Today, I’m happy to welcome the lovely Juanita Kees to my blog. Juanita’s a freelance writer with lots of strings to her bow. Her first novel, a wonderful piece of romantic suspense called FLY AWAY PETA, has recently been published by Eternal Press. I’ve long been a reader of Juanita’s very interesting blog and have found some wonderful posts and writers over there.
So today, Juanita’s visiting me here in India to tell us a little about herself and about her work. She has very kindly agreed to give away a copy of the ebook of FLY AWAY PETA to one lucky commenter.
So before we start, I’m just sharing the links to all of the places where you can find Juanita on the web. Then read on to learn all about Juanita and FLY AWAY PETA.
JUANITA ON THE WEB:
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What do you love most about being a writer?
I love that I can control the destiny of my characters and create a world full of happiness and dreams come true. Although, sometimes they develop a mind of their own and create their own destiny! I get to ‘travel’ the world doing research to find interesting, sometimes quirky, locations.
Who are your favourite authors and do they inspire your own work?
Wow! I could fill a whole blog post with the list. I have so many favorites and am discovering new ones every day. To name a few: Nora Roberts, Cathryn Hein, Anna Campbell, Stephanie Laurens, P C Cast, Gena Showalter, Erin Grace, Annie West, Rachael Johns…and the list goes on! I wouldn’t say that they inspire my own work, though. I like to think I’ve found my own voice, but they do inspire me to write and to believe in making my own publishing dreams come true.
Do you have a daily routine for writing or do you wait till you have an idea to write about?I probably should have a routine, but sadly life intervenes. I write as much as I can, whenever I can. I carry a notebook everywhere and jot down ideas at random moments and then compile them when I have time. More often than not, I’m up all night tapping away. Who needs sleep?
Tell us about the main characters in FLY AWAY PETA
Oooh, I love talking about Jaime and Peta! I like my heroines spirited and Peta has it in spades. She’s no shrinking violet. A woman willing to fight for what she believes and the people she loves, she has no qualms about putting herself in the path of danger. Jaime is the man she’ll never forget. He broke her heart, but left her with the best gift of all; a lovely daughter, Bella. When he comes back into her life, she realizes that she never stopped loving him but can’t afford to have her heart broken again. And Jaime? Phwoar…he’s hot! Well. I think so anyway *wink*. Jaime is your all round Mr Nice Guy. Warm, funny, protective, a little guilt-ridden and flawed, and desperately in love with Peta. Oh and did I mention ‘hot’? I’ve been told by reviewers he is a true hero. ( Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Fly-Away-Peta-ebook/product-reviews/B008RDGGQ4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 and Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15782591-fly-away-peta)
Do you miss the world you created in FLY AWAY PETA? Would you like to write another book set in that world? Or have you moved on?
No, I’ve moved on, but they made such an impact on my life that they have pride of place on my bookshelf. Thankfully though, the delicious detective Mark Johnson makes an appearance in the next book, Taming the Tiger due for publication soon! It’s not quite his time to find the love of his life yet, but he’ll find her.
Are you working on your next novel?
Yes! And I’m very excited about this one. The working title is ‘Darkness and Light’ and this is Mark’s story:
When Mark Johnson is called out to the scene of a murder, the last person he expects to see there is Lily Bennetti. And it seems she’s in a world of trouble. Lily was a mild tempered school girl when he’d seen her last. So how did she come to be standing over a dead man’s body with a knife in her hand? Worse yet, how will he overcome the attraction he feels for his murder suspect? Lily has her son to protect and secrets that run deeper than the scars she hides from the world. Mark Johnson is the last person she wants uncovering those secrets. Especially the truth about her feelings for him and who really killed her husband.
This is all very exciting. I look forward to reading more about and more from Juanita in the near future. Meanwhile, readers, comment before you leave to be in with a chance to win Juanita’s novel.FLY AWAY PETA