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IRDA Winner HK Jacobs: “I want to tell stories that offer escapism for people who need it.”

Wilde Type was the winner in the Romance category of the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Awards, where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.

Following find an interview with author HK Jacobs.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Wilde Type by HK Jacobs published November 13, 2020

What’s the book’s first line?

The polished, aged wood cooled her temple, and she exhaled in the form of a cleansing sigh.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.  

Workaholic physician/humanitarian enters an unexpected blazing romance and  subsequent path of self-discovery where she must choose between the life she imagined or one she never thought possible.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

Events from my own life as a world traveling physician framed the narrative and I dreamed up the rest!

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?  

Alex Wilde is a pediatric physician who has a limitless ability to serve others but has trouble accepting love because of a tragic past.  The main character is based partly on me.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?  

Wilde Type is indulgent yet thoughtful…steamy yet relevant.  Like most people, I love a good love story and I wrote this because it is the book I wanted to read.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

This is a great question!!!  Alex Wilde would definitely be Dakota Johnson or Lilly Collins.  Ian Devall has to be someone who looks like a young Ian Somerhalder.  Rox is Lilli Reinhart or Dove Cameron!

When did you first decide to become an author?

I am a physician (by day) but I’m a dreamer…and the dream of being an author started in childhood.

Is this the first you’ve written?

Yes but the sequel to Wilde Type (Becoming Wilde) will be out in a few weeks and I plan on writing forever!

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am a pediatric critical care physician.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?  

I write 2-3 pages a day before my kids wake up and sometimes sneak in a few pages at night!

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?  

Asking people to believe in you.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

It would have to be the right fit.  I would actually love to pursue a hybrid model and build credibility with a smaller yet reputable publishing house.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)  

I want to tell stories that offer escapism for people who need it.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?  

Dominique LaPierre is one of my favorites.  As for my genre, I have to be cliché and say Jane Austen.  She was ahead of her time.  JK Rowling for her sheer genius.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

Harry Potter…hands down.

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