Friday, March 4, 2011

with Joanne Tropello

Welcome to The Book Loft, Joanne.
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

I feel as if I’ve always been writing from my first poem to my current novel. As a sophomore in high school, I had a very interesting and funny English teacher who taught our class how to enjoy learning. He made reading and writing fun and that was a major catalyst to propel me further into my love of writing.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult obstacle is finding the time to write and when I have the time, to keep the writing inspiration going strong. I am a freelance writer and marketing consultant and I work out of my home office. That occupies most of my time during the day. I usually find time to write at night. I try to write every day, even if it’s only a section at a time.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I’m almost finished reading, The Road to Deer Run by inspirational romance author, Elaine Marie Cooper, recent winner of Clash of the Titles for the Most Romantic Moment II. I’ve really enjoyed this book. The attention to detail is great and the story flows smoothly. The love story is sweet and I can’t wait to finish reading it soon.(note from Patty: Elaine's book drawing is still open! Be sure to enter if you haven't already!)

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
In my current release, Mr. Shipley’s Governess, I related most to the female heroine, Sophie Baird. She is dealing with grief over the loss of her parents and her faith in God is shattered. I haven’t personally experience such loss, but I can relate to her quest throughout the story to make peace with God once again and trust in His desire for the best in her life.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
I absolutely dread public speaking. I’ve done a book signing before but I was so nervous beforehand that I could not even eat dinner. I recently did a radio interview and was nervous, but glad that it was pre-recorded and I didn’t have to speak live, on air. I dislike the unknown and always like to be prepared; but welcome to life, that’s not how it always goes! Lol

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love writing about God’s hand upon our lives, that He is always protecting us even when we are far away from Him spiritually and walking in our own ways. God is our redeemer and waits patiently for us to come back to him; He’s waiting with open arms like the prodigal’s father waiting for his son to come home.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
My husband and I recently finished reading The Grand Weaver, by Ravi Zacharias. We read this book in conjunction with the sermon series our Pastor was doing on it at church and our small group also utilized this book. After doing this study, I’ve learned how God has a special plan for each of us and there are no coincidences, only God-incidences. It’s very freeing to truly accept that fact and renew our minds every day in God’s Word and trust in His promises.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m currently working on two new novels, Bella Lucia and Island Honeymoon. They both are romantic suspense stories and I’m excited about finishing them and finding the right publishers. I can’t wait to share these new stories with everyone. Bella Lucia deals with waiting on God for His perfect timing in answering prayers as it pertains to a couple wanting to have a child. Island Honeymoon is about an investigative journalist and her criminology professor husband who go to Hawaii on their honeymoon and end up getting involved (as amateur sleuths) in a murder investigation.

You can purchase Shipley's Governess from Amazon.

Joanne is giving away a copy of Shipley's Governess. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

Marianne said...

Thanks, Patty and Joanne for the interview and chance to win this book. i would love to write a review for you. Please enter my name. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I like how your writings are fiction laced with some personal experiences & supernatural truths. That takes risk (in this culture) & offers your readers a chance to be entertained, enlightened & possible encourage them to think deeper outside what we see & control in our lives.
Gio Vanni

Linda said...

It's a hard time when your faith is shattered, but it's great to see how God leads you back. Great storyline. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

thanks for the interview..would love to win the book!

windycindy said...

This book sounds wonderful and I am looking forward to her romantic
suspense book, also...
Thanks, Cindi

Joanne Sher said...

Please enter me :)

Joanne Troppello said...

So glad every one stopped by to read my interview today. Very excited that you all are interested in my book. Hope every one has a great weekend! :-)


Anne Payne said...

Sounds like a good book. I lost my mom 10 yrs ago, and working through the staggering grief was a long and difficult process. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book.

Anne, rural NC


cjajsmommy said...

Please enter my name to win this book.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

It's so nice to see you here too Joanne! I look forward to reading your book.

Charity said...

Please enter me in this great giveaway! Thanks!


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Charlotte Kay said...

Oh this sounds like a great read.
Thanks for the chance to won it.
Blessings and Smiles,
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Courtney said...

I love romantic supspense books, thanks for the chance to win this book.


windowgirl said...

This looks like my kind of story, thanks for taking my comment.

Meredith said...

Great interview!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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