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Friday, September 12, 2014

Interview with Author Joan Reeves by Jacqueline Seewald

Joan Reeves, Bestselling e-book author of contemporary romance, began her career with traditional publishers like Five Star/Gale/Cengage. When ebook reading devices like the Amazon Kindle made ebook publishing easy, she embraced a new career path as an independent author/publisher. Most of her popular romantic comedies appeared and stayed on the Kindle Top 100 Paid List for several weeks, as well as being on various genre bestseller lists.

Joan's traditionally published novels have been published in a half dozen languages, and several of her indie published ebooks are available in France through Bragelonne, her French publisher. She also writes nonfiction for writers to motivate and inspire as well as help authors navigate the stormy sea of being a career writer.

Joan makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband. They have four kids who think they are adults and a ghost dog—all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter. She lives the philosophy that is the premise of all of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."

Question: What is the title and genre of your novel?  Why did you select them?

Answer: My most recent work is a romantic comedy novella, April Fool Bride. I think my genre selected me. I just like humor with romance. Let's face it. Romance can be pretty darn funny.

Question:   What inspired this novel? How did it come about?

Answer: I've always thought April Fool's Day was a peculiar kind of holiday. Several years ago, I almost bought a house on the ocean because it was located at April Fool Point. *g* Seriously though, I had an idea for a marriage of convenience story and a heroine who was not what she seemed at first glance. Since a deadline loomed prominently in the heroine's life, I thought I'd make that deadline be April Fool's Day.

Question:  Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your novel?

Answer: I'm intrigued by celebrities in that the general public always has opinions about celebrities and trust fund babies who feature prominently in the tabloids. My heroine Madeline Quinn has been trying to live down her rep as Mad Maddie for the last few years. She learned some hard lessons and also learned how to accept her mistakes. Now she wants her full trust fund, but there's this pesky little clause that says she has to be married by her 25th birthday. Poor Maddie doesn't trust men as far as she could throw them. She's learned that they only see dollar signs when they look at her. But... There's one guy she thinks she can trust to marry her and not take her to the cleaners--Jake Becker, the housekeeper's son who was like a big brother to her when they were growing up together in her family's mansion.

Question:   Can you tell us about some of your other published novels or work?

Answer:  I've published about a dozen ebooks to date. The novels are all romantic comedy. Some of the titles are Just One Look and Jane (I'm Still Single) Jones (more than 100,000 copies sold of each sold since 2011.) My most recent full-length novel is Scents and Sensuality. I've been waylaid by life in the last couple of years with my younger daughter's wedding and a few surgeries, then moving, buying a house and remodeling it, and a few other big time life stressors.

In other words, I'm behind on my writing! I have 3 series: San Antone Two Step, Texas One Night Stands, and The Good, The Bad, and The Girly.

I will be finishing the San Antone Two Step series in September with the publication of Cinderella Blue.

If my keyboard holds out--and my fingers--I'll be publishing Book 3 in the Texas series: Forever Starts Tonight, and, hopefully Book 2: Good Girl Conspiracy in The Good, The Bad, and The Girly.

I also have published 2  motivational nonfiction books for writers and will be publishing a book on blogging, Blog Ops: Search & Destroy Bad Blogging & Rescue Hostage Blogs in September.

Question:   What are you working on now?

Answer:  Cinderella Blue, Blog Ops, and outlining a Christmas short story.

Question:   What made you start writing?

Answer: I don't know if I can remember that far back. *g* Actually, I've always told stories. When I learned how to read and write--I was about five years old I--that's all I did. And continue to do I guess. It's just a joy.

Question:   What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?

Answer: Accept your gift. I don't think God gives us the desire to do something without giving us the ability to do it. Many people say they want to write, but their journey is fraught with insecurity and lack of confidence. Embrace your desire. You can judge whether you have the narrative skills necessary to write. If you feel lacking, then study some books on writing. There are many excellent ones available. Read any of the really good blogs from authors. I've published SlingWords.blogspot.com since 2005. I also offer Writing Hacks, a free subscription newsletter for writers. Many authors do. Educate yourself, and write, write, write. Practice does make perfect whether you're learning the piano or narrative skills.

Question:  Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?

Answer: All my ebooks are available at most ebook sellers. Audiobook editions are at Audible.com and iTunes. Print editions will be available, I hope, by the end of this year.


Note: Joan is available to respond to comments and questions from readers and fellow authors so ask away!

9 comments:

D'Ann said...

Your books sound good! I'll have to check them out!

Sharon Ervin said...

A matter-of-fact interview with straight-up answers to professional questions. Joan has found paths that benefit her gift and directs others. Thanks, guys.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

D'Ann and Sharon,

Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

Joan Reeves said...

D'Ann, lots of readers think my books are hilarious. Hope you'll think the same. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Joan Reeves said...

Sharon Ervin, hey there! Fancy seeing you here. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. Write hard. Live free!

Joan Reeves said...

Jacquie, thank you for hosting me today. A funny thing happened on my way to Author Expressions this morning.

The man who was to install the underground drainage system finally showed up. Five minutes later, it thundered. Then it started raining, but he and his crew went to work anyway.

You see, this past Sunday we had torrential rains in Houston. I think they were concentrated over my house. I thought we were going to float away--and we didn't have an ark! Or flood insurance since we're not in a flood zone.

I'd been waiting all summer for the "drain man" to show up. We were finally on the calendar for this week. But then--like the title of that old novel--The Rains Came.

I'd better sell a heck of a lot of books to pay for this multi-thousand dollar drain installation! Maybe I'll make a sign and go stand on the boulevard with all the others who ask for handouts.

Now I'll go Tweet and Facebook your lovely blog since I'm finished running in and out of the house to answer questions and study progress and worry about the continuing rain.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Joan,

Sounds like you had a rough day!
I knew Arizona was hit by torrential rains but didn't know about Houston.

Mary Fremont Schoenecker said...

Joan & Jacquie,
Good blog interview Ladies. One question, Joan - if your book may come out soon "in print" will it still be self published?

Susan Oleksiw said...

Thanks for a very good interview, Joan. The plot of your new novel sounds delightful.