Welcome to novelist Joanne Tailele who has kindly shared a bit about her writing life, and her latest novel Accident, through this week’s Q&A with the author.
This is a relatively new feature here at A Well-Read Woman, but I’m hoping to fill the blog with more inspiring author chats in the coming year. If you’re an author (fiction or non-fiction, indie or traditionally published) and you’d like to feature in one of our Q&A sessions, find out how here.
Joanne’s Writing Life:
What do you write?
Tell us about one of your books in 3 sentences.
Accident: Alcoholic soccer-mom, Susan Jennings is sentenced to 10 years in a cell the size of her walk-in closet. She must first learn to forgive herself for the fatal car accident that killed her son and earn the forgiveness of her daughter before Deanna also falls prey to the same devil hiding behind a clergyman's collar.
Why do you write? Give us three reasons.
Complete the following sentences:
My first ever published piece of writing was…
Accident, which came out in 2013. It was over two years in the process before complete.
A book about writing I love is…
Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon.
A novel I love is…
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
My favorite place to write is…
Sitting on my lanai looking out at the Gulf of Mexico.
Something/someone who helped me improve my writing is…
A core group of five women from 5 different cities (in 3 different countries) from Writers Village University (online) that served as beta readers for each other for over a year as we worked through our stories together. Now, four out of the five have published their novel.
Addictive, exciting, frustrating, satisfying and confusing all rolled into one.
Essential. Not only do authors need to edit their own work to make it the best they can be, but it is imperative to have someone else edit it because you don't see your own mistakes. I found a wonderful editor I will be forever grateful to. Although I continue to learn and improve by reading her edits, this also frees me up to write with passion knowing she will help me get the grammar/sentence structures right. Very freeing.
Changing so rapidly that it is sometimes hard to keep up. It's a whole new world out there.
Describe yourself in six words.
Passionate, outgoing, positive, old (lol), impulsive, leader.
Why are you a leader?
Oh boy, you got me there. I don't wait for others to start things. In my other career (as a Realtor), I have learned to be self-empowered. I go after what I want and end up leading things, i.e. current president of our local writers group. I’m kind of a "take-the-bull-by-the-horns" kind of gal.
What’s your next big writing challenge?
My current WIP is about overseas adoption and an underground adoption ring in the United States where families can re-home the children they adopted from overseas but no longer want. It is a scary and real organization here in America and a story that needs to be told.
What advice would you give to a brand new writer?
Keep learning. We all like to think we are born with this gift to write, but the truth is, even if you have amazing talent for telling a story, there are right ways and wrong ways to do it. Be honest enough with yourself to know there is always a lot to learn
What does your current Twitter or other online profile say?
I have not mastered Twitter yet. It is on my "to-learn" list for 2014. My online profile on my Author Page on Amazon reads:
I was born a midwest girl in Youngstown Ohio and wrote my first short story at the age of ten in blue colored pencil. It was a mystery called "The Mystery of the Missing Marble." For most of my life, my writing was private, for my own enjoyment and therapy. In 2010, I discovered NANOWRIMO and I challenged myself to write a 50K novel in 30 days. I finished it, but it was awful. After joining an online writer's group through Writer's Village University, I picked away at my story for a full year with the help of the other girls in my group from all over the globe. It took me another year of edits and rewrites when I joined a local writer's group before I felt it was ready for the public eye. ACCIDENT is my first novel and is the reincarnated version of the original Accident through NANOWRIMO. It is available as an ebook in the Kindle Store and is available in print from Amazon and Createspace.
What would you like your profile to say?
As proud as I am with Accident being my debut novel, I already see I have grown as a writer and my 2nd book, Town Without Mercy, that should be released in early 2014, is a much better book. Hopefully, I will feel that way about my current WIP, Rehoming Pigeon, as well.
Connect with Joanne online:
Word Press blog: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Joanne-Tailele/e/B00DTE6X14
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