I have great pleasure in presenting my guest post with Janice Spina, author of Jemsbooks.
1. Please tell us something about yourself.
I am a former administrative secretary from a school system in Massachusetts – retired in 2010. Writing has always been my first love since the age of nine. I started with poetry then short stories. Since 2013 I have published eight children’s book and one novel for 18+. I am a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors.
2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I loved writing poetry since age nine but didn’t realize my dream to be an author until I retired in 2010. At that time I started blogging and getting involved with online social media and getting myself out there before I published my books in 2013.
3. What conditions do you need in order to write?
I can write with or without music or TV going. My husband, my illustrator, works out of the same room as I write and he always has the TV or radio on. I have gotten used to the background noise and manage to shut it out. If I had my choice I would have quiet. Lol!
4. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
I have seven children’s books. Each book is written in rhyme and has life lessons.
Louey the Lazy Elephant is about a lazy elephant that oversleeps and wakes up to find he is all alone. His herd has moved on without him. (Life lesson: it doesn’t pay to be lazy)
Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon is about a raccoon that ventures out on his own one night and gets into all kinds of trouble. (Life Lesson: always listen to your mother)
Jerry the Crabby Crayfish is about a crayfish (real life pet) that is not happy being a crayfish. He wants to be a fish. (Life lesson: be happy with whom you are.)
Lamby the Lonely Lamb is about a lamb that is a different color (purple) and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. (Life lesson: acceptance of differences)
Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear is about a polar bear who just wants to have a friend. (Life lesson: friendship is important.)
(What Janice doesn’t tell you that her book ‘Lamby the Lonely Lamb’ won a Silver Medal from the Mom’s Choice Awards!)
Broose the Moose on the Loose is about a moose that is on his own and has no friends because of his scar. (Life lessons: be kind to others)
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives (Book 1 – The Case of the Missing Cell Phone) is about twin boys who love to play detective. They use their skills to solve cases and help others. There will be more books coming over this year and next. (Life lesson: standing up to a bully and kindness to others)
Hunting Mariah is a mystery/thriller/crime novel for 18+ which deals with a serial killer that is insane, uncontrollable and loose on school campuses. He is after his next victim, Mariah. (Life lesson – never walk alone on campus)
5. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
I always come up with a title first then I proceed to write off the cuff. In other words, I let my fingers do the talking. My characters take over the story once they are introduced. It is a little creepy at times especially with my thriller novel.
With Lamby the Lonely Lamb, which was dedicated to my granddaughter, under her request I wrote about her stuffed lamb that had to be purple. She was only three at the time but very bossy. Lol!
Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear was dedicated to a little boy I met while on vacation in Aruba. I promised him I would write a book about a polar bear which was written off the cuff.
6. What projects are you currently working on?
I am presently working on book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detective Series that I hope to complete by June. Also, I have two novels, one a YA fantasy and a paranormal mystery to edit. These two books will be published by the end of this year and beginning of next, hopefully!
7. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I want to thank you, Kathy, for having me on your lovely blog. It has been my pleasure to answer your great questions and share my books with you and your readers.
Also, I would like to thank all my readers, supporters for their unending encouragement by reading and spreading the word about my books. I am eternally grateful!