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Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet Reena Jacobs, Author of I Loved You First

Last week, I reviewed a book called I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs. Reena is in the middle of a blog tour about this fun new book, and today she stopped by Fuzzy.Coffee.Books for a fun interview!
So without further adieu, meet Reena Jacobs!
Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog. You can find Reena on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Nobles, and Smashwords.

The Interview
1) How did you come up with the story for I Loved You First? What inspired you to write it?
After reading this question, I had to force myself not to pull out the Sims 2.I absolutely loved the game and could lose days, weeks, months absorbed in it. My favorite station happened to be College Rock from the University expansion. I found the English lyrics to the titles and thought it would be cool to write a book with the songs in mind.

2) What writers do you look up to, or think of as mentors?
I’m constantly stalking authors to see what I can learn from them. I can’t pinpoint a writer in general as far as a mentor. However, Zoe Winters and her Zoe Who? videos played a huge role in my decision to try out the indie arena.

3) If you could describe I Loved You First in 3 words, what would they be?
Realistic, hopeful, empowering

4) If you were stranded on a desert island with any of the characters from your book, which one would you want it to be?
Alex. She’s quiet enough I wouldn’t have to worry about her being high maintenance and quirky enough we’d have quite a bit of fun together.

5) If I Loved You First was going to be made into a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?
Hmm… I could see Makyla Smith playing Alex Carmichael. Alex Pettyfer would make a great Seth Richards, don’t you think? I love the candid attitude Shareeka Epps portrays in her characters. Add a little prep to her voice (think Dominique Dawes), and she’d make a perfect Trinity. The rest of the characters are on their own. Maybe some college football players majoring in acting and looking for their debut.

6) Do you have any writing habits – favorite places to write, lucky coffee mug, most inspirational time of day, etc?
People ask me this question quite a lot. I’m starting to get a complex because I don’t have a special place. Generally I just pull out a TV tray, plop my laptop on top, and get to work.

7) What, if anything, do you hope that readers take away from the story?
Gender stereotypes (particularly those assigned to females) are constantly on my mind. I hope young girls who read I Loved You First will know that it’s okay to be themselves… that they don’t have to follow in Alex’s footsteps and be a shadow of someone else. Perhaps they’ll read Alex’s story and think I don’t want to be like her or make the same mistakes.

8) Last but not least – Tell us about your coffee habits!?
Coffee? Ha ha I can’t remember the last time I had coffee. Years, I’m sure. A few days ago, I did put together an almond flavored mocha. That should last me a few months. Coffee-like products just aren’t my thing. My husband is the big caffeine drinker. His first stop every morning is to the Tassimo.

Thanks so much for stopping by Reena! And I'll have my favorite pumpkin spice latte for ya!

Y'all can read my review of Reena's book, I Loved You First here! And because Reena's awesome, you can head over to Reena's blog for a chance to win a signed copy of I Loved You First.

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. Hey Reena! Your book sounds awesome. I was a women's studies major, and gender stereotypes are also always on my mind when I write. We also have the exact same writing routine. I just find a place to put my laptop and get going! Your book looks fantastic!

  2. Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for the wonderful complements. If you haven't entered the giveaways, please do so. Any one who leaves comments on the blog post tours is eligible to win. Details and entry form are here: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2011/08/ilyf-blog-tour-kickoff/

    I think women's studies is a wonderful major. I think about when I was younger and the mistakes I made and other girls made and wonder how different events might have been if we had a bit more awareness.

    So many issues are hush, hush when they should be discussed openly... at least between parents and children.


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