Interview with author Joanne Guidoccio

Today’s
special interview is with author
Joanne Guidoccio. We’re
chatting about all her books, but with special focus on the second in her paranormal romance Mediterranean Trilogy, The Coming of Arabella.

During
her virtual book tour, Joanne will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble
(winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. 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!
Bio:
In high
school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she
entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical
Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced
many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation
(and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate
diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in
the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her
students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their
placements.
In 2008, she
took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that
would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational
skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were
published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at
fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short
stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance
Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and
inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
Welcome, Joanne. Please
tell us about your current release.
On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s
life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has
never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but
her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first
mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has
yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So when Arabella, the gorgeous sister
whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into
her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of
emotion is released.
Relationships falter and careers stall as envy
stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé
leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping
for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a
second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new
life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy
strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and
embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.

What inspired you to write this book?

On a whim, I took a series of workshops offered by
dark fantasy and horror writer Sarah Totton. At first, I focused only on the
writing advice but later toyed with the idea of writing fantasy for boomer
women. Not wanting to feature witches, werewolves, zombies or other dark
creatures, I thought back to my childhood and recalled my favorite fairy tale,
The Little Mermaid.
A series of “What if” questions whirled through my
mind…
What if the mermaid wasn’t so young or so
beautiful?
What if the man abandoned her?
What if she had to reinvent herself?
Inspired by this premise, I started writing Between Land and Sea, Book 1 of The Mediterranean
Trilogy. At the book’s end, I realized there were several unresolved issues.
So, I came up with storylines for Books 2 and 3: The Coming of Arabella and The
Making of a Mermaid Psychic
.


Excerpt from The Coming of Arabella:
A couple
appeared at the entrance, a perfectly matched pair. Individually, they could
easily turn heads. Together, they were simply phenomenal. The woman was younger
by at least a decade, but the man could easily hold his own standing next to
her. Barbara focused on the man, painfully reviewing each of his features. The
dark-brown, wavy hair without a single strand of gray; beautifully tanned skin
that provided the perfect canvas for mesmerizing green eyes with dark eyebrows
and long, black eyelashes. The Roman nose and charming cleft on his chin
completed the picture-perfect looks that could belong to only one person:
Stewart Tobin.
“Arabella,”
Belinda whispered. “My Arabella.”
Barbara’s
attention switched to the woman standing next to Stewart. Almost as tall, she
commanded as much attention, if not more, from the other patrons in the
restaurant. Her flawless porcelain skin was framed by long, wavy auburn hair
that brushed her shoulders. Her eyes were dark pools, striking in contrast to
the pale skin.
Barbara tried
to avert her gaze but couldn’t. The woman’s eyes held her captive as the couple
approached. Belinda met them halfway and embraced the woman she had called
Arabella. As the two women stood next to each other, there was a collective
gasp in the restaurant. While the eyes were different and there was an obvious
age difference, the hair and other facial features matched perfectly. There was
definitely a relationship, one that Belinda had chosen to publicly acknowledge.
As Barbara watched the two women, an intense envy overcame her.
Stewart
winked at Barbara. “We are now officially family.”

What exciting story
are you working on next?

Right
now, I’m working on The Making of a
Mermaid Psychic
, Book 3 of the Mediterranean Trilogy and Too Many Women in the Room, Book 2 of
the Gilda Greco Mystery Series.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
In August 2008, one of my
travel articles, “Only in Newfoundland,” was picked up by the Waterloo Record.
I was thrilled by the full-page spread and byline. Friends called to
congratulate me and wish me well in my second act as a writer.


Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
When
I retired and started writing full-time, I expected to be inspired each day.
Everything was in place—business cards, new computer, dreams of a runaway
best-seller — but my underdeveloped writing muscles refused to budge. After
some experimentation, I came up with a daily regimen. Nothing too dramatic, but
it works for me. I like to sleep in each day and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
But after my second cup of coffee, I start writing. My goal – 1000 words a day.
After I reach that quota, I’m free to meet with friends for lunch or coffee and
plan other outings.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I am controlled by a bird clock. Each hour, one of
my feathered friends, among them the Downy Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher, and
Great Horned Owl, chirp and remind me to pace myself.
As a child, what did
you want to be when you grew up?
From
an early age, I loved curling up with a book and losing myself in the stories.
Reading time was my favorite time of the school day. I also enjoyed visiting
the bookmobile that came every other week. For most of my childhood, I was torn
between careers in teaching and librarianship.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Thanks
to all the readers of my books. Feel free to visit my blog or interact with me
on social media.

Links:
Buy links for The Coming of Arabella:
Thanks, Joanne!

15 thoughts on “Interview with author Joanne Guidoccio

  1. Joanne Guidoccio says:

    Hi Mai, If you had asked me to designate my favorite time of the year, I would say the season of autumn. I love the cool, crisp days, filled with hope and possibility. My favorite holiday would be Thanksgiving which occurs during the month of October in Canada. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  2. Stormy Vixen says:

    Enjoyed the interview, this sounds likes my kind of book and I am looking forward to reading it, thanks for sharing!

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