Jean Joachim is here with me talking about her latest book Movie Lovers
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been writing non-fiction for more than 20 years, fiction for three. I’m married, mom to two grown sons and live in Manhattan. My muse is my rescued pug, Homer. I’m athletic, love to dance and black licorice is my favorite candy.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading, of course! I love to crochet, walk in the park and visit with friends. I’m an odd combination of a loner when I’m writing but very social when I’m not.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I try to be at the computer ready to write by 6 every morning. If I find my enthusiasm for a story waning, I take Homer for a walk and discuss the story with him. He’s an excellent listener! After that I usually come back refreshed and ready to write again.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
A thought lands in my head and I say to myself, “what if” and a new story is born. Translation: I have no idea!
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
That’s like asking me if I have a favorite child. Each one is a favorite while I’m writing it and even afterward. All my stories are different so each captures my heart in its own individual way.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I can’t carry a tune but I love to sing and sing all the time when I’m alone. Guess I’m too tone deaf to know the sound is not good!
7. Do any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
You could say that all characters and stories are based on the sum of all your life experiences, but no, none of my works in print are based on my life. The one I’m writing now is the first one to grow from a question I posed to myself some time ago. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
His name is Homer and he’s a wonderful 10-year-old pug.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Historical – regency or even U.S.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love classic literature and authors like Jane Austen and Sinclair Lewis. Of today’s authors, I’d have to say I have many favorites among the Secret Cravings authors.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
That’s tough. I love them all in different ways. The women are all strong and independent, even if they don’t always feel that way. The guys are protective and sometimes dense but loving and sexy as hell.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Probably the disdain you get from people who don’t read or write romance. The people who put down what we write when they haven’t even read our works get my goat. I try to avoid them.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Keep writing. Read constantly. Read about writing and find a good editor and a solid publisher.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Nothing. I’d be a storyteller, because that’s what I was born to be. Always have been, always lived half inside my head, making up stories. There is no other profession for me. This is heaven.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I love tropical islands and tons of privacy, beach, pool, great food.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Grace Brewster makes the biggest mistake of her life. Feeling humiliated by Quill and Jake Matthews, her sister’s Broadway co-star, Grace vows to even the score with both men. Using an alias and the Internet, she executes a genius payback plot. Her attacks hit their mark, wounding her intended targets. But she didn’t count on her sharp words going viral before she can blink, taking the injury to a new level.
Her satisfaction is short-lived when the scheme turns sour. Her plan backfires, turning into a huge secret she shares with a cold-blooded tabloid journalist. Can she trust this ruthless opportunist to keep her secret from the man she loves and the sister she adores? Or will she be exposed and robbed of the only happiness she’s known since the death of her beloved mother?
Excerpt from MOVIE LOVERS, my newest release:
“Do you want me to read your script? Do you know how many get dropped on my door every day? Hundreds. What makes yours special? I need to know you have the passion to write a convincing love scene.”
She stared at her fingernails.
“Grace. If you can’t convince me, how the hell are you going to convince an audience?”
“But I thought…”
“Don’t waste my time. My secretary has your treatment and script?” He moved back to rest against his desk.
She nodded. “You want me to read it, don’t you?” She swallowed. “Make me want to read it. Show me your script is hotter, smarter, better than the other five hundred waiting for me. Convince me to read it.” His gaze warmed. She raised her chin to meet his stare. Lust glittered in his eyes.
“You want me to believe you come in here dressed like that, but you had no intention of seducing me?”
A moment of clarity burst through the confusion in her mind. If she wanted him to read her script, she was expected to have sex with him. A sense of calm washed over her when she figured out what was happening. Am I that desperate? He’s sexy. I could do worse. If he reads it and likes it, I’m in.
Next book in the Hollywood Hearts series, LOVE’S LAST CHANCE will be out in September.