Today we are celebrating with Joan Swan, author of Fever and Blaze. We are mixing our anniversary with her blog tour!
I was never a star English student or a Literature buff, but I’ve always had a creative soul and an active imagination. Writing was a natural culmination of those two talents.
Sexy romantic suspense is my genre of choice, and, occasionally, I like to dabble in the lighter side of paranormal as well. I write the Phoenix Rising Series, FEVER, BLAZE, and two more books coming in 2013, for Kensington and the Covert Affairs Series, INTIMATE ENEMIES, independently.
A triple RWA Golden Heart finalist, I am a lover of craft and closet-hoarder of writing craft how-to books. I’m a recovering OCD perfectionist…bet you can just imagine how well that’s going.
In my day job, I work as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center, rated one of the top ten best medical centers in the nation – a location with an intensity that makes me slightly—okay majorly—insane. This seems to work well with my inner writer. Access to abundant character material—and I’m not only talking about my patients—is a fringe benefit.
I’m married to my own personal hero, a veteran firefighter, we have two beautiful daughters and are blessed to live in the heart of wine country on the gorgeous Central Coast of California.
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Joan was kind enough to take some time out and answer some questions.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
I was a voracious reader and came to a point where I had exhausted all my favorite authors’ works, including their backlists. For a while, I ventured into new authors, and quickly devoured their work. Then I found myself dredging. Although I wasn’t as picky a reader then as I am now, I still required solid plot and consistent characters. When I simply ran out of satisfying reads, I started to write. Not because I thought I could do better. Not because I had any thought of being published. Just to pass the time until something new came out.
But it only took a few chapters before I realized I was hooked. That I loved creating stories more than reading what someone else had created.
From that point on, I wrote. And I studied craft. And I wrote some more.
I sold eight years and nine manuscripts later.
2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Um…everything. There is very little about writing I find easy. If it becomes easy, I know I’m sitting back in my chair, cruising. I’m a life-long learner and thrive on growing, so I’m constantly taking classes, picking up new techniques, changing something up. I’m still trying to make the next book better than the last.
Coming up with ideas, creating first drafts, constructing characters, divising plot, securing structure, editing, revising, promotion, appearances, agent and editor relations…they’re all challenging to me.
3. How do you come up with the titles?
I pull from the theme of the novel and choose a few words that invoke that feeling or theme I’ve tried to capture. I brainstorm with other authors readers. And then, of course, it is often changed by the editor…
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh, of course!! LOL. Whenever my editor sends my manuscript to me for edits, the cover page says, “Only minor corrections such as spelling or word usage should be made at this stage” or something to that effect. **snort** Every time I look over a manuscript, no matter how many times I’ve read it, I can find something to change to make it better – clearer, faster, funnier, deeper, scarier, etc.
If I’m doing my job right, my writing should be getting better and better, so whenever I look back at a past work, I should be able to find things to change.
But overall, I love BLAZE. Anything I’d change in this book would be very minor. All the big pieces are in place and I’m very proud of this novel.
5. What books have most influenced your life most?
The Nancy Drew mysteries started my real love of reading. I couldn’t wait to get the next book. As an adult, the well known romantic suspense authors of the decade have spurred me toward a writing career of my own—Suzanne Brockmann, JoAnn Ross, Kat Martin, Linda Howard and so many more…
6. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m a huge Darynda Jones fan! She and I finalled in the Golden Heart together in 2009 and I’m in love with her Charlie Davidson series.
Leslie Tentler writes romantic thrillers and MIDNIGHT CALLER finalled in the 2012 Thriller Awards as best first novel.
Marina Adair writes contemporary romance and is bursting at the seams with two books sold to Kensington, a three book deal with Sourcebooks AND a three book deal with Montlake, all within a few months time!
Kendra Elliott writes romantic suspense that I’d put more in the romantic thriller category for Montlake.
Shana Galen, Katherine Ashe, Britt Bury, Elisabeth Barrett, Cassie Alexander, KTBryan, Cassie Carver, Melissa Meyer, DJ Adams…I could go on and on!! LOTS of talent up and coming!
7. What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a few ]…
Who Dares Wins by Bob Mayer
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
8. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, thank you for reading my books! Book three in the Phoenix Rising series, RUSH, releases October 2013 and book four releases April 2014.
And, I have a special offer for those who read my self-published novel Intimate Enemies. If you’d like to review the book after reading it, I’d like to gift you my next self-published book. Details are here.
I hope you all enjoy reading BLAZE as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Thank you so much Joan for stopping by and letting us participate in your tour!
Joan Swan's BLAZE Blog Tour Schedule
Tour runs from September 17 - October 6
September 17 - Grave Tells - http://gravetells.com/
September 18 - Book Reader Addicts - http://bookreaderaddictsgiveaways.blogspot.com/
September 19 - Pearl's World of Romance - http://pearlsworldofromance.wordpress.com/
September 20 - Under The Covers - http://underthecoversbookblog.blogspot.ca
September 21 - Reading Between The Wines - http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/
September 22 - Riverina Romantics - http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com/
September 23 - Reading on The Wild Side - http://readingonthewildside.blogspot.com/
September 24 - United By Books - http://unitedbybooks.blogspot.com/
September 25 - My Keeper Shelf - http://mykeepershelf.blogspot.com/
September 25 - The Reading Café - http://thereadingcafe.com/
September 26 - Ramblings From This Chick - http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com/
September 27 - I Smell Sheep - http://www.ismellsheep.com/
September 28 - Paranormal Haven - http://www.paranormalhaven.com/
September 29 - Just Romantic Suspense - http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/
September 30 - Just Romantic Suspense - http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/
October 1 - Close Encounters With The Night Kind - http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/
October 2 - Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction -
Book Monster - http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/
Literal Addiction - http://www.literaladdiction.com/
October 3 - Books-n-Kisses - http://www.books-n-kisses.com/
October 4 - Readers Confession - http://www.readersconfession.com/
October 5 - Book Lovin' Mamas - http://booklovinmamas.blogspot.com//
October 6 - Cocktails & Books - http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/
But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.
A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…
Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.
The hotter they come, the harder they fall…
With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. Sheneeds to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.
Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…
Joan would like to give 1 person a copy of Blaze!
This is US/ Canada only. If you are International and have an address you can use please enter.
All giveaways this month end on October 7th.