Reena is the first of five female authors who will be featured in September – my month of humour. I always thought she looked interesting and fun. Any woman who has a profile picture of herself blowing bubbles has to be a pretty cool chick! Reena also revealed that her husband has never danced with her, not even at their wedding! After watching a video of Mick Jagger dancing on one of my Musical Mondays’ segments, she was going to coerce him (her husband, not Mick) into dancing with her. We had a good laugh over that!
Please help welcome the sweet and bubbly, Reena Jacobs.
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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.
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Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One—she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two—he’s gay.
As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affections to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever.
I Loved You First is a new adult love story told through the eyes of an African-American/Caucasian student who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality. Turn the pages and find a message of hope, new beginnings, and positive change.
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CEO Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and hightail it back to the comforts of America. Then again, simple plans always have a way of going awry. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legend.
Inside Reena Jacobs’ Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? The first thing which popped into mind with this question was spiritual well-being… so I’m going with that. For me, it’s the idea that no matter where I am in the world, regardless of the trials and tribulations, I still have peace, a purpose, and joy. That everything will work out for good in the end.
What turns you on creatively? It’s a tossup between dozing and showering. Sometimes I just need to unwind and let my mind wander. Crawling into bed, knowing the world will take care of itself, does that for me.
And showers… I don’t know what it is with them, but whenever I write myself into a hole, a nice hot shower usually is all I need to find a solution.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? It definitely depends on if I’m writing fiction or a simple blog post. For posts, I abuse adverbs royally, as you’ll soon see by the end of this interview. 🙂
In fiction, I’m pretty good at keeping adverbs to a minimum, with one exception. A few months ago, someone pointed out I use “barely” quite often. I did a search, and yep… they were right. If I’m going to use an adverb, chances are “barely” will be the one.
Other than that, my overused words are: it, then, just, there.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Strength. Not physical, though that is nice… but more on the lines of the courage to stand up for beliefs and such. Assertiveness is just plain sexy.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? I’d have to go with strength again, but of a slightly different kind. I love when a woman is able to overcome trials and still hold her head high. The unbroken spirit.
What is your greatest regret? I’d say being an idiot about financing my education.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d activate the brain cells which encourage people to clean. I love a clean house but absolutely HATE housekeeping and try to pawn it off on folks every chance I get.
What is your greatest fear? Knowing the terror and pain of being murdered. As weird as this sounds, I can deal with the idea of murder and death. I just don’t want to see it coming or feel it. I’m more into the “Surprise! You’re dead!” phenomenon.
Which living person do you most admire? My mother. For the longest time, I wished I were more like her. As I’ve matured, I’ve become more comfortable with whom I am. Yet the admiration hasn’t faded.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? That’s a tough one. I’ve tried all my high school goals. These days, I’d like to attempt a variation of what I’ve done in the past. I’ve been looking into returning to school to become a school counselor or a math teacher.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Is human off the table? I rather enjoy this state of being. 🙂 How about a housecat of an owner who’d love to spoil me with great food? That way I can lounge around all day and dream. Plus, no one would fault me for being anti-social.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Although my role only took a bit of sex, months of pregnancy, and torturous labor, I consider my three children my greatest achievements. Every milestone they hit fills me with a bit of pride. 🙂 My oldest graduated high school this year and heads to Army boot camp this fall. Our entire family is thrilled at how she’s taken control of her adult life.
My middle child starts high school this fall and is mapping her future as an aerospace engineer. Sometimes I’m surprised at how on top of her education she is.
Then there’s the little one. Well, he starts preschool this year and hasn’t tucked a list of accomplishments under his belt yet. One thing I will say, despite his daredevil stunts, he hasn’t given me a heart attack yet. So that’s good, right?
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Passive aggressiveness. If you’re not on board with something, come out and say it. Don’t pretend like everything is hunky-dory then sabotage a project or fail to do your part. Man… that sounds horrible since I totally dropped the bomb for this interview and turned it in way late.
What is your greatest extravagance? Oh my gosh… I can’t afford extravagances these days. My house is in a recessions. Haha But if you’d asked me this last year, I would have said either books or eating out. Thank goodness for used bookstores and review copies. At least I can keep up my reading addiction.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? My before I die goals are rather short sighted. Things like, I sure hope I don’t die before my daughter graduates basic training, or I sure hope I get this next book out before I die pop into my mind from time to time. Life is full of surprises. I just hope for the next day and am blessed each morning when I wake up alive.
What is your present state of mind? Listless. Plus the area around my right shoulder blade hurts because I’ve been lounging at an angle. Thanks for asking. Now I can sit up straight and get some circulation going.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Fuck. Not “fuck you,” “fucking A,” “fuck this” or any other variations, just plain “fuck.” Especially the rare moments my husband says it when he’s angry. Something about the word just gives me a little thrill. I have to remind myself he’s pissed and not giving me an order.
What is your motto? Life is too short to hold grudges.
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Thanks for having me, Eden.
Thank you Reena for blowing bubbles on my blog! I invite all readers to leave this delightful lady a comment or ask her a question.
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