- What inspired you to write this book?
Initially, when reading vampire-based paranormals, I was struck by how the vampires lived off blood, which led to how humans need water to survive. So, I developed a character who lived by water alone. Maya, my water-girl in Water’s Threshold, started the whole thing. Book #2, Fire’s Field is obviously about fire, and the third and final book is Air’s Vision. Using the elements for a series was unique, at least based on my reading, so I thought why not.
- Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character? For my Elementals series, yes, every name holds significance in some language or other in regards to their element. Levina means “lighting bolt” in Latin. Schwarz is means black in German. Flint, well I don’t have to explain that, right?
- Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Quint. He says whatever he wants and damn the consequences. He cares for no one but himself. I love writing villains.
- What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
Favorite scene is when Violet’s has a bit too much to drink at the restaurant. The second scene is at the end when Violet and Flint are discussing their opinions of Death. Also, I love the scene where Flint discovers a little tid-bit Violet neglected to mention. He’s not too happy. ;)
- Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in this series? How does this world differ from our normal world?
The series revolves around characters that rejuvenate and control their specific element. Also, they each have one special gift, given by Mother Nature. They are meant to help protect Earth and its people. They can communicate with each other with their minds, and can read, control, and alter human thoughts.
- With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?
With this series, yes, you could read them as stand alones, but for the best reading experience start with Book 1, Water’s Threshold.
- Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
Paranormal is actually easier to write, because you create the world and rules.
- When did you consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, it wasn’t until I had the print book of Water’s Threshold in hand. That made it real.
- Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
Upstairs in my Lazyboy with a hot cup of tea.
10. What can readers expect next from you?
The second book in my O-line Contemporary series, Rachel’s Guard. Air’s Vision, the final book in Elementals series comes out First Quarter 2016. I can’t pump out a book every other month. This writing gig is hard-core, finger burning work.
The Elementals Series
Bound by a dark enchantment, only an elemental flame can light the way.
Forged in rage and sorrow, a dark witch’s spell travels down her ancestral line to Violet Levina. Enchanted with the power of the entire Electromagnetic spectrum—microwaves, gamma rays, radio waves, Violet is cursed with limitless energy and the obligation to destroy an insidious creature composed of dark matter.
For over five hundred years, Flint has served as Fire, aiding Earth’s environment and its people as one of four Elementals. Yet only once in his long existence has he been burned. A flaming redhead ignites the embers of his heart, but he finds her resistant to the heat building between them.
Knowing she must fulfill her destiny, Violet travels to her ancestral home in Ireland, accompanied by the fiery Elemental. Not fooled by his charms and brazen demeanor, Violet wishes only to shield him from the coming battle, but can’t deny the flames of desire flickering when she is at his side.
While standing together against unrelenting adversaries, false friends, family betrayals, and an underlying seed of darkness, they must burn bright or the ruthless power behind the ancient spell will turn everything to ash.
With Flint as her beacon in a field of darkness, Violet will discover that love holds the most powerful magic of all.
Fire’s Field Prologue Excerpt:
They were coming for her.
On the eve of her mother’s 25th birthday, a young witch fought back chills as the sounds of braying bloodhounds echoed through the forest. A single red stroke, mixed with the faintest purple, lit the darkening sky, as night, along with death, crept closer.
At the banks of River Nore, Sorcha rocked back and forth, tears of innocence-lost escaping down her cheeks. Heart splintering, she searched her memory for a spell to ease her mother’s torment. With her hands locked in the fabric of her mother’s woolen dress, she chanted pleas to the Goddess Isis to hear her cries and heal her mother.
To no avail.
The only answer came in the form of the demon’s sickness dripping from her mother’s mouth in a sludge of grimy gray mud.
Fear unlike anything she’d ever felt iced her heart, as once more she begged, swore her very life in exchange for the continued beat of her mother’s heart.
A piercing pain shot through her overburdened mind as the beast fought to break through her mental shields. Weakened by her angst and un-tested youth, she left a crack exposed, and the beast slipped in. Squinting her eyes closed, her entire body shaking with the will to deny the sick beast entrance, she couldn’t prevent his foul words from seeping through.
“Your mother paid for her defiance, for her inability to accept this gift only I could give her. Look at you simpering and shaking, if you weren’t so weak I’d use you, but no matter, I’ll be back.”
Drained from holding back the tempest, Sorcha let loose true sobs for the loss of the deepest love of her life, her solid fortress during every storm, the lyrical voice singing away her nightmares. Ignoring her drenched skirts, she released all her torment against her mother’s breast, barely catching the beat of her mother’s weakening heart between each aching moan torn from the depths of her soul.
No one came to her aid. No one soothed her broken spirit.
The sounds of the hounds drew closer, their howls a mad cacophony in her surreal world. The yellow-glow from fire-tipped sticks, created a mystical glow in the woods before her. Snaps and cracks of branches reverberated across the forest as the frenzied townspeople advanced to accuse and convict one of their own—a witch.
In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.
Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category.
Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.
The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.