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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Interview of Author JoAnne Myers

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author JoAnne Myers.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Check at the end of this interview!

Latest Book: Wicked Intentions-7 bone chilling paranormal tales
Buy Link: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joannemyers/WickedIntentions.html

BIO:
JoAnne lives in Ohio, and works at a local nursing home. The author of 7 books, JoAnne also canvas paints. JoAnne enjoys time with relatives, her dog Jasmine, and volunteers her time within the community. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. Her original canvas paintings, can be found at: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

Q:Your novel is being made into a TV series/movie. Who’s in your dream cast?
A: That is an interesting question, because I am in the process of turning my detective/mystery “Murder Most Foul”, into a screenplay for television or film. For the leading man F.B.I. Agent Walker Harmon, the actor would need to be strong and courageous. Jason Statham would work. For the leading lady, either Angelina Jolie, or Emily Blunt. Both are beautiful and talented. My leading lady in Murder Most Foul, is a fighter.

Q: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
A: Absolute not. I don’t make deadlines for myself. I write when the feeling hits me, and when I have time. I don’t know how anyone could write under pressure.

Q: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?
A: I would have to say none, but what is hidden in my female characters, is the type of woman I wished to be. So I guess you could say my alter-ego steers my leading ladies.

Q: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
A: From “Wicked Intentions” that would be Cassandra Lopez, because she is psychic.

Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: I usually drink coffee, and listen to country music on this old beat up radio an ex-love gave me before he returned to Texas without me. LOL!

Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I think picking names is easy. I just choose a name I like the sound of and I feel my characters would look like that if they were real. If the character is other then Caucasian, I use a name from that characters ethnicity.

Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Keep writing and never give up.

Q: If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
A: To work on a college career. Start writing sooner, and put off having children until your career is established. That might sound harsh, but looking back, I believe financial stability is more important than falling in love and marriage. That stuff can always wait.

Q: Out of your entire backlist, which book has the best opening line? What's the line?
A: That would be from “Dark Visions” one story from my paranormal/mystery anthology “Wicked Intentions”. The line is, Waking from a nightmare was not the ideal beginning for twenty-six-year-old Carrie Reynolds’ birthday. I like this line because it is mysterious and eerie.

Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: Right now only one story is bugging me. It is a SyFy comedy, entitled, Invaded by 26 Planets. I might need to change the title, I don’t know if I can find room for aliens from 26 planets in one book. It is still on the drawing board. Maybe one of these days.

Fun Stuff:
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Thanksgiving, because I get to pig out.

Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: That I am shy, and opinionated.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A stewardess.

Q: Favorite food.
A: Desserts.

Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: When my three kids were born.

Q: Favorite drink.
A: Coffee with cream.

Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Chilly winter nights.

Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: Getting Murder Most Foul into a screenplay.

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: To be a Jumper, someone who can think of a place and then be there in a matter of seconds. Cool uh?

Tell us where to find you:
Website: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/joannemyers

Facebook Profile Page: http://www.facebook.com/joanne.myers.927
Publishers Author Page: http://outskirtspress.com/poemsaboutlifeloveandeverythinginbetween
Author Page: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1990
Linkedin Profile Page: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joanne-myers/59/7a4/332

BLURBS for “Wicked Intentions” 7 bone chilling paranormal tales
BLOOD TIES
After the mysterious disappearance of twenty-six year old wife and mother Lisa Smalley, her twin, Audra Roper, begins having dark and disturbing visions of Lisa’s disappearance.Trying to survive while looking for Lisa, Audra’s life becomes a roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue.
THE HAUNTING OF BARB MARIE
Even as a child, Barb Marie saw dead people. This took an unhealthy toll on her throughout her childhood and young adulthood.
SUMMER WIND
When twenty-nine year old Ginger discovers the old mansion Summer Wind, she is mysteriously drawn to it. Immediately, the hauntings have a negative and profound effect on the family.

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIES-laying the Norfolk ghost to rest
Solving the brutal murder of American born Ruthie Geil becomes a gauntlet of attacks and more murders for Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian. Between the victims family, ex-lovers, and ghostly occurrences on Norfolk Island, the killer is closer than anyone realizes.
THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR
For the young psychic Cassandra Lopez, coming to the infamous and haunted mansion Lake Manor, was more like a mission.
THE APARTMENT
When young newlyweds Bill and Gayle move into their new apartment, their lives are plagued with sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and lives.
DARK VISIONS
When Carrie Reynold’s starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday, she believes her “dark visions” can solve the twenty year disappearance of her father.

EXCERPT: The Apartment
For a young couple in love with college ambitions Seattle, Washington was the perfect place to fall in love and marry. Little did Bill and Gayle Price know, but their happiness, their faith in each other and their sense of security would be tested beyond human limits.
* * * *
“Well…how does being a married woman feel?” asked friend and classmate Sukie.

“Is it true the sex gets better after marriage?” asked a second friend Amy, the bombshell horn dog.

Without hesitation, the plump and bubbly blond newlywed said, Fantastic. I would recommend marriage to anyone.”

“Well, I hope when I meet that special someone I feel and look as jubilant as you are right now,” said Sukie with a big smile.

“You will,” said Gayle, noticing her groom driving up. “There’s my ride. I’ll see ya in class.”

Sukie and Amy nodded and waved to Bill who waved back before opening the door for his wife. The young honeymooners kissed and drove off.

“I found an apartment in a great neighborhood,” said Bill, passing the newspaper to his startled wife.

She read the notice. “This apartment is located in the preppy part of town. We can’t possible afford it.”

“It’s only fifteen dollars more than what we pay now,” he said. “And it’s in a low crime area. I have a great feeling about this place.”

“Is that where we’re going now?” she asked, not recognizing the turns her excited husband was making.

“Yes. I told the realtor we were sick of the rowdy campus life and wanted a better neighborhood. She said this place sounded like what we were looking for. She said to come right over.”

Minutes later they arrived at the perspective new home. The first thing they noticed while approaching the first floor flat was the abundant amount of torn and broken furniture in the front yard. “What happened here?” Gayle asked, giving the rubbish the once over. “It looks like an animal chewed up the stuff.”

"Just as baffled as his bride, Bill said, “Maybe they had a big dog. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for all this.”

“There is!” chirped a voice from behind.

The couple turned and found the thirty-something realtor waiting for them.

“Hi,” she said. “You happy-looking folks must be Mr. and Mrs. Price?”

“Yes, we are,” replied Bill, extending his hand as his wife repeated his gesture.

“Whose property is this?” asked Gayle, pointing to the junk.

“Oh…it belonged to the last occupant. They left unexpectedly,” she said, still smiling.

“Did something happen here that we should be concerned about?” asked Bill. “I mean, this area is known for its antique stores and art walk. Not riff-raff tenants.”

“It was nothing criminal, I assure you,” she said. “Let’s go inside and have a tour.” She gave no further explanation.

Bill and Gayle apprehensively followed the enthusiastic woman into the apartment. Once inside they noticed extensive remodeling in process. “The paint and carpets look brand new,” said Gayle, noticing the work crew moving about.

“Yes!” piped the realtor. “We gutted the entire place after the last tenants.New floorboards, new dry wall, new fixtures.”

“Well, the rent is certainly in our price range,” said Bill. “Isn’t it, honey?”

“Oh, yes…it is,” whispered Gayle. She had an uneasy feeling about the place. But it would be silly to turn down such a great apartment, she thought.

“Great!” said the realtor. “You can move in Friday. I have the rental agreement right here.” She promptly removed the lease from her briefcase, and the young couple applied their John Hancock’s. It was a done deal.


GIVEAWAY ALERT:
Anything else you’d like to add?
I will be awarding two lucky people who comment each a paperback book of their choice. The choices are:
Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology
The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology
Flagitious-a crime/detective anthology

5 comments:

Sandy said...

You certainly know how to arouse ones curiosity, JoAnne. Best of luck with your sales.

Rose Anderson said...

I enjoyed the interview, JoAnne. I'd like to be a jumper too. That would be great for my sore arthritis days. :) Best luck!

Melissa Keir said...

Hello again! It's always wonderful to get to learn more about you! :) I wish you all the best!

Tina Donahue said...

Love the cover. Weird and creepy. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Can't resist an excerpt that is a come-on. Thanks, and much luck...

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