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Mara Jacobs for Lost in Romance

by Louisa Klein

1)  Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I guess I chose it, but it could have gone the either way. As a reader, I came late
to the romance genre, but once I found it, I was hooked. When I started writing, it
seemed logical – they were the books I wanted to read most, therefore, I should want
to read them the most, too. I also write mysteries, but there are strong romance
elements in those as well.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Many! As a reader, I’m inspired by Loretta Chase, Courtney Milan, Shannon McKenna
and Colleen Gleason just to name a few. As an indie author, I”m inspired by the
several romance authors: Barbara Freethy, Marie Force, Bella Andre and Courtney
Milan. Again, those are just a few. Interestingly, my favorite author, Marian Keyes,
wouldn’t be categorized as a romance author – though most of her books has a romance
in it.
3) Please, tell us about your latest book and, if you can, about your
 future projects.
My latest book is a holiday novella  for my Worth series – Totally Worth Christmas.
It has a start-to-finish romance in it, but about 60% of it is revisiting the
couples from the first 4 Worth books. If you’re just trying me for the first time,
Totally Worth Christmas is probably not the best place to start. Worth the Weight is
the first in the series, and is currently free as an ebook.
Future works include a New Adult trilogy and then the next 2 Worth books. The next 2
Worths feature the two brothers of Twain Beck, the hero from Worth #4, Worth The
Effort. In April, I’m going to be able to write full time, so I’m hoping to get a
lot of new works out in the next few years.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
I’m self-published only, though I have been agented for over 8 years by Jodi Reamer
of Writers House. (Stephenie Meyers and John Green’s agent) I pursued traditional
publishing for many years, and got close several times. Enough times to give me the
confidence to begin self-publishing a bit after the ebook boom hit. Several of my
published writer friends were doing it with the backlist books or new content, so I
did my research, hired professional editors and cover artists, and joined the
revolution. I’m glad I did!
 5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution?
For me, as an indie author, I couldn’t be more thrilled. As a reader, I thought I’d
be a hard convert to an ereader – I liked holding books! But now, I wouldn’t give up
my Kindle for anything. Romance readers were the first large genre of readers to
convert to readers, and they’re also the most voracious readers, so to have so much
content available for that group of readers with traditional and self-publishing, is
a great thing.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot
 to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
 write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
 your thoughts?
I think you need to be comfortable with whatever platform(s) you choose, because if
you don’t want to be “there”, it comes across. I know lots of authors that do very
well with little, to no, social media. I also know several who are very savvy with
social media and it shows in their posts and their sales. I use Facebook though have
a Twitter account. I don’t “mine” social media as much as I should, or I would like,
but that’s just a time factor issue. It is really great to interact with readers,
and there’s no better platform for that than social media.
About the author:
Mara Jacobs is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Worth Series.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising, Mara spent several years working at daily newspapers in Advertising sales and production. This certainly prepared her for the world of deadlines!
Most authors say they’ve been writing forever. Not so with Mara. She always had the stories, but they played like movies in her head. A few years ago she began transferring the movies to pages. She writes mysteries with romance, thrillers with romance, and romances with…well, you get it.
Forever a Yooper (someone who hails from Michigan’s glorious Upper Peninsula), Mara now resides in the East Lansing, Michigan, area where she is better able to root on her beloved Spartans.
Mara is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House Literary Agency.
To know more, please visit: http://www.marajacobs.com
To buy her book, simply click on the cover below:

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