Today's author (and artist) guest is Mystery and Suspense writer JoAnn Myers.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
What genres do you write?
I write fantasy, paranormal, true crime, mystery and poetry.
What is your next book about?
These are stories about handsome, courageous and determined men who don't let anything or anyone get in their way of catching the bad guy.
Are any of the characters in your books like you?
Yes, and I also fuse my friends, relatives and co-workers into my characters.
What type of paint do you use, and what do you paint?
I currently use oils and acrylics. I paint a lot of lighthouses, sunsets, sunrises, beach scenes, woods. I like bright colors, and I like the way oils blend together.
What is the hardest part of painting?
Determining what size canvas to use, and picking out the frame. Sorting through all the paint colors and brushes you will be using is time consuming. Painting leaves you with a beautiful picture to hang on your wall, but it is a lot of work.
What is the newest project(s) you are working on?
My crime/mystery anthology "Flagitious" due out later this month by Melange Books. More canvas artwork to add to my growing collection. I get a lot of inspiration for paintings from calendar pictures.
What do you do when you're not writing and painting?
I have a day job at a nursing home. I take mini vacations, I watch television. I enjoy true crime shows, Judge Mathis, Turner Classic Movie Channel, Syfy station, the Western channel, I run my website Books and Paintings by JoAnne and promote, promote, promote.
Is there anything you will never paint or write about?
Erotica. It is too naughty.
Is there anything you would tell aspiring artists?
Never give up. If you truly enjoy something, you must stay with it.
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?
A jumper, so I could jump in and out of everywhere.
If zombies attacked what kind of supplies would you want?
Zombie killing ray guns.
Other Available Books
Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Flagitious-a crime/mystery anthology
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:
Author Social MediaFacebook http:// facebook.com/joanne.myers.927
Welcome back, JoAnn! Nice to see a different side of you.ReplyDelete
Thank you again for having me. It is always a pleasure to visit your website.ReplyDelete
I don't know if you ever read The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, but she says in this wonderful book about creativity, that a creative person usually has interests in several creative avenues. I have seen so many writers involved with other creative endeavors, that I no longer am surprised by it. Some people don't allow themselves to open up to their different talents, so I'm very glad to see that you explore your creativity without resistance. I wish you all the best.ReplyDelete
Once again you have gifted me with words of encouragement. Thank you for stopping by Sarah.Delete
I agree with this, Sarah. I am from a very creative family. We paint, draw, do graphic design, film, sing, and dance. And of course... write. The more you allow yourself freedom to create, the more avenues you find.ReplyDelete
JoAnne How do you decide which talent you want to use when you get up in the morning—the writing or the painting?ReplyDelete
Hi Linda, I believe each artist as a favorite favortie gift, and I is I had to choose, I prefer writing. Painting and writing is so different, but both are time consuming. Thank you for commenting. I really appreciate it.Delete