Wednesday, April 11, 2007
A Joyce Two-fer!
Recently, I met another Joyce on a wonderful writers' forum I belong to that's officially named "Jay's Writers World" but we like to call "The Playhouse." Joyce A. Anthony is the author of a very special book entitled STORM, and she graciously agreed to stop by here on her first whirlwind blog tour. I've read STORM myself, and it's truly one of the most uplifting and inspiring books ever written. Here's a blurb about this incredible book.
What do a prostitute, an abused child, a disillusioned minister, a Vietnam vet, and a homosexual have in common? These and many others find their lives changed when they meet Storm and his companion, an amethyst-eyed dog named Maggie. As you follow Storm on his journey to discover his true identity, you will meet many of society’s forgotten people. You will laugh, cry, and get angry—whatever the emotion, you will feel it deeply. When Storm realizes who he is and why he is here, the world is completely changed, and not one soul remains untouched. Upon closing the covers of this book, you will see the world around you in a far different light and find yourself wondering—is it really fiction?
Now let's hear from the author herself!
Joyce S. -- Which did you come up with first--the idea for STORM's plot, or the character of Storm himself?
Joyce A. -- Storm was my first concept. I started this book with him and the general ending in mind--nothing else. He and I literally travelled together through the writing of this.
Joyce S. -- Do you work from an outline, or are you a "pantser"?
Joyce A. -- I don't outline. I have tried, but I never follow it, so it is a waste of time for me. I find my characters have their own minds, so I give them free rein to do as they wish. It makes for some interesting twists and turns!
Joyce S. -- Your writing is very lyrical. Do you also write poetry?
Joyce A. -- I don't write poetry exactly, more of what I call "moments"--brief descriptions of a moment in time. These have been called poetry, however, so I guess it is a matter of how you define the genre.
Joyce S. -- What books or writers influenced you the most in your own writing?
Joyce A. -- Rod Serling and Richard Bach are the two authors I feel influenced me the most. They both challenge their readers to think and grow. I have never closed a piece of work by either of these authors and failed to continue thinking on it--questioning. I hope I have been able to create that same feeling with STORM.
Joyce S. -- What are you working on next?
Joyce A. -- My next book is a non-fiction work entitled SPIRIT OF THE STALLION. It is the account of the trials and eventual triumph of a bipolar child.
Joyce S. -- Thank you so much for stopping by, Joyce. We Joyces definitely must stick together!
NOTE: STORM is available at http://starpublish.com/ and currently discounted at Amazon.com http://www.amazon. com/Storm- Joyce-Anthony/ dp/1932993746/ ref=sr_11_ 1/104-6431922- 6428714?ie= UTF8&qid=1173578116&sr=11-1 A portion of the royalties for STORM go to StopItNow, an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.
~Stay true to yourself, and your dreams will come true!