Thursday, May 13, 2010

Author Spotlight: Joan Sowards

A few weeks ago, I blogged about whether or not it’s worth the time and effort to do book reviews here. In that blog, I believe I mentioned that I’m waiting for a package of several books to arrive in my mailbox. One of those books is Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards.

Since I’m still waiting, I won’t be reviewing it just yet. But it’s been a little while since I spotlighted an author, so I’m going to spotlight Joan today.

Here’s the blurb for Chocolate Roses:

Janie Rose Whitaker's world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie's. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the "perfect" guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists getting involved in Roger's complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship.

You will laugh, cry, and crave chocolate as you read this LDS parody of the classic novel Jane Eyre.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Joan was nice enough to let me interview her this week.

NG: Hi Joan. I have to say right up front that the title of your book makes me want to run out and get a treat. Or dig into my chocolate stash that no one knows about. At least, I think no one knows about it. But today, since I’m praying for summer to finally show up in Utah, ice cream sounds even better. So tell me, what’s your favorite flavor?

JS: Rocky Road is my favorite, Strawberry is runner-up. I was brought up eating saltines with vanilla ice cream. Sometimes I still crave it.

NG: Hm. Saltines, huh? Sounds like an interesting combination. I was half expecting your answer to be chocolate, but then, I guess Rocky Road does have loads of chocolate in it. So, that makes since. Next question: Who is your favorite author? (Besides yourself or me, since everyone already knows we’re both awesome.)

JS: There are so many. But if I have to choose one, it is Kerry Blair. She's a master at the English language and can manipulate the words to make you smile, laugh, and cry--so clever!

NG: I love her work too. She’s definitely brilliant. What is your most favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?

JS: Be with hubby. I love doing family history research, sewing, and being with my children and grandchildren.

NG: Aw. So sweet. No family animals or anything? Because my next question is: if you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?

JS: Puppies are cuddly. Birds have freedom to soar. I love cuddling and freedom.

NG: So, one or the other or a combination of both? Maybe you could be a new breed of flying puppy.

JS: Maybe.

NG: Well, that settles it. So, Joan the flying puppy, since you’re going to be so rich (being an entirely new cool breed of animal and all) do you prefer diamonds or pearls?

JS: I own one diamond and it is on my wedding ring. I'm not one for expensive jewelry (though I wouldn't turn it down if someone gave it to me!) I really like bling bling and am glad it is coming into style.

NG: A woman after my own heart. *Sigh* Blingage.

NG: Last question: Name one or two power snacks that keep you going as you write.

JS: Almonds, cheese. And always chocolate!

NG: Hence the title Chocolate Roses! Fantastic. Joan, thanks for the visit, and the insight into the life of an author.

JS: Thank you for the interview. I hope you enjoy reading Chocolate Roses!

To find out more about Chocolate Roses, click here.


Rebecca Talley said...

I'm excited to read this book. I love the title!

Anna del C. Dye said...

That is so fun. A new breed of flying puppy. That would be so different but then author's do have a great imagination.
I would have to be a flying kitten. lol
Great interview. Thanks for the laugh.
Anna del C.
Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"

Joan Sowards said...

Thank you for the interview! I hope you enjoy reading Chocolate Roses.