Blog for Pamela and Terri from the CozyArmchair Group on yahoo
Thursday, December 27, 2012
An Interview with JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
Hi, Pam. Thank you for this opportunity to introduce
myself and my writings to your readers.
I have written six novels (including the one I’m
working on). Two medieval romantic suspense novels, MATILDA’S SONG and OUT OF
THE DARK, are published in e-book and print. Two historical western romances recently
sold to Whiskey Creek Press and will be released ~summer 2013. My agent, Dawn
of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, is marketing the first book of my paranormal
suspense series, EXPECT TROUBLE. In it, the U.S. government during WWII hires
five psychics to ferret out Nazi spies on the East Coast.
Would you please tell us about your writing schedule?
best first thing in the morning. I wake up about 5:30 a.m. and do forty minutes
of exercise. I then set up the laptop on its bed table, power my bed to an
upright position, get a pillow to support my back and start writing. I can
write 3+ hrs. After that, my brain goes into meltdown. I do my administrative
and marketing work (which takes less brain power) during the rest of the day.
Writing is strenuous work--so many decisions to be made, constantly.
you currently have a work in progress that has a deadline?
as I enter 2013, but I’m expecting two demanding deadlines soon for my recently
sold historical western romance series (set in Buffalo, WY, in 1895): POLITE ENEMIES (an action western)
and THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH (a mystery).
What inspiring words do you have for aspiring authors?
give up your dream of being published because someone tells you it’s too
difficult. I didn’t start writing until a few years before retirement. If being
an author is your passion, go for it.
on your goal. Don’t give up when you get knocked down. Abraham Lincoln lost seven
elections before he won the election which made him President of the United
the holiday season so could you give us a quote that reflects your feelings
this time of the year?
long-time friend, Ursula, who lives across the country from me, wrote in her
holiday greeting:“Always so nice you
remember us on Christmas.” This sums up the holiday spirit for me. It’s our
time to focus outward and remember others.
you have a favorite holiday memory?
favorite is when my son was five years old and he got a new red bike for
Christmas. The expression of delight on his face was worth every overtime hour
What is your favorite movie, meal and dessert? I won't ask your favorite book
as I suspect it might be too hard to narrow down to just one.
YOU’VE GOT MAIL. I’d like to write light comedy. Have yet to try my hand at it.
of allergies, I’m on a restricted diet. I’m off wheat, oats, soy, rye, almonds,
peanuts and dairy. Rice cookies are about my only dessert. Fortunately, I love
raw veggies, nuts and fruit. I can have plenty of these to nibble on throughout
you have a website? What is the addy so we can get visit?
created a website even before I sold:http://www.joannsmithainsworth.com.
you have favorite blog that you visit?
around Facebook, but with blogs it’s usually what catches my eye.
closing what is on your writing agenda for 2013?
finish writing the second book of my paranormal suspense series, EXPECT
DECEPTION, and start the third.
her team of psychics thinks they finally have this Nazi spy chase thing under
control, Livvy learns that Hitler’s occult designee added black arts and a
minor demon to the mix. The U.S. team must ramp up their powers and strengthen
their psychic abilities or perish—and perhaps cause the U.S. to lose the war
When author JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
carried wood as a pre-teen so her Great Aunt Martha could stoke up the iron
stove to prepare dinner, she wasn’t thinking, “I could use this in a novel
someday.” Yet, the skills she learned from her horse-and-buggy ancestors translate
into backdrops for her historical romance and paranormal suspense novels.
Believing it’s never too late to create your dream, she resurrected a desire to
write when in retirement. Her debut medieval romantic suspense novels,
MATILDA’S SONG and OUT OF THE DARK, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews. She recently sold two historical western romance
manuscripts to Whiskey Creek Press, Casper,
WY. The novels will be released
next summer. JoAnn’s agent is currently marketing a paranormal suspense series.
Among JoAnn’s achievements are:Chief Clerk of a U.S. Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee; a 3 1/2 -mo. trip around the world; B.A. English/Social Science,
M.A.T. English/ESL and M.B A. studies; and database administrator for an
international law firm. But she’s most proud of becoming an author as a senior