Please welcome today’s guest, JoAnne Myers who is here to talk about her book and run a giveaway for two lucky readers.
I’ll leave JoAnne to introduce herself, before bombarding her with those nosy interview questions.
I hail from the famous Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio. I have worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I also canvass paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of 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.
What made you decide to start writing?
I have enjoyed writing and painting since childhood. It is something I have always been able to do.
What genre(s) do you write and how did you get into it/them?
I write fantasy, paranormal, true crime, and mystery. These are the topics that interest me.
Is there any genre(s) that you haven’t written yet which you would like to? If so, which genre(s)?
I started a childrens book years ago, but never finished it. That is something I want to go back to.
What do you think makes for a good hero and/or heroine?
The good guy always has to save others. They are someone who acts tough, but is really a softy inside. Someone who is filled with high morals, kindness, and courage.
What do you think makes for a good villain?
A very ruthless, dangerous, and immoral person.
Which do you find easier to write: series or standalone stories?
I find standalone stories easier. I have never tried writing a series, but once it crossed my mind. That is also sitting on the back burner for a rainy day.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
That is is time consuming and keeps my interest.
Do you write your stories in order from start to finish or do you write out of order?
I usually right from start to finish. I rewrite a lot also before sending the book to the publisher.
Do you plot out the stories before you start writing, or do you let the characters take over? Or is it a bit of both?
I like to outline the story first. Find out what the characters are going to be like. When I write, I do get ideas as I am typing, and if I like those ideas, I use them. I am more of a planner than a spur of the moment writer.
What is your favourite genre to write/read?
I think I prefer true crime, because it is real. It is something an actual person endured.
If you were a shape-shifter, what animal would you be?
I would be a vampire.
If you could travel through time to the past, do you think you’d survive in your favourite time period?
Only is I could find a rich man, or find a gold mine.
If you could have any magical power at all, what would it be?
The ability to influence the minds of others.
What is your favourite kink to read/write about?
My favorite reading material is true crime. I prefer reality over fiction.
What do you like to do to relax when you aren’t writing?
I love watching television and painting.
Who are your favourite authors when reading for inspiration?
Ann Rule and Gregg Olsen
What is your favourite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
James Bond-he is the ultimate hero
Blurb for The Crime of the Century:a shocking true story
The residents of Rolling Hills, a hamlet in southeastern Ohio, were horrified when the dismembered bodies of two missing teens were pulled from the local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, but only one was railroaded, Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead.
What began as an evening stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed ‘the crime of the century’. 18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant and horsewoman, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and possessive unemployed printer, were last seen crossing a trestle bridge. Within fourteen days, their mutilated torsos and severed heads and limbs were unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.
With an investigation smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators built a flimsy case against Richard Lloyd. The three-week trial was based on police corruption and ineptitude, fairytale theories, and forensic mishandling.
This heinous crime shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, destroyed two families, and forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice for Babette and Shane, and of one man’s perseverance to gain his freedom from death row.
Order your copy of “The Crime of the Century” by JoAnne Myers here http://www.blackrosewriting.com/non-fiction/the-crime-of-the-century-a-shocking-true-story
My books along with my canvass artwork can be viewed and purchased on
Books and Paintings by JoAnne http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
Other books by JoAnne:
Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery story
Wicked Intentions-a paranormal/mystery anthology
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology
Flagitious-a crime/mystery novella anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters,-a fantasy anthology
L.M. Brown would refer all entrants to the giveaway rules here. Please note that this particular giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and therefore JoAnne Myers entrant requirements overrides the general site giveaway rules in this regard.
JoAnne Myers will award two commenters a free print copy of her poetry collection Poems About Life, Love, and Everthing in Between. The winners must be U.S. citzens, and JoAnne Myers will pay all mailing fees.
Please ensure you leave Ms Myers a way of contacting you if you are a winner. I know it seems obvious to say it, but you would be surprised how many people comment anonymously. You don’t want to miss out.