We'd love to find out more about you.
I live in the Great Lakes State with my adoring husband, three energetic and ambitious toddlers, and two of the laziest beagles.
I believe there is nothing better than a warm hug, a good romance novel and chocolate.
When not changing diapers or removing a toddler from a precarious situation, I enjoy sewing, running, shopping at thrift stores and reading books longer than thirty pages.
To read about our adventures, visit my blog at Http://joselynvaughn.blogspot.com/. I am also on Facebook (Http://facebook.com/joselynvaughn) and Twitter (@joselynvaughn)
Bryce Halloway only dates a woman once. No exceptions.
It gives him the reputation of a heart-breaker, but he can handle that as long as it keeps his mother, Dinah, from trying to marry him off. Judi Montgomery and her tempting ponytail finagle their way around official dates with car problems and driving lessons. She worms her way into his heart and entices him to want more from his life.
When health issues causes his father to retire, Bryce inherits the family-owned tractor repair shop. Can Judi’s love and encouragement give him the courage to break tradition and pursue his dreams of owning a custom hot rod shop?
Sounds intriguing. Thank you for sharing. Where can readers find your book online.
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
It is something I’ve always wanted to do. One of those dreams that you think about as your ultimate dream job. That someday the right magic would happen and you could do this really cool thing. Of course then, I didn’t know how much work besides actually writing the books it would be. I definitely love the writing part.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
Researching poison ivy for Sucker for a Hot Rod was really quite scary. It made me glad I have successfully avoided it for the last thirty-some years.
The most interesting was on paranormal investigators for Minnie’s story. I wanted to know how they conducted an investigation, what equipment they used and what kinds of things they found. My local library had a presentation with some local investigators and it was exactly what I was looking for until I found out they had done some investigating at a creepy building I had to walk by on my way home. It certainly explained why the building is still for sale.
Sounds like very interesting research!
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
Yes, I am working on a story involving Minnie, the owner of the bed and breakfast from CEOs Don’t Cry. There are water leaks, plumbing problems, ghosts, paranormal investigators and an old boyfriend. It is so much fun to write. I never quite know what Minnie is going to do next.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I wish I had more of a set schedule. My days just never seem to work out that way. I have three children: three-year-old twins and a one-year-old, so no day ever goes how I hope it will. I try to write during their rest-times and after their bedtimes. It is really hard to concentrate on anything longer than a blog post while they are active.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
I actually came across Astraea during a pitch day on one of my email lists. I pitched Sucker for a Hot Rod figuring I had nothing to lose. I hadn’t even written a query letter for it before the pitch day. I posted the pitch and got three requests for the manuscript. It was quite exciting and a little unbelievable. Sucker for a Hot Rod is my third book.
My first book, CEOs Don’t Cry, went through a lengthy query process. I queried close to forty agents and editors before getting a full manuscript request. The week before the request I was considering whether this was a manuscript that needed to be shoved under the bed for a while.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
I write my first draft by hand in a cute notebook. It really helps me to keep the story moving forward. A notebook is much easier for me to use without my toddler’s help. I don’t have to worry about her moving the cursor on me.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
They have been very supportive. My success has even encouraged my brother and sister to start novels. I don’t know what their future plans are for their books, but it is fun to share what I’ve learned with them.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
I tend to forget the emotional reactions to events. My critique partner writes ‘reaction’ all over my chapters. I’m usually so involved in getting the events, dialogue and action down before I forget it that I neglect the emotional responses. Good thing I have good critique partners.
I have the same issue. I've been trying to more accurately describe my characters' emotional responses.
Joselyn, thank you so much for stopping by. It was so nice to learn more about you and your books.