WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD ~ Interview with Joyce Proell
FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
With a huff and puff, the duet blow through cyber barriers and burst into JOYCE PROELL’s world.
W: Hey lovely lady, it's been a while. For those of you out in cyber-land, this is JOYCE PROELL, one of Champagne Books Groups talented authors and this is our second interview with her. (Turned back to Joyce) We brought some chocolate candy and fancy fruit. For some reason, Tattle started eating fruit. (Looked at Tattle as if she had grown a second head)
T: I am trying to be healthy. Now, hush, m'partner in squeezing-the-author-for-info. Whoops, Joyce, you weren't supposed to hear that. Anywho, how have you been? Writing hard? I heard you have a couple of sequels to A DEADLY TRUTH. Tell us about them, and whatever else you have been working on.
Joyce: A BURNING TRUTH came out in 2014. In it, Doyle Flanagan’s life is again thrown into disarray when his office is vandalized and the night watchman viciously murdered. Clues lead to a powerful organized labor movement. Targeted in the press as anti-labor and with a big rally staged next door to his offices, Doyle must uncover the culprits before his wedding plans and his livelihood go up in smoke.
A WICKED TRUTH, the third book in the series, comes out on September 7th. In this book, the wedding date is set, and life is magical for Doyle and Cady. Honor bound to repay an old debt, Doyle agrees to help a friend find her sister. As he searches for the girl, painful memories surface, stunning Cady when she discovers facts about Doyle’s hidden past.
In spite of incredible odds, Cady and Doyle’s love has flourished. But in the midst of a life threatening accident, murder, and Doyle’s secrets, their wedding date and happiness are in jeopardy. Mired in tragedy, can they overcome the turmoil with a fateful decision that changes their future forever?
As to what I’ve been working on lately… Well, I’ve been editing a colonial spy story titled Amaryllis. The hero, Griffin Faraday just one the Legend: A man for all seasons in the WRA Hearts through History Contest.
W: Holy Writer-thon, you have been busy! So, for another very vital question: Have any aliens visited lately? If so, what was their favorite book?
Joyce: How psychic of you to ask. Several weeks ago two weird looking aliens came to visit. They brought with them several odd contraptions with two wheels which they used to take them to a neighboring town. There, while wearing their strange, bulbous headgear, they sat on curb to watch a parade. Many people threw candy at them. They returned to my house later with a heavy bag of the sugary stuff. They inhaled the goodies until I shrieked, “Stop, you’ll ruin your appetite.”
As to books, they love The Game of Thrones and the Harry Potter series.
T: What sort of question was that?
W: A perfectly good one. (Juts his chin out like an ole western movie star) We discovered Joyce has alien children.
T: (Sighs) Don’t mind him, too much chocolate and not enough fruit. (Ignores Wrye’s frown) Now, for a good question, if you could live in any one of your stories, which one would it be?
Joyce: It would have to be in Chicago where the Cady Delafield stories are set. I love Chicago, where the stories are set. I’m also partial to the late Victorian and the Belle Epoque periods. I love the fashion, art work and all the social changes brought on by new technology of that time.
W: Now, down to the nitty gritty, tells us exactly on a scale from 1 – 10, how odd are you?
Joyce: I see my reputation precedes me though my daughter lovingly refers to me as nutty rather than odd. This opinion is seconded by my husband. I worry not. In fact, I embrace my nuttiness and the quirky humor amuses me. It’s true, life is more fun if you don’t take yourself too seriously. Once I accepted that notion, things loosened up considerably.
T: (Squints down at a scroll littered with questions.) Back to A DEADLY TRUTH, tell us if there is a bit of off-kilter in either the hero or heroine?
Joyce: By today’s standards, the heroine, Cady Delafield, would fit right in. In 1881, not so much. From her grandmother’s perspective (a woman with a traditional, old-fashioned bent) Cady’s choice to have a career baffles her. Not understanding it, she questions Cady’s judgment and thinks she’s odd.
W: (Looks over at the list of questions, they had prepared earlier) Who is the one fictional character you would like to spend a week with and why?
Joyce: Hmmm. Any romantic heroine would do fine. It seems no matter what the obstacles the heroine always prevails in the end. Think of the benefits. She always manages to hook the best and hunkiest guy in the room and the sex is great. Best of all, there’s always a happy ending.
T/W: Thank you so much for a great interview. As always you are a delight!
Joyce: Thanks for hosting me today.
Hope you all enjoyed our jaunt into our latest book review. Until next month keep reading!
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