1. How did you discover the MM/gay romance genre?
Hmmm… I guess that would be when I started to watch the UK Queer as Folk and thought it was fabulous, and incredibly hot. But it wasn’t until many years later that I started reading stories in that genre.
After discovering fanfiction, a fandom friend suggested I might like to broaden my horizons and recommended a couple of m/m stories to me, and I was hooked.
2. What made you start writing in the genre?
I began writing fanfiction m/f stories to start with, but the more m/m stories I read and loved, the more I fancied trying my hand at writing one. Initially it was a way of writing my favourite characters together, but the more confident I became, the more I wanted to write a story with my own ideas and my own characters. So in November last year, I joined a couple of my friends and had a go at NanoWriMo. To my amazement, I managed to reach my 50K target and by the end of December I’d finished my very first novel, The Choosing.
3. Where do you base your books?
I absolutely adore fantasy and paranormal stories. For a long time it was all I used to read, and so it wasn’t a big surprise that when I thought about writing a full length story, the first idea that sprung to mind was about shifters. I have a vivid imagination, and I love to put it to good use building worlds and filling them with all sorts of weird and wonderful things. So essentially my stories are based in whatever made up land my mind can produce.
4. Tell me about your current/forthcoming novel.
The novel I wrote during NanoWriMo is due to be released on October 18th 2013. It’s about a village of feline shapeshifters, and tells the story of Jerath – a young man from the village of Eladir– and his best friend Serim as they struggle to save their people from raiders. As with all the girls of the village, Serim was born knowing which animal she would change into, and hers is a beautiful black panther. Jerath, like all the other boys, must go through The Choosing to reveal his shifter form.
I loved the idea of the The Choosing itself being a coming-of-age ritual, and I had the best time writing Serim and Jerath. Their friendship is just as important to the story as is Jerath’s eventual love interest, Meren.
5. What are you writing at the moment?
At the moment I’ve just begun writing the third and final instalment in my fantasy trilogy, Torsere. The first in the trilogy, Dragon Rider, will be released in early 2014. This third book is called Alliance, and it continues the story of Ryneq, The Prince of Torsere, and Nykin, a Dragon Rider in the Prince’s army. I don’t want to give too much detail about the story, because it follows on from books one and two. But as with most of my stories, there’s love and adventure, and magic.
Author Bio :
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
Blurb for The Choosing:
Jerath is facing the biggest problem of his life. When boys in his shapeshifter village Eladir get their fangs, they must endure a coming-of-age rite called the Choosing, so they can take on their animal form. The rite is performed on the full moon, but the trouble is the Choosing involves having sex with a girl, and Jerath’s only interested in boys. Even if he manages to somehow get through the rite, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever find a mate in his village, where opposite-sex couples are the norm.
Even worse, he may miss the rite altogether after raiders attack his home and take several young men prisoner. Jerath will need the help of warriors if he’s to free the captive shapeshifters, so with his best friend, Serim, he flees south to find aid. Along the way, they meet Meren, a handsome warrior whose attraction to Jerath is instant and very much returned. But with the next full moon approaching and available time for the prisoners to undergo the Choosing running out, Jerath’s love life is far from his only worry.