Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Welcome author JoAnne Myers and a Giveaway

Hello Dawn and thank you for having me. I will be awarding two lucky people who comment each a paperback or PDF of their choice. The choices are: Murder Most Foul, Wicked Intentions, Twisted Love, The Crime of the Century, Flagitious, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, or Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between. Its your choice.

When did you first have the thought you'd like to write a book? Was that     first thought related to writing romance?  I have always been able to write. I  never wanted to write romance though. I prefer to write and read action packed  books.

What was your path to getting this book written and published? What type   of research did you do?  I was unsure of whether or not I should even write the     book since it is about true homicide cases. That can be a touchy area, but I changed the characters names, for legal reasons.

Where did the idea for your story come from?  I gathered my information from newspaper clippings, witness statements, and courthouse documents.

Did you face any blocks while writing the book, and if so, how did you handle them? If not, what's your secret?  The blocks I feel I encounter or moral and  legal areas.  Homicide cases are so personal and heartbreaking, I do struggle with myself when writing true crime, because I feel for the victims and their families. 

What did you learn? For instance, what did you learn about yourself, your process, the writing world; about true crime anthologies?  It always amazes  me how cruel we humans can be.  Murder is so senseless. 

What are some of your favorite books and why?  I love Black Beauty, and Charlotte’s Web, because they are so enchanting and sad, but have happy endings.  I read books by Aphrodite Jones, and Gregg Olsen, because they concern true  crime.

Would you like to try your hand at writing a different genre?  Which one and why?  I started a children’s book many years ago, but never finished it. I  would like to return to that genre, for the simple fact, I love children.

If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be?  I had many dreams while growing up. I wanted to be a stewardess and fly to exotic places. I wanted to  be a jockey because of my love of horses. But I think I would have studied art  more aggressively, and been a canvas painter.

What aspect of writing gives you the most trouble?  The researching of the true  cases.  It is time consuming with the court documents, and witness and police  statements you need to locate.

Who is your favorite hero/heroine?  That is easy, James Bond. Who doesn’t love a brave, hndsome and daring man.

Blurbs for “Twisted Love” 12 cases of love gone bad

It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar.

The End of Autumn-To keep from paying child support for his three children, Rodney Williams, plots with his parents to kidnap his estranged wife, 25-year old Autumn, in broad daylight. This 2011 crime shocked the small community of Logan, Ohio.

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing-In 2011, 53 year old Russell Strothers, and his teenage accomplice find their victims through Craigslist and strike with calculating and deadly force.

A Senseless Killing-This 2010 case uncovers how a 40 year old likable barmaid was lured to her death after she rejects her young admirers sexual advances.

The Death of Innocence-This 2011 murder case involved 4 year old Marcie Willis, and her evil stepmother 25 year old Cheryl, from the small bedroom community of The Plains, Ohio.

The Girl Not Forgotten-This cold case took 26 years to solve, but brought justice for 13-year-old Holly Buford, and put serial rapist, 40-year-old Stanley Snead, behind bars.

The Possession-When 29-year-old Valerie Harris severs the penis of her sexually abusive father, it makes national news in 2007.

Home Town Hero-When deaf students are murdered in the prestigious Rose Brick College of the Deaf in 2008, everyone is shocked when discovering the killer is one of their own.

Horrible Sin-When 42 year old Fortune Teller Sally Vu and her 21-year-old daughter Veronica are discovered murdered and physically desecrated, in 2001, evidence points to revenge and a spell gone wrong.

All For the Family-In 2003, as a way to erase her 22-year-old husbands criminal past, 19 year old Molly Abbott devises a ghoulish and desperate strategy.

Thicker Than Water?-When 52 year old Kim Michaels is found dismembered inside her burned out home in 1996, officers find the crime more confusing than a jig saw puzzle.

Mail Order Murder-The last thing the beautiful Russian mail order bride Anna dreamed of in 2001, was being murdered by her controlling and older American husband.

Where’s Christopher?-When four year old Christopher Ellis goes missing, numerous excuses and an odd odor emanating from the backyard in 1991, raises eyebrows.

Author Bio:

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

Other Available Books:

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Flagitious-a detective/mystery anthology

Other places to find Jo Anne and her books:

Blogs: Jo Anne’s Blog:  http://joannemyers.blogspot.com/
Books and Paintings by JoAnne:  http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/page2
JoAnne Myers' WordPress Blog:
Jo Anne’s Postings:   https://joannemyers.wordpress.com/

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