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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Author Feature 3: Joanne Jaytanie


Meet Author Joanne Jaytanie, who is the newest Platinum featured author!

Joanne is a lovely woman with an incredibly wicked sense of humor & a devotion for animals, especially her beloved dobermans! I've spoken with Joanne often and she always keeps me smiling & looking forward to the next book! She is the author of "Chasing Victory" which is the first book in The Winters Sisters series and it's an addictive romantic suspense novel that you'll absolutely swoon over! Her next book will be released within the next month & I'm adamantly looking forward to reading it!

Joanne took some time to sit down and answer our questions for the featured author session & I'll add them here for you to check out! I'll also add links for her Facebook author page and her website at the bottom of this page, as well!

I hope you'll read over the interview and learn more about this wonderful gal and amazing author!

                                       AUTHOR Q&A WITH JOANNE JAYTANIE

1) Why did you decide to start writing?

 I fell in love with writing in my freshman year in high school. I took Creative Writing and had the most outstanding teacher. Mr. Rappaport introduced me to a world I wanted to live in. To create a world, it's characters, the events in their lives at a certain point in time - no holds barred, count me in!!
I knew at the age of 13 that I wanted to write, four years ago I got really active, and two years ago I realized that I needed to put myself out there and Just Do It!!

2) Do you think authors can succeed in multiple genres or should they stick with a single genre?

 I believe authors can succeed in multiple genres. However, to achieve this success an author must be aware when you change genres, you need to re-brand yourself. For the most part you are starting over, new genre, new readers, new brand - express your change.

3) What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?

 Far and away, my biggest reward is happy readers and making new friends! Having a person take the time out of their busy day to send me a note or post on Facebook how much they loved my book, makes me push forward to produce something even better.

4) Who are some of your favorite authors & why?

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her imagination is awe inspiring. Her determination to be published after turn down, after turn down, propels me to keep moving forward.
Clive Cussler is another of my favorites. The suspenseful adventures he writes keeps me on my toes looking for new twists to excite my readers.
Thirdly, I would say Christine Feehan. She was the first paranormal author who made me realize that I wanted to write with at least elements of paranormal. Her world building is amazing and all of her series are my favorites!

5) What are the biggest hurdles to overcome as an author?

To get noticed. In this crazy, ever-changing world of cyberspace, its extremely challenging to carve out your niche. To convince the world that you have something worthwhile to share.

6) Is there any advice that you can offer for new writers?

Don't give up! To put yourself out there for others to critique and at times criticize, is difficult not to take personally. If you want to be a writer - then write and don't give up. To quote a successful author guru of mine, "Write the Damn Book!" Thank you Cherry Adair, you are an inspiration.

7) Tell us a few random personal things about yourself, personal & professional!

Dobermans are my passion. At the age of 21 I went out to find myself a Yorkie puppy. Being unfamiliar with the city and before the age of GPS, I got lost. I ended up at a home that just happened to have puppies. In my minds eye I see this tiny red puppy come bounding out of the kitchen and it was instant love. I had never in my life seen a Doberman puppy, really didn't know much about them, except I wasn't leaving that house without her. Taisha was my constant shadow for the next 13 years, and I have had Dobermans ever since.
I showed dogs for over 20 years, in obedience, agility, rally and breed. I showed a Bull-mastiff to #8 in the country. I had decided to work toward becoming a breed judge. At that point I knew the time had come to decide between pursuing my love of writing or judging.
I have always leaned towards creative activities, stained glass, designing, jewelry making, scrape booking and immersing myself into wonderful stories. I wanted to go to NYC to college at Parsons, but my dad said no daughter of his was going to go to school in NYC. I started college in Retail Management, decided to broaden my major and changed to Business Management.
I am the President of our local Romance Writers Chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers, which is Debbie Macomber's home chapter.
I was recently asked by the President of DPCA, Doberman Pinscher Club of America, to chair the Historical Committee and to write the next book about the Doberman. I feel my world has come full circle. I am overwhelmed, excited, and truly honored to take on this project.


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                                                              Joanne's Bio:
Joanne was born and raised in Sherburne, New York, a quaint village surrounded by dairy farms and rolling hills. From the moment she could read she wanted to explore the world. During her college years she slowly crept across the country, stopping along the way in Oklahoma, California, and finally Washington State, which she now proudly calls home. She lives with her husband and three Dobermans; Anya, Maya, Tristan, in their home located on the Kitsap Peninsula with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.
Joanne is a member of Romance Writers of America, and an active member of Debbie Macomber’s home chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers, where she has served as the president and current vice president.
Joanne is an avid reader, romance being the top of her list. Her perfect afternoon is to sit in front of the fire with a cup of tea, engrossed in a great novel with her dobermans lying on her lap and on her feet. She doesn’t leave home without an audio book playing in her jeep