I'm so very excited to welcome my good friend, critique partner and fellow Wild Rose Press author
to the blog today! Joya is celebrating her **new release** with a giveaway--see down below!
Welcome, Joya! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today, Laura. I’m thrilled to be talking about a story that you helped me get published! I write romantic suspense, contemporary suspense, and paranormal suspense.
Aw, shucks! I loved reading this! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
LOVE DELIVERED released just yesterday from The Wild Rose Press. It reflects my affection for small towns and the people who live there. Pete has strong ties to the community and the town and Bianca is chasing her dreams in New York City. Not just for herself, but on behalf of her mother, who never got the opportunity to follow her dreams. When Bianca returns to the small town where she grew up to fix up her deceased grandmother’s house for sale, she can’t help but be charmed by the town…and Pete, the mailman.
Sigh…Pete. *grins* Which character is your favorite and why?
LOL, I feel like a mother who can’t chose between her children. It feels wrong to pick one character over another, but I think Bianca would understand if I chose Pete. Because I fell in love with him. He’s the best part of a lot of men I know all wrapped into one.
Oh, I like how you put that! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
Honestly, nothing surprised me through the writing process. The characters told me their story early on. The biggest surprise for me was when the publisher decided to classify the story as “contemporary humor.” That cracked me up! Guess what? I’m funny. Well, Pete’s funny.
Pete is funny! *winks* What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
Revisions. I can write a story in no time at all. Then I have to revise, revise, revise, and revise. And then usually revise again.
I hear ya, sister! What are you working on right now?
I’m writing a ghost story with a ghost who’s a practical joker and a matchmaker. Picture Betty White haunting an historic Baltimore apartment building.
Awesome description! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
It’s buried in a drawer and will never see the light of day. However, it was a great learning experience.
Yes, so agree! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
Characters are easy to write. I’m lucky to have lots of colorful people in my life. Plots are hard, though. I usually don’t know how the story will progress. Often, I know the beginning and I kinda-sorta know the end, but I have no idea what will happen in between.
*nods in total understanding!* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Definitely. The parade scene in LOVE DELIVERED is loosely based on our family July 4th celebration. A marching band plays in the yard before the parade every year and it’s the party of the year.
Such a cool small town moment! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
For sure. I realized early on that every story I write carries the same message: bad things will happen in life, but if you find the right person, you will find happiness again.
Love that! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve completed three marathons. One of them in less than four hours! 3.59.51 to be exact.
Whoa! I did not know that! Go you! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Easy. The TWILIGHT series. No maybe the HUNGER GAMES series. No wait…okay. So many great books and series, but these are two of my favorite because they are so emotional.
They’d both be at the top of my list, too… Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Oh wow, this question makes me pause. I think the heroine in my WIP about a serial killer is my favorite so far. She’s had an awful, awful life, but finds hope and comes out fighting. She’s probably the strongest character I’ve ever written and I admire her strength. I wrote about her after seeing an interview on 20/20 about a young, spirited girl who survived an attack and had a better disposition about life than most people I know who haven’t experienced that kind of trauma.
Very cool! Can’t wait to learn more about her! Okay, then, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark
Salty or sweet? Salty
Bed or kitchen table? Sofa (LOL, couldn’t resist cheating)
Beach or mountains? Beach
Give or receive? Give
Bianca McClain has worked for years to achieve her dream job in New York City. After her grandmother passes away, she finds herself returning to the small town she grew up in to ready her house for sale. The slow, friendly pace of the town and its citizens, especially Pete the mailman, appeal to her—but there’s no way she’s giving up everything she’s accomplished in New York.
Born and raised in Centreville, MD, Pete Schaeffer loves his small town mail carrier job and can’t imagine leaving for any reason—or anyone—so he's dumbfounded by his intense attraction to Bianca, a woman with a fast-paced life in the big city.
Pete and Bianca soon find themselves lost in each other’s arms. When the summer ends, they will have big decisions to make. Will the small-town guy and big-city girl find common ground and lasting love, or will their differences drive them apart?
Where can we find you on the web?
GIVEAWAY!One commenter who leaves their email address will be entered to win an ebook of Love Delivered. Open to international. Winner to be chosen by random.org. Contest open through midnight EST on 12/25! What to comment? Tell Joya what YOU love about small towns!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, JOYA!
Thanks so much for having me, Laura, and thanks for being my friend and critique partner! J
Thanks for reading!
Laura & Joya