Hi Jo, Thanks for joining us today on Night Owl Reviews. What's your current release?
That would be Porcelain Doll, a Jana Lane mystery, published by The Wild Rose Press.
What's your book about?
It's 1982 and Jana Lane, America's most famous ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. The other suspects include Jana’s James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production, and Jason’s agent. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?
What should readers expect from you titles?
Here is what reviewers are saying.
Mystery, suspense, romance, humor, insight into the world of movie-making, and a fantastic read. Here are examples of the rave reviews for Porcelain Doll published by The Wild Rose Press: “Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980's in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion." Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine
“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews
What's your writing process like?
I generally wake up at 3am with a terrific idea and write notes on my night table. If I can read them the next day, I write a biography for each character and an outline, including all the clues, red herrings, plot twists and turns, and surprise (yet justified) ending. As when I was an actor, I let the characters improvise and I write down the amazing things they say in my head. I also enjoy writing beautiful, lush locations for my characters.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
Agatha Christie is the queen of whodunit murder mysteries. Armistead Maupin has an amazing flair for writing eccentric, loveable characters with engaging and realistic dialogue. Mary Higgins Clark blends mystery and romance so beautifully. I've read each of their novels many times.
What's next for you as an author?
Writing more Jana Lane mysteries published by The Wild Rose Press. In SATIN DOLL (not yet released), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. And in CHINA DOLL (not yet released), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. I will also continue writing my Nicky and Noah comedy mysteries set in the world of academia (Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise) published by Lethe Press, and my Cozzi Cove beach series (Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward) published by Nine Star Press. My Dreamspinner Press romance novels are also still close to my heart (An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland). My fans say I'm writing books faster than they can read them. hah.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
At a book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, someone told me that when she disappears into the world of my books, she doesn't want to come out. I hope she still has a job and a family. hah.
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
1982, when Porcelain Doll takes place. I love the fashion, hairstyles, makeup, jewelry, music, movies, and television of that era. Since Jana Lane is an actress, it is great fun writing the Jana Lane mysteries.
Thanks for joining the readers here on NOR.
I love to hear from readers. Please go to my web site. I'd love to hear from YOU!