Welcome, JoAnne. What made you want to be a writer?
I have always been able to write. I had a teacher who suggested I become a journalist, but I took a different route.
Who or what was your inspiration?
I don’t believe I had inspiration from any one person, it was just something I wanted and could do.
What made you decide to write your books?
I write what I am interested in, and Murder Most Foul, is a fictionalized book based on a true crime.
I then became inspired by paranormal movies and wrote Wicked Intentions.
My love for monster movies inspired Loves, Myths, and Monsters. This story seemed to flow from my imagination. It was a fun book to write.
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between, was inspired by my life, including the good and the sad parts.
In The Crime of the Century, the victims and the perpetrators were my inspiration. This crime sent an innocent man to death row, before DNA set him free. This crime took nearly thirty years to actually solve and bring the right perpetrators to justice. It is still the worst crime and only double homicide in my small town of Logan, Ohio. No one had written about it at that time, and I was always fascinated by the case. It was very shocking and citizens still talk about it today.
Flagitious came about while I researched The Crime of the Century and is loosely based on true crimes from my area. I discovered these crimes while watching the news.
How long does it take you to write a book?
My first true crime book The Crime of the Century, took several years to write. I had to have all the facts correctly, so I scoured newspaper clippings, courthouse documents, and witness and police statements. Writing true crime turned out to be more time consuming than I realized. But it was worth the effort. I really enjoy true crime stories. Some stories took only a few months. Fiction is much easier in my opinion then biographies.
Do you have a dream cast for your books’ characters?
With true crime books I of course use the real characters. How the crime actually took place, and what the victims went through. The fiction books I use imaginary names but some of the characters characteristics come from actual persons I have met over the years. When writing about monsters, a writer can pretty much say anything about the character. In some vampire stories, the vampire can fly, and in other stories they can’t. It depends on the writer and what he or she wants the monster to do, such as their weaknesses and strengths.
Where can we learn more about your books?
“Murder Most Foul,” solving a double homicide is pure murder for F.B.I. Agent Walker Harmon. Available in EPub, HTML, PDF
“The Crime of the Century” this true case from 1982 terrified residents and destroyed families.
“Loves, Myths, and Monsters” 11 fantasy tales entwined within the human world
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