When I was writing GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, I started with one idea and thankfully, it ballooned from there into many other ideas which worked together to build a story. But the one little spark that started it all was actually a question.
What would you do if you were removed from everything you knew, separated from everyone you loved? If, in fact, the entire world was literally out to get you?
Once I had this little worm in my brain, it was impossible to let go of it. I immediately knew that this wasn’t going to be a simple matter of having a character who moves away from home. I needed the separation to be brutal and complete. There had to be NO way for her to reach the people she left behind. No Facebook or texting, or even snail mail.
I also knew I had to take it a step further. Her situation had to be as bleak as I could make it. To me, it wasn’t enough that she was separated from her home and friends, Greta (she had a name by this point) had to be barred from making NEW friends. In fact, if everyone she met wanted to slit her throat, that would be even better!
I even made sure that the weather was harsh and forbidding. A world where winter never ended, where the ice and snow would make anyone feel lonely, depressed, and strip you of hope for a new beginning.
Why was I so desperate to torture this poor girl?
Because when you’re left with absolutely nothing and absolutely nobody, that’s when a person’s true nature asserts itself and I wanted to see what Greta was really made of, so I could know what her story needed to be.
Thank you so much, Ms. Jacobs for being at the blog today! And thanks to Itching For Books and Entangled for the opportunity to be a part of the tour. ^^
So, what would you do if were thrown into a world with a bunch of nothing? No Twitter. Sorry, folks.
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And look for my review of Greta and the Goblin King coming later this week.