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September 17, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway with Jo Goodman

Today we have the fabulous Jo Goodman joining us! Hello Jo! It’s so good to have with us!

JennJ: Jo could you please start by tell us a little about yourself for those who maybe aren't familiar with you and your writing?

Jo: Well, I've been writing something or other since I was a kid.  I always liked to make up stories (sometimes that got me into trouble on account of those stories being what you call lies).  I seriously began to consider working on a book when I was in college, although at that time my thoughts were about a children’s book.  I kept playing with the idea for the next several years and when the romance genre hit the shelves in a big way I decided I was ready to try my hand at it.  Writing is an enjoyable pastime and a diversion from my true passion, which is working with children and families in counseling situations.

JennJ: Could you please tell us about your latest release/ or releases?

Jo:  My last published book was In Want of a Wife.  It’s the third (and last) of the stories that take place in and around Bitter Springs.  That particular book is a mail order bride story in which both of the main characters have kept some important secrets.  Unraveling those secrets and finding the love keeps the story moving.
JennJ: Will we be seeing more from the characters from the Bitter Creek series? 

Jo: Oops.  I sort of answered that above.  However, let me share that I’m excited to be introducing the Dennehy Sister books to new readers.  This series of 5 stories will be available in an e-book format sometime late in 2014 (I hope).  These books, with heroines who all have the first name Mary: Mary Francis, Mary Michael, Mary Renee, Mary Schyler, and Mary Margaret, were a lot of fun to write and enjoyed modest success.  I am hoping for good things with their release as e-books.

JennJ: Was it always your dream to become an author, or what did you want to be when you were growing up?

Jo: My dream growing up was to fly.  Not with in a plane (or on a broomstick).  I wanted to be self-propelled like Peter Pan or Superman (but stay a girl).  Since that didn’t happen, I thought I would be a teacher.  The whole author thing was never a particular dream – I dream bigger than that.

JennJ: Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jo: Diana Gabaldon, Mary Balogh, SEP, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Ayn Rand, Jennifer Crusie, Jeffrey Deaver, Alexandre Dumas, and I just discovered Mark Haddon (via The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – fabulous).

JennJ: What are a few of your all time favorite books (can’t have just one if your like me lol)?

Jo: Outlander, Nobody’s Baby but Mine, Atlas Shrugged, Bet Me, the Lincoln Lawyer series, the Lincoln Ryme series, The Count of Monte Cristo, and anything by Dr. Seuss.

JennJ: Do you like to listen to music while you are writing, and if so what kind of music?

Jo: I can’t listen to music when I am working on a book (music is playing right now, but that’s different).  It’s too distracting and I need 100% of my brain (or whatever I can use) engaged.

JennJ: If you could be any of your characters – Who would it be? And why?

Jo: I think I’d be Alex Danty, my female pirate character and commander of the Dark Lady.  She was resilient, found a great hero, and knew how to use a sword.  Plus, I get seasick and she didn’t.

JennJ: I’m a huge fan of the Outlander series and the TV series just started on Starz and has had me thinking about the past and yes time travel lol. If you could travel back in time to any period and place where would it be and when? (And do you think you would have any trouble blending in, in that different time?)

Jo: Obviously from earlier answers you can see that I am also an Outlander fan.  Having said that, I am not a fan of time travel in romance.  The Gabaldon series is an exception, and I resisted reading it for years because of the time travel element.  It’s not that I don’t like time travel.  I think it’s fascinating, but I enjoy it more as a science fiction device not a magical romance thing.  Anyway, there is no question in my mind that I would go back to American Revolutionary times and hang out with the founding fathers.  I would have a lot of trouble blending in, starting with wanting a flush toilet.  I’d probably just want to stay only as long as my bladder held out.

JennJ: Is there a genre of book and/ or setting or both that you would like to write but haven't yet?

Jo: I would write a thriller/mystery.  Ah, if only I were smart enough.

JennJ: What characteristics make up the perfect hero and heroine to you and why?

Jo: Intelligence, good judgment, decency, resilient, principled, thoughtful, and a little screwed up.

JennJ: Do you find it difficult at times to write love scenes, how do you handle those?

Jo: I find it difficult to write love scenes all the time.  I just make myself do it.  It’s hard to come up with ways to make the scenes fresh, relevant, and special to the main characters.  It’s a workout.  If I smoked, I’d need a cigarette afterward.

JennJ: And if you had the chance which character or characters from your own books would you like to have dinner with?

Jo: I suppose I’d like to sit down with Jay Mac Worth, his wife Moira, and all 5 of his daughters.  There would be a lot of laughter at that table.

JennJ: Since Romance P.S. stands for romance with the page and screen can you tell us some of your favorite movies?

Jo: I love movies.  In no particular order: Star Wars, Jaws, The Omen, The Philadelphia Story, Mr. Blanding’s Builds a Dream House, It’s a Wonderful Life, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, All the President’s Men, and Die Hard.  And that’s just off the top of my head.

JennJ: Do you ever use real life actors or actresses as how you see your characters when you write in your head? I know I personally see them as the main characters a lot in the books I read when I’m reading them so I was just wondering if authors do that as well when they are writing them?

Jo: I usually post photos on my desktop of people I imagine as characters.  For instance, in my upcoming book I saw the hero a clone of Chris Hemsworth and the heroine is Scarlet Johannsen’s twin.
JennJ: Could you tell us about what you have going now, and possibly share with us a little about your next book and when it might be coming out?

Jo: Other than the re-release of some of my backlist in ebook format, my next book will be out in April 2014.  It’s a bounty hunter story called This Gun for Hire.

JennJ: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? Facebook page? Blog? Twitter? Group?

Jo: My website is  Readers can get my email and Facebook page there.  I have a Twitter account, but I really follow politics and I get tired of all the # so I don’t do much with it.

Jo thank you so much for taking the time to do an interview here on Romance P.S.! I truly appreciate it. It has been a true pleasure and honor to have you as my guest. J

Thanks, Jenn, for the opportunity. 

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