Joanna Waugh

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: July 09, 2008

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Hello Jo,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

Hi Tammie! Thanks for inviting me to chat. I'm a fan of Night Owl Romance. You're doing a great job here! And it was a pleasure to meet you at RT.

To begin, I live in Northwest Indiana, just a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Michigan and the beautiful Indiana Dunes. I'm widowed with a twenty six year old son who lives in Phoenix. I served for four years as president of Northwest Indiana Chapter 89 RWA. In 2004, I placed second in the Beau Monde's Royal Ascot writing contest with my non-traditional Regency, BLIND FORTUNE. The book also landed me the best literary agent in the world--Roberta Brown.

What's your favorite genre to read?

Regency historicals. I absolutely adore them! But I also like paranormals, particularly Angela Knight's vampires. In addition, I'm a fan of nautical fiction. The walls of my office are lined with all kinds of books about the age of sail. That interest has spilled over into Naomi Novik's fantasy series about Temeraire the dragon. I love the idea of a fighting dragon corps during the Napoleonic War.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

My debut Regency historical, BLIND FORTUNE, is scheduled for release from Cerridwen Press on July 24th. I've posted an excerpt from the book on my website but here's the blurb:

They say love is blind, but Lady Fortuna Morley doesn't believe it. Sightless since birth, she can think of only one reason a gentleman would wed her-for the dowry and three thousand a year her father will provide. She's in London the spring of 1814 to help launch her younger cousin into society, but prefers living quietly in country with her music. The last thing Fortuna wishes is to cross swords with the arrogant Marquess of Granville. Charles Lowden, Lord Granville, has decided to take a wife. The bride he's chosen is thirteen years his junior, but meets all criteria. What he won't abide is interference from the girl's impertinent cousin, the outspoken and opinionated Lady Fortuna Morley. The woman is determined to thwart the match. Charles is just as determined to charm Fortuna out of her disdain for him.

What neither expects in the ensuing battle of wills is to fall in love.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

I'm currently working on a Regency paranormal set in 1816 in Cumberland, on the border between England and Scotland. My hero inadvertently releases the spirit of a 5th Century pagan king trapped in a well there. It follows him home where all kinds of strange and unusual things start happening to the heroine.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

LOL I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to historical research, as anyone familiar with my website and myspace page will attest. I love learning about history almost as much as I love writing! I'm particularly interested in British and American history from the early 1700's to the end of the Regency period. But I love learning about the Victorian and Edwardian eras as well. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Ah. The old pantster verses plotter question. I'm definitely a plotter. I have to know the whole story before I begin. The action in the middle might be a bit fuzzy, but the beginning and the end are full-blown before I start writing. And I write linearly; no jumping around for me! Before I can move on, the chapter I'm working on has to be clean and ready for submission. I do not rough draft then go back over the book. Can you say OCD? Oddly, I'm only like that with my writing. Or so I tell myself. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?

Yes, I belong to a crit group of about a dozen ladies. Their imput has been invaluable. Everyone brings a different talent and perspective to the table, even those not actively writing. But it's my crit partner-Cheryl Dragon-I depend on most. Cheryl loves to read Regencies but doesn't write them. She writes erotica and paranormal so we aren't in direction competition. I think that's important with a crit partner. Their talents have to compliment yours.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

In terms of fiction my first book, BLIND FORTUNE, is due out from Cerridwen Press on July 24th. But I was non-fiction published before that. During the 1990s I wrote political op-eds for local newspapers, white papers for a D.C. think tank, and feature articles for several specialty magazines.

What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

Website: Myspace: Email:

How can readers find out more about you and your books?

Check my website. I have all kinds of information about the Regency period and my books. Click on "Reviews & Promo." I keep a calendar of upcoming interviews, chats, spotlights and contests. And they can also go to the Cerridwen Press website at

Thank you for this opportunity!