Joan Leacott

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 14, 2014

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Current Release: Sight for Sore Eyes

Emma Finn has had enough of life-altering changes. Stability is all she wants right now, no matter how boring. Ophthalmologist Asher Stockdale wants to help her dust off her old dream of globetrotting photographer, no matter the cost to his new dream of home, family and small town life.

What are you working on?

As well as plotting the third full-length story in the Clarence Bay Chronicles, I have short stories in the works. The first is from the unique perspective of a wedding dress. Another is a parallel story for a couple of characters from my debut novel "Above Scandal". And for release in Winter 2014, a collection inspired by the recent ice storm and power outage my home town of Toronto endured last Christmas. I think I’ll call the collection "Chilled" or maybe "How Cold Is It when You Wear a Hat to Bed?". :)

Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?

My brainstorming group, especially Gina Grant and Kate Freiman, come at me with questions and ideas that help me plot and write my stories. Gina is also an awesome title and blurb writer. My editor Kristin Anders helps me to refine my storytelling, pushing the emotions of my characters. Cover designer Kim Killion and formatter Amy Atwell help me present my stories to readers everywhere. Amy also runs the GIAM writer’s support group where the gals are so friendly. My greatest help comes from my husband Victor, who bravely answers questions that start with “When a man…”.

Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?

When my sister-in-law Janet bought a print copy of my book, I really thought she was just being kind and would never actually read the story. At the next family gathering, Janet complimented me in front of the entire group of eighteen, saying how impressed she was and that she’d gotten a real sense of place and people from the book. Her support is wonderful in that romance isn’t her thing. Another convert to romance. Yes!

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

I like to clean house or cook an elaborate meal. I’ve often found solutions to story problems in the bottom of a bucket of dirty water. Preparing a great meal for family and friends; finding a new recipe, shopping for ingredients, firing up the stove or oven, really occupies my mind to the exclusion of all else. It’s not often a person gets accolades for doing a bad thing.

Thank you to the readers and reviewers who have enjoyed my debut novel "Above Scandal". You've made me so happy. My next release is the first of my short stories, "Second Chance Dress" on March 3rd. Pop over to my website and sign up for my newsletter to get a friendly reminder.