Interview and Giveaway Joanne Sowles Author of Laney the Brookhaven Vampire

Kristen: What made you want to write Laney's story?

Joann:Well, my minor vampire addiction had turned into an obsession. I needed to turn it into something productive and that’s when Laney popped into my head.

Kristen: How many books are you planning to write for the series? 

Joann:I don’t have a set numbers of books that it will take to tell Laney’s story. As of now, I foresee at least four. I also plan to write several other stories with in The Brookehaven Vampires series. As of now those include: Julz’s story, which will go back to when she met and fell in love with Oliver’s brother Oscar and continuing through to the present. I also plan to write Hayden’s story and Oliver’s side of all those stories. I also have a character that has yet to be introduced that will have her own series as well. I’m also playing around with the idea of publishing Kiera’s journal.

Kristen: How long did it take you to write your first draft of Laney?

Joann:The first draft took about nine months. It took about four more months to finish it after that.

Kristen:Are you a plotter or a pantser?

 Joann: I think I’m a little of both, but mostly a plotter. Laney’s story is already plotted out in my head, but as I start to write a scene it sometimes takes on a life of its own at times.

Kristen: What is your least favorite part of the writing process? 

Joann: That my brain goes faster than my fingers can type. That and that there never seems to be enough time in the day to write and get all the rest of daily life taken care of.

Kristen: Have you always wanted to be a published writer?

 Joann Not at all. Writing just kind of came to me. I have found that it is a great way for me to express myself and deal with feelings I don’t have a place for or don’t know what to do with.
Kristen: Who or what was your inspiration for this story?
 Joann:I can’t think of one specific who or what that inspired me. I think this would go back to question one – my need to curb my vampire addiction and make it productive.

Kristen: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 Joann: Don’t give up and don’t worry about what will happen when you’re done. Write for you and write what you want to read. Worry about the how’s and whys once you’ve finished, otherwise you’ll never get it done. Just know you can do and you will. :)

Fun Facts 
1 Fav movie? 
Serenity and Romeo and Juliet (to name only a couple).
2  Fav book as a kid?
 Flutterby – a Serendipity book. Pretty sure I never actually read it but I loved the pictures (I still have it too).
3Fav book right now? 
Charlaine Harris’s Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse). It’s my favorite out of all the Sookie books. I loved that gentle side of Eric and the relationship that begins between he and Sookie.
4 Last book you read?
 Lover Enshrined by JR Ward.
5 coffee or tea?
 Tea – caffeine free of course. I get all freakish with caffeine in my system ;)
6 authors who inspire you 
Christopher Paolini, JK Rowling, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, JR Ward, Ellen Schreiber and Stephenie Meyer.

Thank you for the great interview Kristen. It was a lot of fun :)

Joann I. Martin Sowles
Author of Laney – The Brookehaven Vampires

Giveaway: Joanne has graciously offered up one personalized copy of Laney to one Lucky reader! This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and will end February 1st. For your chance to enter please fill out the form below. Good luck.

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  1. Thanks for this giveaway and for making it international !! I so want to read this book, it seems awesome !! Also a huge thank you for the interview ;)

  2. Loved this interview! Thanks for sharing! New Friday Follower here!


  3. I've been wanting to read this book for soo long, fingers crossed I win!
    Thanks for making it international =)

  4. YAY! I'd love to have a copy of Laney! Thanks for the chance! :)

  5. Thanks for making this giveaway international!


    great interview!