Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Author, author...

...read all about it !!

Today we have the fantabulous JoAnne Kenrick....
Born n bred Brit, JoAnne Kenrick grew up in a wee sea-side town in North Wales and has enjoyed a variety of vocations such as holistic healer, window dresser, and ghost tour guide. Having lived in Wales, England, and Scotland with her dear family, she finally escaped the dull British summers to reside in sunny Australia. After two years, they moved to the States where she endured three harsh winters in Minnesota. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids and two puddy cats. When they aren't demanding her attention, or jumping on her head, she strums away on the keys of her little laptop, creating worlds and adventures she could only ever dream of. Come across the pond and faraway....with JoAnne Kenrick! Find out more about JoAnne by visiting her website http://www.joannekenrick.com and get exclusive sneak peeks at her new and upcoming releases by signing up to her quarterly newsletter here http://tinyletter.com/joannekenrick
 Now let's learn a bit about how JoAnne writes :) 

Do real life events find their way into your stories?

Quite often I find a lot of myself and my life makes it in my stories without me realizing I've done that. I do believe there is a lot of truth behind the saying that writing is great therapy and allows one to work through their feelings about stuff they didn't even realize bothered them.


Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?

No. Never. My characters grow organically…and usually have a little slice of JoAnne in them.


Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?

Inspiration comes from the most unusual places. The Irish Kisses series, for instance grew from a short story I was going to write and turned into an Irish Pub book after watching In Burges while an invite to write the for 1NS series came in. Tales from the Coffin series, however, smashed into me while listening to a certain song. It was like a light bulb moment.


When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?

Morning! I'll get breakfast and the morning cup of Joe (always decaff), and once the kids have left for school and the husband is at work, I'll run around and clean up the morning mess and throw in a load of laundry. I then hit twitter and Facebook before writing until two-ish. Then the rest of my mummy duties are fulfilled. Quite often, I'll research and write up notes during the evening.


How do you feel about marketing your book?

It's apart of being an author. And although I can get grouchy because blog posts and trying to organize advertisements and book trailers take away from my writing time, I do enjoy the  reader/writer interaction doing my own promo allows.


What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?

This answer will be different for each author. Which ever the author feels most comfortable in, is the one that will work best for them. For me, it's Twitter and Facebook.


Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?

Mostly I write and submit the final manuscript, but Sweet Irish Kiss was presented as a pitch to the 1NS series editors before it was written.


Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?

No. But somehow a piece of me always end up embedded into my characters. I think most authors weave pieces of themselves in each of their characters.


Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5
1)         Favorite Male Actor  - David Duchovny
2)         Favorite vehicle -  I'd love a black Impala…so I can pretend to be as cool as the Supernatural boys!

3)         Favorite way to relax - Meditation, reading, long hot bath

4)         Favorite ice cream - Chunky Monkey

5)         Favorite outfit - jeans and t-shirt or Boho type dress

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)

I'd go back to Australia in a shot, if money was not an issue and we didn't need to worry about finding work etc..  Cronulla, NSW. Right by the beach.


Where can our readers find you?? 



Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Tales from the Coffin book four releases late October 2012 - Treacle and treason -- a Guy Fawkes special

Irish Kisses book three releases early winter 2012 - Threesome Sweetness

Irish Kisses book four releases late November 2012 - Hot Winter Kiss -- a christmas special



Devlin Kinney is focused on his Irish Rock band, Shamrocked. Between that and tending bar at Bell's Irish Pub, he's rushed off his feet. Still, he's envious of Shaun who found his perfect woman through Madame Eve's exclusive agency, 1Night Stand.

Pushed for time, he follows his friend's lead and hopes to be matched with a woman ballsy enough to share in his fetish for things that go buzzzz.

At the event of the year for soap stars, Elizabeth Grant meets Devlin and mistakes him for her soon-to-be co-star on The East End. Before she has a chance to confess she's not his 1Night Stand as he seems to think, the silver-tongued smooth dancer proves irresistible. He seems perfect...for one night of pleasure. She's ready to play the role of her life!

Will his Irish charm and toys be enough to hold onto his leading lady, or will his heart be shamrocked into next week?

Surrounded by bridesmaids—the hottest guy in the place. His thick Irish brogue carried over the chattering wedding crowd and bad party songs.
Swallowing any signs of stage fright, she checked her fake hair in a mirrored wall, plumped her boobs, and plastered on a smile before making a beeline for her drop-dead gorgeous, future co-star.
She waded through the rough sea of pink-chiffoned up women, snapped out her arm, and took his hand like one of those shaking weight things. Thought she’d blown it until his mouth tilted up into a tempting smile. Dimples. Oh, my. He would be popular with the ladies. Might even help get her noticed by movie producers. Dating this hottie would get her on every front page known to the British public.
“Liz.” She fought to keep focused on his face rather than his thick muscles and rhythmic movements. She couldn’t recall ever seeing a man who could make dancing to All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie so goddamned sexy. His jig was infectious—her arm swayed in beat with his, their hands still clasped together.
“As in Elizabeth?”
“Uh-huh.” The swarm of bridesmaids knitted their brows and pursed their lips. One even stamped her foot. Liz couldn’t help but turning on a sweet smile. “Buh-bye, ladies.”

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15761542-shamrocked

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Favorite Quotes:

"I've crossed oceans of time to find you" Bram Stoker's Dracula

"There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir; We must rise and follow her; When from every hill of flame, She calls and calls each vagabond by name" William Bliss - Carman.

 JoAnne, it's been an extreme pleasure having you with today and I can't wait to read Shamrocked.
Readers, make sure you get busy on getting this series !!  You won't regret it!
Until next time, happy reading!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, the interesting stuff I found out about JoAnne! Terrific interview!