Today’s Words & Music Monday falls into the schedule for Chloe Jacobs
‘ GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING blog tour. You’ll remember I helped with the cover reveal for this a while back, and I’m excited to share a little more detail about the book and the author in anticipation of it’s release TOMORROW!!!
Music plays a large part in all of my writing, whether it appears somewhere/somehow in the book I’m writing, or it becomes part of my writing routine.
In GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING
I had both. In the story, music is something that Greta uses to keep from forgetting where she comes from. Mylena is a foreign world where humans are reviled and killed on sight, so Greta can’t afford to let anyone recognize who she really is, but remembering the songs she learned from her childhood helps her hold onto her past and have hope that she’ll find a way back home one day.
Unfortunately, a lot of this part of the storyline was cut in the editing process, but when I was writing, it was an important way for me to find out what made the character of Greta tick. I tried to think of the kinds of songs she would have liked, what song lyrics she would try to hang onto when she found herself stranded in a hostile world.
Greta struck me as a rocker chick. I don’t think it would have mattered to her what time period a song was from, as long as it was something with a heavy beat that gave her strength or made her feel something, so I put together a short playlist of the songs I listened to which helped me get into Greta’s head:
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING
While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.
To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.
But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .
is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
Her debut Young Adult fantasy, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING
, will be available everywhere Winter 2012! In the meantime, check her out online…