Please welcome JoAnne Myers who is back here today with a quick interview.
What was the first book you read that marked the transition from reading kids’ books to grown-up fare?
The Crowed Bed. I was a bit young for this book, but I found it accidentally at a classmate’s home and asked to borrow it. I was interested in the stronger sex from then on.
You are shipwrecked with a crate labeled “Books.” What 3 books do you hope are in it?
My book “The Crime of the Century,” because it is a true crime, “the Bible” because I love God, and “The Crowded Bed,” because it is naughty.
What book would you give as a housewarming gift and why?
One of the above named books because of the above mentioned reasons.
You can invite any author, living or dead, to dinner at your home. What are you serving and what will the conversation be about?
Ann Rule, because I love of her books. She is my role model. Her success in the literary field I find amazing. I find it so heartbreaking to love to write and so many great writers are overlooked-never discovered. That is one-reason writers need a backup plan. Go to college and earn a degree. Reaching your dream is a long hard road. I would serve at this dinner-Pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions, rolls, Boston crème pie for dessert, coffee. Since I love and write about true crimes like Ann, we would discuss murder stories.
Can you leave us with a quote, a place, or a concept from a book that inspired you?
My motto is follow your dreams and never give up
Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences or less.
I am a mother of three and grandmother of eight. When not working outside my home, I spend time with relatives, my two dogs, and volunteer within my community. I believe in family values and following your dreams.
Blurb for The Crime of the Century:
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.
Other books by JoAnne:
Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal/mystery
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Twisted Love-a biography true crime available in May
Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology available in April
Flagitious-a detective/mystery novella anthology
Contact info- firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Books and Paintings by JoAnne http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com