Sunday, February 26, 2012

Q&A Interview and Contest with Joan Swan

Joan Swan Interview Intro:

Hello everyone!  LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very happy to welcome Joan Swan to our sites today!  
Joan was never a star English student or a Literature buff.  She does, however, have a creative soul and an active imagination, and because of that, writing came pretty naturally.
She writes for entertainment and escape, the same reasons she loves getting lost in a good book, and she writes what she loves to read - romantic suspense. 
Joan’s books are full of real-life language, steamy sex, violence and mystery.  She does dabble in the lighter side of the paranormal as well.
When Joan’s not writing, she works as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center, a location with an intensity that makes her slightly insane, though that works well with the writer in her.  It also gives her tons of access to character material.
She’s been married for twenty two years to her own personal hero, a veteran firefighter.  The two live on the gorgeous central coast of California with their two beautiful daughters. 
Joan’s first book, “Fever”, Book #1 of the PHOENIX RISING series, is coming out in Feb with the 2nd, “Blaze”, following in Oct. 
For those of you that have not yet heard about Joan’s PHOENIX RISING series, we thought we’d give you the blurbs.


Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

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.

Coming in October 2012

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. She needs 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…

How fantastic do those sound!!?  Make sure you get them preordered!  For now though, let’s get to the interview and learn some more about Joan and the series.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Joan!  We’re very happy to have you here today and are thrilled to let the world know about “Fever” and the PHOENIX RISING series.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.
JOAN: Thanks so much for having me! Great to be here and finally “meet” you J

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We always start by getting to know our guest author a little bit better.

Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
·       I swear a lot.  At work (with my coworkers, not with patients J), on IM with my CP, when I’m talking to myself…and in my novels—worse in first drafts; I cut out a lot in revision.
·       I have a negative streak that I’m constantly curbing. I believe whole-heartedly in the power of positive thinking; I’ve seen the benefits first hand.  But I’ve got a naturally negative tendency.  So I’m constantly in a battle between the two. Rarely, do I let that negative side show outside a selected few (poor, poor CP. She knows the truth about me.) And I think my positivity is finally starting to win out!!
·       I get super snarky (and rather hilarious) after 11pm.  Have no idea why.  Wish I could channel that into regular daylight hours – it would work well in a romantic comedy.

Q2):  What are 3 things that always make you smile?
·       The sight of my pup waiting for me when I drive up to the house.
·       Curling up to take an afternoon nap on my day off.
·       Driving home from work on Sunday afternoon (my Friday).

Q3):  If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would you want it to be and what would you want to do?
JOAN:  Would have to be the crew of Phoenix Rising.  I love these guys (and gals!). I’ve done a few character interviews and they’ve been so much fun I don’t want to stop.  I’d like to just kick back at Teague and Alyssa’s house in Truckee, with Mitch’s military body guards keeping watch and the hunky heroes bar-b-quing for us while the kids run around and everyone snipes at each other.  All I would do is laugh.

Ah, crap. Is it a bad thing when you’d rather hang with your fictional characters than the, you know, real people in your life?

*flipping through Rolodex for asylum’s phone number*

Q4):  What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?

JOAN: It’s been so long since I’ve done anything else, it’s hard to remember. I have a demanding day job and since I sold Fever two years ago, I’ve been dedicated to developing an online presence, so if I’m not working or writing or doing those other authorly things…I’m…sleeping.
Once upon a time I loved to knit, scrapbook, bake, walk, garden, go to the gym, take in movies and go to the beach.
Oh, shoot, now you’re going to make me start missing them!! *sniffle*

Q5):  How has the road to “Fever”s release been for you?  What surprises, roadblocks, etc have you experienced?

JOAN: I won’t lie, the road has been long. I know authors are supposed to say it’s been great and exciting and it’s been that too.  But I sold two years ago. That’s a really long time to wait and plan for a book to come out.
The last month has been particularly grueling – but that’s my own fault. I’m an overachiever and I don’t know when to pull back. I get great ideas, throw myself into implementing them, then find myself caught in the momentum. It’s something I need to work on.
On one hand, all great success comes with struggle.  On the other, I’ll be of no benefit to anyone in an asylum. (Except, my muse…I get great stories in there…<<<See, one of those great ideas that could cause all sorts of problems!)
Surprise wise, in the last month or so, I’ve been thrilled with the great reviews. I thought readers would like it; I hoped readers would like it, but I was still super nervous. So the across the board enthusiasm for Fever has to be, by far, the absolute best part of the release so far.

Q6):  We know this is a tough question, but who are a few of your personal favorite authors, and what are a couple titles in your TBR pile/list right now?
JOAN: Personally I’m a sort of eclectic reader. I love thrillers, mainstream suspense and romantic suspense and even though I’ll love one or two books by a certain author, it’s rare that I love them all.  Some authors I enjoy are Karin Slaughter and her Georgia series, Darynda Jones, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz, Ted Dekker, Suzanne Brockmann, Elisabeth Naughton, Gena Showalter, Tess Gerritsen…

Q7):  What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?

JOAN: Best parts are when my characters surprise me—because that means I’ve developed them to a point that makes them three dimensional, when various plot lines dovetail perfectly, when my writing takes a turn for the better and I can see myself growing as an author.
Worst parts are the constant insecurity and self doubt, the anxiety.  As I come up to release day and have struggled with a couple of negative reviews, I’m finding that opening oneself up to that criticism is harder than I anticipated as well.  1 harsh critique stays with me well beyond 20 raving reviews.

Q8):  What is a typical writing day like for you?  Do you have a routine that you follow?  Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, etc?
JOAN: I write every morning. Not crazy 4am morning, but on days I work, I do get up at 530 so I can write for at least an hour before I go in.  And 5 or 6 out of my 7 days, I work at McDonalds. The other days my husband takes me to breakfast.
Generally, I write better when I’m out of the house. The phone, the bills, the laundry…it’s so distracting and angst-making for me. I like to find a booth at a fast food place where I can get free soda refills or a Starbucks where I can dominate a big leather chair, pop in earphone and ignore the world.
I also get a lot more done when my internet is off, though I can rarely get myself to do that.

Q9):  What type of scenes (dialogue, action, sex, etc) do you enjoy writing the most and why?
JOAN: It’s a love-hate relationship. The scenes I like to write most are scenes with the most emotion, the most angst; the scenes that generally create a turning point for a character’s internal landscape.  Those can happen anywhere—action, sex, etc. But they are also the hardest and most anxiety producing to write.

Q10):  Can you tell us a little bit more about “Fever” and the PHOENIX RISING series in your own words?

JOAN: I like to say Fever is an escape gone wrong in epic proportions.  At one point in the story Alyssa says to Teague, “In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m getting tired of this whole escape-gone-wrong thing.” 
Fever starts out with a desperate man taking desperate action.  And, off course, everything goes wrong. At the point when you think it can’t get any worse…it always does.

Q11):  How many books do you have planned for the series?
JOAN: 7.  There are 7 members in the hazmat firefighting team involved in the military warehouse explosion which spurs the Phoenix Rising series.
Two of the books, Blaze, book 2 and Inferno, Book 3, involve both hero and heroine that were on the team.  That would make five books total in the series if I stopped with the team, but two other characters have risen to hero status during prior books and are demanding a story of their own.  One is Mitch, a secondary character in Fever and the other is Cash, a secondary character in Blaze.
Who knows what characters will steal my heart as we move forward through the series!

Q12):  What can we expect as the series progresses?
JOAN: You can expect fantastic fun stuff and some cool twists you hadn’t expected!
While in Fever, the reader gets their first glimpse of the conspiracy, in Blaze, they’ll get to meet the entire team when the enemy forces them to engage or accept defeat.
Because their personal safety and basic freedoms are at stake, this team will never lay down and die.

Q13):  Do you have an idea of when “Inferno” might be coming out?
JOAN: The proposal for Inferno is with Kensington now and I hope to hear soon. Fingers crossed it will be mid 2013.

Q14):  What’s next for Joan Swan?  What do you have going on in the next couple months that your readers might be interested in?

JOAN: Of course, Blaze releases in October 2012, and I LOVE that book!
Prior to that, I have an Indie release coming up in April. This romantic suspense finalled in the RWA Golden Heart twice, and I’ve spent several months revising the novel to my current writing standards. This is another story that I love, featuring driven characters who are working against impossible forces.

She is on a quest for answers; answers that could just get her killed.

Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident.  She never expected to find an adversary in the man who had once touched her heart with kindness in her darkest moment.

Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn’t have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie.
Not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn’t, his lies and deception could get them both killed.

Q15):  Is there anything special that you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

First: Thank you – for your enthusiasm and for your willingness to risk your time and money on my writing.
Second: I strive to write deep, which means I never throw something in for the sake of sensationalism. If you are the type of reader who thrives on uncovering hidden meaning and subtle connections, you will find that in my work when you look beneath the surface.  If you’re the kind of reader who wants a fulfilling read without having to work at it, you’ll find that in my novels as well.

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Joan, thank you so much again for being with us today.  We’re very happy to help you promote the PHOENIX RISING series.  We’d love to have you back to promote “Blaze” when it releases in October.
JOAN: Can’t wait!! Blaze is a very special book for me, so I’ll enjoy telling readers about it!  Thanks so much for introducing me to your readers!

If you want to keep up with Joan, you can find her here:

Joan is graciously offering up  a copy of FEVER (either eBook or paperback - we are not sure which one) to a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION and a winner from Book Monster Reviews. 
Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website ( and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!


sandrahorn63 said...

I want to win this bok so bad! Love the cover!:)

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and the chance to learn more about Joan Swan and her debut book, Fever. It sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Melissa said...

Great interview! I would live to win this book! Love the cover!! This sounds like it will be a great read!


Amy said...

Great interview!
For some reason, I like reading stories where the "bad" guy falls for the girl that he kidnapped. Would love to read Fever!


Victoria said...

I can't wait to read FEVER. I feel like I've been waiting a year since I first heard of it. Been following Joan all over reading all the excerpts and interviews. It's going to be a great read and a fantastic series. Thank you.


jbon said...

Looks like a great book!! Thanks for the contest :)

Eli Yanti said...

the book sounds terrific. love to win it very very much ;)

Becky said...

I can not wait to read this book! Thanks for the super interview :)

rjs4444us at yahoo dot com

Evan Blanc said...

I can't wait to read Fever!!

Na said...

Good on you on trying to curb your negative thinking. I have a personal mantra and that is to always have a positive attitude. It can really shape your perspective on things. I say savor the food, forget (and learn) from the bad. I'd say you have plenty of things to celebrate, starting with the release of Fever :)

GFC follower

Joan Swan said...

Hi Sandra! Good luck in the contest!

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Barbara!! Good luck!

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Melissa!

Joan Swan said...

Me too, Amy! Maybe it's the impossibility of it, but I've always love to believe that the impossible is indeed possible. :)

Joan Swan said...

Hi Victoria! You've been AWESOME! I hope you're entering all your comments into the Grand Prize eReader drawing on my website!

Joan Swan said...

Thanks jbon!

Joan Swan said...

Good luck Eli!

Joan Swan said...

Hey Becky!! You WON the book from Trish Decant's blog, but the email you gave bounced when I tried to email you today. I will try the one you left here...

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Evan -- hope you love it!

Joan Swan said...

Definitely, Na! Definitely!!

Chrisbails said...

I love this cover. Just gorgeous. Great interview, love learning about new authors. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Awww hun! You are so not alone on the negative thing. I'm so notorious about it. Why I have certain close friends that will bop me in the head whenever I bad-mouth my writing or drawing. The phrase "Don't make me go to WV to whoop your arse." Is so common.

See, that's why I am so hesitant about showing my writing to anyone out of my safe zone. The negativity. I too tend to take it to heart more than anything.

* hugs *

Really cannot gush enough about Fever. So anticipating Blaze and I came to give Joan some friendly stalking!

No need to enter me for Fever since I own one.

Barb P said...

Hey Joan! You know that I soooo want your book! I have had it on my TBB list it seems like forever ** LOL **. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and congrats on your new release.

kandj7299 said...

This series sounds awesome. The cover is great and love the tat!! Thanks for having this giveaway!!

kandj7299 at verizon dot net

Filia Oktarina said...

I enjoyed read the interview and can't wait to read FEVER!! I want to win this book so bad! This wiil be a great read. I love cover to:)


Joan Swan said...

Thanks Chris!! Appreciate you stopping by!

Joan Swan said...

Hi Rachel! Putting your writing out there is one of the hardest things ever! It never gets easier!

Joan Swan said...

Hey Barb! Thanks for coming by! Good luck in the giveaway!!

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Kandj!

I like the tatts also!!

Joan Swan said...

Hi Filia!

Thanks! Good luck in the drawing!

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Hi Joan!!!
I am so feeling like a stalker here, but a good one...LOL
I am so excited that your book will be out tomorrow. It sounds absolutely fabulous.
Good Luck.
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Mollie W said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
Fever sounds really good!!!

SdyLion said...

Thank you for giving us this oppurtunity to get to know you and your novels better. I just love that tattoo on the cover of FEVER. Makes you want to look at what is underneath sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Merisha28 said...

OMG! Your books sound AMAZING!!! I just love the cover ART!!! Dying to read them! I'm putting them on my TBR list right now!! :)

Rebe said...

I have to agree that this cover really is amazing! Yummy! Congratulations on your debut book!


Joan Swan said...

An author can never have too many stalkers! LOLOL!! Thanks for coming by Michelle!!

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Molly!

Joan Swan said...

Hi SdyLion!

I love Teague's tattoos and there is a lot underneath :)

Thanks for coming by.

Joan Swan said...

Hi SdyLion!

I love Teague's tattoos and there is a lot underneath :)

Thanks for coming by.

Joan Swan said...

Hi Merisha!

Thanks! Your enthusiasm is infectious! I LOVE it! :)

Tina B said...

I am so excited about this book. I have been reading all her interviews and the excerpts from the book! I loved the interview! Good luck on your new release!

AD said...

Sounds so cool. Thanks for the giveaway.

deanna said...

I enjoyed the interview. I actually had this book on my wishlist on my Kindle prior to relase date. It sounds like a fantastic story. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Deanna P
dpostell2 at

donnas said...

Great interview. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Tina! Good luck in the giveaway!

Joan Swan said...

Thanks Amber!!

Joan Swan said...

Hi Deanna! Great news!! Hope you love it!

Joan Swan said...

Hi Donna! You've been an awesome RTer! Good luck in the giveaways!! XO

Anonymous said...

Sometimes, I would also rather hangout with fictional characters than the real people in my life :D


GFC: Krista
theangrypollo{ AT }yahoo{DOT }com

Joan Swan said...

Oh, thank God I'm not the only one!! Phew!!

sienny said...

it's a new author for me, and i just gotta say.. nice tat on the Fever's cover

JoAnna said...

Fever sounds great! I have heard a lot of great thing about it. Congrats Joan!

Beckerjo at verizon dot net

GzNKz4evr said...

I always love it when secondary characters rise to hero status and become worthy of their own book. I cannot wait until Mitch's book! He totally stood out for me. He is sexy, mysterious, capable, protective of Alyssa, and just overall awesomesauce!

No need to enter me as I already have a copy of the book. Best of luck to everyone. You are in for a fabulous read! :)

Kendra @ Reader's Edyn