Guest: Jean Joachim

Hello and welcome (Jean Joachim) to my site. Shee has so graciously agreed to be interviewed. 

So lets begin…

1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are? 
I live in NYC with my husband and two sons and my rescued pug named Homer. I have been writing non-fiction for twenty years and have published seven non-fiction books. I write a movie review column called, “Movie Choices for Kids” that is syndicated to weekly newspapers and parenting magazine websites around the country. I’ve been writing romantic fiction for a year and a half and have discovered it is my passion.

2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told? 
I have always loved writing, since I was little and was making up stories to act out with my friends when I was a child. I started my first romantic fiction book when Callie Richards landed in my head and refused to leave until I found a man for her. She and Mac Caldwell stayed in my head for nine months as I wrote three books about their and their families and friends.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
I was working on getting a ms. ready for submission. It was December and I was planning to submit in January. I saw a call for submissions for a new publisher, Astraea Press, a sweet contemporary romance publisher. I submitted a special story I was just finishing and within a week, I received an offer. I was thrilled! I went ahead with my submission plan in January while working on edits for the Astraea book and got a contract for two books then from Secret Cravings Publishing for two sensual contemporary romances. 

Coming July 29th

4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from? 
My newest book, “Now and Forever 1, a Love Story” is being released from Secret Cravings on July 29. It will be available on their website and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My Astraea Press release, “Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights” is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Astraeapress.com, Bookstrand and other websites.

5) What are you currently writing? 
I am now working on a new contemporary romance with a partner, Ben Tanner. The book is called “Lost and Found” and it’s a contemporary romance between a Marine and a female journalist. I didn’t know how much I’d like writing with a partner, but I’m having a great time.

Coming November 2nd

6) What inspires you most when you write? 
Emotion, love, loss, feelings. My characters usually suffer from loss and find happiness when they find each other and overcome the obstacles in their path. Music inspires me as well and I often choose a theme song for my hero and heroine and play that continually to channel them.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
My experiences with publishers have been very good. I find them helpful providing great covers and good editing and flexible when I want to keep something in.
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8)What are you reading now?
I am reading “When We Meet Again” by Dawne Prochilo and loving it. A very emotional and moving story.

9) What are your guilty pleasures? 
Cake of almost any kind, chocolate, of course, and other sweets.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors? 
Keep writing and read tons, books in your genre and books on writing. Don’t let anyone discourage you but be open to those who care for you when they have constructive criticism. 

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Current release

Website:  http://jeanjoachim.blogspot.com

7 thoughts on “Guest: Jean Joachim

  1. Great interview, Jean – What I’d like to know is what made you change from non-fiction to romance? I know you said Callie Richards landed in your head, but there had to be something that made you make the crossover 🙂 And, do you find it harder or easier to write romantic fiction?

    Good luck with your new book coming out, I’ll be looking for it.

    Missy Martine
    http://www.missymartine.com

    • Thank you, Missy. I always wanted to write fiction, especially when I was younger as I had such an active imagination! But I thought I couldn’t do it. Writing pulled me in and I found I had a talent for non-fiction so I went in that direction. My non-fiction has helped my fiction because I developed organizational skills, attention to detail and an obsession with accuracy and consistency. I also developed patience with editing. I edited my first 550 word article 36 times! But it sold to every magazine I subbed it to. I now find writing fiction easier than non-fiction which takes huge amounts of research. It’s not uncommon to launch into an article on a theory only to have your research prove it wrong or already covered in detail elsewhere.
      I love telling stories. Fiction suits me better at this point in my life.

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