Thank you for inviting me today. It’s always a pleasure to visit a new blog site and interact with readers.
You’re very welcome! I’m so pleased you could visit today and let me pick your brain. Lol!! So let’s start with this one. What was your first sale as an author?
Eliza was released in October of 2012. The following tells a little about it.
The best reason to leave home forever is a husband who wants you dead.
Posing as a widow, Eliza Danton flees an abusive marriage determined to bury the past and live a solitary life on the Minnesota frontier. When she finds herself homeless, her livelihood threatened and her safety compromised, she relies on her only resource, a man who stirs a forbidden longing and rocks the very foundation of her well-laid plans. As her world shrinks with lies and deception, the only way out is the truth, but the truth may strike a deadly price.
Haunted by a tragic past, Will Heaton hides his scarred heart and vows never to love again. But a chance encounter with a mysterious widow awakens painful memories and a yearning he can’t ignore. When she’s harassed by the same man he believes killed his wife, he grabs at a chance to resolve past mistakes and possibly find love and redemption in the process.
As Eliza and Will struggle to trust again, the past returns with a renewed vengeance, testing them in ways they never thought possible.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
I was shocked to discover how disciplined and determined I was to write a book. I set reasonable goals, stuck to them, and by gosh, I wrote that first book within a year.
How do you describe your writing style?
Based on feedback from others, I’d say my style is a mixture of lyrical and fast-paced. I enjoy a good balance of both plot and character driven stories. Strong, romantic characters in an action-oriented tale with lots of texture works for me every time.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Music distracts me when I write. Seems my brain can’t do two things at once—listen to lyrics and select specific words to write. I listen to music when I walk. All music, whether it is hard-driving, jazzy or more meditative evokes a mood. Before I know it, a scene forms in my head. Characters appear. Even dialogue is heard. Some of these ideas find their way into a story later.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I enjoy mystery, romance and history. All three elements are included in A Deadly Truth. Because of these interests, I’m a big fan of PBS’s Mystery, Masterpiece Theatre and just about any well-written detective/cop show. Of course, I loved Downton Abbey.
I think Downton Abby is fabulous, too. And....I heard it will be back with another season, probably. Yeah!!Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Write what you love. Learn the craft. Analyze the books you enjoy. Study the author’s writing style, plot structure and story line. Apply what you’ve learned to your writing.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story poses a question, establishes ongoing obstacles and challenges the characters. A good story creates characters we like so much we can’t forget them after the story is finished. A good story moves us emotionally.
Tell us about your next release?
If you want to read more about murder and mayhem, A Burning Truth, the second in the Cady Delafield series, is scheduled for release in December, 2013. Find out what kind of trouble Cady and Doyle get into. And will the two every make it to the altar…together?
Again, thank you for inviting me today. I so enjoyed my time with you. As a parting thought, I’d like to invite readers to share what you think makes a good story.
Historical Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Date Published: 7/1/2013
A man obsessed, a woman willing to risk it all…
Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, successful entrepreneur Doyle Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he goes about his business making money, doing some good for others and making a few enemies along the way. Arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady Delafield may be more important than his freedom.
On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity. Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?
Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.
Joyce Proell grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.Visit her website: www.joyceproell.com