welcome jo richardson
Today I'm so excited to share a new feature I'm working on with the blog. Every Monday, I will have an amazing new Indie Author sharing their thoughts on their craft, their work, and their lives. There's a lot that goes into putting a book out into the world, and we all have our own experiences. As a new Indie Author, I was lucky to have had a lot of support from other authors, and I want to share that and give back the same way. So, without further adieu, I would love to welcome Jo Richardson, sharing her thoughts on a piece of the writer world.
To pigeon hole, or not to pigeon hole – that is the question.
There’s this “age old” question in some publishing circles, it seems. About writing what you know, and sticking to a genre, because as you gain a readership, that’s where they will want you to stay and going outside of that is not smart and blah blah blah.
I’m not knocking it, here, by any means. I thank the gods every day that Jim Butcher continues to crank out my Dresden books like he does, so consistently. But I tend to disagree in general. A good example is Butcher himself. He’s coming out with a steam punk series that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Because I love his writing style and am anxious to see what he does with that.
I enjoy writing stories – and when I say stories, I mean, whatever comes to mind. Sometimes that’s going to be comedy, sometimes, fluffy goodness, others, maybe a murder mystery, and these days it’s even paranormal. I consider myself contemporary. I could pretty much write about anything under that umbrella. As far as the rest is concerned though: I’m not a P.I. (although I do love a good episode of Snapped or Dateline . . . and might even go as far as to say I can catfish with the best of them) and I’m certainly not experienced (too much) in the way of ghosts or other parnormal-ish things that go bump in the night. I do love to write about these things. And if that’s where my imagination takes me, why shouldn’t I put it down on paper (so to speak)?
I’ve got three published works out so far. I’ve had a blast writing all of them.
One is considered a Paranormal Romance, although I actually think it crosses several genres, toeing into Suspense and Murder Mystery. The other is flat out Romantic Comedy. No ghosts, no mysteries to solve, just plain old fun. I find that I tend to write funnier things after writing something as serious as Cursed be the Wicked. It’s like my brain needs to lighten up a little before I venture there, again.
Funny (weird, not ha-ha).
The third is a short story and of all three stories, I found the short to be the most difficult to write, because keeping a romance to under 5k words? That’s tough, my friend.
My point in this crazy post is, if you’re writing about something you feel excited and passionate about, it’s not going to matter if you “know” it, or if it’s something in your current genre. Your readers are going to support you anyway. They may not read everything you put out there. Some people read certain genres, some read them all. Either way, it’s okay, you know why? Because you also gain new readers in those other genres too.
Celebrate your diversity!
Jo’s current novel it titled Cookie Cutter, a romantic comedy set in the small fictional town of Spangler, South Carolina.
Iris Alden and Carter Blackwood couldn't be more different. Change-averse Iris likes her life neat and organized, while Carter's itchy feet mean he doesn’t plan to stay in the same place for long.
When Carter moves into the house across the street from Iris, to renovate it, she fights the disruption it causes in her life. Before long, though, it's not simply the house Carter's rebuilding, but Iris's heart, too.
***COOKIE CUTTER is set at a special launch price right now for $0.99 until the end of April!***
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“What are you doing here?”
It’s Carter freaking Blackwood. Of course.
He smiles that ridiculously bright, white smile of his and lets out a soft snicker. “I’m fixing a floor for a friend, what are you doing here?”
It’s completely obvious what I’m doing here, seeing as I’m carrying two huge trays of sugar cookies in my arms.
“A friend? You just moved in. How do you have friends already?” I say it a bit harsher than I probably should but honestly, how does he have friends already? James and I were here a good six months before people started really talking to me. It was a year before I could call any of them friends. The edges of Carter’s mouth turn down and his head dips to one side as his shoulders hunch then settle.
“People like me, I guess.”
The smug look on his face is enough to make me want to slap it. Or kiss it.
Wait. Not kiss it. I didn’t mean kiss it. Why am I staring at his lips?
“People who don’t want to kill me that is. Are you okay?”
I blink, and search my brain, but I’m still not quite sure what to say to him, so I extend my arms. “I brought cookies.” As soon as I say the words, I hear them. I sound ridiculous and Carter’s bright eyes crinkle with amusement.
He closes his lids and he breathes the baked goods in. Then hums. The sound of his voice sends a vibration through me and I shiver. I am eternally grateful that he doesn’t see it happen.
His eyes open slowly. When they reach mine, I’m glued to his stare like a deer in headlights.
“Those cookies smell really fucking good, Iris.”
The bedroom eyes catch me off guard and my mouth falls open so I snap it shut. I’m a buffoon with no ability to speak.
“Can I have one?” He reaches out and I balance the platter with one hand, then slap his fingers with the other while I find words. A word that is.
“Ow.” He pulls his hand away, like a child getting reprimanded, only when we make eye contact again, he doesn’t seem child like to me.
I wouldn’t say he’s angry. He doesn’t exactly laugh, either. And his eyes gleam as he stares at me. I hate his eyes almost as much as I hate his teeth. Maybe more. Dammit, I’m staring, again.
“They’re for Ally’s class,” I tell him. “Fundraiser, I mean bake sale.” I fumble my words. He’s so frustrating.
Other works by Jo:
Cursed be the Wicked (Paranormal Romance)
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Lost in Christmas (a short story with nothing but romantic fun)
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A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.
Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.
Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up.
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Today's question comes from the talented Victoria Barbour and she'd like us to share our dream cast for our current WIP or book.
If you've come over from Dani Jace, welcome! If you're starting here, head on back and see what she's up to!
Since I already have my dream cast posted for The Jayne Series (you can find that here) I decided to share my cast of my current work, which at this time is titled Snapdragon.
I originally posted this story back in 2011 online, and have always wanted to rewrite and publish it, so that's where I am now--rewriting.
Summary: Her husband, her children and her home. These were the things Jenna Grainger lived for. Every breath she took was for the live she’d built for the last twenty years.
What does a woman do when she stands to lose it all?
She fights with all she has and comes to find that she’s much stronger than she ever gave herself credit for.
And here's my cast--The Grainger family.
The hardest part of trying to cast characters is finding all the atributes I see while writing. I already have them imagined in my head, and sometimes I find a muse (Stephen Amell, for example for Vince) but with this family, they've always been really vivid and individual.
Trying to find older characters is a challenge as well. These are normal folks. They're not super models. There's no six-pack abs or heaving breasts for these characters. There's paunchy tummies and crow's feet and cellulite. These glamourous people we find on and around the internet, sometimes it's hard to find that middle ground. I mean, can there be something in between Brad Pitt and the fat guy with his butt crack showing and his belly over belt line from the line at Walmart?
But I think these two work fine. Royal is a fine man, still handsome even if he's a little rough around the edges. Jenna is a mom through and through, and I think this gal looks like someone you sit next to at the softball games and invite over for play time. She might be the one you secretly wish would fall into a vat of donuts and explode, but hey, she works.
So there ya have it! This was fun, and I can't wait to explore what the other writers have to share this week! Can't wait to share Snapdragon with you all... one of these days soon!!
The next stop on the hop is Miss Jo Richardson, the amazing author of the newly released Cookie Cutter (which I am currently reading and LOVING of course!)
Stop over and give her some sugar!