Thursday, December 13, 2012

Welcome, Joi Copeland!

A warm welcome to author Joi Copeland today! Please read on to find out more about her and her books.

Is there a story behing the book?
There's always a story, I think, behind every book an author writes. This one came from two stories, actually. The first from a woman who battled with cancer. Her name was Cynthia. I interviewed her and was amazed at her faith and trust in Jesus. The second one I found a lot of marriages struggle with, yet have found very little written in the fiction world. I don't want to give the topic away, so I'll just leave it at that.

What started you on your writing journey?

I've loved writing since I was younger. I was encouraged to write by my husband, sister, and brother-in-law, and the rest is history!

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Hm. Kids. My three boys are a great distraction! While they try to let me be when I write, they find it impossible to do so! Even when my husband is home and he can answer their questions, they come first to me. Makes me laugh every time!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Anything by Lisa T. Bergren, Sandra D. Bricker, Francine Rivers, June Foster, Laura Hilton, and so many more! The list is endless!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why? Kalya. I found myself enraptured with her in so many ways.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

Christian contemporary. :)

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I have quite a few quirky things I've done. But the one that made my husband know I was the one for him is probably the best one! One day, shortly after we began dating, my mom took me to the dentist. After, I was pretty numb, but I wanted to see if I could flare my nostrils, even while numb. After I checked in the mirror in the car, I got home, called Chris, and left him a message on his pager. He turned to his co-worker and told her he was going to marry me after that! :)

What is your favorite season of the year?

Winter! I love snow and the cold weather!
 
What is a favorite seasonal memory from your childhood?

Summer. Going to Disneyland with my sisters and parents. My dad would wake us up and pretend we weren't going anywhere special. We'd get in the car and drive close to Anaheim. Then we'd stop at Cocoa's for breakfast and hot chocolate. After that, we'd arrive at Disneyland, and we'd have a blast from sun up to sun down!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Dusting. I hate dusting.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

My husband makes awesome chicken and thick square noodles! Oh my goodness. They are yummy! I don't even know the recipe because it's all him.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about forgiveness and hope. I also write about whatever God puts on my heart. I spend a lot of time praying about what to write and when to write it.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

Philippians 4:6-7 is my life verse. I love them. It's special because I am a worrier and I struggle with anxiety. So these verses keep me focused.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book is at the publishers as we speak. I'm not sure when it is due out, but it is the conclusion to my Hope Series. It wraps up the stories of Emily, Josephine, and Steven. It's also about a Vietnam Vet, Arthur. I love this little old man! Thank you for having me! God bless you!


Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, She is living the dream in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Joi loves being a wife and mom and also enjoys spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee or tea. She's been a Christian for over twenty years. She's the author of two books, Hope for Tomorrow an Hope for the Journey, and one novella, Christmas Rayne.
Check out Joi's blog here:
http://hizchild.blogspot.com/

Buy her books here:

Amazon
barnesandnoble



Joi is giving away a copy of Hope for the Journey. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown



5 comments:

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

Joi is a new author to me, so this interview was a chance to get to know her a little. I really can't wait to read this book. I like her theme in writing which is about forgiveness and hope. Thank you for this interview and a chance to win, Hope for the Journey.

Merry Christmas!
Judy
judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

cjajsmommy said...

Very nice interview. Is your husband from PA? The "square noodles" sound like potpie noodles to me. I grew up calling it chicken potpie (my Grandma made it all the time, she was from PA) but when we moved to PA, they call it "slippery potpie" so it doesn't get confused with the potpie in a crust. Please enter my name to win a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

KayM said...

Caroline and Joi--I enjoyed the interview. "Hope for the Journey" sounds like a good book. thanks for the opportunity to win it.
may_dayzee(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Jo said...

Great interview. I love reading about new to me authors. Thanks for the giveaway!

Blessings,
Jo
azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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