Historical Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Date Published: 7/1/2013
A man obsessed, a woman willing to risk it all…
Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, successful entrepreneur Doyle
Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he
goes about his business making money, doing some good for others and making a few enemies along
the way. Arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to
solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady
Delafield may be more important than his freedom.
On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house
and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to
prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity.
Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will
the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?
Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police
who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle
suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
As soon as I sat down to write, I considered it my job, something I would do five days a week. I had a dream of completing an eighty thousand word book. I’d made up my mind. I felt I owed it to my family and myself to do my best.
The idea of doing what you love and the rest will follow came true for me. Eliza was published in 2012. A Deadly Truth, available this July, is my next release. The second book in the Cady Delafield series entitled A Burning Truth will be published in December of 2013.
I spend a lot of time doing what I love, so if that’s a career, it works for me.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
There are many layers to writing. The two most difficult aspects are staying focused and not succumbing to negative self-doubt.
I love to write. It’s like inventive play in the sandbox, but there are times when words are elusive. I can’t think of a fresh way to show a character’s reaction. The tone is flat, the scene boring. My mind is blank, my body is restless. I glance out the window. The laundry beckons. I wonder what I should make for dinner. I’m getting nowhere. Then I sigh, resigned to the fact that to make progress, I must focus. I stop fidgeting. I grab a paper and pencil and start asking questions. What if? Who does what? Why? Any negative editorial process is wiped from my brain. I give permission to lay out the words, and don’t judge. There is time enough for that later. Then I get back to work.
Rejections are tough, as most authors will admit, and always stir self-doubt. After months of toil, a partial or full manuscript, lovingly polished, is sent to an agent or publisher with the hope the story’s merits will be seen. After weeks of waiting, the rejections appear and the emotional tailspin begins. I start to wonder. What am I doing? Am I just wasting my time? Will I ever get the swing of this writing thing? I let this negative thinking roll for about twenty-four hours. Then I snap out of it. And get back to work.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Not one person but many. My critique partners are the greatest and their honest and thoughtful comments have helped me in so many ways. Thanks, ladies.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I just finished the first draft of a historical romance called Amaryllis which is about two spies for opposing sides thrust together on a ship. Also, I have another first draft called Heart of Gold that needs some attention before it’s ready for submission. And I will start writing the third Cady Delafield story.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I read every day—mostly mystery, suspense, literary fiction and romance. Over the years, I’ve followed Elizabeth George, Charles Todd, Jacqueline Winspear, Anne Perry, and John Sanford. I read the NYTimes Book Review. If something grabs my attention, I’ll read it.
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3? Neither
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate followed very closely by vanilla.
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Neither.
#4 – Comedy or Drama? Both
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Have read both in equal numbers.
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality
#7 – Call or Text? I seldom use either. Since I’m at the computer all day, I email.
#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee
#10 – eBook or Paperback? I reserve all my books at the public library. When I travel I use my Nook.
Joyce Proell grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.
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