Interview with JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
Interview with JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
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The skills JoAnn Smith Ainsworth learned from her horse-and-buggy ancestors create vivid descriptions of time and place in her four historical romance and two paranormal suspense novels.
Ms. Ainsworth has B.A. and M.A.T. degrees in English and has completed her M.B.A. studies.
Thank you JoAnn for joining us today
When did you start writing and why?
My original goal was financial, but the process of writing quickly turned into a passion.
When I approached the age of being a senior citizen, I thought of ways to supplement Social Security. My college major of English started me looking at writing as a second career. Little did I know how difficult it is to write a novel and how much I had to learn to be good at it!
My first four years were spent in online classes and rewriting MATILDA’S SONG. Then I got the hang of it and can generally write a novel in a year and a half. Online classes continue because I have a strong desire to improve my craft.
Even if I never sell another book, I will continue writing because the creative adventure brings me great joy.
What have you learned about writing since you started?
I learned it takes a long time to get established as an author. We authors wish that all we had to do is write, but these days we have to promote ourselves as well. It’s a totally different skill set and it took me a while to get comfortable with “tooting my own horn”—a necessity in today’s marketplace.
I also learned the Internet has affected the way books are written—fewer pages, shorter sentences-chapters-scenes, faster pace, less description, and more dialog (which means more white space around passages of text). Since I started writing at the advent of the Internet into everyday life, I’ve been able to adjust.
Tell us about your new book or series.
Expect Deception (Book 2 of the Operation Delphi series) released 6/21/16 from She Writes Press, Inc. In this series, five psychics (assigned to the U.S. Navy during WWII) hunt Nazi spies.
The hero is the skeptical naval commander in charge of setting up the project. The heroine is the clairvoyant U.S. WAVE assigned to oversee the administrative aspects of the top secret facility and lead the psychic team. Each psychic has a unique skill to bring to the mix (clairvoyant, medium, crystal ball reader, laying-on-of-hands healer, and seer of ghosts).
In the first book of the series, they get to know one another enough to watch the other's “psychic” back.
The newly released second book brings in a spy skilled in black magic, who can invoke demons. The Navy’s team of psychics must reach beyond their individual skills and unite as a group to have enough powers to fight back.
What can we expect from you next?
In Book 3, Expect Betrayal (currently being written), the hero and heroine travel to war-torn London to retrieve a book of counter spells smuggled out of Nazi-controlled Bavaria by the heroine’s family. What they don't know is that an assassin is shadowing their steps and has orders to kill them and take the book to Hitler.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
When the writing flows and the research concludes quickly and easily.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to exercise with friends in the city’s indoor swimming pool.
What authors do you admire?
I love Jim Butcher’s ability to bring touches of the ordinary world skillfully into his extraordinary story worlds. My writing is the opposite. I write an ordinary world and bring in touches of the extraordinary.
What is the worst thing about being an author?
A blank page and knowing you will be filling 300 of them and you’re not sure exactly how you’ll do that.
The best thing?
When the words flow and the ideas click.
What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
Writing more stories in the WWII paranormal suspense series.
Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
If writing is your passion, never give up—no matter what life throws at you.
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