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I hope y’all are ready!

Joy has answered all of the questions
and we have them ready to go!

Don’t forget to comment at the end of the interview for a chance to win the wonderful charm bracelet
Joy is giving away!



Who is your favorite sister??? Kelli or Rita???
(Kelli Weekly)

Ha! I bet you thought you would stump me. My hands-down favorite sister in the whole wide world is Jonah’s. For those who do not know me personally, Jonah is my grandson. He has a twin sister who is my only granddaughter. She would be my favorite. #grandkidsrule #grandkidsarenumber1


Joy…I noticed that in the fine details of your stories, you use personal information from your real life Example: Using JJ’s birth date for Georgiana. Can you give a couple of other examples where you did this?
(Rita Malone Paul)

Good eye, Rita. I’ve actually used Jennifer’s birth date a few times. I’ve “borrowed” names from people I love or don’t love and have used them accordingly. Mainly, I have been pretty cavalier about adapting characters to fit personalities of people I know. (And, people you know as well.)


How do you stay so positive and upbeat all the time? Does your writing help with that or is it part of your character to not let life get you down?
(Janet T)

Thank you, Janet. Those are words I will cherish. For this you may blame my parents. By naming me “Joy”, it obligates me to a certain attitude. And, I LOVE living. To me, every breath is precious and every minute should be filled with something we love to do. If my day is particularly challenging, I write happily ever after.

My instinct is to walk away from negativity and in-fighting. It’s why I rarely get in the middle of an issue unless it affects someone I love. Then, the claws come out and I’m single-mindedly fierce.


How long did you live in South America? Did your experience influence your writing?(tgruy)

John and I lived in Ecuador twice for a total of four years.

Absolutely/positively, Tere, our living there influenced me. I am forever filling my days to overflowing. In Ecuador, the pace of the whole culture is slower and more relaxed. Eventually, my health and the high altitude forced me to slow down. It was then that I started thinking I might actually have the time to put a story to paper.

It also helped me to realize that Regency England was a culture. I found it much easier to place myself there alongside my characters with the experience of getting outside my comfort zone.


Which is your favorite Jane Austen novel? …. And why is it your favorite?
(Debbie Fortin)

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. Why? I think it’s the family dynamics of the Bennets and the Bingleys. There is no doubt that my siblings played a huge role in how I grew up. Getting to read about the same in P&P is like watching reality TV.


Which are your top three favourite Austen novels?
(Joana Starnes)

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Persuasion (John was at sea for 21 years as a sea captain. I still cherish the letters he wrote. So, Captain Wentworth’s letter? It’s easy for me to think he spent years imagining what he would say to Anne Elliott if he ever had the chance. The days on the ocean, when not in port, are lonely and quiet. Lots of time for a healthy imagination to work.)
  • Emma – I will just say she reminds me of someone I know well.


The best variations, in my opinion, are most credible when the values of the original are not ignored but, instead, are built on as circumstances change from the original source. That said, how many times have you read Jane’s P&P and how recently?
(Betty Campbell Madden)

Good question, Betty. I’ve read it twice in the last three years. How many JAFF have I read during that same time? Literally hundreds.


Which of the Pride and Prejudice films is your favorite, and why? (insert evil laugh here)(Robin Helm)

You are a stinker of the first order, Robin. However, the answer may surprise you.

When Jennifer was still at home we watched the 1940 version with Greer Garson. That was way before I ever read the book. Jennifer was an only child so observing her watch the Bennet sisters was a hoot. She had grown up thinking that having a sister would be the same as having a best friend. Then she found out some sisters are “Lydia” and she changed her mind. Those memories make it my favorite.


What is your favorite non Jane Austen movie?

I LOVE sweet chick-flicks like You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and Clueless. The Anne of Green Gables series is a special favorite and old musicals are a standby. My guilty pleasure? Sam Elliott westerns.


Which is your favourite Mr Knightley in the adaptations?
(Joana Starnes)

Both Jeremy Northam and Jonny Lee Miller are excellent actors. However, since I’m almost the same height as Jonny Lee Miller, I’d have to go with Jeremy Northam (he’s 4” taller). Besides, his clothes in Emma are the height of elegance, just as I imagine Mr. Knightley would wear.


Who is your second favourite Austen heroine and why?
(Joana Starnes)

This one is hard, Joana. You might assume that Elizabeth Bennet is my favorite. She’s not. From the first time I read P&P she frustrated me to no end. Yes, I would have reacted as she did at the Meryton Assembly. Yes, I would have wanted to make witty comebacks to Darcy and Caroline. Yes, I would have refused Mr. Collins as she did. But, she was smug. She arrogantly thought she knew everything she needed to know to pass judgements on people. Of course, by the end of the book she was a much smarter and mature young lady. She’s my third favorite.

My first is Anne Elliot. I love her loyalty.

My second is Elinor Dashwood. She loves her sisters more than herself.


Which Austen villain do you dislike the most and why?
(Joana Starnes)

Fanny Dashwood. Such a cold-hearted snake.


When did you begin writing books?
(Mary Michael) 

I wrote a horrible book when Jennifer was little (about 30 years ago). It ended up in the trash bin. My first published book was written in 1985. It was a cookbook for the cancer clinic in Mexico where I was treated. In just over a month, it will be two years since I started “A Father’s Sins”. I published it March 2014.


What was your initial inspiration to begin writing JAFF?
(Jen Red)

When I read “The Journey” by Jan Hahn (see the next question), I longed for more. I would dream about that story and spend hours’ day-dreaming that particular Darcy and Elizabeth in a variety of altered situations. I found more and more JAFF, but never lost my storyline that came from those daydreams. After about a year, I just HAD to write it down.


You mentioned once that ‘The Journey’ by Jan Hahn was part of your inspiration for starting your writing career. What about that book was so special to you?
(Janet T) 

I had just finished reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time when I found Jan’s book. At the start, Darcy and Lizzy are in a carriage with the Bingley sisters. Darcy actually had a conversation with Elizabeth and I thought, “well, it’s about time.” His tender care of her during the robbery and kidnapping were exquisite. THAT was the Darcy I fell in love with.

Then came chapter 8. Wow! I’ve never forgotten it and reread it on occasion. By the end, I closed the cover, closed my eyes, and sighed a happy sigh.


I remember reading that you had found your type of writing and it was fluff! Why do you call it fluff?
(Janet T) 

I love being in love. Love it! Love it! Love it! I love a hero who slays dragons with his brave heroine by his side (with a sword of her own, of course). I admire capable women immensely. Therefore, my stories tend to have Darcy and Lizzy stand together as one against their enemies. It gives me pleasure to watch a relationship bud and grow into something tested and strong. So, I write them falling in love easily. That’s my fluffy marshmallow crème method of storytelling.


The only question I can think of, and it would be for all authors, is where ever do you come up with the ideas for variations? As much as I read, I can’t say that I have ever had a new idea for a story popped into my head.
(Sheila L.M.)

Sheila, after I read a story I ponder over one small change. Then I mentally follow that to what I believe the conclusion would be. Thus, a new variation of an old story.


What inspires you to write JAFF (P&P) novels and how do you come up with the plots?

As I mentioned above, Dung, it involves a lot of thinking and a healthy dose of imagination. Many nights I lay awake moving my characters around like furniture in a room. I get to know my characters better as I imagine them reacting to unexpected influences.

If I am entertained by the path they take, I make a note of it for later. There’s my story.


My question is how do you get your ideas on paper? I want to be able to write but I just can’t get the ideas and conversations in my head to make sense on the written page. I envy you this ability.

I used an outline with my first book. I wrote 2-3 sentences describing what I wanted to take place for each chapter. Then I went back and filled in some details to move the story from one chapter to the next. Then, keeping in mind the need to show rather than tell, I thought of conversations that would move the story along and reveal qualities and motives of the characters as they spoke. It’s not as hard as you might think.

Another tool is to use the forums to post a chapter at a time. The feedback you get between each chapter is invaluable. The reviewers want you to improve and succeed.


After Jane Austen, what deceased author and what living author have been the greatest influence on your writing?

Ohhhh, good question. I think it’s a tie between Charles Dickens and Lucy Maud Montgomery. For current? Hmmmmm! Let me think. It would have to be Jan Hahn for JAFF and Richard Peck (his kid’s books are so awesome – Way Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago are my favorites).


I have really enjoyed all of Joy’s stories and particularly love Married in “One Love, Two Hearts, Three Stories”. I’d like to know what was your inspiration for this story. I thought Georgiana’s character was excellent and very believable for a fifteen year old.
(Lynn Bischoff)

Lynn, it was actually Georgiana that started Married! for me. What are the facts as we know them from Pride and Prejudice? She was a teenager who showed a propensity for poor judgement by falling for Wickham. She was wealthy, privileged, and without a parent’s authority. It was an easy leap to make her teenage years more challenging to her dear brother. I couldn’t see Darcy dealing well with it on his own so put him and Elizabeth together quickly. Married! Is my particular favorite as well.


Would you ever consider writing a non P&P variation such as one based upon Persuasion?(Debbie Fortin)

Yes. I have a story outlined that is Persuasion based. In it, Anne Elliot has developed a subtle rebellion that none of her family are aware of. Captain Wentworth doesn’t realize the woman he admires is actually Anne. When he finds out, he loves her more than before and his letter at Bath is 100% justified. Maybe one day I’ll finish it.


Do you try and keep a set schedule for writing, or do you write whenever the inspiration hits you?
(Pam Hunter)

I try to write every day. However, I have the bad habit of editing as I go. That slows me down considerably. And, I’m easily distracted.


How do you stay motivated?
(Jennifer Joy)

Funny you should ask this, Jennifer. I have a lovely daughter that badgers me unmercifully.


I love your stories, Joy. I do have a question or two for you. When writing, I am sure, you sometimes have moments when your characters just aren’t cooperative. What do you do to get through those rough patches….walk, bake, watch a movie, etc?
(Debbie Fortin)

Excellent question. I take them to bed with me. They invade my dreams and thoughts until I realize where I went wrong in my writing. Right now, Bingley continues to give me fits. You would think that such an amiable man would be easy to write. He’s NOT!!! HE DRIVES ME CRAZY!!! I won’t have relief until I tell his story exactly as he wants me to. Period!!!


If you could meet Jane Austen what would you talk about/ask her?
(Debbie Fortin) 

I would like to hear her describe each family member one by one. In her writing, she provides very few personal details about her characters, so I would try to listen to see if that was her inclination with the real people in her life as well.


I love how in your variations the villains don’t get to do much damage, and if Darcy and Elizabeth have challenges to face, they often communicate and face them together. Will it be the same in your next novel?
(Joana Starnes)

No. My next Darcy and Lizzy is called “The Abominable Mr. Darcy”. When she overhears Darcy at the Meryton Assembly, she says he goes from an enigma to an enemy. (Very much a departure for me. I keep wanting to make everyone play nice and get along. It’s not happening in this story.)


Georgiana was a very entertaining surprise in ‘Married’ – very different to canon, but deliciously naughty and it was easy to believe why she would act as she did. Do you have another surprise like this in store for us?
(Joana Starnes) 

I believe the path Jane Bennet takes will be shocking in my Bingley/Jane story. She is much more “real”. Still kind and good, of course, but as imperfect as everyone else.


Is your next book going to be a novel or a collection of short stories, and how long till the next treat?
(Joana Starnes)

I wish I could make Bingley/Jane a short story so I can be done with them. Grrrrr! But, no. All are full-length.


Would like to know about a publication date on the next book but I hate to seem like i am putting any pressure on you/her. Things all happened in good time, is a philosophy I seem to adhere to.
(Sheila L.M.) 

I adore you, I’m working on it, Sheila. Truly I am.


Now, how long do I have to wait to add more Joy King creations to my inventory? I’m certainly ready for another good fix! And I’d be so happy, even jubilant, moving my mouse, turning the page, with that coveted bracelet decorating my wrist.:)
(Betty Campbell Madden)

Thank you kindly. As mentioned above, I’m typing.


Joy, I have all of your books and have read them several times. Are you still planning on finishing the sequel to A Father’s Sins?
(Tammy Bould) 

I am. It is book 2, Bingley, which I am working on now.


What other projects are you working on?

I have two books and one screenplay in progress right now. If I’d quit bouncing back and forth I would probably get one finished sooner. I’m working on it.


My question is when you plan to get your next book out so your sister by choice will stop going crazy while waiting? ??
(Melanie Schertz)

I would be more than happy to publish my next book, Melanie dear, but I started your latest yesterday and can’t put it down. So, as soon as I finish yours I can start working on mine again. (Please don’t tell Jennifer that I read your book. She’s on me like a tick on a hound to keep my nose to the grindstone. That girl!!!)


How many more ideas do you have for stories? I need more things to read.
(Rhiannen Franklin) 

The truth is that my brain keeps spinning with ideas. I don’t think it will ever end. Thanks Rhiannen!


Since I have and thoroughly enjoyed all your books and audios I was wondering. Are you branching out writing something else, like kids books?
(Marie Jones) 

Eventually, yes, I would love to publish my children’s stories. I get such enjoyment sharing them vocally with my nieces, nephews, and grandchildren that I’ve not taken the time to write them down. I’ve not forgotten them.


Joy do you have any suggestions for an aspiring writer?
(Fawn George)

Yes. You will never have a finished book if you don’t start. I think there’s a shoe company whose advertising slogan is “just do it.” Think of a story you would love to read and write it. The rewards are astounding.


What words of wisdom can you share with someone who is thinking of pursuing writing and publishing as a career or hobby?
(Jennifer Joy) 

Jennifer, I don’t know how wise I am, but thinking about writing is like sitting in a rocking chair – you don’t go anywhere no matter how hard you think/rock. Writing a book is like eating an elephant – one bite at a time/one word at a time. I love those metaphors because they help me not be overwhelmed with the process.

If I type a few words, I have a sentence. If I type a few sentences, I have a paragraph. A few paragraphs, I have a chapter. Before I know it, I have a story in front of me that’s begging for “the End”.



My sincerest thanks, Leslie, for your invitation to be part of your blog. I look forward to 2016 with great anticipation.


Thanks so much, Joy!


Now, don’t forget to comment for a chance at that amazing charm bracelet! 


Rules for the giveaway – 

If you asked a question, you have 1 chance in the drawing.

If you comment on this interview, you get 1 chance in the drawing.

If you left a question and now, a comment, you get 2 chances in the drawing!




53 thoughts on “The J. Dawn King Interview is in!

  1. tgruy says:

    Thank you for your answer to my questions. Those were very interesting questions and some unexpected responses. It is very interesting to know how an idea becomes a story even if I can’t do it to save my life. I love your stories and I hope you keep writing them for a long time!

    I wish I win that bracelet, it’s gorgeous!


    1. It is GORGEOUS, isn’t it Tere? You know, never say never. If you had asked me three years ago if I would ever write romantic historical fiction I would have laughed until I cried (and secretly thought you were a bit silly for suggesting it). Now, I can’t see myself doing anything else. I’m so glad you asked your question. Thank you for your kind words.


  2. Pam Hunter says:

    Great answers to some really wonderful questions. Thanks for taking the time to answer them all. I love getting to know the JAFF authors a little better. 🙂


    1. Pam, this is my favorite blog feature of all the blogs I follow. I have learned so much. Thanks for stopping by.


      1. I saw this comment on my email and had to say thanks, Joy! You comment how much you like it, but it was nice to see that it’s your favourite! I remember that first month when I pitched it to Sarah. I asked her to be my guinea pig because I wasn’t sure if people would like it. It’s definitely come a long way! 🙂


  3. Marie jones says:

    Since I know your schedule,how busy you are ,someone that loves you very much is amazed that you actually have time to talk Victorian .im very proud


    1. I love you too, Mom.


  4. Janet T says:

    Thank you, Joy, for answering my questions with such honesty. It was refreshing to read all the questions and your answers to them. I’m sorry to hear that Bingley is still giving you fits. I didn’t dare ask about him! lol! I do hope that you write that ‘Persuasion’ book someday. What about a North & South variation? You started me on that path (and I thank you) and I want more fan fiction for that one! 🙂

    I liked your description of ‘fluff’. It makes perfect sense now!

    I have enjoyed all your books and look forward to whatever you write next. I’m very interested in learning more about the screenplay too!


    1. Janet, I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Yes, I need to get busy. The screenplay is a Pride & Prejudice/North & South mash-up. I love the story so much that I dream about it when I sleep. It’s quite angst-y.


      1. Anji says:

        Ooo, a P&P/N&S mash up. Sounds fantastic! Sorry I didn’t get any questions in earlier, Joy, but life keeps getting in the way of stuff I really want to do. Will add them in a separate comment later.


  5. Betty Campbell Madden says:

    I find it interesting that you have read the original so few times–and I identify with your count. I’ve taught the book and appreciate the significance of it. However, using it as a starting point for entertainment, as well as appreciating its literary value and quality, the offspring to the original are so much more entertaining, even a few of the poorly written ones that have a good plot. And I’m definitely not pointing a finger at you for that last phrase. The well-written ones are so entertaining and deserving of many rereads, which the get from me. The movies are also okay to really enjoyable. I’m in the middle of the 1985 version with Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. I haven’t watched it for some time, but I needed a break from editing. The adaptation is fine, better than some but no comparison to the 1995. However, the casting is very unappealing to me, with the possible exception of Lady Catherine and, perhaps Mr. Collins and Charlotte.

    I have read all of L. M. Montgomery’s books and stories and watched the various series so many times I can’t remember. They are truly my comfort movies.

    We’re looking forward to your next book, of course, and I’m looking forward to wearing the bracelet.


    1. I wish I had a bracelet for everyone. The truth is that the two ladies who make them are overwhelmed right now. You have to love Jane Austen fans.

      Thank you, Betty, for popping by and commenting. Because you edit, I always worry about what I type when you are around. I hope you won’t slap my fingers. (Tee-Hee!)


  6. mrspaul1 says:

    Joy…I know who could have been the character for Lady Catherine de Bourgh…Bernice!!! Lol


    1. Ya think? Actually, it just might surprise you. Thank you for your support and encouragement, Rita. It’s priceless.


  7. kelli weekly says:

    I loved your interview Joy. I am taken by the fact that, based on this interview, you are exactly the kind of person that I would want to be a sister to or have as a very best friend! I am grateful that you are truly both to me! I love your zeal for fair play and your zest for life. And I love your books!!! Happy writing!!!
    P.S. I’m thrilled with your answer of Jonah’s sister. Who in their right mind wouldn’t choose a grandchild?!? ♡


    1. This has been fun, Kelli. As you know, grandkids have super powers. I truly thought I knew what love was before they were born. Now? Now, I know what love is. (Wouldn’t you love to see Mr. Darcy as a grandpa? All the sternness and firmness as a parent would be GONE!!! He’d be mush.)


    2. mrspaul1 says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with everything that you’ve said, Kelli. And I am the one who is blessed, because I get you both as sisters and friends!!! Love you both. And Joy, you did a beautiful job with this interview!!!


      1. Thanks, Rita. It was fun. So happy you stopped by.


  8. mrspaul1 says:

    Joy…I know who you may have used to pattern Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s character after…Bernice!!! Am I wrong??? LOL


    1. Ha Ha! You are pretty close, Rita. Thanks again.


  9. ladysusanpdx says:

    Thank you for answering my
    question (and I really made it
    a multi-parter)! I was so interested in all your responses. Please keep writing. Happy holiday season to you!


    1. You did good, Susan. If you’ve read this blog before, I’m a bit notorious for asking a bucket-load of questions for each author, so this was great medicine for me. The questions were insightful and made me ponder a bit. How cool is that?


  10. Jessica Varbel says:

    Loved reading your interview here. Great suggestions for all of us unpublished peeps. Can’t wait to read your next story!


    1. And, I can’t wait to read one of yours, Jessica. Thanks for popping by so you are entered for the bracelet. I’m slightly covetous. It’s GORGEOUS!!!


  11. Tricia says:

    Shhh…I haven’t read any of your books…yet! Now I need to!


    1. Your comment made me chuckle, Tricia. I hope you get an opportunity soon and I hope you are happy with the bracelet should you win.


  12. I love your answers to the questions, Joy. I especially like your definition of fluff. 🙂


    1. It’s the time of the year when people are making chocolate fudge with marshmallow crème. How could I not use it to illustration my approach to romance? I deeply appreciated your questions, Debbie. The one about Persuasion caught me off guard. How in the world did you know I had something in the works?


  13. I love chick flicks too. I enjoyed this interview and I hope you have success with your future books. ^_^


    1. I thank you for your kind words. I’m pleased you stopped by so you could be entered in the giveaway. Every Jane Austen gal needs such a pretty-pretty for their wrist, don’t you think?


  14. lorendushku says:

    Thank you for your answers Joy! I didn’t know you like Anne! I hope to see one day your Persuasion story and, why not, a collection of short stories too, I would love them! Wishing you all the success you deserve as a writer, a mum and a friend!


    1. Ciao! La ringrazio molto per il tuo commento. Lei è stato un enorme incoraggiamento per me.

      I might have to do a short story collection just to keep my thoughts in order. My husband gets frustrated with all the scraps of paper lying around with pieces of story on them. Hugs to you!


  15. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Joy, that was delightful. I too started with the old Greer Garson movie, small world. Great questions and fun answers. Keep up the good work! Jen Red


    1. I believe we are just about two peas in a pod, Jennifer. When I saw Robin’s question I felt a moment of panic and terror. Brat child!!! (Actually, you can sing and I only THINK I can sing.)

      Please know how much I appreciate the forums. They are a terrific source of encouragement and training. As soon as I have something to post, I’ll be back. I’m glad you stopped by.


  16. Dung says:

    Great interview. Thanks for answering all our questions!


    1. I appreciate your interest in my writing, Dung. These are exciting times for Jane Austen. There’s a tremendous amount of new variations coming out each month. As a reader, I’m overjoyed. As a writer, I need to work harder to be more skilled at my craft. Thanks for stopping by.


  17. Anji says:

    I’m another one whose first introduction to Jane Austen was P&P 1940. I read the novel shortly after and remember being a little disappointed that the archery scene was missing from the book!

    It’s such good news to hear that you’re planning a non P&P work. Persuasion runs P&P a (sometimes very) close second for me. That letter makes me go all gooey every time. Could you envisage writing a variation where it didn’t happen?

    When it comes to your P&P writing, could you or would you ever consider a variation where Elizabeth and Darcy DON’T end up together? Personally, I find it very difficult to even think about reading such a book, though I gather there are some such out there.

    I’m looking forward to reading your Jane and Bingley book one day and would be more than willing to give them a good kick up the you-know-where in order to get them to co-operate!


    1. That is so funny, Anji, that you missed the archery scene. Me too!

      Not only would I not write a variation where Darcy and Lizzy don’t end up together, I don’t want to read one either. I started reading a fan fiction story that was heavy on negativity when it came to Darcy. It was well written. However, I had this nagging feeling something wasn’t going to end up right, so I skipped to the end. Sure enough, Lizzy married Colonel Fitzwilliam. I immediately abandoned the story. Actually, I abandoned the writer as well. (Very single-minded and judgmental of me, isn’t it?) I just couldn’t make myself go there. Darcy and Lizzy HAVE to end up together. It’s like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

      Thanks for the offer with Bingley. I may need to take you up on it. Best wishes for the giveaway, Anji..


  18. schilds says:

    Thank you for answering my question about writing. I am glad it made it in. I enjoy your books and am so thankful for all the the work and love you put into them. I look forward to all that you do.


    1. Sagan, you brought a wonderful question and comments to the table. I wish I could share how much joy I’ve received from writing and publishing. Yes, there are frustrations. Re-writing is the bane of my existence, I believe. However, a book starts with just one word. You might surprise yourself with what you can come up with by putting a few words together. If you would be willing, I’d love to read a paragraph or an idea that you’ve written. Really, I’d like to read anything you come up with, no matter how good or bad you think it is. We often are our own worst critics. (jdawnking@gmail.com) Thanks for popping by.


  19. Sheila L. M. says:

    I was babysitting the last two days so just finally got time to sit and read the answers to all the questions. I like the way this blog is set up with all the answers at once so you can sit and read everything together. Nice job with that. I am looking forward to more stories, Joy.

    You must finish that screen play – North and South/Pride and Prejudice! Wow, what favorites.

    Speaking of Grandchildren: I bought a tea towel while visiting the Canada side of the Niagara Falls in August:

    When my 3 year old grandson can now hug me and say, “Grammy, I love you” unprompted…my heart melts.

    I really enjoyed reading all three generations of your family jumping in with comments and opinions and compliments. Wish I could meet everyone and I am sure your whole family is a JOY to know and have in your life.


    1. I appreciate your comments about my family, Sheila. We are close and, as you can tell, very supportive of each other. Kelli is less than a year older than me and Rita is less than a year younger. We fought like crazy growing up (sorry, Mom) because we wore the same size clothes and liked the same boys at the same time. However, once we went our separate ways, we found we couldn’t live without each other. Amazing how that works, isn’t it?

      LOVE your tea towel. It’s my life’s motto now.


      1. Sheila L. M. says:

        I have a sister 13 months younger and we, also, fought about clothes, especially but not boys. We are best friends now! No one else in the world completely understands my background and beliefs. I have a brother a little over 2 years younger and lost a younger sister to death when she was an infant. Glad to hear how close you are and noticed how near in birth ages you all are, also.


  20. Sheila L. M. says:

    NO, the time here is 12:03 am on the 15th so don’t think I was up at 5 am responding! Obviously this blog originates in a much earlier time zone. Leslie, where do you live? England Amazon tells me.


    1. Yup, I’m currently in England, so it’s set to GMT. I don’t think I even set it that way when we moved here, but I may have.:)


  21. MaryBuz says:

    It was 4 am here and I was just going to log out of my computer when your interview came up. I debated reading it as I was starting to feel really tired, however, I began perking up as I read along. Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions so thoroughly as many of them covered questions I had regarding writing or ideas I’ve thought of. And a happy birthday to Jane Austen today

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    1. MaryBuz, you start getting tired at 4:00 a.m.? Wow! I’m so pleased you went ahead and read the interview. However, I’m even more pleased that you commented. How kind!

      Let’s see, Jane Austen would be 240 years old today. That makes me feel pert near youthful at 59.


  22. Rhiannen Franklin says:

    Thanks for answering my question. I kinda knew the answer, as you have always been full of stories. Which is one of the things I remember most about whenever we got to visit you when we were young. I just have to say the talent you and Jennifer have is awesome. And I admire you both so much. 💜


    1. Rhiannen, thank you so much for your kind words. I do admit that I found perverse pleasure in telling kissing stories to my nephews and monsters stories to my nieces. I appreciate your supporting me and listening even if you didn’t really want to. I love you!!!


  23. One thing you might have noticed is the propensity for every single one of my relatives to participate here. Is it out of love? Nope! It’s purely for the bracelet. Well, with the exception of one person who commented on my Facebook post. His name is Paul Gerring and here was his comment. “”Who is your favorite nephew married to one of your nieces which has children?” (wink emoticon) He has three children and all of them are sons who would be pleased to have the bracelet to take apart and convert into robot toys or a game where they flick the beads at each other like marbles. So, do I hope he wins? Not hardly.

    As for the ladies in my family? It would be lovely if one of them won. Then I could “borrow” the bracelet from them for an extended period of time. (Chuckle/Snort)


  24. Joy and Leslie, thanks so much for this lovely read! ‘Ask the Author’ is such a wonderful way for us to get to know each other better. I loved the interview, Joy, and I hope you had lots of fun going through it.

    Happy Christmas to you both and a wonderful New Year!


    1. I’m glad you enjoy Ask the Author so much. Happy Christmas, Joana! Hope to see you sometime soon in the New Year! 🙂


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