her. She’s assertive and doesn’t let fear stop her from doing what she knows she must. More often than not, I find myself asking “WWMD?” whenever I find myself crippled by anxiety and self-doubt.
How do you come up with character names? Does it differ between stories?
It varies from character to character. Sometimes, it’s simply a case of slightly changing the spelling of a common or even an uncommon name. Other times, like in the instance of naming elves, I will use Tolkien as a means of inspiration. I take a bit more of a creative turn when naming dark elves…and by creative, I mean adding apostrophes in random places to give them a really unique sound and look. The downside to that last instance though, is that I often need to look back to my notes to make sure I spelled a character’s name right. I can’t tell you how many times I misspelled the names of the characters in the prequel novella I have coming out in April!
Where do you usually find the books you read? Book stores, thrift stores, or online? What genres do you like?
I love both paperbacks and digital books alike! I’ll go to bookstores and discount bookstores just as readily as the Kindle marketplace. Occasionally, I’ll order a book online (if it’s not for myself, and I can’t otherwise find it at my neighborhood bookstore), but I prefer to browse through physical shelves unless I’m looking for a specific book to add to my digital library so I can have it with me wherever I go.
As far as genres go, I enjoy fantasy and romance. I occasionally enjoy reading sci-fi, but fantasy and romance are my favorites. I especially enjoy it when the two genres combine!
You have a Saturday morning completely to yourself. No chores, duties, kids, or other disturbances. How do you spend it?
First, I’d sleep in.
Second, I’d leisurely drink my first cup of coffee.
Third, I’d make sure that the coffee pot was nearby before surrounding myself with snacks and settling in with my playlist for a long writing session.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Oh, yes, I do! They’re subtle nods to my small but dedicated fan base. I’m particularly proud of the one in book 2, Dragon Guardian: Water. In addition to the small nod that, to this day, still tickles the reader for whom it was meant, I’m especially proud of all the subtle hints that eventually culminated together for a rather large twist in the plot. Suffice to say, I had a lot of fun writing that book.
What authors do you think others should give a try? Why?
Just to name a few…Tamsin Ley, Jayelle Morgan, Suzan Tisdale, and AJ Ryder. They’re indie romance authors with very different styles, and they are each wonderful in their own way.
Why did you start writing?
It was my class project. During my Senior year of high school, I found myself with a free period, so I took a creative writing class as an elective. Every week, we needed to either turn in a short story or a collection of poems. I got the idea to write a book over the course of the year, and turn in a new chapter every week. Fortunately, my teacher enthusiastically agreed with my idea. By the end of the year, I had written the very first draft of what would eventually become Dragon Guardian: Fire, book 1 in my series…after fourteen years of multiple tweaks and edits. I actually still have that first draft stored safely away in my closet. I like to take it out sometimes and remind myself of just how far I’ve come.
How many books/stories/poems have you published?
Including the two novellas I wrote in the past year, I’ve published five works since I published book 1 in 2014. I am currently working on the fourth book in my Primordyan Chronicles.
What is the scariest part of writing for you?
Releasing my work upon the world.
Born and raised in California, Aida has been in love with the fantasy genre ever since she was a child. The world of dragons, elves, and magic has always fascinated her, and every book, movie, or video game that has crossed her path only served to increase that fascination. Being able to combine her love of fantasy with her love of writing thrills her to no end.
When she is not toiling away on her writing, she can be found spending time with her supportive husband and their inquisitive daughter in Minnesota where they make their home with their three very spoiled cats.
Darkest Dealings is a prequel novella to my Primordyan Chronicles. It focuses entirely upon Nahga, the antagonist of my series, and its release date is April 2nd! It will be released in both Kindle and paperback format. Iit is currently available for pre-order!