I’m so excited to be visited by a writing team today! This is a husband and wife team and although my husband has known to come up with some good ideas now and again, the idea of writing a book with him? They write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
First of all my mother was from North Carolina so I already know they’re good people! They also write about Renaissance Fairs of which I be-ith a big fan.
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Tell us a little about yourselves.
A little about ourselves. Hmm.
Well, Jim is a computer crazy person – which was what he did before he quit his day jobs two years ago.
Joyce worked as a newspaper reporter for a small metropolitan newspaper before she quit her day job.
We have both loved to read and write since we were kids. Joyce more than Jim on the writing. Her mother said she came out of the womb with a pen, asking for a piece of paper. Jim kept his nose in a book until he walked into Joyce one day in Washington, DC.
They started writing together because they have tried to do as much together as they could since that day in DC. They have three kids and five grandkids, two cats and a dog.
Now that they are both home, full-time, writing, they spend a lot of time on it five days a week, when they aren’t going to book events on the weekends. They tend to write rough draft in the morning before noon and do promotion and edits in the afternoon.
They write by telling the story to each other across their computer monitors and typing it in until they are done. After that, they revise and edit until it goes to someone else to edit. They only divide work on promotion and web work, etc. all the writing they do together.
What inspired the idea behind your book?
Years ago, a friend gave us free tickets to a local Ren Faire. We were hooked. This was a world we had only read about until then. Bewitching Boots is the seventh book in the Ren Faire Mysteries. Writing them is almost as satisfying as going to the real thing.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Purely imagination. And in the case of the castle and pirate ship – wishful thinking!
Who is your favorite character to create scenes for in the book?
This is a split answer because Joyce loves writing Jessie best. She is every woman. She loves the crazy life at the Ren Faire but is unsure if it’s good to always live in a make believe world.
Jim loves Chase Manhattan – now Jessie’s husband – and a giant named Bart in the book. He likes Chase because he is kind and friendly. He likes Bart because he is HUGE!
How can readers find your books and are there more coming in this series?
Our books are available online as ebooks and print in bricks and mortar stores across the US and in some places around the world. There are more Renaissance Faire Mysteries coming as long as people keep reading them. Huzzah!