Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

At the Cottage with Joanne Rock

Welcome to the cottage, Joanne! 

With the sun shining and the temperature warming the skin, let's take a seat on one of the comfy chairs on the deck, overlooking the lake. I'll grab some glasses and a pitcher of lemonade.

Tell us a little about yourself.
Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. The author of over seventy romances in a variety of subgenres, she enjoys writing medieval historicals, contemporary romance and has a Young Adult series as JK Rock. A former Golden Heartrecipient, Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. She has taught writing, film and fiction at a college level and enjoys sharing her passion for the arts at creative writing workshops, career fairs and with aspiring writers she meets on Twitter.

Let’s talk about writing and books. 

What does your writing space look like?
Pretty! After working in too many houses where my office space was a corner of the bedroom, I went all out when we landed in a home where I had a dedicated room for my work. My favorite part of my office is the tapestry I bought to celebrate a RITA final in 2006. I love to look up at it while I’m sitting on my couch. 
Wow, that tapestry is beautiful, and you look very lovely sitting in front of it.

What do you like to do after finishing a manuscript to reward yourself?
Clean the house and cook lots of food for my neglected family. They usually pull my weight in the household chores for the last couple of days before I turn a book in, so I try to pay back with interest by shopping for lots of their favorite treats, making cookies and creating a homemade meal. My always hungry sons are easily wooed with food!
I'm sure your family doesn't mind picking up the slack while you write, especially if there are treats as a reward.

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on anything new?
Always! I’ve got a Superromance out this fall called Whispers Under a Southern Sky, and I’m working on the sequel, which will be book 5 in my Heartache, TN series for Supers. I have enjoyed this town and these characters so much. 
I love the title of your book due this fall, Whispers Under a Southern Sky.

Now, let’s get personal! 

What is one thing people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m a quiet and unassuming Virgo married to a noisy, sort of boisterous Aries man. We look a little like a mismatch on first glance, but I like to think I keep him grounded and he keeps me from retreating into my book world completely. Dean makes sure I take vacations, laugh a lot and get out of the house. 
They say opposites attract. Wishing you and Dean many vacations and much laughter.

What is one obsession you possess?
All things medieval! I started out writing historical romances and a piece of me is still in the fourteenth century, I think. My bookshelves are full of historical fiction, history, biography and works related to medieval times. I read about castles and medieval fashion, food and customs. It’s fun for me.
The wall paper in your office must be created from this obsession.

What are your hobbies away from the computer?
They are all reading related, I think. Sometimes when I’m really wild and crazy, I take a blanket outside and read poetry on the lawn. I do like visiting with friends though, and will make long treks to see my girlfriends and spend hours planning elaborate, lovely meals to share with them. 
I want to be invited to one of those get-togethers!

Are you an animal person? If so, what do you have?
I had German Shepherds growing up when I lived on a farm, but my husband and I move around a lot now and we stick to just one cat, who travels with us. Duchess is not a huge fan of air travel, but she is a good sport and she’s very pretty, so she attracts attention wherever we go. 
Duchess is a fitting name for a travelling cat.

Pick None, One or Both
Tattoos or Piercings? None 
Paperback or eBook? Both
Twitter or Facebook? Both 
Tea or Coffee? Both- but if I had to choose, coffee first! 
Wine or Cocktail? Both
Early Morning or Late Evening? Late Evening 
Optimist or Pessimist? Optimist – BIG time 
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Both 
Spaghetti or Pizza? Pizza 

Thank you for visiting, Joanne! It’s been great getting to know you.
Please stop by the cottage again soon!

Where can we keep in touch with you?
Visit me at I’m always running contests on my author Facebook page too, so follow me there and you’ll be wining prizes in no time –

Here's a peek at Joanne's latest title, 
Secret Baby Scandal
His proposition: pretend they're a couple to end a scandal. But she has secrets of her own… 

Tatiana Doucet has dealt with sexy, arrogant athletes most of her life. But Jean-Pierre Reynaud is a whole different animal—in bed and on the field. Unbeknownst to him, their one amazing night produced a son. Now her family's biggest football rival is back, offering a seductive wager she can't refuse. 

Jean-Pierre despises the media. When rumors fly, he knows a fake relationship is the perfect diversion for the tabloids—and Tatiana's unbridled passion is the perfect diversion for Jean-Pierre. But when she drops a baby bombshell, the scandal will rock them both!

Joanne is graciously offering this wonderful prize for one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post. Winner to be announced, May 16, 2016.
A copy of Joanne Rock’s 2016 RITA nominated book, Dances Under the Harvest Moon and a copy of Catherine Mann’s Romantic Times’ award winner for Best Harlequin Desire book of 2015, Pursued by the Rich Rancher, plus book swag and a friendship bracelet that doubles as a cute bookmark!


  1. Thank you for visiting today, Joanne, and for offering a wonderful giveaway. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.

    I'll see you in the third round of the playoffs as our teams go head-to-head :)

    1. Oh goodness, Darlene, I'm already worried about having tomatoes thrown at me when I walk into Amalie Arena in my Pens gear!!

      Today, however, was a total pleasure. So glad we found time for a visit.

  2. What an amazing collection of work, Joanne. I love Medieval history as well, and am trying to embroider a panel of the Bayeux tapestry. Wishing you a wonderful summer season.

    1. Thank you!! That's a flattering way to put it, Gini! I used to worry readers wouldn't be able to find my books as I wrote a little of everything, but I am so proud of all the branches and creative sprouts from my career.

      What a fun embroidery project.... I'll bet it gives you all the more appreciation for the detail of the work when you're recreating it. Good luck and thank you for stopping by today!

  3. Loved learning more about you, Joanne. Thanks for doing the interview Darlene. I love the books by both of you.

    1. So glad you could pop in, Jen! Writing for Superromance and Desire this year have helped me to find new readers and make new friends to those genres, which has been really nice :-).

  4. Wonderful interview, great to meet you, Joanne. All your books look very intriguing.

    1. Thank you, Zrinka! Your icon pic is pretty... I have Dutch heritage and am always drawn to tulips!

  5. I'm so jealous of a writing space that includes a couch. I'm tucked away in a corner nook upstairs. And tulips are my fav flower. Cool.

    1. I could do all my writing from a couch! I look back and can't believe I wrote my 1st ten books at a desk... this is so much more comfy ;-). But a nook is a space and no matter the size it's great to have a dedicated spot. It seems to trigger your Muse into work-mode! Happy writing!

  6. Great interview. Thank you for sharing. It was great getting to know you better.

    1. Thank you, Victoria! These were fun questions :-). Very glad Darlene invited me!

  7. I love the Superromances! I married an opposite, too! Congrats on your RITA recognition, and thanks for the chance!

    1. Hi Christy! My pleasure... I have a lot of fun with the giveaways and sometimes spend far too long coordinating the flowers and bling to color coordinate ;-). And thank you for the RITA cheers! I'm *so* excited about it, I can't even tell you...

  8. Congratulations, Christy, You are the winner of Joanne's special giveaway package. Please contact me to receive your prize.

  9. Christy, please leave your email address, or contact either me or Joanne by email to receive your prize :)

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  11. Christy, thank you for contacting me with your email address. I just sent you an email. I also deleted the post with your email for your privacy.