First of my Book Buzz guests at The Coffee House is Jo Sexton who hails from Australia and has an enviable list of published works to her name.
Take it away Jo...
How did you get into writing?
I have been an avid reader all my life and always wanted to write my own stories as I had a vivid imagination. When I went through a particularly hard time in my life, I decided I needed an escape so ‘Rich Girl’ came to be. I wrote the first draft in 2008.
What was the first thing you had published and how did you go about it?
‘Rich Girl’ which has been re-published by Thorstruck Press was originally ‘Spoilt’ and published by Taylor Street Books. When they were still Night Publishing I posted a chapter on their blog which was then chosen as the ‘First Chapter of the Month’ which was voted on. ‘Spoilt’ won the vote and was printed by Night Publishing. I and ‘Spoilt’ have had a name change and I’m thrilled to be with my new publisher Thorstruck Press. I had six books in total published by Taylor Street and currently have two published with Thorstruck Press with the rest in production.
Chelsea Summerville has a stalker who is kidnapping and murdering women resembling her, just to carve them up with a message. Judged unfairly by the sociopath Chelsea fears for her life.
The murders sting Detective Lucas Hudson's raw nerves. In order to save Chelsea they become partners, intimate partners. Lucas recalls the past, determined to prevent the mayhem unfolding, and this time to stop a killer before he loses the woman he loves.
Chelsea is hunted, passion blurs lines, and drama ensues. Romantic suspense follows the knotted curve of love whilst she is pursued by madness. There's a fine line between love, obsession, and hate.
Unfortunately I’m not a full time writer. My ‘day’ job is my bookkeeping business. I have also recently become a qualified florist and hope to branch out into this soon.
Best thing & worst thing about writing?
Worst is finding the time and editing. The best part is thinking of a title and writing the first chapter. I also like when I get ‘in the zone’ and the words flow easily. Some days I astound myself with what I right during these times!
Do you write in a specific genre? Which is your favourite and why?
I write romance with sub genres. Suspense, paranormal (fantasy), historical and girl/girl. I really enjoyed writing ‘An American Girl’ which is my recent girl/girl romance release. This is my favourite and I believe my best writing to date. J
Is there a particular genre or type of scene that you would avoid and if so why?
I’m not sure I could write children’s fiction so that would be one I would avoid. I think romance is far too predominate in my writing for children. I don’t have any type of scene I would avoid though.
As a child which was your favourite book? Do you have a favourite book and author now? What are you reading now?
As a child I loved Enid Blyton and Judy Blume. I went through a Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams phase when I was a teenager. I read a lot, still do and always have. My favourite author now is Paullina Simons but I will pretty much read anything. J
Tell us a little about the books you currently have published?
‘Rich Girl’ is a serial killer/crime suspense romance which is book 1 in the Saucy Girl series. An American Girl is my girl/girl romance as I mentioned before. A further 3 in the Saucy Girl series are due to come out soon along with my fantasy romance The Chosen One.
And tell us about the one you’ve brought with you.
An American Girl is also about music. A girl from Adelaide Australia meets a fellow musician online who lives in New York. This novel follows the journey of Justine when she goes to New York to be with Molly. There’s a few twists and a love triangle. I believe this is my most raw and emotional novel. This is me bleeding on paper.
Rock chicks are more complicated than they look, especially when one is becoming her destiny, the other following a classical career, and the third wheel the steaming hot lead singer of the new big thing. Scarred hearts bleed pain when the pulse of love blurs to jealousy and rage. Between family, ex-lovers, and their own clashing issues, this complicated love triangle becomes a tangled mess, leaving the shy and the reckless reeling. The future is bleak, they're isolated and misunderstood, and pride ruins passion.
Drunken mistakes haunt Molly and Justine; their spiral into misery riveting. Strumming emotions more than guitar strings, the dynamic Justine, Tessa, and Molly, will keep you on tenterhooks of suspense in this lady on lady romance.
Can you give us a hint at what you have planned next?
The next book/s due to come out are ‘Fire Girl’ and ‘The Chosen One’. Fire Girl is the next is the Saucy Girl series and features a very hot fire fighter.
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Thanks for dropping by, Jo. Best of luck with all of your books!