Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10Q Tuesday with Joanne Kenrick!

Author JoAnne Kenrick

  1. How did you start your writing career?

Believe it or not, my professional writing career launched not with fiction, but with non-fiction. Feature articles for glossy magazines to be exact; psychic art, power animals, crystals and color healing is my area of expertise.

And my first book, When A Mullo Loves A Woman, is my launch into the world of romance. It releases December 3rd on ebook.

  1. Tell us about your favorite character from your books.

Pearl Kizzy is by far my favorite character from my work, to date. Perhaps it’s because the Mullo books are told from her perspective, and I got inside her head…probably a little too much. Her Liverpudlian sass rocks!

  1. Do you believe in ghosts?

Oh heck, yes. I’ve met more ghosts than I have fingers, so it’s pretty hard to doubt. But I understand people who don’t believe, I’m a see to believe girl myself, too.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

I have so many favorite authors. I love paranormal series, especially vamp ones. I’m a vamp addict. Seriously, nothing more romantic than the idea of eternal love…Dracula is my all time favorite story, if you hadn’t figured that out yet. hehe

  1. When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I write in the day, when all the kids have gone to play and the husband is out earning his pay. I don’t write well when there is chaos going on in the house. I really don’t understand how authors can go to coffee shops to write; whenever I’m in a coffee shop, there is either women gossiping (loudly) or kids are running riot while their mum’s are too busy gossiping. I couldn’t write in that atmosphere, hats off to authors who can.

  1. What is your favorite color?

Red. It makes me feel empowered. As a qualified Color Therapist, I can’t help but judge people by the colors they wear; I can tell when someone isn’t feeling their best, and tread carefully. Or I can tell when you’re having a happy day! For myself, I wear red when I want to feel good, and I wear purple when I’m feeling low. Generally speaking, I enjoy all colors but yellow. There’s a darn good reason for that too; my self esteem is way too low and yellow makes me confront that.

  1. Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

I do. It’s just a mix up of my actual name. I figure it will save confusion should I ever make it big and need to sign a lot of books…or answer to screaming fans J

  1. Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

Yes. I trailed spiritual forums for a long time, looking for an outlet for all the knowledge I’d gain through the various holistic diplomas’s I had and experience in psychic development. I spent four years teaching online classes such as crystals and psychic art. All for free. And then I met a wonderful author. She was promoting her book on the forum I was currently teaching on. Her name? Jenny Smedley. Not only did she encourage me to write articles professionally, and become my first beta reader, but she also answered every question I ever had about past lives. Jenny rocked, to put it simply. If it weren’t for Jenny, I’d have never submitted an article to a magazine, nor would the Mullo story be based around a past life love, and second chances. This lady not only inspired me as a writer, she inspired my plot bunnies. If you are interested in past lives, I recommend her book, Past Life Angels, it’s a fascinating read.

  1. Tell us about your current Release.

When A Mullo Loves A Woman releases 3rd December with Decadent Publishing. Mullo means the undead/vampire, but mullo myth does not have the same romanticism attached to the vampires, so I had to find a way to integrate an alluring factor into something Gypsies see as grotesque and fearsome. I’m told by my beta readers that my passion for the paranormal and personal perspective as a Brit living in the States shines in this story. So…hold onto your Fish ‘n’ Chips, you’re in for a romance packed with a good paranormal mystery.

  1. When A Mullo Loves A Woman

Blurb: She thought the mullo was just a myth…she was dead wrong.

Adam Flint's Gypsy visions always guide him to those who need his paranormal gifts. He gets more than he bargained for in Pearl Kizzy, a beautiful spitfire from Liverpool. Adam knows that to save Pearl, he must help her accept her own Gypsy heritage.

Although Adam and Pearl fight their burning attraction for one another, a night of passion sparks memories of their treacherous former lives. Unable to face the loss of Pearl in this century, Adam scrambles for distance from the love of his life. A rejected Pearl falls into the arms of a Mullo--a gypsy vampire--who lays claim to her heart--and her life.

To survive, Adam and Pearl must accept their tragic past, and find a way to kill the undead.

Joanne Kenrick





Maureen said...

A color therapist? That sounds fascinating! I worked a metaphysical bookstore for two years so most of the topics you're speaking of are familiar to me. I think it's wonderful that you found a way to intergrate everything you've learned into your book.

Now, I don't wear yellow either, but it's because it goes badly with my complection. Though, of course, that would touch on my self-esteem...

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Hi, Maureen. Thanks for stopping by and having a read :)*smooches*

Oh, what a fun job that must have been. I expect you met some interesting people :)

There is a really good book, if you want to learn the basics on Color Therapy -- and it comes with the color cards (how to read them too) and cute little bottles of Aura-Soma, which is color therapy with aromatherapy. Aura-Soma was created by a blind lady, of all things, called Vicki Wall.
The book/kit is called 'The Color Box', and it's by Lori Reid. I think Amazon stock it, if your interested :) I love it, color therapy made simple!

Vivi Dumas said...

Hi Joanne! Color therapist is very interesting. Purple is my favorite color and I love wearing it. Does that mean something is wrong with me? Hahaha. Congrats on the upcoming release!

Anonymous said...

I like you even more now that I know we share a dislike for yellow. Pearl rules, and so do you!

JoAnne Kenrick said...

@Vivi xx Hiya! Purple is a fab color, I love it :) Usually, people who enjoy wearing purple are aware of their connection to the universe -- e.g. have strong beliefs, in touch with the spiritual side of life, or know what their direction is, what they want out of life etc...! ((hugs)) thanks for coming by and commenting xxx

@Ciar, LOL yellow is putrid, I really don't like to look at it, or how it makes me feel. But when I was younger, and skinnier, used to wear it a lot -- it suits me when I'm tanned. Especially the more mustard-type tones. And awwww, thank you xx Right back at you xx *smooches*

Nicole H. said...

Well Blue is my favorite color, and makes my eyes more blue too, lol. So what does that say about me? *covers eyes*

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Hi, Nicole xx ((hugs))Ha, well I'm not surprised you love wearing blue. Blue is the color of professional healers like doctors, psychologists etc.. Usually people who wear blue a lot are really selfless when it comes to listening to a friend in need of a shoulder. You'll do anything to help a friend, anything within your power -- but when the shoe is on the other foot, you tend to not want to bother your friends with your troubles. You have to be 'asked' what's wrong before you spill the beans, or have your arm twisted LOL

And you are a really great friend, always there for me :) Which is why I wasn't surprised you wear blue a lot :) Hmmm my author interview turned into a color therapy session hehe Ahhh well. It is interesting, so I don't mind.

Valerie Mann said...

I think this is fascinating. If you go to RT, you should have a mini-class - you'll be very popular, LOL

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Mullo--I've never heard of this legend. It's fascinating when you can shed light on something in your culture.
Your journey is much like my own. I began my writing non-fiction articles for knitting magazines. When you have time, please visit me: http://sweatercurused.blogspot.com Thank you,

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Oops, I misspelled my blog address. Here is the correct link: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com

Maureen said...

Teaching a class is a good idea. You could do one with analyzing what colors represent your H/H best. Or the conflict is what color...

Yeah, my years at the metaphysical bookstore was...surreal! I really did enjoy myself and learned a great deal.

JoAnne Kenrick said...

@ Leanne :)I love your knitting blog, and figured you must have come from a non-fiction writing background. It shows in your blog posts, which makes me wish I could knit!

@Maureen and Valerie
I'd love to go to RT this year, I love LA! But not sure I can make it, that money tree isn't looking so healthy these days. But teaching a mini class would be fun! And the idea of integrating into character work! Genius :)

Maureen said...

Hmmmm! Think about an online class... ;-)

Deena said...

You've met ghosts?! How wonderful and exciting! I finally think I'm brave enough to open myself up to that possibility...

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Ah, my days of on-line classes are definitely over, for now anyway! But I am going into podcasting again, so who knows, maybe I'll cover this in a future podcast :)

Deena, if you think you're ready, you might want to try find a 'ghost hunt' in your area, take a friend who doesn't mind their hand being squeezed to death, and a big torch! Ghost Hunts are a nice little introduction into 'possibilities' if you find a good one. Ask for some recomendations, because some are bogus :) and all you're likely to run into is someone telling you the dust orbs you just photographed are spirits. Yup, always go one recomendation.
Maybe you'll find something here:

Or check out

Another thing you could do for a wee introduction, is go on a ghost tour. It's tough, I have loads of recomendations for you in the UK, but that's no good to you. LOL

Good luck, hope you find something if you decide to take the plunge. Hey, be good research material for a book!