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Joanna K. Moore
Joanna K. Moore considers herself a daughter of Earth and Spirit. She’s married to her first love and college sweetheart and is the mother of two wonderful children. She’s a year away from empty nest syndrome and planning a road trip to inaugurate it. An avid hiker, nature–lover, and summer beachcomber, she enjoys writing the kind of paranormal romances she’d love to read.
PNR: How long have you been writing? What inspired you to choose writing as a career?
Joanna M.: I’ve been writing about six years with an eye toward publication, but I’ve been writing stories all my life. When I was 40, I began to write fan fiction with friends on the internet. After a couple of years and some encouraging feedback, I realized that it was time to take a chance and pursue book–length publication. I thought, “At my age, it’s now or never.” I gained inspiration from a quote by George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Armed with this, I joined my local RWA chapter and began to delve deeper into the craft of writing. The first couple of books I wrote were…well, let’s just say they’re permanently stashed under my bed. But I learned and improved with each book I finished. My fourth completed manuscript, THREE OF SWORDS, sold to Triskelion Publishing.
What inspired me to choose writing as a career? I wanted to write, I wanted to share what I created with others, and I wanted to embrace and pursue what I love in a formal, focused way. I wanted my dream to come true.
PNR: Do you have a strict writing schedule? How do you balance your personal and writing time?
Joanna M.: I have two part–time jobs along with my writing career, plus a household and a family (and extended family) to care for. Time is tight! My goal is to write 2000 words a day. When I have a deadline, I try to arrange my schedule so that my only focus is writing. But I can’t always do that. Sometimes personal things can and do come before writing. The people I love will always come first for me. But these same people understand my career, and they do all they can to support me. It’s a constant pursuit for balance, but so far I’ve been able to keep the scales even!
PNR: Most authors are avid readers; what is your favorite genre to read? Favorite authors?
Joanna M.: I love to read. Even though my time is tight, I try to spend time with a book before going to sleep. I love mysteries, straight paranormal, and paranormal romance. My favorite authors are Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Lindsay McKenna, Maggie Shayne, Deborah Donnelly, Joanna Carl, Jo–Ann Power, Victoria Laurie, Shirley Damsgaard, Kim Harrison, Yasmine Galenorn, and of course…Nora Roberts. I enjoy ebooks as well…the authors at Triskelion are fantastic! Betty Hanawa, Layla Chase, Delilah Devlin, Judith Rochelle, Megan Kerans, Debbie Gafford, and so many others. I like to print out ebooks and keep them in binders. That way I can still cuddle under the covers with them.
PNR: Being a newly published author, who or what has been the biggest influence on your work? Who or what has been your biggest support?
Joanna M.: The biggest influence on my work has been the works of Lindsay McKenna and Yasmine Galenorn. I deeply admire both these marvelous women, and I’ve read every one of their books. Their books inspired me and filled me with hope. My biggest support has been all the women of my RWA chapter, as well as the members of the critique group. But most of all, I’d say Mary Fechter (three–time Golden Heart Award Nominee) has been my biggest support. She’s always been there for me, in good times and bad. She’s willing to read my work and be honest, but she never extinguishes my voice or my spirit. She’s simply the best. My husband and kids endure my crazy life, and they’re behind me 100%. My daughter has the print cover of THREE OF SWORDS posted on the wall of her bedroom like a poster. That feels wonderful.
PNR: What are the greatest challenges to you as an author?
Joanna M.: For me, it’s giving everything I need to do in regard to my career all the time and effort each deserve. Writing has to come first…but promotion, reader contact, blogs, elists, contests, my reader’s newsletter and my website…they are all important, very much so I do what I can, and I give it my best.
PNR: Reviewers and readers love your debut novel, THREE OF SWORDS, how does it feel to have such positive recognition with your first novel?
Joanna M.: I have been literally blown away by the reviews. I loved THREE OF SWORDS. It was truly a book of my heart and soul, and I hoped others would like it. I had no idea it would be received as well as it has. I am deeply grateful.
PNR: Where did the idea for the story come from? How do you develop your story ideas?
Joanna M.: TOS came into being one day when I decided to write what I would love to read myself…a paranormal romantic mystery. All three of my favorites together! For me, a book begins with the first three chapters…usually those come straight from my head, a “seat of the pants kind of thing”. After the third chapter, however, it’s time to plot. The first three chapters give me what I need to plan out the remaining chapters. I don’t use flow charts or diagrams…I envy the authors who can! I simply write out in paragraph form what each chapter needs to contain. As I write the novel, I check my notes to make sure I’m following the thread. At the end, I go back to the beginning to begin revisions. I generally do four or five revisions before I submit the book to my editor. When I get the sense that if I touch the book any more, I’ll kill it–––I know it’s done!
PNR: You have been complemented on your masterful weaving of paranormal elements and intriguing mystery, could you tell us about the challenges you faced in balancing these two elements?
Joanna M.: It’s a dance, in many ways. The two must each have their own time in the sun, and not step on the foot of the other. I tend to “see” my story as I write it, almost like a movie in my head. I follow the natural flow of the elements in the story. Somehow it works!
PNR: I really enjoyed the rapport between your hero and heroine, Selene and Adrian; could you tell us about the development of these characters? Who was your favorite to write? Most difficult?
Joanna M.: Selene came to me first. In fact, she’s probably the strongest woman I’d written at that point. I felt as if Selene came to me as a whole and complete woman. She has her issues she struggles with, but she refuses to be ruled by them. Adrian came to me as the balance to her…he’s her match in many ways. She needs him as much as he needs her. But there are fireworks whenever two strong personalities get together–––and they certainly have that! My favorite character was Selene, because to be honest, she’s a lot like me…but she’d be closely followed by Sarabeth. I wish Sarabeth really existed outside of my novels. She’s wise and wonderful, with a wicked wit! We could all use someone like her around. The most difficult? Probably the villain of the book. I had to go to a pretty dark place inside me in order to write that character…but it was worth it.
PNR: Your new release, THREE OF SWORDS, features a powerful witch; why do you feel the “Witch” is becoming such a popular character in the paranormal romance genre?
Joanna M.: Witches have always intrigued us…all the way back to “double, double, toil and trouble”. For me, I think the popularity of the Witch in paranormal romance today is the fact that they are women who are fully empowered, embracing their true selves and their gifts, and putting them to use to help, protect and defend themselves and others. It’s something we’d all like to do. I also think reading about them is fun to the nth degree. They’re modern women…with a mystical kick! In my books, I also portray the spiritual side of the magic of my heroines. I think this facet needs to be presented in order to create a true–to–life character that readers will love.
PNR: As a writer, what do you like most about the paranormal romance genre? As a reader? Is there a genre you would like to write but haven’t?
Joanna M.: As a writer, I love the freedom and creativity allowed in the genre. I’m able to stretch the boundaries, to create events and characters literally out of this world, but as present and now as the air we breathe. As a reader, I love that I can go anywhere, do anything, through the pages of a paranormal romance, traveling through the story with a heroine and heroine who thrill me. Yet the love and connection between them must be strong and believable, enough for me to root for them all the way to the end. I haven’t been disappointed in any of the paranormals I’ve read. It is truly my favorite genre. What genre have I not written, but would like to? I’d love to find out if I could write something very, very steamy!
PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? Do you find it difficult the juggle the two elements?
Joanna M.: I think my work is character driven. My characters create the plot, not the other way around. I don’t find the balance difficult, because my characters help me every step of the way, simply by being who and what they are. I’m thankful for that.
PNR: THREE OF SWORDS will be released in print, January 2007, as its sequel SEVEN OF CUPS is released in ebook. What are your plans for the MacPherson sisters’ series?
Joanna M.: I may write another book featuring the sisters, with their friend Janelle as the main POV character. Her hero? A male MacPherson family member, the son of their Aunt Mags. This time the hero will be the magical one, not the heroine. Janelle has been an interesting character in both books, a real dichotomy. I’d love to give her a chance to discover the truth about herself and find a magical love while solving another mystery in the beach town of Fort Bedford, Florida.
PNR: Can you tell us about the projects are you currently working on, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Joanna M.: My current project is a novel featuring a reformed (well, struggling to reform) vampire and the woman he has been assigned to protect from birth…a powerful witch destined to change the magical worlds forever. Just one problem. He’s not supposed to fall in love with her. Too late for that. The heroine, Caroline, has no idea of her destiny or even what she is…until events come to pass that force Damien to kidnap her and train her in time to face the evil seeking her death, to keep her destiny from occurring. It’s a wild ride, and I’m loving it. Damien is without a doubt the most delicious, sexy, riveting hero I’ve ever written. Spending time with him is like eating the most scrumptious chocolate ever.
PNR: Thank you, Joanna, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?
Joanna M.: I’ve enjoyed talking with you and all the readers. My blog is located at joannakmoore.blogspot.com. At my blog you can find links to my main website, my reader’s newsletter and contest e–list, and to Triskelion. My email is JKMoorebooks@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Joanna K. Moore
Available Now Buy it Now! Triskelion
December 15, 2005
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THREE OF SWORDS - Selene McPherson is finally leaving the witch tag behind her. She has a successful restaurant and a happy life. When she draws the Three of Swords card three days in a row, Selene knows trouble is brewing.
It comes in the form of a horrific series of murders, starting with her sister's boyfriend. Police suspect her sister, and in order to clear her, Selene must once more return to the magical world she'd left behind to help Police Chief Adrian Burke find a killer. What she finds is aconnection to the Chief she never thought possible; can she convince him that her spiritual powers can be helpful in the case? The stakes are increased when someone she loves is in danger. The race is on to find a killer before Selene loses more than she's willing to give.
Print EditionBuy it Soon! Triskelion
January 28, 2007
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eBook Sequel to Three of Swords
SEVEN OF CUPS - Izzy MacPherson is cursed. At least, that's how she feels since her boyfriend, Sean, became a victim in last summer's serial murders in the small beach town of Fort Bedford, Florida. Now, the first man she's slept with since those dark days has been found murdered as well. As the mystery unfolds, Izzy's magical inheritance takes shape to aid her in her quest to discover the killer. Her sleuthing is complicated by the arrival of sexy crime novelist Eric Baxter, a man with a secret agenda and an eye for Izzy. Despite her best efforts, she finds herself the center of his cocky, irritating, seductive attentions. Their uneasy alliance ignites into fiery, challenging love as the trail to the killer becomes clear. Armed with only her spirit guide, a faery stone, and her irrepressible spirit, Izzy descends into a realm of dangerous illusion. She discovers a shocking mystical peril that threatens to end her life. Will she be able to see the truth before the killer's blade strikes?
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