Posted in General on January 29th, 2012 by Casey Crow
My guest today is new author, Joan Chandler. Joan’s debut novel, Perfectly Imperfect, was released January 2 from one of my own publishers Siren Publishing.
JOAN: It’s great to be here. Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself to your followers. Ask me anything.
Casey: What was the first romance novel you read?
JOAN: When I was a little girl, my favorite book was Snow White and Rose Red. (I’m referring to the German fairy tale, not to be confused with the Disney movie.) I remember reading it over and over again, and every time I got to the end and that bear turned into a prince and asked Snow White to marry him, I was smitten! Although it was a children’s fairy tale, I always say that little book was my first introduction to the romance genre. As a teenager, I was enthralled by a paranormal romantic tragedy called Bledding Sorrow. It terrified yet mesmerized me at the same time. I have recently found both of those on eBay, by the way, and purchased them so I could read them again.
Casey: How did you get started as a writer?
JOAN: My family moved a lot when I was young, and I was a painfully shy child. So I was a real homebody. At some point, my sister and I started to write short stories as a past time. Eventually, we could each fill up an entire composition notebook with one story. They were always about ordinary girls who meet someone famous and then they’d fall in love and live happily ever after. Years later, when I was pregnant with my first child, I had trouble sleeping. My friend gave me a grocery bag full of Harlequin paperbacks to read on nights when I couldn’t fall asleep. After reading about five or six of them, I decided to try my own hand at writing a novel. It was still just a hobby for many years, and then a few years ago I set out to try to get one of my manuscripts published. The result is Perfectly Imperfect.
Casey: Where do you find inspiration?
JOAN: I find inspiration everywhere – in music I listen to, or dreams I’ve had, or just things going on in the lives of people I know. And of course, reading other people’s books can always inspire me. I recently heard someone say that there are no new stories, only new ways to tell them. I think to some degree that is an accurate statement. Thankfully, romance never goes out of style!
Casey: Tell us a little about your new book, Perfectly Imperfect.
JOAN: It’s an Erotic Contemporary Romance –the first I’ve written in that genre. It is first and foremost a love story. But it is also about self-acceptance and giving ourselves permission to be less than perfect (hence the title). I believe that until you can love yourself, you have a hard time accepting love from others. So it’s about the heroine’s struggle to do just that, and the man who helps her see herself through his eyes.
Casey: Can you share a blurb with us?
JOAN: Certainly, I’d love to! Ali Baker is a corporate executive with a house in an upscale suburb of Houston. The only thing missing is the right man to share it with. But a lifelong struggle with weight has left her with low self-esteem that keeps her from taking a chance on love. A new fitness plan gives her a slimmer figure, but she hits a plateau before reaching her goal. Ali joins the local gym to rev up her metabolism, but she has no idea her love life’s about to go into overdrive, too! When she meets British trainer Daniel Wells, the heat between them sizzles. They begin a torrid affair that takes them both by surprise. Then Ali discovers he hasn’t been completely honest with her, and old insecurities threaten to unravel their relationship. Daniel must fight to regain her trust, and he’ll do anything to become the one addiction she can’t resist.
Casey: Thanks again, Joan, for being here. Now everyone go out and visit http://www.joanchandler.wordpress.com/