Interview with Marla Jacobson

What do your fans mean to you?
Well, currently the only fans I have so far are my friends and family, so I'm looking forward to a future time when I can answer that question again. Seriously, when anyone shows an interest in my writing, it is an incredible honor and a thrill.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently writing about the life story of a close friend, whose journey has been remarkable. The title is Pretty Kenny, and he has led a turbulent life, including homelessness on the streets of Chicago and a 16-year prison sentence. He has turned his life around, and spends his time studying to attain his GED, and carpooling his grand-daughters in Beloit, Wisconsin. It's a true story about a life-changing chance encounter with a Chicago artist, and love and trust and redemption.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ann Patchett, Amy Tan, Chris Bohjalian, Lee Childs and Anita Shreve are favorites. Also, Harper Lee, Jonathan Kellerman, David Ebershoff, and so many more!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with friends, but I'm happiest when I'm with my daughters or my grandsons.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One of my very first stories was about a young couple, and the woman gets raped in the park, and is afraid of telling her boyfriend. I believe I was in fourth grade, so my teacher was pretty shocked about the dark subject matter, and a concerned phone call was made to my parents!
How do you approach cover design?
I know what I like, but I'm not artistic, so I reach out to the experts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook, currently.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in New Rochelle, New York but my family moved to Glencoe, Illinois when I was three. I was very naïve and sheltered, so my imagination was my most influential tool.
When did you first start writing?
As far back as I can remember - probably third grade.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a true story, which in my opinion is the most difficult, because I have an obligation to be transparent and remain protective of the subject and main character.
Published 2017-02-02.
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Books by This Author

Two Months in Central America
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,850. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
A comprehensive guide to travel in Central America, including packing tips, restaurant reviews and border crossing guidelines. A quick, informative journal packed with useful links and photographs.