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Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012

Please welcome Joanne Reay to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy1) will be published tomorrow! You may read Joanne's Guest Blog - Spiked Coffee  - here.


Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

Joanne:  Thanks for inviting me. Is there a bar?

TQ:  No bar.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Joanne:  Maybe not my most interesting, but certainly my most annoying quirk is that I cannot move on with a character until I have given them a name—and it has to be the right name. I have tried reasoning with myself that I can always come back and change a name later, but my brain rejects this as non-f*****g-negotiable. It has principles.


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Joanne:  For inspiration, I would have to say Lewis Carroll—not the most original answer, but a truthful one. He taught me that our world is not entirely known, language is liquid and that the best characters are sometimes the most unlikeable. I am so glad these ideas were planted in me before I was taught to know better.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Joanne:  Plotter. Obsessive plotter. Once I have laid the track of the story, I can switch to the other side of my brain and just let it flow.


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Joanne:  I love puzzles and mysteries, so my stories will always have a dark, cryptic heart. But I also hate any mystery where a solution just pops up without any evolution. So, as I piece the points of the mystery together, I have to go back and make sure I have woven the key elements deep into the narrative and that all the clues are there should , if the reader re-traces their steps. This can be a huge task and I often curse my brain for coming up with these twisted mysteries that demand so much inter-weaving.


TQ:  Describe Romeo Spikes in 140 characters or less.

Joanne:  There is a supernatural side to suicide, and life is too short for you not to know this.


TQRomeo Spikes did not start out as a novel, but as a screenplay. How difficult/easy was it to turn the screenplay into the novel?

Joanne:  I thought it would be easy— – like taking a Ford and pimping it up to a Mustang. In fact it was like taking a Ford and pimping it up to Detroit.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Romeo Spikes?

Joanne:  I wanted to create a new supernatural entity, one that belonged to the world we live in now. The key is always to determine what their relationship to humans might be. Then a friend of mine made a chance remark in the middle of an unrelated conversation, and in that moment the idea came to me.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Romeo Spikes?

Joanne:  My research follows a pattern that I think is common to many. I start off looking for some specific fact, click on Wikipedia and then another link in the body of the text catches my eye. So I click on that and within the next few moments (and clicks) I am deep into some other article on some other subject and far away from the original answer I sought. But in these “wiki-treks” I frequently come across wild facts that inspire a fresh thread in the story.


TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why?

Joanne:  Dali came to me like an old friend (albeit an uninvited one, as he’s not to be trusted…). I loved his dandy ways and careful vanities. His voice was always welcome in my head. It was also hard to let go of Dr. Torgus. The way she ferociously clings to her sexuality even as her body fails her—God love that crazy bitch.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Romeo Spikes?

Joanne:  There is a scene where a young genius kid called Mo’Zart is recruited by Agent Petrus Bex into S.C.U.R.O. The call to join comes from nowhere and Mo’Zart is taken immediately. Apart from the weird relationship between Mo’Zart and Bex (which was fun to create), I guess the scene keeps us hopeful that our lives can spin on a dime. Nothing is set. Everything is possible.


TQ:  What's next?

Joanne:  Next up is BOOK II in the saga. And this one twists a supernatural mystery with a brutal homicide case, as a serial killer walks between the two worlds of humans and Tormenta.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Joanne:  Thanks for inviting me. Where’s the bar?



Romeo Spikes

Romeo Spikes
Lo'Life Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.




About Joanne

Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012
Vienna is now my home, where I work as a screenplay writer and producer for a film production company. Prior to that, I worked for the BBC and ran my own documentary production company. Over the last two decades, without doubt the best things I’ve produced are my two amazing daughters. Now twenty-one and eighteen, Emma and Katie are my constant inspiration and – as I frequently remind them – possibly also my pension, unless my books are a hit.

Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee

Please welcome Joanne Reay to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy 1) will be published on August 14, 2012.


Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee



Spiked Coffee


“What are you doing here?” asks the girl at the till.

I’m in a coffee shop, buying coffee. An unwarranted question, I think.

The girl’s left breast is labeled Luna. I assume the name applies to all of her.

She continues. “Everyday, same time. Same table. So what you doing?” Luna is possibly Polish and certainly rude-ish.

“I’m writing a novel.”

“Aha, that so?” I could see her making an immediate translation.

“I’m writing” = I’m totally
“a novel’ = unemployed

Something sparks in me – an urge to decorate this comment with unnecessary detail.

“It’s called Romeo Spikes.”

She shoves my coffee over. “I like title. What does it mean?”

“It’s a little hard to explain. You kinda have to read the story.”

‘Then I don’t like title. Good title should have natural meaning.”

And there it is. Luna’s first crit. I skillfully sweep up my coffee but don’t take the crit that well.

I sit down at my usual table. Write nine hundred words, same as always. Pack up and rise to leave. Luna’s passing farewell comes like a playground pull at my pony-tail.

“Tomorrow you tell me what book about. Then maybe title work OK.”

I trudge home. It is winter and the snow is thick but I don’t mind. Trudging feels good. I emphasize with every step the reasons why Luna knows nothing about titles.

Everyone loves it. I have tried it out on friends and family - frequently. And everyone says the same: “Romeo Spikes, that’s so cool.”

Trudging on – translating now.

Romeo Spikes = shit, is she still talking about her bloody novel?
That’s so cool = just kill me now

Next day, Luna leans on the counter, a wall of flesh between me and my coffee.

“So what’s it about?”

She looks strong and healthy as if she might live past a hundred. I don’t know why this bothers me.

“Luna, y’know – it’s a funny thing. But sometimes, talking about the creative process, it’s not good.”

“Not good, eh? Maybe story no good.”

‘The story’s good, Luna. I just don’t want to talk about it.”

“Give me one line. The soul of it.”

The soul of it? Please God let it be that her English is so limited, simplicity sounds like genius.

At my usual table, I write nine hundred words, expanding a novel that has no soul and a meaningless title.

I leave. I go home. There is no snow. I trudge harder.

The next day is busy in the coffee shop. Every Wednesday, mother and baby groups gather to test the acoustics and Luna is forced to flit back and forth, memorizing orders and punching at the till. I take some pleasure in choosing this morning to regale her with the main points of my novel. She cunningly counters by ignoring me. A simple tactic but surprisingly effective.

I collect my coffee – decaf. Defeated.

I don’t go back to the coffee shop. I find another. The coffee is weak but the criticism is less bitter. I tell no-one that I’m writing a novel. I try to look like I’m unemployed. I succeed brilliantly.

A year later, novel in hand, I go back to the original cafe. I flourish the book at Luna. I don’t know what I’m looking for. Closure, perhaps.

“Hey Luna, you remember me? I was in here everyday. Writing. This is the novel. I got it published.”

Luna looks at me and a memory flickers, like a star that died four billion years ago.

“Novel lady, yes. I remember.”

I place the book in her hands and she scans the front cover, fixing on my name.

“How you say this?”

“It’s spelled with an “e” but it’s pronounced Ray, like sun ray.”

Luna pulls a face. “You should spell it how it sounds.”

I take the book back.

Screw closure.



Romeo Spikes

Romeo Spikes
Lo'Life Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.




About Joanne

Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee
Vienna is now my home, where I work as a screenplay writer and producer for a film production company. Prior to that, I worked for the BBC and ran my own documentary production company. Over the last two decades, without doubt the best things I’ve produced are my two amazing daughters. Now twenty-one and eighteen, Emma and Katie are my constant inspiration and – as I frequently remind them – possibly also my pension, unless my books are a hit.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012


Announcing the two newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - Ania Ahlborn and Joanne Reay. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.



Ania Ahlborn

Seed
47North, July 17,  2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 250 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012
With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.



Joanne Reay

Romeo Spikes
Lo'Life Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012
In the tradition of The Passage, screenwriter and producer Joanne Reay makes her fiction debut with this furiously exciting supernatural thriller—the first in an exciting new trilogy!

Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other: the Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one. They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions.
Like the long-legged beauty that seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rockstar, whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low. We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent lifespan of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next...and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends to crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign, and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides.
Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.
Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012

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