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 BothTattoos 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 http://joannerock.com I’m always running contests on my author Facebook page too, so follow me there and you’ll be wining prizes in no time – http://facebook.com/JoanneRockAuthor
Here's a peek at Joanne's latest title,
Secret Baby Scandal
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.