Saturday, November 28, 2015
WRW BLOGHOP WITH BEST SELLING AUTHOR JOANNA BOURNE INTERVIEW
Welcome best selling author Joanna Bourne who lucky me got to meet in October and chat with at the Washington Romance Writers of America luncheon for bloggers, readers and authors. Yes a total fan girl moment for me and I was gushing and in awe a definite thrill me!
So I was so honored when multiple RITA winner and best selling author Joanna Bourne agreed to honor me with an interview as she is what I call one of my Queens of historical romance which is the only genre I read who is stopping by today at Celtic Barb's Blog to chat.
Joanna has written a wonderful selection of books we all love set during the Napoleonic wars such as The Forbidden Rose, The Spymaster's Lady, The Rogue Spy, My Lord and Spymaster, The Black Hawk and also Her Ladyship's Companion which was her debut in 1983. I don't think a lot of people who discovered during her first Spymasters series realize as I myself thought it was new release until I did a little research.
I am also giving away a free book giveaway mass paperback copy of Black Hawk as I know this a busy holiday weekend so I will give you all a week to comment and winner will be picked randomly all you have to do is say hello to Joanna in the comment section of this interview.
Joanna lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat.
She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She's fascinated by that time and place - Joanna says such passionate conviction and burning idealism ... and really sexy clothes.
Joanna's website - http://joannabourne.com
Joanna's Blog - jobourne.blogspot.com
Joanna Facebook - Joanna Bourne
Joanna Twitter - @jobourne
Welcome Joanna Bourne and thank you so much for stopping today at Celtic Barb's Blog for an interview I can't thank you enough. This is totally a fan girl moment for me as I have been a fan for close to twenty five years!
CB: What is your favorite novel you have written and why is this novel so near and dear to you?
JB: Blast. I have to make the same answer I’ve seen other authors make. My favorite story (and the one that most frustrates me and drives me nuts and delights me) is the one I’m working on.
JB: The thing is, I don’t look back. Once a story is told I move ahead to the next one. I never read the old books again. I don’t think about them unless I need to backreference in the new story.
JB: My favorite hero is Doyle. My trickster. My strong, stoical one. My wise man.
JB:My most difficult character to write was probably Lazarus. Hard to make a villain charismatic and dangerous, ruthless and yet appealing.
JB:My favorite heroine is Justine, who has the longest journey and the longest wait for her Happily Ever After.
The character I’d most like to jump in bed with is Hawker. Because . . . well . . . Hawker.
CB: What characteristics do you look for in your male heroes and female heroines?
JB: All my heroic characters have strong principles. They believe in something or someone. They care passionately. They have the bravery and strength of will to do what’s right.
CB: The first romance novel you ever read and loved and put on your keeper shelf?
Joanna: I was in my teens before I started reading Romance. Probably my first Romance keeper was Shanna. Not my first keeper book, by any means. But my first keeper in genre Romance.
CB: How much time do you spend in your "writing cave" per week?
Joanna: Ooohhh. That’s a hard one. I can write for about six hours in a good day and then my mind dries up. I have to stop. I manage to write most days. If I called my job a 40-hour week, I wouldn’t be far off.
CB: How long does it typically take to write and finish a novel before sending off to proof readers, editors etc.?
JB: A year. That is, a year going downhill with the wind behind me, God willing, and the crick don’t rise.
CB: Last novel you read and loved and your favorite place to read?
JB: The most recent book I really enjoyed was Tony Hillerman’s Coyote Waits.
JB: As to where I like to read
Do I get to say ... Paris
JB: More seriously, I do love to curl up in a big comfy chair in front of the woodstove. Snow on the ground outside. The wind howling at the window. A shawl wrapped around me to keep out the drafts. A hot cup of coffee at my hand. My dog snoring at my feet.
CB:With so many books going in the route of Hollywood these days would you like any of your books to become a motion picture, cable television series, or mini television series or even a Broadway play?
JB:Let’s make it Spymaster’s Lady. That one has lots of good dialog. I think the action would work out well in a movie.
CB:What made you choose your profession to become an author and why did you choose this genre with so many other genres in romance?
JB: I love Romance. I love history. Historical Romance makes a nice match with my interests, doesn’t it?
JB:'I always wanted to be a writer. I rather expected I’d be writing Science Fiction though. That’s what I mostly read growing up.
CB: Do you have a mentor or another author friend that gave you advice when you decided to become a writer and write your first novel?
JB:Not really. My mentors were the books. That’s where I learned the love of writing and sorta unconsciously picked up the techniques.
CB: What advice would you give to aspiring writers today?
JB: Just go ahead and do it. Trust yourself. You’re storyteller, part of an ancient tradition. Don’t worry about technique or what will sell. Just tell Your story.”
CB: Thank you so much for stopping byCeltic Barb's Blog tonight Joanna and giving us some insight on how those multi talented creative juices flow! I was a total honored as I have been a fan since Spymaster's Lady as I have found each and every book has a little of everything in them mystery, suspense, adventure, drama and love plus lots of twist and turns where your just never quite know what the result will be. I am looking forward to more of your books in the future as I know your readers as well. Keep writing those fascinating stories your readers like myself all love. Thanks again I really appreciate you taking the time.
Now for the giveaway all you have to in make a small comment in the comment box bellow and you will be automatically entered. The contest will be open through December 6th 12pm winner will be picked randomly on December 7th.
I will announce the winner here at also at my book group Tartan Book Reviews. A place I do a lot of promoting authors in historical romance genre too, talk history and all kinds of fun stuff. Also do Free giveaways there as well. Thanks again this was so much fun and remember continue on the WRW BLOGHOP lots of bloggers will be interviewing more authors in every genre in romance after all everyone wants to fall in love! 😀❤️