Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Sure. I have another release in 2010, The Tapestry Shop, a medieval historical from Five Star. My current WIP is set in 16th c. Venice during the Inquisition.
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Hmm. You mean, like I'm a Gemini? Or that I love ballroom and belly-dancing (such good exercise)? I've been writing all my life, but teen-age stories were hidden in my underwear drawer where Mama wouldn't see them. This is my second career. Well, maybe about my eleventh. I was a drugstore joda-jerk, a Real Estate Broker, a lumber company employee, a V.A.benefits counselor, a high school teacher, and now, at last, an author. Jeanne of Clairmonde is my second book but not my last.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Heck, that's easy. I'd be Jeanne. She is smart, witty, clever, and beautiful. She met the king and queen of France. She got to see Paris.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Jeanne joins forces with a French legion in order to regain her land, but an English prison and false accusations are not what she planned. Intrigue, a nighttime castle raid, and a bold French squire further complicate her already dangerous mission.
Jeanne of Clairmonde has finaled in the Royal Palms Literary Award. Winners will be announced in Oct. at the Florida Writers Conference, so of course I'm hoping Jeanne's story wins.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
I love doing research, and there's a lot to do for historicals. Historical readers are one savvy group. I had to research politics, costumes, horses, geography--everything, really, except the plot. That came from my characters who told me what they would do and where they would go and who would be there.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
The Tapestry Shop will be released next year. It, too, is set in France (can you tell I'm a Francophile?) and is based on the life of a musician, Adam de la Halle, who wrote the earliest version of Robin et Marion, later known as Robin Hood.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Readers can contact me on my website, www.joycemoorebooks.com. If you click the feather logo to send a message, it will zip through cyperspace and land on my desk. I'll be sure to answer. I have a regular blog too, www.joycemoore.blogspot.com , and am one of the hussies on www.historicalhussies.blogspot.com.
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Actually, my first published work was poetry, pubbed about 1994 or thereabouts. I won some more poetry contests, then decided to write a book. My first published book was Haunt Hunter's Guide to Florida (Pineapple Press). It has done very well, sold in gift shops and historical museums, but is also available at any bookstore. That was fun to write, because i met a lot of nice people who let me interview them about ghostly experiences.
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice came from my mother: Always walk into a room like you owned it, or at least could afford to buy it. The worst? That had to be: Only send out one query at a time, and wait to hear back before you send out another.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I really try not to write, when I first get an idea. I like to let it pile up until I can't stay away from the writing any longer. Then it all spills out. With my earlier writing, I spent lots of time re-working and shifting scenes, but that's okay. Later, I got all organized and did plots in Excel. I've found they only serve as a skeleton. Everything gets changed as the story progresses. So I've tried both ways. Having a plan helps, but some of my characters resist being put on the game board just so. Sometimes they move around and get in really deep trouble which causes me sleepless nights.
Thank you for this opportunity!