Once again I found an author who would like to be interviewed! May you find the interview informative, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring to go out and locate her books!
This interview is with author JoMarie Degioia.
Dear JoMarie, can you offer us a little insight into who you are?
I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” been a copyeditor for my town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. I write Historical and Contemporary Romances, along with Young and New Adult Fantasy stories, and divide my time between Central Florida and New England.
What is the reason that you started writing? When did you start writing?
I’ve always written, since I was a child, but only started seriously pursuing publication when my youngest daughter started kindergarten. I literally woke up with a story in my head and no one was more surprised than I was when it sold!
Are you writing under a pen-name, do you use your own, or is your work out in both ways?
I write under my own name but I’m also published in erotic ménage romance under a pseudonym.
What, do you think, is your best book? And why is that?
I love More Than Charming, because that Historical has my favorite hero of all times. I’ve pubbed nineteen books under my own and my pseudonym and, since my erotic romances are ménage, that includes a lot of heroes, lol!
Naturally, after the best book, what is your worst, if there is one? And why do you feel that way?
My first book, published back in 2001, needed a lot of editing and more plot development. It came up with a teeny tiny press that isn’t in business any longer. Incidentally, that book was heavily rewritten as More Than Passion, the first in my Dashing Nobles series, which was a #1 bestselling Historical Romance!
How do you think your writing has changed over time? Did it change at all?
See above, lol. I’ve found that I can see the pitfalls and avoid them BEFORE the editing process. Most of the time.
And can you say that writing has changed you?
I’m an observer of people, and since I can “rewrite” their stories in my head I find I can entertain myself, lol.
What is the most daring thing you ever did or tried in your writing? In which book did that happen?
I launched a MMF series, which has gotten some lovely reviews from alternative review sites. I never thought I could write so deeply from that perspective, but love is love!
And, if your feel up to it, what is the most daring thing you ever did in your life? Feel free to skip this one, not everybody is up to revealing much about themselves…
I had my kids in my early twenties. But I’ve never regretted it. I do regret putting off writing seriously for all those years, though.
Is there something you still want to have a go at, in your writing life? Is there a challenge you envision that’s worth pursuing?
My recently published Indie title is a Contemporary Romance. I’ve never published one before, and have more stories of that genre in me. I also wrote a really hot New Adult that I’m dying to get out there, and a dystopian fantasy/adventure YA.
Has your writing ever been compared to the writing of another (perhaps even famous) writer/author? And do you like that?
A reader emailed me and told me that she stayed up to read the entire Dashing Nobles series and hadn’t done anything like that since reading Stephanie Laurens’ Cynsters. That was a huge compliment, since that author is one of the women who made me want to write and publish.
Do you have one or two favourite books (written by someone else)? If so, what are they, and why do they appeal to you so much?
My list begins (and continues for the first several entries, lol) with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Which book you ever read would you label as least readable book, so far? Feel free to comment as liberally as you want to the why.
I have never read a book I couldn’t manage to finish, but I admit to not finishing it if it wasn’t giving me SOMETHING. Story, character, setting. I need something or I’m not going to waste my time. So there have been books I haven’t “read,” I guess.
Is there a book that you know of that should never have been published, in your opinion?
Nope. Even if something is considered poorly written, there are people who enjoyed it.
Is there a writer that you would love to co-write a book with? And what genre would you like to write in then? Something you’re familiar with?
I love Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, and would love to work with her on a Contemporary series. My Cypress Corners and as-yet-unpublished Cloud Canyon series would appeal to her readers, I think.
Let’s see… is there something in the realm of ‘wise words’ you once picked up that you would like to share? This does not have to be limited to writing, there is more to life than writing. At least, I heard there is. 😉
It takes three times for someone to wipe their feet on me like I’m a doormat before I finally say, “enough!” I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if I get hurt sometimes. I’d rather get hurt than be a person who is too shut off to give people a chance.
And as a last question, what is cooking with you? What’s your work in progress? Is there a tip of a veil that you can lift for us?
The publisher of my Dashing Nobles series will publish the first in my Regency Private-Eye series soon. I have another Cypress Corners book to publish, along with my YA. And here’s hoping my New Adult finds a home in NY!
If there is anything else you would like to share, for example a thought, some promotion for your book(s), then here’s your chance!
I started writing Finding Harmony when I moved back to Central Florida, and am so happy this book is getting an audience at last! It’s sweet, sexy and steamy and introduces a small town that will hopefully become a character in its own right.
Thank you, JoMarie, for your time, and for sharing your words with us!