The hardest part about being an author is the editing and revising. I went through many drafts of Clovers and Fire for ten years. I also think the absolute hardest part is having the courage of having others besides my family to read my story. It took a lot of encouragement to publish it. If it wasn't for the support of a few local authors, I may not have ever done it.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Clovers and Fire?
Clovers and Fire is an original fairytale. In the kingdom of Cloveland, Prince Chauncey and Sir Phillip become heroes at an early age. Being best friends, they soon set off to win the hand of the most beautiful girl in the world. Unfortunately, to win her hand, they must defeat a fearsome dragon. However, they find that their biggest struggles may be saving their friendship.
What inspired you to write this book?
When I was a kid I grew up reading about fairytales. My favorites were Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and The Princess Bride by William Golding. I loved them because of their whimsical nature. So when I was twelve, I wrote a short story inspired by these two books in my school notebook. It was only five pages long. A year later, as I was going through my school stories, I liked the story and the characters so much that I started giving them a real adventure and explore the characters growth and personal struggles.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I really don't set a time limit on my writing. Between book blogging and college writing, some days are more free than others. I do have a goal to write everyday even if it's just a few words. I try to at least write a thousand words each day.
Name your top five favorite books?
As I mentioned above, my two favorite books are Ella Enchanted and The Princess Bride. My next favorite book is Beauty by Robin McKinley. She told a lovely retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I also love Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. She told an emotional retelling of The Wild Swans. I also have to include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm an Austenite, and I'm team Darcy all the way. I love the classic rags-to-riches story, and I believe that it is an important work of fiction that readers can still relate too.
What are you working on now?
I am going in a different direction from my current project. I am writing a historical mystery set in post-WWI San Francisco. I review a lot of historical fiction and mysteries. Therefore, I'm tackling my own version. I'm setting it in San Francisco because I went to school in the Bay Area. I'm having fun researching the history of the city. I find it intriguing to see how San Francisco has progressed over time.
Title: Clovers and Fire
Author: Lauralee Jacks
Genre: Children’s Books, Fantasy
Prince Chauncey and his best friend, Sir Phillip, have always dreamed of becoming heroes. One day, they set out to win the hand of the most beautiful girl in the world. Little do they know that it will soon become the adventure of their lifetime. As they go about their quest, they find that their friendship is tested. Could Prince Chauncey and Sir Phillip learn the basis of their friendship before it is too late?
Lauralee Jacks has graduated from St, Mary’s College of California with a BA of Liberal Arts. She is currently working on her masters in elementary teaching. She is a DJ and a small talk show host at a local radio station, 105.5 WYTM. She lives in Fayetteville, TN. Visit her on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, and her blog.
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