1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I’ve lived in East Texas all my life. I love it here! My husband and I have been married for ten years and we have three kids. He’s my best friend, I really lucked out! I get to stay home with our kiddos and still have a career as a writer. Best of both worlds.
2) How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pencil. I’ve always had a story going no matter what else I was doing. I tried my hand at a few different ‘jobs’ but always came home at the end of the day and dived into my stories. I finally gave up the fight and decided to make a career out of what I truly love doing.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Right now it’s at my desk in my dining room. I don’t like to be boxed in, so it offers me a full view of my house and window. I move around though. Thank God for laptops!
4) Why did you decide to write Divine Destiny?
I didn’t have a choice; the characters wouldn’t leave me alone. LOL! Once they begin to tell me their tales, I have to write. It’s a compulsion. My laptop recently went in for brain surgery and I was without it for three days. My fingers were aching to type! I’m addicted. “Hi, my name is JoAnna and I’m a writing addict.”
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love Avery, my heroine. She is a tough cookie and she’s sassy. No matter what happens to her, she rises from the flames. Avery is a Southern firecracker and I guess I can relate to that.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
You don’t hear too much about him in DD, but Salina’s brother, Ashton, makes me want to throttle him! He’s a grade-A evil jerk. I’m working on book 2 in The Divine Chronicles and each time I have to step into his head, I want to run! You think Salina is a selfish witch, wait until you meet her brother! *Shivers* Greed is an ugly thing.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I edit what I can, but I have beta readers. Thank. God. After you read over something so many times, your mind begins to glaze over the details. So my betas keep on top of me. I’m SO thankful for them!!! They tell me what’s good, what’s bad and what’s ugly! After my betas everything goes to an editor (or two) who correct all my grammatical mistakes. I bow to their genius!
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
READING- Like most writers! I also like outdoor activities: camping, hunting, ATV’s and jet skis. Oh! And sleep- it’s a luxury around my house! I’m involved in ministry and community outreach. It’s important to give back when I can. When I actually watch television it’s HDTV or crime shows: CSI, Castle, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles are my favorites. My nerd-girl guilty pleasures are watching Pitch Perfect over and over, Twilight, Big Bang Theory, and any Marvel superhero movies.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Nalini Singh is my hero. Had a fan girl moment when I met her! I also love Molly Harper. One day I want to sit down and have a drink and just hang out. Patricia Briggs when I need fantasy. J.R Ward when I’m feeling dark. There’s an endless list of indie authors I love too. It’s like picking a favorite child, I can’t decide! LOL!
10) If readers take away only one thing from your book, what would it be?
I hope that they see the underlying message of faith in something greater than yourself, the strength of family, and the true meaning of love. One of my favorite passages is when Troy talks to Avery about love being a verb and not a noun. It’s a powerful concept to grasp.
Thank you so much, great questions! Hope to visit with you again when the next book comes out!!!