Without further ado, please join me in welcoming Joan Swan to UNWRAPPING ROMANCE!
Amy: Hi Joan, I'm so thrilled to have you here today! This truly is the best birthday gift a girl could get, welcome!
Joan: Thanks for having me, Amy!! You and I share close birthdays. Mine was in July, just a little over a week ago, I’m on the cusp of Cancer and Leo, though I’m definitely more Cancer. You’re definitely Leo, no?
Amy: Oh yes, I'm a Leo! Whenever we meet another Leo, my hubby just says, 'uh oh!' I wonder why? *wink*
Joan, perhaps you could tell us a little bit about yourself for those who don't know you yet?You are obviously an extraordinarily busy woman and I'm curious to know your secret for finding time to write such exciting and complex stories. Will you please share it?
Amy: Oh no, there's certainly nothing unusual about you. LOL!!
Amy: Oh no, there's certainly nothing unusual about you. LOL!!
Joan: Absolutely! I don’t cook, clean, exercise or do laundry. I live on diet coke and deadlines and sleep very little.
I actually live an unhealthy lifestyle (a la above) that I keep promising myself to change. Those changes always seem to get pushed off until tomorrow. I’m trying to change that, too.
I believe I might get some of that story complexity from the Theta waves I cultivate on my 4 hr drive to work. At least, that’s what I tell myself to stay sane.
Amy: Four hour drive to work? Wow, that would certainly give you a lot of time alone with your thoughts. So with that in mind and knowing that INTIMATE ENEMIES is an exciting, gripping, and action-packed story, where do you get your inspirations?
Joan: Generally from a combination of my life, news, movies, books, and my ever-questioning brain.
Inspiration for INTIMATE ENEMIES came from my love of the Hispanic culture, a Californian’s everyday reality of hearing about the weak border between countries, an affinity for the reality show Border Wars, and lingering unanswered questions floating in my mind.
Amy: Do you have any set idea of how many books you'll include in the series, Covert Affairs, of which INTIMATE ENEMIES is Book One?
Joan: I can immediately think of five. Tomas’ book is next. But I can envision books for Xavier, Javier, and definitely Raymie.
The great thing about the missions in this series is that multiple agencies are involved, maybe even a rogue agent (or five) venturing out on his own. As these agents interact, more characters grow and demand the lime light. Which, of course, means more books.
I can see myself continuing to write this series as long as my readers are enjoying it.
Amy: Well, I know I'll be reading them and wanting more as I'm sure others will so you'd best be prepared to be writing this series for a long while. I love that Tomas' story is next, I won't say why because y'all have to read the book to find out!
Joan, now that you've ventured into the realm of self-publishing, is this an experience that you will continue and do you advise it for the rest of us wannabe authors?
Joan: I will continue to self-publish. There are several aspects of self-publishing I really enjoy—freedom, control, speed, reaching a wider audience, and yes, the money.
But there are aspects of traditional publishing I miss when self-publishing—those eyes with decades of experience, drop-dead deadlines that keep me in line, someone to ask legal questions of.
Whether self-publishing is right for any individual author is something only that author can decide. There is a learning curve. There is an expenditure of money needed up front. There is marketing to consider. And, while there is support available in the way of boards and groups, the buck stops with the author. That’s a lot of responsibility.
Also, it’s easier for an established author with a following to sell self-published works than someone fresh, right out of the gate.
Lots of pros and cons to consider. But, I’m glad I did.
Amy: It's always great to get some insight into something new from someone who has attempted it themselves and hopefully succeeds. We all wish you the very best of luck with your endeavor and I'll certainly being doing my part to help.
Joan, thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy day to be here with us. It's truly been such a delight. You're fast becoming one of my most favorite authors and I'm so addicted to your writing now that you could write a post-it and I'd want to read it.
Amy: Well, we're so very glad that you put sooo much work and polish into your stories because they always come out so fantastic, it's worth it. I understand you'd like to give away some copies of your newest and most exciting suspense romance, INTIMATE ENEMIES - so please, feel free to ask anything of us since you've just been put in the hot seat yourself.
Amy: So how 'bout it folks? Have you got an answer for Joan?
Giveaway 1: Joan is giving away an ecopy of INTIMATE ENEMIES to 3 lucky commenters. Please leave a comment answering her question or just to say hello for a chance to win one of 3 ecopies of INTIMATE ENEMIES open to EVERYONE (International included)
Giveaway 2: In addition to Joan's generous gifts, I am personally giving away a print copy of FEVER to one lucky commenter (US residents only).
All winners will be chosen at random and since there are actually two separate giveaways please in addition to leaving an email address in your comment, please state if you are US or INTL.
Also, if you don't own an ereader & only wish to be entered in the FEVER Giveaway, please let me know in your comment. *wink*
SO - let's recap the rules:
COMMENT + EMAIL ADDRESS + US or INTL = ENTRY
All valid entries will be entered in Joan's Giveaway of 3 ecopies of INTIMATE ENEMIES and all US Resident valid entries will be entered in my FEVER Giveaway as well as Joan's. Got it!? Remember, if I can't contact you to tell you that you won, you can't win - so follow the rules! Thanks and GOOD LUCK!
Both of these Giveaways will run until 11:30PM EDT on Friday, August 3, 2012 and all winners will be notified by email and announced on a special post on Saturday!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!
Thank you to everyone who visited & entered. Good luck. : )Thank you all for helping me to celebrate my birthday. I love my readers.
Happy Reading Everyone!!
INTIMATE ENEMIES by Joan Swan, available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and All Romance.
You're welcome to learn more about Joan Swan and her books at her website, follow her blog, as well as follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @joanswan and @romancegiveaway.