Jo, is a relatively new member of the Choc-lit family with her debut recently published on the 31st January and it’s AM-A-ZING
Welcome to my blog “A Story About A Girl” Jo
What inspired you to write “Escape to Little Bluewater Bay “
I wanted to write a story about the bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter. That was the starting point and once I’d created these two characters the rest of the book grew from there.
If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself?
Just relax and enjoy the writing process. Don’t stress too much about daily word counts or targets. Just try and write every day and see what happens. Also reading is such a valuable tool for a writer, so never feel guilty about taking time out to read.
What would you say to someone who wants to write?
Go for it. Try and see what happens. Find and talk to other authors who write in your chosen genre. Be brave!
If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?
I’m not sure. I suppose something creative. Maybe art? I like to paint and sketch.
How did you deal with rejections when you started out?
Rejection is hard, but it’s an inevitable part of the writing and submitting process. I have had lots of rejections, but you just have to keep writing and submitting. I think the only thing you can do is take on board any constructive criticism and learn from it. Every single writer on the planet has faced some kind of rejection in their career. It’s almost a rite of passage I think.
What made you decide to submit with ChocLit?
I’ve read and very much enjoyed Choc Lit novels for years and when I decided to try and write feel good romantic fiction I thought that they were a good fit.
Which authors inspired you to write?
There are so many books and authors out there who gave me the itch to write. From an early age I was inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I wanted to be like Jo and write books! As for authors, there are just so many. A few include Nora Roberts, Joan Didion, JoJo Moyes and Patti Smith.
Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?
Oh I love this question, although it’s a tricky one to answer. I think we all see different versions of a character on screen. Personally, I could see
Chris Hemsworth playing the role of Noah Scarlett Johansson as Willow
Do you have any writing routines or rituals, if so what are they?
Not really. The only thing I try to do is write every day. Some days I can write a few thousand words, the next, as little as fifty, but when working on a novel I find it helps to connect with that story every day.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I am signed for a further two books, so that’s exciting. So there will be two more contemporary romances and I will continue to write more stories.
More About Joanne Boden
Joanne lives in Lancashire with her husband and their two sons. When she is not busy writing, she likes to take her boys to the local museums, cafes, and walks in the countryside.
Joanne has published 4 non-fiction works aimed at parenting children on the Autistic spectrum, based upon her experiences as a mother of an autistic son. She has also self published a contemporary romance novel, Picking Up the Pieces.
Joanne writes contemporary romances with gorgeous heroes. Escape to Little Bluewater Bay is her debut novel with Choc Lit.
Start the new year in Little Bluewater Bay …
New year, new Willow Jenkins? All Willow knows is that she needs an escape. So, she takes an extended break from her PR job and retreats to her grandmother’s cosy cottage by the sea in Little Bluewater Bay, where a limitless supply of hot chocolate will soothe her broken heart and a limited wi-fi connection will prevent her workaholic tendencies.
Willow is soon made to feel welcome by the friendly locals – although grumpy artist Noah Atkinson doesn’t seem to like her very much. Just what is his problem?
But then Willow is asked by her grandmother to approach Noah with a very special commission, only to discover that he hasn’t painted people for a long time – and with good reason. Will he make an exception, and in doing so usher in a hopeful and healing new era for them both?