Joanne Guidoccio is joining me today and offering a FREE eBook of her new novel, A Season for Killing Blondes to one lucky person who comments below. She’s also giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card through Rafflecopter. You can enter using the thingie-ma-bob at the end of this post.
Welcome, Joanne, and good luck, readers! Here are the deets on the book that’s up for grabs today?
Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.
When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.
As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.
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What keeps you motivated?
For over three decades, I worked hard to motivate adolescents taking my mathematics and business education classes. Whenever I feel despondent, I apply the techniques I used with the youngsters:
- Proper pacing. I set a goal of writing 1000 words a day. While I may write several hundred more words, I try to avoid sprints of 2000+ words a day. On “good” days, I reach my goal early and reward myself with a lunch or coffee date.
- Success reminders. I have created two scrapbooks filled with copies of published articles and book reviews, Toastmaster certificates and awards, pictures and news releases of my novels. When I experience that dreaded writer’s block, I sit and browse through my scrapbooks.
- Release (readjust) expectations. First novels are not usually breakthrough novels. On average, it takes three to six books to reach that level.
How do you avoid becoming overburdened by marketing tasks?
While some authors consider marketing a necessary evil, I like to think of it as a challenge. Discovering what does and does not work is part of the journey. And reminiscent of solving equations and word problems.
Do you require complete silence for writing, or do you like white noise?
I cannot write amid any chaos – auditory or otherwise. For that reason, I can only write at home.
What is your writing schedule like?
When I retired and started writing full-time, I expected to be inspired each day. Everything was in place —business cards, new computer, dreams of a runaway best-seller—but my underdeveloped writing muscles refused to budge. After some experimentation, I came up with a daily regimen. Nothing too dramatic, but it works for me. I like to sleep in each day and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. But after my second cup of coffee, I start writing. Once I reach that quota of 1000 words a day, I’m free to meet with friends for lunch or coffee and plan other outings.
Who is your favorite character in the book you are showing us today, and why?
I identify strongly with Gilda Greco, the protagonist of the novel. So much so, that I used the first-person POV. Our similarities…Italian Canadian, born and raised in Sudbury, relocated to Southern Ontario, mathematics teachers, career development practitioners, yoga enthusiasts, non-foodies.
One major difference—Gilda won a $19 million lottery. I’m still hoping.
When a reader reaches THE END in the book you are showing us today, what do you hope sticks with the in the days (or months) that follow?
Reinvention is a recurring theme in my novels, articles, and blog posts. I hope to inspire boomer women and their older sisters to experiment with their lives. And to encourage other authors to introduce older protagonists into their novels.
Who is Joanne Guidoccio?
In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.
In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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