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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stealing Breath Tour! An Interview With Joanne Brothwell

We're excited to have Joanne Brothwell, author of Stealing Breath, here with us today. If you haven't read Stealing Breath yet, don't forget to check out my review on November 21st and read the book for yourself!

authorHow long have you been writing?
I wrote my dad’s memoir ten years ago but then went on to have children. That put a wrench in having any kind of sideline passion! Once my children were old enough, my creative juices exploded out of me – and I had to compulsively write the first draft of the novel in three months.

What inspired you to write Stealing Breath?
I think the idea had been brewing in my mind for quite some time, and I just reached this point in my life where I thought, Hey- it’s now or never. On March 8th of that year I started writing, and three years later to the day, it was released.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
Sarah definitely comes from a part of me, and as a young woman, I always wanted to be a  natural blond. Her personality is possibly a highly distilled portion of the best parts of my personality. Minus all of the negatives!

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
I`m an open book!

If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be
I found myself relating to Bella from Twilight. I think that insecure, self-doubt is so common in young women, and it`s something I believe many girls and women can relate to.

What book have you read too many times to count?
The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I`m going on four times now!

If you could hop into the life of any book character for a day, who would it be, and why?
I`d kinda like to be Anastasia Steel and check out just how kinky Mr. Christian Grey really is!

What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?
I can`t say there is one best piece, because there was so much great advice I`ve received over the years. If I had to pick, it would be the advice I got from Chuck Sambuchino, who I had the opportunity to speak to at the Surrey International Writers` Conference. He gave me great suggestions on how to tighten up my query letter, and all of his suggestions worked!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I was surprised to find out that my attempts at plotting simply don’t work. I think it’s the rebel in me, I just can’t feel constrained in any way. Plus, my characters seem to have a life of their own, and when I tell them they have to do something, they simply refuse.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to read, watch movies, laugh with my husband and kids and hang out with friends.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Chapter Five was pretty hot! I just love how Sarah and Evan are so playful with each other and the sexual tension of the pool table instruction. Of course, the whole scene ends with quite a bang!

To learn more about Carol Oates and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me today! Just so you know - the link to your review doesn't work. I'm dying to see it!

  2. Thank you!! Oh! OopS! That link isn't active yet. I didn't realize I included it in my post already. I got ahead of myself.The review will go live on my second tour date along this tour on: November 21st. Oopsie!!


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