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Friday, August 3, 2012

Author! Author! Interview with: Joanne Brothwell

Today I have the pleasure of bringing you an interview with author Joanne Brothwell. Joanne is the author of Stealing Breath, a paranormal romance that is sure to get your blood pumping! Here's a little info about Joanne from her website
Joanne Brothwell lives in the country on the Canadian prairie where her stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at her doorstep on a daily basis. Of course, her two pets, a retired police dog with titanium fangs and a feral barn cat missing two toes, make the safety of surrounding wildlife, at best, uncertain.

Nicknames are something Joanne has in abundance; most notably “Grumpy Bunny” (her husband), and “Princess with a Sailor’s Mouth” (her friends). She’s known to daydream, and ever since grade school has been accused of having a poor attention span. The truth is, Joanne has an alternate reality inside her head, where characters speak to her, sometimes so loudly (and incessantly) she just can’t hear anything else!

Joanne is thrilled to see her alternate universe finally become real with the publication of her novel, Stealing Breath, and her prequel novella, Vicarious. Now, with the sequel Silencing Breath on the way, you can be rest assured you will see much more of Joanne’s writing in the future, as those characters in her head, having tasted the sweet freedom of release, simply refuse to be silenced!

I read that you draw inspiration for your stories from various "dead things" that appear on your doorstep. Exactly what is it about those "dead things" that inspires you to write stories like Stealing Breath aside from the obvious paranormal aspect?
Joanne: This is a funny story, actually. My bio came out of a writing retreat with the Saskatchewan Romance Writers a year ago where we were brainstorming catchy bios for our websites. This was at a time immediately following a Facebook post where I was complaining about my cat dragging her prey to our deck, and how the latest victim looked like a woodchuck! I have two pets, a retired police dog with titanium fangs and a feral barn cat missing two toes, so the safety of surrounding wildlife, is at best, uncertain!

About how much research went into the cultural aspect of Stealing Breath? I know next to nothing about cleansing rituals or the Native American culture and found myself completely drawn in by those scenes.
Joanne: A fair bit of research, for sure. Luckily, though, I have a friend who is Indigenous, and she was a fantastic source of information. However, where I live, we are more familiar with the cultural aspects of Indigenous Canadians. There are many people I know personally who have gone through the “Sweat” experience and I, myself, have done the sweet grass cleansing ritual many times.

In your opinion, what is it about the paranormal romance genre that not only draws people in but keeps them coming back for more?
Joanne: I think we all love the idea of the supernatural and the whole concept of magic. Combine that with falling in love, and boom! You have a totally addictive recipe!

When I sit down to write, whether it be part of a story, a poem or a letter, I have to go through this whole routine to clear my mind of things. I even have to organize my supplies (laptop, notebook, pens) in a certain order. When you're about to write, do you have a preparation ritual? If so, what is it?
Joanne: I do need my surroundings to be silent, my feet up on a stool, with nobody around to distract me. Lately, it is getting harder and harder to make that happen.

From where did you draw inspiration for Sarah and Evan, not just with their personalities but their physical appearance? Are there parts of yourself or people that you know in them?
Joanne: Sarah definitely comes from a part of me, and as a young woman, I always wanted to be a natural blond. Her personality is possibly a highly distilled portion of the best parts of my personality. Minus all of the negatives!

Evan is from the blueprint of the perfect man in my mind. His appearance has existed in my mind since I was a child playing with Barbie dolls. His personality is not really based on anyone in particular, but it is how I would imagine the ideal man to think and behave.
  
What would people be surprised to know about you?
Joanne: I live in one of the coldest provinces in Canada but I absolutely despise winter!
 
What has been the best part of being a published author?
Joanne: The best part is having that physical book in my hand, a concrete symbol of the years of hard work, sacrifice and frustration I went through.
 
Is there anything else you'd like people know?
Joanne: I’m giving away four freebies for anyone who purchases Stealing Breath :

-free e-book of the prequel novella, Vicarious (published by Crescent Moon Press), -plus Skinwalker Lore (explanation of the Navajo legends),
-The Indigo Children (a guidebook to the New Age concept, including an Indigo Child self-check list),
-and Malandanti Incantations from the Key of Solomon (a Malandanti guide and spellbook).

These freebies will be immediately sent when people order my book (send me a receipt through my contact form, I’ll send the files).

Again Joanne, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for giving me the chance to review Stealing Breath!
Joanne: Thank you so much for having me, Adria!

About Stealing Breath:
Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn’t even know she had.

Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning?

Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child—an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence.

Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

Check out my review of Stealing Breath and a chance to win one of two digital copies of Stealing Breath!

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