Alexis Jacobs is a New York City author who was born in England of West Indian parentage, and raised mainly in Canada. She currently runs the NYC Writers Circle.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the creative process, especially when it comes to building characters. I imagine them to be like children. You can only guide and influence them for so long, but after a while they find their own voices and start living their own truths. That's the most exciting part for me - when my characters (or the world they live in) begin to feel as if they could exist on their own, without my constant input.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on two books. One is about sisters whose past comes back to confront them - not through a curse, like in For Better or Curse, but through repeating their parents' mistakes. Like my current book, the new one is about how difficult it is to break away from our legacies, even when we know better. My other book is about a woman who learns that the answers to solving her waking life problems and finding her purpose, may lie in the lucid dreams she has at night.
When her fiancé mysteriously abandons her before their wedding, Manda Love learns it's the result of an Obeah curse that came about before she and her sister, Sierra, were even born. Now Manda leaves London and goes to New York, on a mission to save herself and Sierra from the curse that is supposed to ruin her life and end her sister's own before her 35th birthday. But can she really stop it