Malia Jacobs lives in San Diego with the most perfect little boy a mommy could ever dream of. She spends her time reading, writing, obsessing over her iTunes Library and doing whatever it takes to make her son and nephews smile. While she’s completed over nine novels, The Immortal Shadows Trilogy is the first of her works ever to be published.
She is currently at work on book two of the series.
What inspires you to write?
A little bit of everything, really. Books I read, movies I watch, life experiences. Anything and everything can lead to a story idea. I try to put a piece of me and those I love into every character I write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write anytime I have the inspiration. Sometimes I’m scribbling on a napkin or furiously typing into my cell phone’s notepad app. I use my editor/BFF to brainstorm and outline segments of chapters so I have a road map in my head, and then as dialogue and the scenes unfold in my head, I put them down on paper. Sometimes I will bolt out of bed just to write down something that came to me moments before I was about to fall asleep. I never force it, but when the writing beckons me, I answer the call.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I will act out scenes in my head before I ever put them down. If it feels unnatural to say, I scrap it. If it flows and makes sense, I keep it. I’ve gotten so into character before that I’ve teared up or gotten angry. That’s when I know I’ve nailed a scene.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write something you believe in. If you don’t genuinely love your characters (even the bad guys) and aren’t fully invested in the world you’re creating, no one else is going to be either. I personally never force my writing, but sometimes people need to or they won’t write a thing. Do what works for you. And only ever write for yourself. There is no way to please every single reader in the world, there will inevitably be people who despise the best thing you’ve ever written. But if you stand behind it, if you love it, and if you’re proud of it, then keep going.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It’s been a dream of mine to get published, and for a long time self publishing had a certain stigma that scared me off. But nowadays it’s so commonplace and can be so successful, I just took the leap and did it. Well, honestly, it took a looooot of convincing from my friends and editor, but I did it, and I’m glad I did. Nothing is more validating and satisfying than having people share and enjoy in the work I spent countless hours pouring my heart into. It’s been great.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self publishing is going to continue to grow. And I think electronic books are going to really take over. i absolutely love my bookshelf at home and I continue to stock it with hardcover copies of my favorite literature, but I’ve succumbed to the convenience of eBooks.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Paranormal Romance, Teen Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance
What formats are your books in?
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