Diverse romance is breaking through and RWA author Joy Avery is one writer that’s leading the indie pack. Her first book, Smoke In The Citi, was published in 2014. It’s a tale of broken hearts and unrequited love, which Avery designs best. She’s released seven other novels, including her Indigo Romance series. Her latest, Another Man’s Treasure, weaves a story about a woman doing something worse than sleeping with her boss: sleeping with the boss’s son. Oh my! Sounds like a story that’s right up my alley!
Get into author Joy Avery in our chat below:
Hi, thanks for agreeing to this interview. In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, and thank you for having me. My name is Joy Avery and I write contemporary romance. I published my first romance novel, Smoke In The Citi, in 2014. Since then, I’ve published a total of eight. I’m currently working on numbers nine and ten.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was about eight. My first masterpiece was a children’s book illustrated in crayon and stick figures. I submitted it to a publisher and received a very pleasant rejection letter, but didn’t discourage me.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I decided to become a writer because I’ve always loved crafting worlds and characters in my head. I love expressing myself through pen and paper. I enjoy the freedom that writing gives me to tell a story as I see it.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is Another Man’s Treasure. It follows Trinity Hargrove and Xander Duval along their rutted path toward happily ever after. As the saying goes: One man’s trash is Another Man’s Treasure. Xander works tirelessly to prove this to Trinity.
Who is your ideal reader?
My ideal reader is anyone who loves real characters, real journeys, and real good love.
~I enjoy the freedom that writing gives me to tell a story as I see it.~
How do you create your characters and build your worlds? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I build my characters by piecing together details I think would make for an interesting hero or heroine. I give them quirks, flaws, strengths, and weakness that most people can relate to. The majority of my stories are set in North Carolina, so I take places I’m familiar with and tweak it here and there to make it suit the world I’ve envisioned for these characters.
I like to call myself a plotting pantser. I like to just start writing and see where it takes me. However, I do see the beauty in plotting and having a firm direction for the story to flow, so now I loosely plot.
Who do you consider your literary influences?
My two main literary influences are definitely authors Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson. Both are huge names in African American romance and they craft wonderful stories. I also love Brenda Novak, James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich; they are great storytellers.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
One of the hardest things about writing, for me, is finding the time to write. Life happens, but I try to make sure I’m writing something every day – even if it’s only a paragraph.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Make your characters memorable. If your reader remembers your hero and/or heroine, they are likely to remember you and tell others about your books.
- Even though it may be fiction, make your stories believable.
- Set goals, whether it’s a word-count goal, a completion date goal, or a page goal. Set them and meet them.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on my debut novel with Harlequin, which will release in 2017. I’m also working on the first book in a new novella series entitled The Lassiter Sisters.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Blue Labyrinth by Preston and Child.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Stay true to yourself and write the book you want to write.
- Believe in yourself.
- You will have critics but don’t allow them to sway you from your dream.
- Read across all genres and write, write, write. Practice gets your closer and closer to perfect.
- Find a network. Writers can’t—and don’t—do this alone.
- NEVER. GIVE. UP
Thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Website & Blog: www.joyavery.com