Interview with mystery author Joan C. Curtis

Today’s
special guest is Joan C. Curtis. We’re featuring her new mystery/suspense novel
The Clock Strikes Midnight.
During
her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Joan will be awarding a
randomly drawn winner with a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift certificate.
To be entered for a chance to win, use
the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too.
Author bio:
Joan
Curtis authored four business books published by Praeger Press. She is also
published numerous stories, including:
•           Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar, Sea
Oats Review, Winter, 2004
•           A Memoir Of A Friend, Chicken Soup
for the Working Woman’s Soul, 2003 and Flint River Review, 1996
•           Jacque’s Story in From Eulogy to Joy,
2002
•           The Roommate, Whispering Willow
Mystery Magazine, April 1997
•           A Special Sort of Stubbornness,
Reader’s Digest, March 1997,
•           My Father’s Final Gift, Reader
Digest, November 1994
Her
first place writing awards include: Best mystery manuscript in the Malice
Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the
Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar
in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writer’s Association.
Other
books:
Hire Smart and Keep
‘Em: How to Interview Strategically Using POINT
, Praeger Press, an
imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA 2012.
The New Handshake:
Sales Meets Social Media
, Praeger Press, 2010, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa
Barbara, CA
Managing Sticky
Situations at Work: Communication Secrets for Success in the Workplace,
2009, Praeger Press,
an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.
Strategic
Interviewing: Skills for Savvy Executives
, 2000 published by Quorum Books,
Greenwood Press.
“I
write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times,
but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view.
Characters drive my writing and my reading.”
Having
grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has
a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner.
She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.
What have you got
coming soon for us to look out for?
The Clock Strikes
Midnight

released on 11/25. My cozy mystery series will debut in the Spring 2015.
Blurb
about The Clock Strikes Midnight:
The Clock
Strikes Midnight
is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This
is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do?
That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of
uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.
Hiding behind the façade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family
secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns
she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes
to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But
she can’t do it alone.
Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her
sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s
life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather,
recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract
millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s
resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her
from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.
Excerpt
from The Clock Strikes Midnight:
“Daddy, when I get my kitty, can I name him Davy?” she had asked,
yanking Marlene’s Davy Crockett mug full of M&M’s from her grasp.
The colorful candy spilled all over the backseat of the car.
“Mama, tell Janie to—”
“Janie, behave,” Daddy said, admonishing her for an instant with
his eyes from the rearview mirror.
“Malcolm, look out—!” Mom screamed.
Janie slammed into Marlene. Pain. The world tumbled topsy-turvy.
The mug flew across the interior of the car, colors of the rainbow falling all
around her.
Then, everything went black.
When she opened her eyes, Mom’s blood-streaked face rose in front
of her out of the darkness.
“Wrap your arms around my neck, honey.” Mom lifted her from the
wreckage.
Janie clutched her doll by the dress while the rain beat her curly
hair flat.
Marlene stood on the side of the road.
“Try to walk,” Mom said, toppling her from her arms.
Her head pounded and blood trickled down her leg. She leaned on
her good leg and limped in the direction of her sister.
“Mama, where’s Daddy?” Marlene asked between sobs.
Mom took Marlene’s hand and yanked her forward with Janie in tow.
Marlene lurched back toward the smashed Oldsmobile with smoke
billowing from its hood and a big tree lying across the roof. The Davy Crockett
mug lay shattered by the back tire.
“Daddy! We can’t leave Daddy!” Marlene yelled, picking up pieces
of the broken glass.
They had left Daddy that day and piled into an old Chevy pick-up
truck with a bashed in headlamp, belonging to a man with carrot-red hair. Mom
pushed them inside the truck and ordered the man to get help. But by then it
was too late for Daddy.
It was too late for all of them.
Can you describe your
dream home?
I’m
living in my dream home, but I’d just pick it up and move it to Tuscany or
Umbria. It is very open, with lots of windows and beautiful gardens (that I
don’t have to tend) outside. The rooms are spacious with high ceilings. And,
there’s a marvelous screened in porch with a cat door. Oh yes, and a swimming
pool.

What is the first
curse word that comes to mind? How often and why do you use it?
Shit.
I don’t use it often, but I do if something really horrible happens—like losing
something I just created on my computer.

How would you spend
ten thousand bucks?

I’d
give part of it to my nieces and I’d spend the other part on our river cruise
to the Danube.

What are 5 things
within touching distance?
Cat
photos, books, okay—a Rolodex, can I count my laptop? Printer, telephone
glasses, Italian language DVD’s and books.

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