I hope your week is going well. I am excited to invite author Joan Swan aka Skye Jordan for a visit to the blog. Have you met Joan or Skye? Have you read her books? One thing I love about author interviews is getting to know the person behind the books.
Welcome to the blog, Joan!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
At my heart, I’m sort of a wonderer. Yes, a wonderer, not a wanderer. I wonder about everything. Want to know about everything. I sometimes catch myself sounding like a four year old: “Why?” “But, why?” I have a crazy curiosity about people, human nature, careers, lifestyles, hobbies, happiness, and love of all kinds.
I’m a perpetual student, always searching for new classes to take in art or crafts or history or science or criminal justice or law or wine… There is no rhyme or reason to my interests. They are bizarre and varied—whatever strikes my fancy.
For instance I am currently enrolled in cooking classes encompassing Thanksgiving dinner preparations, candy making, and pastry baking. I’m also taking art classes in both mosaics (photo of my current—and very first—project below) and start a course in forensic sculpting next month. (Yes, that’s where you take a human skull and learn to recreate the face. Is it more than a little freaky that I’m crazy-excited about this class? Probably…but that’s me.) And I’m also learning Enterloc knitting and beginning crotchet. For exercise, I’ve been loving the act of losing 10% of my body weight in sweat at hot yoga 3-4 times a week. And I look forward to April when rowing season opens and I can get out on the Potomac by myself in a teeny tiny little sliver of a scull…
Like I said…a little odd.
Have you been writing “forever” and if not, when/how did you decide to write?
I started writing when I was about 35 because I had devoured all the books by all my favorite authors, couldn’t find anything new that held my interest and had all sorts of my own stories rolling around in my head. Honestly, I sort of started to get them out of my head!
What genres do you typically write?
So far I’ve written strictly romance. As Joan Swan I write romantic suspense and as Skye Jordan I write hot contemporary romance. I hope one day to branch into romantic thrillers or mainstream thrillers.
Do you read in the same genres you write?
I actually read very little romance. I don’t have the patience for it. The angst, all the build up of emotion and little action, it makes me rather crazy…unless I’m writing it, of course. And even then, I write what I hope is active romance, with characters who act, make decisions, go for what they want even if they make mistakes getting there.
I prefer thrillers or romantic adventure or romantic suspense where there’s a lot going on in addition to the romance.
Where do you find your inspiration and ideas for your stories?
It really comes from everywhere. In the beginning there was more of a definite “source”. Newspapers, historical details, legends, parts of true crime pieced together, pieces of stories I’d heard from friends combined with a million other things… Now, they are more systematically developed using the help of other authors, agents, and editors as sounding boards or brainstormers.
But pieces of a story still come from the ether, the subconscious, places we never really know about until they float to the surface and insert themselves into the scene.
Are you on social media? If so, which platforms do you like to use to interact with your readers most?
I am. I flip between loving Facebook and Twitter best. They both have positives and negatives. I love the continuity of FB, but I hate the way FB controls who and how many of your followers see your messages. I find that extremely frustrating.
Twitter is fun and fast and immediate, but its sometimes noisy and hard to follow and difficult to have meaningful conversations.
Instagram is something I’m using more now, and that’s pretty fun.
What is the strangest thing a reader has ever said to you?
“Are your sex scenes developed from real life?”
What do you love most about the romance writing world?
I love the camaraderie of the writers—my very best friends in the world are other romance writers. And I love the real, wonderful women I’ve met and become friends with who started out as fans. I’ve met amazing people who will be part of my life forever through this career.
What do you have coming up?
Dec 2nd ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS releases! This is a holiday anthology I’m in with 5 other New York Times bestselling authors—Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright, Cynthia Eden, and Katie Reus, and it’s currently sale priced at #99cents!
Here is a little blurb for my novella, HOME ADVANTAGE:
NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than any family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough win a woman who is deserving of forever?
And I have a new series coming out with Montlake. The Wildwood series will release July 2016 with FORBIDDEN FLING, followed by WILD KISSES in January 2017.
Anything else you want to say to the Magical Musings readers?
Just that YOU are the reason we write. Know that you are always on our minds while we are writing. Also know that your opinions matter to us. Your reviews are helpful for sales, but they can also be hurtful to our hearts. We are real people who strive to craft fantasies as avenues of escape and pleasure for the people we love—our fans! You!
I feel confident I can speak for all authors when I say: Thank you for reading!
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Thank you, Joan, for visiting us today! Readers, do you like to read holiday novellas whether it is for Christmas, New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day, etc?
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