Thursday 23 July 2015

♥ Q&A with Joanne Rock ♥

Heartache—the best place to heal

Erin Finley heads home to Heartache, Tennesee, after the perfect guy turns out to be anything but. She throws herself into running a vintage store with her sister and surrounding herself with the comforts of her small town. Then one rainy night, TV producer Remy Weldon shows up and almost sweeps her off her feet!

Remy sees more in Erin than she sees in herself. Quirky, beautiful and capable, he needs her for his antiques show—and for himself. Because Erin is the first star Remy's found in the very dark night that has become his life. And she might just be able to lead him into the dawn…

Ive currently just finished promises under the peach tree what inspired this story?

I was inspired to write a "coming home" story because I love that trope and it's not one I've gotten to develop with any kind of complexity in shorter stories. Superromance offers authors more page count to really delve deep into characters.  Another inspiration was growing up on a farm. I was eager to put those experiences in a story, and it provides the backdrop and setting for Promises Under the Peach Tree.
Is there any smells/things that remind you of younger years?
Apple blossoms! While my heroine, Nina, grew up near a peach orchard, I grew up near an apple orchard. The scent of the blossoms always makes me think of springs in my youth!
Do you give any of your characters traits from you or are they all created on their own?
I think all of my heroines have at least some small piece of me inside them. Sometimes it might be as small as the way they dress, or a pet peeve. But many times I will give them something bigger in common with me- a piece of my own backstory, or in Nina's case growing up with some farming background. I have given other heroines previous jobs that I have held, or friendships that I have experienced.
What books would you recommend for those enjoying this read? 
Well first, I would hope that readers who likes this one would pick up other books in the Heartache, Tennessee series! Book 2 is called Nights Under the Tennessee Stars. But I would recommend other books in the Superromance series. Liz Talley has one of my favorite voices.
Favourite fruit?
Apples fresh off the tree in fall when they have lots of crunch!
As always it a pleasure to host you on here; any updates you would like to share?
I always love visiting with you,  Em!! I would love to share with readers book 3 in the Heartache series, Dances Under the Harvest Moon, which will be out in October. There will be a Christmas novella out in October as well, Last Chance Christmas.  After that I am starting a sexy series for Harlequin Desire, called Bayou Billionaires, in March 2016. Http://

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. The author of over sixty romances in a variety of subgenres, she enjoys writing contemporary romance as well as medieval historicals in addition to her Young Adult stories as J.K. Rock co-authored with her sister-in-law,
Karen. A former Golden Heart recipient, Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. She is a popular speaker at writing conferences and recently released her first non-fiction book called SELF PROMOTION SIMPLIFIED to help self-published and traditionally published authors with their marketing efforts. Joanne has a Bachelors degree in Communications, and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Louisville. She has taught at the college level and enjoys mentoring aspiring writers and speaking to high school writing / reading groups

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