Publication date: November 7th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
For most people, Christmas is a time of joy and anticipation. But when a freak accident robs Gracie of her memory, the lines between fantasy and reality blur.
Now there’s only one gift Gracie wants for Christmas, and the only man who can bring it is not Santa.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in the Bronx, the number five child of six and the third daughter. My sisters and I still get together to relive the many fond childhood memories we have of our old neighborhood and friends. Like my sisters, I married young, but moved to southern California to raise my four children, picking up a degree in accounting along the way from night and online classes.
Now that my kids are grown and on their own, my cat, Thea, graciously shares her condo at the lake with me—as long as I pay the mortgage. My coffee addiction is out of control, but I think I’ve gotten a handle on the dark chocolate obsession that used to rule my life.
- What inspired you to write?
As a student, I always struggled putting my thoughts on paper. Even on subjects I was very familiar with, I’d sit for hours staring at blank pages hoping for any inspiration to express myself in a coherent manner. But I loved to read.
Reading took me to places I’d never see and introduced me to people I’d never meet. It showed me worlds yet undiscovered and brought the past alive. Pages of joy, love, passion, fear, rage, and wonder opened doors in my heart and mind and allowed me to see the world through different eyes. When life finally presented me with the opportunity to write my own thoughts down on paper, I jumped at the challenge.
- What was the hardest part to write in the book?
The most difficult character to write was Todd, the ex-boyfriend. We’ve probably all had the displeasure of meeting or knowing a man with his condescending, disrespectful personality. But because I’ve had first hand experience with him it brought up some very unpleasant memories. Being objective and getting over my anger enough to give him some redeeming qualities was a definite challenge. Although it may have been cathartic.
- Are you a full time or part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?
There’s nothing I’d like more than to write full time. Now that I’ve started, the story ideas keep itching my brain. Unfortunately, living indoors and eating regular meals requires more steady income than my writing is producing at the moment. So, I have an agreement with my local police department—I agree to show up four days a week and man the radio at the dispatch center, and they pay me enough to cover my mortgage and expenses. It’s a win-win.
- How about your favorite books? What would be your top 5?
Stephen King takes the top 2 spots:
- 11/22/63 – about a man who finds a way to go back in time and tries to stop the Kennedy assassination. Hulu did a very good miniseries on it – except for one sticking point that I won’t mention here because it’s a spoiler. You’ll have to contact me to ask about it.
- The Talisman – this is an old one written under the Bachman pen name. It’s about a boy who tries to find a cure for his mother’s terminal illness in an alternate universe.
Ken Follet gets the next two:
- Pillars of the Earth – traces the building of a cathedral in early England by a master craftsman – not something I thought I’d find interesting – but the characters were so true to life and their struggles so touching, I couldn’t put the ten pound book down.
- Fall of Giants – takes place at the beginning of WWI and follows the lives of five families from different walks of life who share a common bond. Again, it’s all about the characters.
The last one is from an Indie author, Scott Spotson, I met on Goodreads who blew me away with his time travel concept.
- Life II – is about a man who is given the opportunity to relive his life while maintaining his current memories. The roadblocks that crop up as he tries to improve his past are mind blowing.
- What is the preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?
I love hearing from fans and readers and I’m always available for contact by email: email@example.com
Time is my arch enemy, so my website, www.joancarneyauthor.com is not as up to date as I’d like it to be. But there is a contact form there to reach me.
Or you can like me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fatedmemoriesnovel for another avenue with news and updates on my current and upcoming books.
A transplant from the concrete sidewalks of New York City to the sunny beaches of Southern California, Ms. Carney enjoys writing stories about women who are strong—whether by nature or circumstance—and the men who love and respect them for who they are. Things that make her happy are rainy days (too much sun is a bore), writing the perfect first line, family get-togethers, reading books that grab her heart, and finding new connections in her genealogy research. Bold coffee and dark chocolate fuel the artistic fire inspired by her family, friends, and psycho, lizard hunting cat.