Sunday, August 31, 2008

Joy Nash 50 Days 50 Books Giveaway!

Before the fun begins I guess we should go over the rules. Ya, I know. Joy Nash will be giving away a signed copy of Immortals: The Crossing to one lucky winner. Plus it is not just for the US people, she has told me that she will ship anywhere. To enter the contest, all you have to do is comment here on this post.

Since I was going to let one of my kids pick the winner I had to have a second prize. If not, it would have gotten ugly here very quickly. So, as a second prize I will be offering a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com. To enter this contest, just head on over to BitenByBooks.com, pick a book and leave a comment. Link it to here in a comment. Easy baby!

Not only do you have one chance to win but two!
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Now for the fun! I was able to ask Ms Nash some questions about her writing and enjoyed her answers. I hope you do as well.

Good morning Ms Nash, how are you doing this morning?
Normally I'm doing great in the morning, since I'm a morning person. I try to do most of my writing in the morning, except near a deadline, when it's pretty much around the clock. Right now, for me, it's afternoon--that's when I get to email. And I'm doing fine!

How are you keeping up with your 50 Days 50 Books Giveaway? Are you having fun yet?
As I type this, the giveaway starts in four days, and I'm just starting to get around to people's blogs. Should be fun!

Did you always know that you wanted to be an author or did you have another dream?
When I was young, I loved to read more than anything and thought about being a writer. I was never encouraged in that direction though, and ended up in a much different field, though still a creative one. Over the years I wrote some (bad) poetry and began a couple books that never amounted to much. It was only after I was home with three young children and needed a new creative outlet that I decided to try to seriously write a book for publication.

How long did you write until you were finally published?
Besides the doodling over the years, I started writing romance seriously in 2000, joined RWA in 2001, and was very lucky to sell my first book in 2004.

When you sit down to write, is there a ritual you have to do before you start?
Sort of - on a great writing morning, after my kids get on the school bus, I make a second (or third) cup of tea and sit down at my laptop to write. If I'm smart, I don't look at email or a news website first. I write for three hours until my dog comes over to beg for a walk. I walk and work out some story problems in my head at the same time. Then I come back and write all my ideas down.

Now to your wonderful books *BG*. What is your favorite couple that you have written?
Oh, that question is always so hard to answer. It's usually the couple I'm working on at the time, because I'm really caught up in their drama.

What character is more like your personality?
They are all my personality, actually. Which I guess means I have a very mild case of multiple personality disorder, lol! I think it was Harrison Ford who said something like he was an actor because he wanted more than one life. That's how I feel about writing. You get to pretend to be everyone.And you get as much time as you need to think up a snappy comeback!

Do you have anything new in the works? Inquiring minds want to know.
At the moment, I'm polishing up a contemporary romance/women'sfiction, something a bit different from my paranormals, which I'll bereleasing under a new pen name, Joy Rizza, in June 09. It's called A Little Light Magic, and is the story of what happens when a girl with no family meets at guy with too much. Watch the anticipation page on my joynashwebsite for details. After that, I'm continuing my Druids of Avalon historical paranormal series, with Silver Silence in Oct 09.

Did you pick this genre to write or did it pick you?
I really love everything paranormal. When I first started writing, I thought I'd write straight fantasy. But then I discovered paranormal romance and fantasy romance cross-genres and I was hooked.

When you have a moment to sit down and breathe, what kinds of books do you read?
I read everything, but my real stress busters are non-magical historicals. I love anything by Liz Carlyle, Lisa Kleypas, and Brenda Joyce. The more angst ridden and tortured the heroes are, the better. The other thing I read a lot of is young adult novels, to keep up with my kids.

Do you have any tips for those aspiring authors out there?
Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard. You really can only learn writing by doing it. Also, try to figure out what it is about your favorite authors' books that makes you love reading them. Character? Plot? Realism? Fantasy? Pacing? Then use the knowledge to make your own stories better.

Now for the most important question of the day, what color does a Smurf change when you choke it?
Ha! Probably red, I'd say :-)Joy

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's a very interesting interview. Interesting questions and responses. I was not expecting the surf question, must admit. Was nice to know one never gets tired of reading even though they are a published writer.

Rachel said...

Great interview Joy!! Thanks for being here today. Sounds like you have quite a blog tour set up over the next 50 days. That sounds like a lot of fun and work. :)

Can you tell us how many more books are going to be in the Immortals series or if there will be a new collaboration between you and other authors for another paranormal type series?

Rachel

Dannyfiredragon said...

Wonderful interview Joy. Can wait to read your book. Love the series

LMcLendon said...

I am not sure I am doing this right but here goes, At Bitten By Books I chose "Greenwood Manor" by
Shannon Leigh and posted a comment there for entry to $20 Amazon GC
But Honestly, this looks like the place to post a comment for entry
to Joy Nash contest. Soooo, hopefully, I am now entered for both since I left a comment for that somewhere on this site too!?
Thanks!

Beth Miller said...

Joy, thank you for telling us a little about yourself.

tetewa said...

I've been following your blog tour and really want a copy of the book! Would love to win.

rebekah said...

Great interview. I far as the surf thing have no idea but cute. That question threw me off when I got to it.

Rebekah E.

Katie Bug said...

You did great with the link lmclendon.

Meljprincess said...

Hi Joy! I'd love to win your book!!

BitenByBooks.com is a very cool site. I choose PURE BLOOD by Caitlin Kittredge.

Mel K.

Lyda said...

Hey hey! Here to say great job!

But I think a smurf doesn't change colors really... how blue CAN they turn anyway... purple maybe?????

Cander said...
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Crystal Adkins said...

I am sooo hoping to win!! I have heard such good things about Joy! And over at bitten by books my fav. is Night's Master! I loved that book, I was sent an ARC to review quite a few months ago and it just rocked!! Thanks for the interview and contest :)

crystal adkins
crystaladkins722@gmail.com

Joy Nash said...

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by. I cannot believe it is September already, and that the SCHOOLBUS will be pulling up tomorrow am to take the not-so-little-anymore sweeties off to school. Leaving mom with more time to write, hopefully.

I'm doing final edits on my IMMORTALS: THE RECKONING Anthology story now. It's called "Blood Debt" and is my very first vampire hero story! No word yet on whether the Immortals series will continue. I know that Jenn, Robin, and I would love to explore new characters in this world, but the decision will be the publisher's.

As for me, after the anthology in March, June 09 will bring the start of a new, lighter contemporary series with A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC, and Oct 09 will see a return to my historical paranormal Druids of Avalon series with SILVER SILENCE. I hope everyone will check them out!

As for smurfs...I always wondered about Smurfette, and how she managed all those bad blue boys all by her little lonesome... lol!

Good luck to everyone with the giveaway!

Cathy said...

I've really enjoyed reading this series and look forward to Joy's book.

At Bitten By Books I am looking forward to reading Lycan Lore by Shannon Leigh.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joy,

Getting another entry in here..hehe!!! I've still got a few days left before I go to England to visit my Mum...I will miss a few days of this great contest. My Mum doesn't have internet connection..too bad.

I've enjoyed going around to the different blogs and reading interviews and stuff about you.

Keep writing!!

Valerie
valb0302@yahoo.com

Dina said...

BitenByBooks, is another fun site I visit often. :)

The book I'd choose is: Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hi Joy (again :)) I'm doing whatever it takes to get a copy of your book, lol.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

It's me again. I'm currently reading the latest Immortal book from Ashley, in between the "big" move and staying with a friend of mine.

I also have a friend who is giving me on of Nash's druid books. When she heard that I was interested (friend Lillie and I were talking about the Immortal books inside the dark hunter chat, recommending it to others) in reading more of her books and said she had one she'd give me.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for inviting me to the interview, Katie! Great interview, Joy!


Hugs,
Susan Smith Alvis
www.myspace.com/susanalvis

Bunny B said...

Hi Joy! I love international contests! :) Your book sounds cool!

I've also commented on Bitten by Books - on the post Check Out Author Joy Nash 9/1/08

Thanks!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Bobbi said...

Hi! I would love to win your book!

Jeanette J said...

Not sure if I'm doing this right
http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=809
link to Lycan Lore
I sure would like to win either prize.

Katie Bug said...

What a great turn out today. I am leaving this open until tomorrow after I get back from my sons school.

Keep the comments coming on here as well as Bitten By Books.

Katie

BlakeyGirl said...

love the books! heres the link to the book i commented on http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=739#comment-1675 crossing my fingers that i win!

Rebekah aka littleminx@cox.net said...

I haven't read this series yet, but after reading this interview and hearing about this book I just have to add Joy to my "must read" list.

Rebekah
littleminx at cox dot net

Rebekah aka littleminx@cox.net said...

I left a comment on Dark Love @ Bitten By Books. Hope I did it right. http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=900

Thanks!
Rebekah
littleminx at cox dot net

april said...

Hi, Katie! I just found your blog. It's fun reading and great to find out about new (to me) authors and books.

windycindy said...

Hello, I have been at most of your virtual tour stops! Your books is wonderful. I enjoy reading your interview answers because I enjoy knowing something about the author behind a book! The book I choose from "Bitten by Books" is "Tears of the Hawk" by Barbara Clark. I have an interest in the paranormal. Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Melissa said...

Great interview! Can't wait to read the book.

danetteb said...

Hi Joy and Katie,
Cool interview questions,I liked you multiple personality answer:)

I commented on Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge

Hugs, Danette

Krysten said...

writer tips! I went to a conference where they suggested "bum glue" to keep you in the chair!

Sandy said...

The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Harnett is my choice and great interview

Everyone have a great week!

susan1215 said...

My book choice was Audition by Barbara Walters

Katie Bug said...

We just got back home from the award ceremony at my sons school. He even recieved an award for reading. We are very proud.

Here are the winners!

For the autographed Immortal: The Crossing by Joy Nash is ~ Tami blackroze37

For the $20.00 Amazon gift certificate is ~ Sandy

Tami please send me your snail mail so Joy can send you your book.

Sandy please email me at dupuiek@bellsouth.net so I can get your GC off to you.

Thank you all for playing. For those of you who didn't win, please see the "freebies" page on Bitten By Books.