Welcome to this week’s author spotlight.

Today we get to spend time with Joanna White as she shares a little bit about herself with you and me.

Let’s get to it!

Thanks for agreeing to this interview. I’m glad that you’re here to chat for a spell. So, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m a Christian author published both traditionally and by myself. I started writing when I was ten and it’s always been a passion of mine.

What kind of stories do you like to write? Is there a specific genre that YOU absolutely LOVE writing in? Any that you *ahem* dislike?

Fantasy for sure. Recently I’m getting into more: romance is a must in all my books, even if its minor. I used to dislike sci-fi but now I love it. I would say I dislike erotica and horror. Those are the two genres I would never write.

What got you into writing? And can you tell me your big reason ‘WHY’ you’re doing it?

I just liked the story of an innocent man going to jail. My friends had all these ideas and I was a writer so I wrote them so we could all read them. That’s always my motivation. It’s hard to find books to read that I love so I write what I wanna read.

Your story, that you wrote for the anthology Glimpses of Time and Magic, what was the inspiration for it?

Not any one direct thing really. Just the mystery surrounding Roanoke and giving me a chance to make it my own.

If you could change anything about your story, what would it be and why?

I’m not sure. I feel that God brings us through things for a reason and turns bad into good so I feel that everything in my life both good and bad has made me who I am now.

When writing stories every author has a process. Sometimes the story dictates the process. How about you? Do you approach your stories with the same tactics or do you let your muse run wild?

Sometimes a little of both. Recently with the million word challenge I’m doing I have to follow a strict and detailed outline to hit my word count every day but even then I still let the characters take control sometimes.

Have you always written in historical fantasy? If so, what is the allure of this genre? If not, then what did you think of this genre now?

I love both history and fantasy but for some reason have never done it until now. Because I’m very passionate about both genres it’s a genre I would love to write in more often.

Writing stories, as we all know, takes time. Blood, sweat and tears go into the words that are placed upon the pages. Who would you consider to be your besties when it comes to your support team? Y’know when times get hard and you want to throw the computer across the room but they swoop in and stop you.

My husband first of all. When I get stuck or feel like quitting he’s always there to talk ideas or give me an encouraging speech that keeps me going. My mom and sister are the same way and they enjoy my stories too which helps to keep me motivated.

Okay do you have any advice for the aspiring authors out there?

Don’t ever give up. It’s gonna be hard but you can push through it.

Oh and one more thing… I promise. If you had a chance to go back and redo that one thing in your author career… what would it be and why?

I would know how to publish a book from the start. That way I could start publishing the right way sooner.

Thank you so much Joanna for joining us today. It was great to have you and I hope to talk with you again in the future.

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If you’d like to learn more about Joanna White then check out her website at: authorjoannawhite.com