What process did you go through to get your book published?
I entered a contest from a publisher, sending the first five hundred words. Before the contest was over, they requested the entire manuscript, and a few weeks later offered me a contract on that story and any others in the series.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Probably the hardest was killing off a character I'd grown fond of. Second hardest was maintaining the tension.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I enjoyed writing the meeting between Nissa and Madoc's family at the Citadel. It was fun to write her reactions to them as well as theirs to her.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I have a different voice for the hero of each of my stories. Since I mainly write in first person, I felt it important to give them a specific personality reflected in their voices.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I usually start out with an outline of the first five or six chapters, but after the first few times the characters take me in a different direction than I planned, I scrap the rest of the outline and just write whatever they tell me to.
One/two themes I return to again and again in my stories, and why:
As a teenager, I was told that girls don't go into science. That was many years ago and as a society we've come a long way, but I still like to write about girls and women who fight to learn whatever they want.
Share a character's "favorite recipe" or a "secret family recipe":
Bonus: There are a number of things my characters eat in The Crimson Orb. The launch of my book took place at a cupcake bakery that agreed to make the fortune cupcakes they ate to obtain secret messages. But the characters favorite treats were Meecham cookies. Nissa and Carys worked out the recipe, and I've made them for parties and for the hospitality suite at Bubonicon. Here's the recipe:
About The Crimson Orb:
While others seek the Crimson Orb, teenage Nissa searches for her mysteriously missing magic teacher, Madoc, and discovers how little she knows about her world and herself. Nissa has always been determined to learn all the boys are taught at Holm Manor where she grew up, and her journey allows her to learn those skills. Along the way, she kills a sea monster and then cooks it in a ship's galley, she befriends a prince and princess, she faces an ice bear on the Frozen Tundra of Sorn, and she eats fortune cupcakes and Meecham cookies. But with help from Madoc's brother and sister, can she rescue him? And can they prevent his abductors from finding the Orb and using it to destroy the world?
The book is now available at:
Amazon print (createspace)
Barnes and Noble for Nook
Find Joyce around the web:
My website: www.joycehertzoffauthor.com
My book website: www.fantasybyjoycehertzoff.com
My blog: www.hertzoffjo.blogspot.com
Angela Shelley, herself.
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