Joan Hall Hovey Interview

Today at FAR, we have the pleasure of speaking to Joan Hall Hovey. Hi Joan! And welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews! The readers are eagerly waiting to hear about all your works.

Joan, why not tell us how your day begins once you awake?

Well, I get up, turn on the computer and go pee, splash water on my face and wash my hands. Then I check my email. After that I look to see if I have any assignments from Winghill School for whom I tutor students in creative writing, and if things are clear for the next hour or two, I work on my novel.

Your story, The Abduction of Mary Rose sounds intriguing. Can you enlighten the readers on this story, please?
The Abduction of Mary Rose is my fifth suspense novel. It's interwoven with threads of romance and paranormal. Easiest if I just give you the blurb as I wrote it.

Imagine discovering everything you believe about yourself to be a lie. And that the truth could stir a killer from his lair.

Following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months.

Dealing with a sense of betrayal and loss, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down Mary Rose's attackers and bring them to justice. She places her story in the local paper, asking for information from residents who might remember something of the case that has been cold for nearly three decades.

She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well.

But someone else has also read the article in the paper. The man whose DNA she carries.

And he has Naomi in his sights.

Where did you get the premise for this storyline?
Often I don't even know where ideas come from. But the seeds for this one came from a terrible rape and murder of a native teenager in western Canada. It's stayed on my mind for a long time and a story inspired by the atrocity begged to be written.

What can the readers expect from your talented fingers in the future?
Thank you. I'm always thinking of the next book, but for the most part I don't think too hard on it and let the idea come to me. You can't force it. All I can tell you is that it will be a suspense novel. I'm drawn to exploring the dark side of the human mind. I also like to create female character that triumph over great difficulty in their lives. Mainly I want to give the reader a roller-coaster road, and a book they can't put down. That's my job, and one I take very seriously.

Has there been a particular character that you hated releasing once your book was completed?
No, not really. I'm always eager to get on with the next book.

What do you think about Internet publishing and E-Books?
I think any way you can get your book out there to readers is great. Kensington Books/Zebra NY published my first two novels and I loved it that the distribution was so great, and you could find my books in most bookstores. But there are also lots of positives to having your book with a small publisher, who brings the books out in both ebook and print. I like having artistic control over what I write, over the cover and so on. There is a freedom in that. Unfortunately, self-publishing has brought with it a avalanche of terrible books, unedited, badly written, along with the good ones, and you have to be careful what you lay down money for. But I think that will all even itself out in the end. It will be interesting to see how the publishing business evolves over the next ten years.

Do you ever suffer writers block?
No. I used to years ago, but that came out of fear of not being good enough. It's amazing what great reviews and sales will do for your confidence. But you have to keep at it, and believe in yourself.

How much time do you spend doing research for a story?
I research on a need-to-know basis. Once I needed to know what color body bags were, and I phoned the morgue. They're green. Or at least they were at the time. And the internet is excellent for researching anything as long as you don't let yourself get distracted and get back to your writing.

If you could meet any famous person in the world who would it be and why?
Probably Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre. When you think of all that she accomplished in such a short, difficult life, you know you have it very good. I loved Jane Eyre because even after all these years, you can literally feel the passion that comes off the page.

What is your favorite late night snack?
I try very hard not to eat late night snacks. But probably toast and tea.

You have plans for a very romantic evening and would like to share the tips with your readers. Tell the readers what you consider the best plans to really make the night shine?
My husband and I have been married for more than 50 and we have many romantic evenings. Last New Year's Eve we stood out on the deck watching our neighbor's fireworks, and sipping wine. The night was cold and crisp and the sky glittering with stars.

What is your favorite method for relaxing?
I'm rarely without a book in my hands, but I also like to play the piano. Not very good, but enough to amuse myself. I enjoy the old standards like Blue Moon and I'm in the Mood For Love. I also like to be outside with my dog, Scamp.

Can you share with us your website, Facebook, Myspace or Blog?
I'm not a big blogger, although I occasionally blog for other writers and on various websites like booktown. My website. You can also find me on Facebook.

If you were given a choice to spend a day at the spa, or have a maid for a day, which would you choose?
Someone to clean this house. :)

Thank you so much for spending time with us, Joan. Please visit Joan's website to learn more of what she is doing.
My pleasure, Linda. Great to talk to you.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.