Welcome, Welcome everyone! This week we are sitting down with Janice Spina, author of Chasing Mariah, Davey and Derek: Junior Detectives, and so much more!
Let’s get in to it:
What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?
My own name – for children’s books – Janice Spina.
For novels that are for 18+ I use J.E. Spina which are my initials.
Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.
I have always wanted to be an author but didn’t realize my dream until after I retired. Official date of publication was July, 2013. Once I made up my mind to complete my first book and publish it I felt a great accomplishment. I couldn’t believe it and had to keep looking up on Amazon to see my book in print. It was very exciting! I did publish a sports’ poem in a local newspaper in 2008. That was my first publication. Each book since has been thrilling to complete and publish.
What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
I write for children, middle-grade detective/fantasy/magic, mystery/thriller, serial killer. As you can see I have an eclectic mix of genres. Writing in different genres keeps me fresh. My goal is to encourage children of all ages to read. By writing for different ages I may do just that.
What genres are your favorites to read? Why?
My favorite reads are mysteries, thrillers, detectives and historical novels. Mysteries fascinate me, detective stories make me think as I try to work out “who dun it!” Historical because it involves some real life which is a nice change from all the fantasy. I do also enjoy fantasy, children’s and middle-grade. It’s nice to read other authors’ work to compare notes and I always learn something along the way. I read as many indie authors’ books as I can to help support fellow authors. On Goodreads I have a goal to read 115 books this year and have already read 89. I will more than make my goal and enjoy every minute of reading these books.
Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.
My first book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, is my favorite character. He is sweet and adorable and learns from his mistakes.
I love all the characters in The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. He is the master of creating fascinating and memorable protagonists.
There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?
Just the thought of one of my books being considered would be very exciting! On the other hand there are a lot of things to consider especially if they do cut out portions of my book and make critical changes. To see them do that to my book would be heartbreaking and I would feel like they were tearing out a part of me. I would hope to have some say in what they do to my story.
How do you handle writer’s block?
Maybe I shouldn’t say this but I have been fortunate not to experience it yet. I write off the cuff and let my characters take me where they want to go. I always come up with a title first and go from there. When I sit at my laptop ideas fly around in my head and I just start typing. It’s almost as if they can’t wait to get onto a sheet of paper.
What inspires you?
My grandchildren have inspired me to write children’s stories and my middle-grade detective series. I thank God for the ability to be inspired and to do what I love to do every day for the rest of my life. Sometimes I find inspiration talking to children and parents during a book signing or while on vacation.
How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?
That is funny! Yes, people do look at me funny sometimes when I say that I am an author. There are some who are impressed and others who snub their noses at the idea of a writer. I find it comical and don’t let it bother me because I am doing what I love to do every day. One thing that many people say to me is, “I always wanted to be an author.” You could say I am living out their dreams.
I always get that too…I think that everyone has a story in them and only the most creatively brave are able to let it out in a way that will appeal to others.
Finally, tell us where to go to find you
I am on many social links as listed below.
Cold Coffee Press: http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/janice-spina/
Moms Choice Awards http://store.momschoiceawards.com/index.php?entry_id=3571(Lamby the Lonely Lamb won Silver Medal here)
Thank you, Elizabeth, for this wonderful opportunity to share my books with you and your readers. I enjoyed this interview and spending time with you.
Thank you Janice for allowing us this small insight into you and your work! It’s been fun!
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