Monday, November 06, 2006

ASK FIVE...with...DELLE JACOBS!

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Meet Delle Jacobs, the author of Regency Romances from Awe-Struck. Our own Jane Bowers says this about HIS MAJESTY, THE PRINCE OF TOADS:

"Delle Jacobs is expert at relationship building and developing original
plots. She's the author of two earlier Regency romances, MUDLARK and LADY VALIANT, that I also recommend highly. HIS MAJESTY, THE PRINCE OF TOADS is a treat historical readers won't want to miss.”

You can read more on Jane’s review here.

Sit back and get to know more about Delle Jacobs and her stories. Then head on over to Awe-Struck and purchase her book.


Tell us about yourself.

I'd love to tell you I'm young, beautiful, rich and talented. Well, I am when I write. The real world sees me differently, though. I spent a large portion of my life in Social Work, counseling troubled families and children, and I loved that work, but I've always been a writer at heart, and eventually I turned to writing fiction full time. At home, in my muu muus. I'm lazy and over-focused, and can find myself at 5:00 still fooling around at my keyboard when I should have at least dusted the furniture. My One True Hero, my son and our two curmudgeon black cats don't know I'm supposed to be more responsible, so please don't tell them.


What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?

HIS MAJESTY, THE PRINCE OF TOADS (but you can just call it TOAD if you want). Sophie has become rather used to being married to an empty chair, for Lucas had gone off to war immediately after their forced marriage six years before, and she hadn't heard from him since. But then he returns, magnanimously planning to forgive her and take her back. Maybe make use of her inheritance while he's at it. All Sophie remembers is the drunken lout stripping bare and crawling into her bed, to the tune of her screams. The surface story is in the humor. The deep story is in the passage of time, and how two people who have both grown up, but have trouble accepting maturity in the other. And no matter how much they've grown, they both have more to learn about trust and taking a chance on love.




How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

You give them to me-- people, actually. People have always yearned for love and belonging, but it always costs them something, and sometimes the price they pay is too great and the reward too disappointing. There's always a risk with loving. In the risk lies the story, and that story is all around us, in a million different forms.

The inspiration for HIS MAJESTY, THE PRINCE OF TOADS came from a joke sent to me by my friend, Shirley Karr, back in 1997. I re-framed it in a historical setting and sent it back:

Once upon a time, a beautiful, intelligent princess lived in a lovely kingdom by the sea. One day as she strolled in her garden alongside her favorite fountain, a frog leaped to the stone wall beside her, startling her.
"Good morning," said the frog as he strutted along the wall (no mean feat, considering the shape of his legs). "I have come to rescue you."
The princess studied the frog quizzically, for she had never seen a talking, strutting frog before, and certainly could not imagine why she might need rescuing.
"I am not a really frog, you see," said the frog, "but an enchanted prince. One kiss from you and I shall return to my former glorious state, whereupon I shall save you from spinsterhood and carry you off to my castle where you can cook my meals, do my laundry, and bear me dozens of sons who will all be as handsome as I am."
That evening the princess sat down to supper at her table, set with her Limoges china and Waterford crystal, and smiled as she speared her Frog Legs ForestiƩre with her golden fork.

And a funny thing happened: Sophie and Lucas stepped right up into my heart, and I began writing.


What inspired you to write?

I was born to write. I tried to write stories when I was four years old, but I only knew two letters, the first two in my own name. There's a magic that flows from the mind through the hands to the page, and even then, I knew that. Fiction is in my blood. It is a paradox. In its untruth lies the purest truth. It helps that my family has always encouraged creativity, and for some reason they don't seem to be capable of recognizing failure.




What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I spend as much time with family as I can. I love to travel, but don't get to do enough of it. I've discovered a new talent in graphic art. I adore Photoshop CS2. I've been doing all my own book covers for several years, and now sometimes do covers for other ebook authors, too. And reading is so much a part of my life, I often forget to mention it. All of my stories require lots of research. I strive for historical accuracy in such a way that the reader feels a part of where I send her, without overwhelming her with details. So most of my reading is non-fiction.


Learn more about Delle by visiting her website here.

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