Here at Publish Wiz we believe that sometimes in order to get a feel for the books you read, it can help to learn more about the creator behind the stories. This is the first in a series of showcases that we will be conducting with our community of authors.
Below is a summary of the conversation we had with Jacob.
Tell us, what inspired you to become an author?
While in high school I read a novel titled The Tristan Betrayal by an American novelist called Robert Ludlum. The book was exhilarating to read and kickstarted my passion for novels, and this passion was finally confirmed after encountering other great books from authors such as Dan Brown. These books introduced me to the writing world and I immediately knew I was destined to be an author.
What message are you sending your readers through your books?
The main theme of Oaks of Definition is to propagate the ideology that no matter how tedious situations in life may be, every point in our life is a definition for the next.
Tell us a little about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
Thinking back to high school, there was an occasion in which I put myself forward for a position of authority. In the vetting room, the first question that I was asked was - define yourself?. I looked on spellbound as I had no idea how to answer that question as it was not something I had ever considered; I felt humiliated as I walked out of the room. From that moment on, I embarked on a quest to define myself and my place in this world. It is my hope that Oaks of Definition will also help others define themselves.
Do you have any other books your readers can look forward to?
Most certainly. I am currently working on a novel that I hope to publish in 2017. It’s a story that eclipses the eccentricities of statements like -- light comes out of darkness, in weakness lies strength, peace exudes when there is mayhem, and others. It’s going to be a thrilling, intriguing and exciting read, so stay tuned!
Do you ever get writer's block and if so, how do you overcome that?
So far I haven’t experienced writer's block, and I hope it stays that way.
What book have you read that most influenced your life and why?
Dan Brown, Angels and Demons. This is one of my favourite novels and I like reading it over and over again. The novel explores history, unveils mysteries, expounds on religion, and also enlightens us about the friction that has existed between science and religion from time immemorial. In my opinion, it is a great work of art that makes the reader ruminate on the fact that you are the master of your world and you are responsible for everything that happens to you.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Talking a lot without anything to show for it, which I have overcome and hope to keep at bay.
Keep up with Jacob on his Publish Wiz author page here.