Author Interview | Anthony P. Jones

Somedays ago I read a book named Red States by Anthony P. Jones. I enjoyed this book so much that I decided to interview the author behind this entertaining read. Like the book, his answers to my questions were interesting as well. Let me introduce you guys to Anthony first and then I will let you read his mini spun answers. 😀 Final Book Cover - Red States

Tony was born in a small rural town Kenbridge, Virginia. He studied biology at Xavier University of Louisiana, medicine at Meharry Medical College and creative writing at the University of Virginia. He has spent twenty-five years in corporate America, fifteen as an Associate Vice president with Morgan Stanley. Tony has written for twenty-four years and has published two novels, Operation Smokeout- Allen Publishing and D8 With F8- Self/Brown Bag Books. He has a collection of seven additional completed novels as well as two screenplays.

Questions regarding Red States:

  1. What made you choose the title “Red States” for your book?

The story is taking place during an election year, when there is talk about Red and Blue states.  The antagonist, Zhang Ju wants to make the US all Red States, China Red.

2. The government and mafia conspiracy and them trying to one up each other was something that I most enjoyed about the book. What  level of interest did you have in the topic before writing the book?

I have always had an interest in politics, though, my taste has soured with the division we’ve seen over the past twenty years.  With regard to conspiracy, I once told someone that I choose topics that make the average person say, “No fricking way” and makes the government say, “Humm.”  When my first novel, “Operation Smokeout” came out, the Detroit Free Press questioned the plausibility— the book landed me a six-month stint on the NSA’s watch list, I had to meet with the NAS and it generated twelve calls from intelligence sources.  Ten to twelve things I wrote came true— the book was a creation of my imagination.

3. There’s a good balance between action and description, neither one of the sides over power the other, which I really appreciate. How difficult was it to find the balance?

This is an interesting question.  For me, the characters tell me where to take the book.  I am simply telling the story “they” tell me to write.  If it comes out balanced, it’s due to the story my characters tell me to write.

4. Were there alternate endings you considered?

When I begin writing a book, I generally know the beginning and where I expect it to end.  As I get into the thick of things, the ending may vary a bit, I simply follow where the story leads me.

5. Which character from the book did you find the easiest to write about?

Wow, this is a tough one.  I believe there are elements of the writer’s personality in each of his characters.  Cole is sarcastic and uses off-beat humor to deal with difficult situations— much like yours truly.  Zasha is strong, compassionate and on task, much like people I appreciate.  Zhang is ruthless, driven and is focused on the task at hand, while disregarding any potential pitfalls to achieve what he wants— I recognize this guy too.  As a writer, you have to have an appreciation, if not love for all of your characters.  You have to be able to get in the head of each of them.  Learning their complexities is something that comes as you write.  Easiest?  Cole and Zasha because they represent the Yin and Yang.  IN Martial Arts, we learn to seek balance, Cole and Zasha represent this balance.

6. What got left out in the final draft?

In this book, nothing got left out.  This story plays out as it was written.  The changes happened internally.  I wrote this book fourteen years ago, I did have to update technology to reflect things that have changed during that time.

These questions and Anthony’s answers gave me more insight about the book that I enjoyed reading. So, I asked him questions about being an author.

  1. Are you a plotter or pantster?

My stories are plot driven.  Thrillers should never be planned, they are free-flowing and what happens in one seen dictate where the story goes.  If you use an outline writing a thriller, your readers will know that you are trying to force the story.  Thrillers should be free flowing, the characters will tell you where to take the story.

2. What’s more important for you: characters or plot?

For me, plot drives the story, but the characters tell you where the plot has to go.

3. How long on an average does it take you to write a book?

Every book is different.  I put a lot of research into my stories.  My first book took about five years and the last one I wrote took only a month and a half.  Every story unfolds in its own timeline.

4. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write about than others?

Sex scenes are the most difficult!  Sex is different in everyone’s minds— too graphic, not graphic enough, just enough to get the point across.

5. Which other genre would you want to try your hands on?

Thrillers are my stronghold.  I have dabbled with drama and even a religious based screenplay, but I always come back to thrillers.  Other genres cause you to think in different ways, I could do that, but I like the natural fit, I’m good at home.

After all these serious questions, I had to ask some fun questions as well. What better way to get to know a person than to ask them weird questions?

  1. Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Scars?  My back looks like a runaway slave’s.  The wrong relationships, trying to help people, who only wanted to use you, trying to be a good person in a world that doesn’t give a damn… and through it all, my daily goal is to make at least one person smile a day!  I may not be able to effect the world, but I won’t let the world bring me down!

2. What do you want your tombstone to say?

Shoot your best shot— there is no way to stop me!

3. Characters often find them in situations that they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Five years ago, divorcing an attorney after twenty years of marriage.  I am going to win!  Not because I’m entitled, or deserve it more than anyone else, but simply because I refuse to give up!

4. Share a fun fact with us before signing off.

When this book becomes a hit, some will say that I’m an overnight success.  They’re right, 9,132 overnights!

This is one of those cases where you can truly see how much of himself an author as put in a book. I wish all the very best to Anthony and his book Red States and also all his future endeavors.

If you guys enjoyed this interview and would like to check the book out and support Anthony then go get the book.

Buy this book: Red States (Amazon)

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Blog Tour | Author Interview | Vicki Morris

Today, as a part of the blog tour for the book “Happy Habits” I have Vicki Morris here.  🙂

Vicki Morris Author PhotoVicki Morris is the Career Happiness Coach, founder of and creator of the InspiredWork™ Career Transformation System, blending twenty-five years of experience as a high tech hiring manager, inspirational business leader, brand strategist, career mentor, and spiritual practitioner. InspiredWork helps professionals raise their energy with Happy Habits to create their own inspired work and brand so they can be happy at work and love their life.

Prior to InspiredWork, Vicki was the founder and CEO of a global marketing agency. Before that, she was VP of Marketing at several Global 2000 and Inc. 500 software companies. Earlier in her career, Vicki launched Java at Sun and she was awarded the President’s Award. Vicki started her career at Oracle, while completing her MBA at the University of Chicago. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. During her career, Vicki published numerous articles and presented at conferences in more than 30 countries.

So, without further ado let’s get on with the review.  😀


  1.  Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because I feel that it is my calling to help people become happier and create their inspired work. Life is far too short to be unhappy, especially when there’s a simple and quick solution to raising your happiness in just four minutes per day. I went through periods of unhappiness, but in time, I came to the realization that I could be happy if I chose to adopt habits that would raise my energy. As a Career Happiness Coach at, I now help others be happier in their work and life, too.

2. What is the main takeaway that you want people to know by reading your book?

Anyone can become happier by taking just four minutes each day to adopt energy-raising habits.

3. Why are so many people unhappy, or just getting by, these days?

Almost half of our daily activities (40%, according to author Charles Duhigg) are made up of habits – in other words, we’re going about a great portion of our day on autopilot. Most of us don’t realize that we can inject happiness into those habits to awaken our consciousness and elevate our energy for a more positive, connected experience to the world every single day.

4. What is your advice to professionals who are out-of-work or looking for a job?

Be gentle with yourself during this time, and approach each new day of the job search with an open mind. When you alter your habits to pursue the greatest version of yourself, it will resonate with others. The right opportunity will come, and if you focus on cultivating positivity inwardly first, you’ll be able to extend peace, gratitude, and happiness outwardly to make stronger connections with important people, such as potential employers.

5. What are “Happy Habits?”

Habits are actions that we complete every day, and in many cases, they are ultimately done subconsciously. Happy Habits are different from regular habits because they are approached consciously and are used to raise our energy levels and help individuals to achieve their greatest sense of happiness in both the career realm and life overall. The Happy Habits system follows a specific, proven approach so that you spend no more than four minutes per day in total on cultivating happiness. Although it’s only four minutes per day, the payoffs are far-reaching and tremendously rewarding.

6. How is it possible to be happier in just 4 minutes a day?

The Happy Habits system strategically progresses over a period of eight weeks. During each week, individuals choose the three habits that they will focus on for one minute per day, in addition to taking one minute each day to log their successes. As the weeks progress, the habits sink in and become concrete aspects of daily life. The eight-week period is proven to be the most optimal timeframe for establishing new habits, and although Happy Habits are a commitment, they are not time-consuming or restrictive. Everyone can squeeze four additional minutes into their day, especially when the payoff is a higher level of consciousness and a powerful, deep-rooted sense of happiness.

7. How long does it really take to create a permanent habit?

While every person is different, research has shown that it takes a period of 66 days for a habit to truly develop permanently (based on findings by habit expert James Clear). I don’t think that a habit can have any long-lasting effects when practiced for any timeframe lasting fewer than 40 days. Eight weeks is the optimal timeframe because each week in the Happy Habits system (with the exception of Week 1), we carry over a Happy Habit from the previous week to allow it to sink in, but we also give ourselves enough time to incorporate additional habits every week so that we take a well-rounded approach to nurturing our happiness practice. By the time eight weeks is through, these Happy Habits become ingrained in our daily practices and we are able to reap longstanding beneficial effects.

8. Why is it better to adopt a positive, Happy Habit, than it is to try to eliminate an unhealthy habit?

When you focus your energy consciously on Happy Habits, you can actually use these new, more beneficial behaviors to trump unhealthy ones. Think of it this way: if you’re thirsty and you make it a Happy Habit to drink water, you’re intrinsically avoiding other, unhealthy beverages like sodas. So I practice the belief that it’s more advantageous to provide your body and mind with beneficial habits rather than working to eradicate deeply ingrained habits that are less healthy. Happiness should be about enrichment, not deprivation. The goodness of the Happy Habits will inherently overcome unhealthy habits in the long run.

9. There are lots of books written about how to be happier. What’s different about Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day?

There are many wonderful happiness books out there, and I have had some truly rewarding experiences reading some of them. However, I think that there are some happiness books that tend to make the process of cultivating happiness unnecessarily drawn-out. In Happy Habits, I’m not encouraging readers to do a deep and thorough examination of why they’re unhappy. We all know that the burdens and stressors of everyday life are enough to bog anyone down from time to time. Instead, I’m providing a simple and effective solution to raising energy levels in just a few minutes per day. Also, some happiness books encourage people to make significant external changes to their lives. I believe that we already have all of the resources we need to create our own happiness – it’s just a matter of refining those resources and taking an inward approach.

10. What’s the most important thing you learned as a Career Happiness Coach that you can share with our audience?

In order to attract a better job or to find happiness and meaning in your work, you must first cultivate happiness inside yourself and raise your energy. Everyone is capable of doing this, and therefore everyone is capable of finding a career that is truly a perfect fit for them.









*Media Kit prepared by Susan Barton, My Book Tour


Author Interview | Bess Richards

Somedays ago I read a book named Never the same by Bess Richards. That book literally made me cry. (It deals with the mind state of people during 9/11)It was so heart touching that I couldn’t help the tears. I was so moved that letting Bess know about the extent to which her book affected me became important. Apart from twitter I couldn’t find any contact information for her. (Her website was undergoing some changes so it wasn’t functional, not it is. You can find the link in the end of the interview. 😀 )

I am not that of a twitter fan so I didn’t have a twitter account. Just to let her know how I felt about her book, I made a twitter account. (It’s @dimplebookfeels, if you guys are interested! 😛 )

And here we are today, doing an interview. 😀

When told to describe herself she had a pretty cute answer-

Originally from the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, Bess now lives with her sailor in the Land of the Rising Sun.LP Headshot 3

Never the Same

Click the cover picture, to read my review on the book. 🙂

Let’s get started with the interview, shall we? 🙂  

Questions regarding Bess’s book (Never The Same):

  1. What made you choose the title “Never The Same” for your book? 

Honestly, I don’t remember there being much of a deliberation over the title, I think it just showed up one day and made so much sense considering the themes of the story. There are certain events and relationships – good and bad – that happen to us and we can never go back to being the person we were before they happened. We can all feel that sense of how things will never be the same after 9/11/01, so there’s that aspect, as well as the perspective of what the characters in the story mean to each other and how they’ve forever changed each other.

  1. Your writing really connects well with the reader, any inspiration? (I loved how easy it was to remember all the characters.) 😀  

Thank you! That’s honestly the best compliment you could ever give me because my main goal is to create relatable characters. As the writer, I obviously spend a lot of time with the characters so I want most of them to be people I would enjoy hanging out with in real life – and in real life, no one wants to be around uninteresting, absolutely perfect people, or the kind of people who use big words in an effort to impress others. Readers don’t want to hang out with people like that either, so I try to keep my characters simple and relatable, yet at the same time, irresistible. I try to focus on what makes people interesting and tell the details we all want to know. I also want to tell the story in a way that the reader feels like the character is sitting down with them and telling the story directly to them.

3. Were there alternate endings you considered? 

For the most part, no, but that’s not to say I didn’t toy with the idea of ensuring a happier ending for absolutely everyone. Ultimately, I listened to the voices in my head (as I like to call them). I wish things could have turned out differently for some of our characters, but that’s not how life works, and truly, I think having it end the way it did is a tribute to the heart of the real life victims of 9/11. I imagine they wrestle with “if only” almost every single day.

4. Which character from the book did you find the easiest to write about?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. There were definitely difficult sections to write, but for the most part, the characters were all pretty easy to write. I remember Juliette’s part flowing very freely and being a fun scene to write. Same goes for Harvey. I really enjoyed writing Harvey – so much so that I’ve thought about writing about his life post 2005. I admire many of the characters, and when you admire or have empathy for someone, it’s super easy to write their story.

5. What got left out in the final draft?

Not a whole lot. I slashed thousands of words but most of them were from making my writing more concise. The meat and potatoes of the story remained intact. There will be some who think I should have cut some of the supporting characters to make the story shorter, and they could be right, but I don’t care. I left everyone in the final draft because I wanted to let them speak. I wanted Never the Same to be sort of a mirror image of the collective group of people directly affected by 9/11. I didn’t tell everyone’s story, but I wanted to tell as many as possible.

One thing I do remember cutting from the story was a Briggs and Lucy love scene. It’s actually still in there but it’s less detailed than I originally wrote it, mostly because I wasn’t happy with it the way it was but also because I didn’t want my mother and grandmothers to have to read it, haha. Sex sells, but…oh well.

6. Your book has all the elements of a great story- war, disease, love, support, family, hope, all the great feelings. Was it planned that way or it just happened?

Thank you. It just sort of happened. The fact that the story is based on an historical event led me down a planned road, but I didn’t exactly have it all marked out before I started writing. I just let it unfold as the story progressed.


Questions related to being an author: 😀  

  1. Are you a plotter or pantster? 

Definitely, in this case, a panster. I had a rough outline sort of in mind but not on paper. For the most part I just let the characters speak to me, it’s how I operate as a writer. But for my next novel, The Devil I Know, I’ve had to do significantly more planning because the plot is intense in a much different way than Never the Same.

  1. What’s more important for you: characters or plot?

Characters for sure! I’m more interested in the characters than making sure the plot is something you’d find as an example in a textbook.  I think readers are more drawn to what they’re learning about a certain character rather than thinking, “oh wow, this plot is amazing!” I don’t think I’ll ever get an email full of praise over a plot well done, and truthfully it wouldn’t do much for me anyway. I want the readers to form a sort of bond with the characters, whether it’s falling for them, feeling for them, or rooting for them. That will keep them reading until the end, and any holes in the plot can be fixed after writing the rough draft. But the characters and plot definitely rely on and feed off of each other, so I work to make sure they’re both solid.

  1. How long on average does it take you to write a book? 

I wish I knew. I’m terrible at keeping a logbook, not to mention the fact that when I started out to write Never the Same, I was also working another job. I’d squeeze the writing in any time I could, and I was enjoying it, so I wasn’t exactly counting the hours. Now that I’m not working another job on top of writing, I think a year is a safe chunk of time to dedicate to a rough draft, let it rest, go back in and fix, and then let some other eyeballs take a critical look. I have to set deadlines, and in an alternate universe, I’d have all the time in the world to write, write, write, but there are other responsibilities and distractions, and that’s good because it brings balance to my life.

  1. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?

Anytime a scene is too hard, I know I’m going down the wrong road. Also, if I don’t know the character well enough, the writing doesn’t flow, so I have to sit back and think for a minute and answer some questions about who the character is, what they want, and what they would or would not do and say. But yes, certain scenes are in fact harder to write, but I think it’s usually because I’m not in the mood to write them.

  1. Which other genre you would want to try your hands on?

I don’t think I’ll ever stray too far from what I’m writing now, but as I hinted on earlier, The Devil I Know will be a little different than Never the Same. My writing style doesn’t change, but this one is more action packed, and the sweet parts are sweet for different reasons. It’s similar in the way that just like Briggs and Lucy, Adrian and Julia fall in love despite their many differences, but there’s a twist this time because Adrian isn’t as wholesome and virtuous as Briggs. The characters as a whole are less likely to remind you of your neighbors, but I think you’ll still be able to relate to them, or at least empathize with them and be interested in their lives.

  1. Tell us about the cover and how it came about. 😀  

Everyone is asking about the cover, and I recently posted the story behind it on my Facebook page.


Questions for fun: 😀 ❤ 😀  

  1. Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Yes, most of them are from sports injuries. I had ACL surgery as well as a surgery near my eye, so those are pretty decent scars. I also have one on my back from flipping over on a big wheel as a kid, and minor ones from burns and scrapes. I think they’re sort of cool, and if nothing else, a story to tell. Scars are an interesting thing to write about – so many analogies just waiting to inspire someone.

  1. What do you want your tombstone to say? 

Maybe something funny. I don’t know. You’d think a writer would have a clever answer ready and waiting but I think I’ll just let my loved ones surprise me. As long as there are no typos.

  1. Everybody hates typos, I sure do. 😛 Characters often find them in situations that they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Oh man. It does sometimes feel like you’re in a situation that you’ll never escape, but for the most part I believe there’s always a way out. Something that’s coming to mind is a story from this past winter in Japan. I was riding the train home during rush hour. I’d been to a mall about thirty minutes away and hadn’t really eaten much. The heat on the train was blasting, and we were crammed in like sardines. I started feeling dizzy, and as someone with a history of fainting, I knew what was coming. I started stripping off the layers of coat, scarf, and cardigan, but it wasn’t helping much. We made a stop, and in hindsight, maybe I should have just gotten off the train, but instead I darted toward the one empty seat that had just become available and plopped down. The next thing I know, I’m leaning sideways in the seat, with my head on an elderly Japanese lady, and three other people are shaking me awake. The language barrier is enormous, but one person did ask, “You OK?” I nodded that I was, and everyone sort of just turned and left me alone as if nothing had happened. Maybe not the answer you were looking for, but I knew I wouldn’t make it off that train without passing out, I just hoped I wouldn’t split my head open, and thankfully I didn’t.

  1. The language barrier does make for an awkward situation. 😛 Share a fun fact with us before signing off. 😀  

Hmm. Maybe not fun to some, but…sometimes people ask really technical questions like what program I use to write, and things like that. But I actually just write each chapter in a separate Word or Pages document and sort of string them together on the desktop so that I can see the progress. I write in Courier New because I like to imagine I’m writing on a typewriter without the hassle of the clanking or inability to store and edit electronically.


Link for Amazon purchase: Never The Same

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It was fun interviewing Bess. Thank you so much for your time, Bess. 😀 😀 I loved our interaction and I am looking forward to your next book. 😀

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Author Interview | Tasman Anderson

Today, I have Tasman Anderson with me. 😀 😀 If you guys remember, I did a review for her book called Know Your Enemy. I liked the characters so much that I contacted Tasman. Since then we have been in touch and she is so much fun to talk to. I loved interacting with her and hope the interaction continues. 😀 😀
I enjoyed her answers, so here is the interview I did with her. She is a real sweetheart. ❤ ❤ I hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as I did. 🙂
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Tasman Anderson is an Australian author, writer and award-winning journalist. She has written for the Gold Coast Bulletin, Youth Journalism International, Q Magazine, Teen Voices and Loving Logan.
When she’s not spending her time ignoring the sunlight and writing young adult fiction, she’s most likely binging on Netflix and going on sushi dates with her best friends. Know Your Enemy is Tasman’s first novel.
Know Your Enemy
Click on the picture to read my review of “Know Your Enemy.” 😀

Questions related to the book (Know Your Enemy):

1. What made you choose the title “Know your enemy” for your book?
    I actually had a different title when the book was going in for its first edit. Initially, it was called ‘The Adventures of a Teenage Con-Artist’ but the title was too long and we needed something smaller. I started reading quotes from famous mobsters and found one that talked about knowing your enemy more than your friends. I just found it fit the book perfectly because you can never be sure who the real enemy is until the end.

2. That’s a smart reason. 😉 So, what makes Nicole, according to you, different from the other characters in the story apart from her being the protagonist.
    I like to think Nicole was a victim of circumstance at first but then turned into the very thing that got her into the trouble in the first place. She doesn’t look for the immediate pay-off that the other characters do. She’s willing to wait for the long-term success of a career and I think that’s rare for her age. But, she is still a teenager and doesn’t always make the right choices. I think she grounds the group a little. She sees what the others are feeling and I think that impacts her decisions a lot, especially when it comes to Aiden.
3. Were there alternate endings you considered?
    Oh good question! I always wanted a cliffhanger for an ending. At first, I considered having the group arrested and Nicole finding a way to manipulate the police into letting them go, or pinning it on someone else but that felt too close-ended. We chose the one it is now so it could have more of an old-school Thelma and Louise/Bonnie and Clyde feel to it. I also wanted to set it up for a sequel that would be action packed from the beginning.

4.True, this ending surely is a good opening plot for the next book. 😉 I know, from the acknowledgments, that you have your Libby (Laura Williams), was she the inspiration for Libby or for the friendship that Nicole and Libby shared or both?
   She certainly was the inspiration for Libby in all aspects. Laura has been my best friend for 12 years and was the one who suggested I write a book about the things that were happening around us. We grew up in an area that has a fair bit of crime so it was fun to see how we could incorporate that into a young adult novel. Libby and Nic’s friendship is pretty much the type Laura and I had (and still do have) so it wasn’t difficult to write. Laura doesn’t have the bad traits that Libby had (i.e. she would never sell me out for popularity) but I did use some of Laura’s ‘screw them’ attitude. She’s an extremely strong and lively person, which I wanted Libby to be like.
(Well, I love Libby, that means I will have no problem liking Laura. 😛 )
5. Which character from the book did you find the easiest to write about?
    Oh, definitely Aiden. He’s also my favourite to write as well. I just found it easy to write him because I enjoyed the scenes he had with Nicole. I grew up with a lot of guy friends who would try every possible corny move to get a girl and I loved the bad boy characters from all of the old movies. I just decided to mess them together. I’m definitely looking forward to writing more of Aiden in the next book.

6. What got left out in the final draft?
   A lot of the main storyline is the same. In fact, very little was taken out of the final draft. We did cut back on some of the more ‘colourful’ language from Libby but I think I just got carried away. Also, we did cut out a bit of the characters’ back story so that we could focus on the action but a lot of that is being incorporated into the sequel so nothing has really been lost.
Let’s move on to the questions related to being an author: 🙂 
1. Are you a plotter or pantster?
   You know, I had to google ‘pantster’ to figure out what it meant 😛 Turns out, that’s what I am. I don’t do too well with structure at the beginning so I usually just write whatever pops into my head. I’m a plotter when it comes to the basic storyline but I usually write whatever comes to mind. I find that if I spend too much time organising the storyline, I get lost in the planning and never write a thing!
(The first time I came across the word, I googled it too. 😛 )
2. What’s more important for you: characters or plot?
   I really can’t say because they are both so important.. A good book needs both well written characters and an intriguing plot. I’m guilty of spending a lot of time on my characters and their relationships but I would say that the plot is just as important. You need characters that the reader can fall in love with and you need a plot that keeps their attention until the very end.

3. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
   This is my first book so it took me about 3 years. I originally wrote this when I was 16 but it was put on hold until I was 19. I then did all of the edits throughout my university years so it took a long time to get everything done. I was attending classes and working during the days and then working on assignments and writing/editing during the nights so it was a slow, slow process.

4. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
   Definitely the mob scenes. Like most of us, I’ve never actually been in contact with the mob and I didn’t want to write them like we see them in movies. I had to watch a lot of documentaries and read a lot of autobiographies to try and get it right. I also had to keep them toned down enough for the YA genre but still be scary and intimidating enough to be a threat. They were definitely more difficult than the other scenes.

5. You did a real good job at toning down the mob scenes. 😉 Which other genre you would want to try your hands on?
   Horror and true crime, most definitely. I’ve always wanted to write an adult novel about the darker side of society. I think it’s my criminology side coming out of me but I grew up watching the crime channel and I was always so intrigued with what humans are capable of doing. I’d love to write a novel told through a serial killer’s point of view. I think it would be a big challenge.

6. Tell us about the cover and how it came about.  😊
   Oh god, my poor publisher. She had to put up with me being a complete perfectionist with the cover. I wanted something that was appealing to teenagers. A lot of books have plain covers now and that works just fine but I wanted a cover that people couldn’t help stopping to look at. I also wanted the cover to reflect the book, so we went with a warehouse/graffiti look. We were racing to have everything done for the release day and I think the designer did a fantastic job for the amount of time they had.
Let’s end this interview with some fun questions: ❤ 
1. What do you want your tombstone to say?
    Is it weird that I’ve already thought about this? I didn’t come up with anything in particular because I want my family to be creative about it but I told my best friend that I wanted something that no one would ever expect in a cemetery. My friend and I have joked about making hilarious speeches to say at each others funerals so I’m hoping to have something hilarious. Now that you’ve mentioned it, I might have to ask her what she’d write.

2. Characters often find them in situations that they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
   I had to vacuum the other day and I was not able to get out of that…. just kidding, I’m not much of a rule breaker so I don’t have a lot of these situations. I can remember one very clearly. I have a fear of public speaking and I was supposed to do a 5 minute speech in front of my entire class for uni (120 people!). I was petrified so I lied and said my Nana died and I was too distraught to do it. I went to the uni’s doctor and put on a performance (I fake cried and everything) so they would write me a note to do the speech when I was feeling up to it. It was so terrible and my family always make jokes about it. Thankfully, my Nana is still alive and kicking.

3. That really was a wicked thing to do. 😛 That was fun but still share a fun fact with us before signing off. 😀
I can only seem to write when I’m listening to rap music. I have no idea why but I have to have it playing in the background. if I don’t, I struggle to write more than a paragraph.

It was so fun having you here. 😀 We will surely be doing something else soon. You guys can look forward to a guest post by Tasman. 😀
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Author Interview | Joanne Clancy

Do you guys remember the time I kind of fangirled about a book named “Tear Drop”? Wasn’t long ago, right? 😉 If you don’t then check it out here. 😀

I was so impressed by this book that I decided to let my feelings known. I contacted the person who created this impressive piece and she turned out to be so sweet that I couldn’t help ask her for an interview. Without further delay, I present to you guys, *drumrolls please*, JOANNE CLANCY. (Did I tell you I love your name because I do. 😉 🙂 )


A lit bit about Joanne-

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Joanne Clancy is a Kindle All-Star and an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. Joanne is an Irish mystery writer, from Cork, Ireland. She is an avid reader, a self-confessed Kindle addict, and a tea fiend!
Her books combine murder, mystery, and suspense with a twist of psychological drama.
Her crime books have consistently hit the Amazon paid bestseller lists in Crime, Thrillers & Mystery.
Joanne’s latest release is TEAR DROP (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series, Book 1). She is currently working on her twenty-sixth book, INSINCERE (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series, Book 2) which is available to pre-order now at Amazon and will be released on October 21st 2015.


Crime Novels:
*Tear Drop (Detective Elizabeth Ireland, Book 1)
*Insincere (Detective Elizabeth Ireland, Book 2)

*Open Your Eyes
*Return to Me
*I Should Have Told You
*Before I’m Gone
*The Gift
*The Detective’s Wife
*If You Tell Anyone

*Killing Time
*A Daughter’s Secret
*Killer Friends
*The Offering

Romance Novels
*The Unfaithful Series:
*Unfaithfully Yours
*Web of Deceit

*The Secrets & Lies Trilogy:
*Secrets & Lies

*Unforgettable Embrace
*The Wedding Day

I decided to make this interview fun by dividing it into 3 categories and convenient too.


Questions related to Joanne’s book (Tear Drop):

Tear Drop: Irish Crime Thriller (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

1. What made you choose the name, Elizabeth Ireland, for the protagonist?
I’ve always loved the name Elizabeth. I think the name suits my female protagonist’s character; it’s a no-nonsense name for a no-nonsense character, but has a certain element of mystery because of it’s regal association.

2. What makes Elizabeth, according to you, different from the other detectives in the story apart from her secret?
I think the cases affect Elizabeth more than the other detectives. She tends to see the humanity in others. For her, detective work is getting to the heart of the matter, whereas for the other detectives it’s all about solving the case, and when it’s done, it’s done. Elizabeth is far from perfect, but she makes no apologies for who she is. She tries to portray a tough exterior, but deep down she’s a big softie with a heart of gold.

3. That felt like talking about a real person. 😛 Will we get a better picture on Elizabeth’s and Frank’s relationship in the further books? (I really confused him as her friend in the beginning)
Yes, there will be more on their relationship in future books, but even I’m not sure what’s in store for them…stay tuned…

4. Were there alternate endings you considered?
I had a few other killers in mind, but I’m happy with my final decision.

5. Which character from the book did you find the easiest to write about?
Elizabeth Ireland was the easiest character to write about. I like her cheeky sense of humour and her directness. She’s far from perfect, but makes no apologies for who she is. She tries to portray a tough exterior, but deep down she’s a big softie with a heart of gold. In previous books, I’ve tended to over-think my characters a little, but with Elizabeth I just let her voice take over in my head as I write.

We are quite alike in some ways, and I’ve always been fascinated by the life of a private detective and all the secrets they discover or are told, so Elizabeth’s character allowed me to indulge that side of myself.

6. What got left out in the final draft? 😛
Apart from a few minor adjustments I didn’t leave out anything major.

Questions related to being an author:

1. Are you a plotter or pantster?
I used to be a pantster, but I’m a definite plotter now. I write an outline of the story and then I plot it chapter by chapter, but I do leave some room for manoeuvre.

2. What’s more important for you: characters or plot?
Both are equally important, I believe, but great characters drive the plot.

3. You have 26 books out there already. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I aim to write 3,000 words 6 days a week.
I try to get the first draft written within a few weeks. I write lots of notes on the first draft to follow up later when I’m editing because I don’t like to interrupt the flow by getting bogged down in too many details initially. The second draft is all about the follow-up and fleshing out the story and characters. The third draft is where I tighten everything up. Fourth draft is the final writing round. From start to finish, it probably takes me about six weeks to write a book.

4. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
I don’t like writing very bloody or gory scenes, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. I prefer to hint at a gruesome scene rather than go in to graphic detail.

5. We know your books are mainly psychological mystery/thriller but which other genre you would want to try your hands on?
I started writing romance novels, then went into romantic suspense, and finally mystery / thriller. Mystery/ thriller writing is definitely my favourite genre.

6. Tell us about the covers and how they came about. (All 26 of your books have beautiful covers.  )
Thank you ☺I base the covers on a key theme or scene in the book, then I spend weeks looking through stock photos to try to find the ideal cover shot.

Proof of the beautiful covers:

All the pictures are linked back to their Goodreads pages. Do check them out and check out the list of her books here. 🙂

Btw, Being the sweetheart she is, Joanne sends out free ebooks to her readers. Get lucky! 😀 Sign up for Joanne’s mailing list at to receive three best-selling mystery books for FREE! 😀

Questions for fun: 

1. Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I still have scars on my knees from all the falls I had as a child.

2. What do you want your tombstone to say?
99 per cent angel, but oh that 1 per cent!

3. Characters often find them in situations that they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Someone broke into my house and crept up the stairs to my bedroom. I tiptoed across the room and pushed my bookcase against the door. When they tried to push the door open, they hit the bookcase and ran! They were never caught, but I can say that my quick thinking and my bookcase saved me….

(Books, hehehhe. 😛 That’s what they do. They save you. 😛 )

4. Share a fun fact with us before signing off.
I wrote my first 16 books in a campervan.

Wow! That was fun, wasn’t it? 😀 Stay tuned for the Giveaway of Joanne’s Book “Tear Drop“. The book that introduced me to her. I will be hosting a giveaway in October. Try to get the book so that we can discuss it. 😀

Before I sign off for today. I would really love to Thank Joanne, for being so sweet and down-to-earth and putting up with me. 😛 Seriously, I will soon have read all your books because “Tear Drop” sold me on it. 🙂 🙂 ❤ ❤