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.
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.
PHOENIX RISING Book #2:
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!
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