Today we are the first stop on Joanna Slan’s book tour! She is promoting her new cozy mystery Kicked to the Curb. Joanna took some time to answer some questions for me. After reading her delightful answers, be sure to look for the prize guy to enter her giveaway-a $50 Amazon Gift Card and Ebooks!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve always been an avid reader. As a kid, I’d walk to the local library, check out as many books as I could, and read them as I walked home. (I still have scars on my knees from tripping over uneven sidewalks.) Books were my best companions, so the idea of writing my own stories came naturally. In college, I majored in journalism. After I graduated, I found jobs that allowed me to write. I worked in public relations and advertising. Along the way, I sold short pieces to magazines. Eventually, I had five essays published in the Chicken Soup for the Soup books. But I didn’t write my first full-length book until my son got his driver’s license. Until then, I didn’t have a large enough block of time tackle longer projects. Now I write fiction full-time.
What inspired the idea behind this book?
I’d been reading about the atrocities at the Dozier Boys School. The fact that this abuse had gone on for more than one hundred years seemed incredible to me. It still shocks me that no one has been held responsible.
You say on your website “If I had any motto to live by, it would surely be this quotation from Emily Dickinson: Dwell in possibilities.” It is such a positive message to readers. How has this attitude helped in the ups and downs up writing?
I believe in a universe of abundance. The world is vast, the opportunities are limitless, and it is up to us to find our bliss. The world of publishing has changed/is changing. I could whine about that but I choose to explore the possibilities. Several years ago, I decided to write short stories and offer them on Kindle for less than a buck to encourage readers to try my work. That strategy—that willingness to practically give away my work—has brought me scads of new readers.
On a more personal level, when there’s a set-back, I don’t panic. I take it as a creative challenge. I’m blessed to have my health and my family. The ability to tell stories is a gift that I’ve been given. It’s my job to work out a way to get those stories into the hands of readers.
Readers can view all my books and short stories by going to http://tinyurl.com/JoannaSlan We’re releasing at least two and probably three more books before the end of January. To stay informed, I suggest that people sign up for my mailing list—and I’m even offering a free bonus gift when they sign up. All readers need to do is send me an email at KTTCBonus@joannaslan.com and they’ll automatically get two recipes, two craft tutorials, and an outtake scene from Kicked to the Curb.
MY REVIEW 5 Stars!
Cara Mia Delgatto is clever at repurposing and recycling at her little shop, The Treasure Chest, but she’s out of solutions when a dead body is found in a car near her shop. It doesn’t help that she may have been the last person who was with the victim. This mystery kept my attention and I genuinely loved the idea of the store and the circle of friends around Cara. This is a well-crafted cozy mystery. Now I need to back up and read Tear Down and Die- the first book in the series!