Thursday, July 30, 2015

JoAnne Kenrick ~ an interview and her novel ~ Before the Rain

JoAnne Kenrick

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Morning! I’ll be up at first light and at my most creative in those first few hours. By dinnertime, I’m ready to zone out with a book or the TV until it’s time for bed.

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = Reading in front of the fire in a big arm chair while candles flicker and music plays softly in the background. Even better if it’s raining outside.
            Spring            = I adore watching new born lambs bounce and play.
            Summer = Poolside reading!
            Fall = My favorite season in North Carolina. The colors are stunning, and the climate finally comfortable enough to enjoy walks in nature.

Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Tea! I’m a total tea babe. Usually, a cup of good old British PG Tips does the trick and in true Brit form, I believe it heals all. But now I’m living in North Carolina, I’ve come to appreciate sweet iced tea and the wonderful and extensive herbals from Teavana.

Q: Do you write long hand first, or does it go straight into the computer?
A: I write notes only as a as-need-to basis, meaning when I’m out and about and an idea or plot fix strikes me. I’ll scribble it down but barely go back to said notebook. Just the act of writing down my thoughts helps me remember to act on them. Otherwise, the ideas become fleeting thoughts quickly forgotten. I’m a computer girl. I type far faster than I could ever freehand write. And besides, my handwriting is appallingly messy.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A: I’ve been a panster for as long as I have been writing fiction. However, I’ve learned along the way that it helps a great deal to do a lot of preparation beforehand and now I’m no longer a total panster and am still nowhere near a plotter. I have character background work, setting research, and general conflict and resolution ideas before I begin writing the story. I’ll also have a very rough outline, but never an ending. I like to let the characters lead me the way to the ending. I’ve recently discovered the prefect little guide that helps me keep all those ideas and preparation organized. Cherry Adair’s Writer’s Bible. Check it out. The paperback is available on Amazon, but if you buy direct from her website, you get an editable word doc which is much easier to work with. I also use a cute little app on my iPad called A Novel Idea. It’s an easy to use data base for you to enter character profiles, scenes, notes, and other kinds of information related to your project.

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A: I have to start at chapter one and finish with ‘the end.’  I like things in order so the story naturally progressives as the characters make discoveries and evolve.

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A: Never! If I did, I would expect a gazillion unfinished stories in my database as once I know the ending, my drive to finish the story lulls greatly. It’s like the job is done and it’s time for revisions if I know the ending.

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I’m working on a super fun and flirty new adult contemporary romance set in Southern California.  I don’t want to say anymore than that…but, as they say, watch this space! News to follow.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Yes! Thanks for asking. London Dolls is a brand new contemporary series, the first one, WHAT LOLA WANTS, releases in September in both print and ebook! Heroes and heroines put their hearts and dreams on the line as they seek happy-ever-afters with a back drop of the glamorous world of burlesque in London’s West End.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Drop by my website to discover all the latest news on my releases, and more! I also have a Facebook group where I hold contests regularly for my readers.

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: I am currently on tour with Writer Marketing Services for my new release BEFORE THE RAIN. Links are as follows:

I’m happy you could join me on Books and Banter.  I hope you had fun with the Q & A’s

Thanks so much for having me on this super fun book blog! I really enjoyed answering your questions, and I’m happy to answer more. Readers, please feel free to post your questions in the comments section and I’ll try my best to answer them!

Want to indulge in some sexy times in North Wales? Want to swoon over a rough-around-the-edges Welshman who is just too darn irresistible no matter how much the heroine tries? Well…you should totally pick up BEFORE THE RAIN, a stand-a-lone set in rural North Wales. A sassy newly unemployed and single Southerner from Atlanta heads to Wales for a man-free break to find her own inspiration to write words…instead, she falls for the rustic charm of the land and her very gruff and Welsh land lord. Trouble, of course, ensues.

Three fianc├ęs in three years makes Zoe Chantilly’s relationship column for the Georgia Times her only semblance of commitment…that is until her dating advice takes a dive down the Suwannee and she’s fired.

Unemployed and single, she leaves the sweltering heat of the south and heads to the UK for a man-free break from life. The plan? Get with nature, write a novel, and be alone. Be very much alone. But nature has other plans for Zoe.

Navigating the backcountry roads of Wales seems just as complicated as her love life. A near-collision hones her desires in on Dylan Mostyn, a Leo seething with a raw prowess and macho magnetism the Aquarius in her can’t resist.

This Welshman is as arrogant as he is gorgeous. He’s also her landlord. The undeniable and thunderous attraction between them pinnacles during a karaoke duet at the village fete, but what starts as a no-strings fling quickly spirals toward dangerous ground.

 Publisher: Fated Desires.
Flame Rating: Three
Setting: North Wales, UK
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Vacation romance, Opposites Attract
Release date: July 21st 2016


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About JoAnne Kenrick

JoAnne Kenrick is a multi-published author who writes both contemporaries and paranormals. She was born and raised in a wee seaside town in North Wales, and has traveled far and wide. In true Brit form, she is a teaholic.
She now lives in North Carolina with her very own British hero, where she creates ever afters with a backdrop of those wonderful places she's visited.

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