In addition to her critically acclaimed novels, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story, "Dark Reunion" was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon Pierre.Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.
She is a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
The Abduction of Mary Rose
Nowhere To Hide
Listen to the Shadows
Non-fiction: Write Your Novel ~Audiobook
Welcome back, Joan.
Thank you, Susan.
What books came along at just the right time to influence your reading/writing?
Please give us a short synopsis of your new book, THE ABDUCTION OF MARY ROSE.
She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well.
How has your writing progressed since your first book, Joan? Has it changed you? If so, how?
Yes, I know that I am a better writer today than when I wrote my first book. I've also lived longer and I like to think the years have made me more perceptive and insightful. At the same time, the reviews for ‘Listen to the Shadows’ are heatwarming, and some readers tell me it's among their favorite books. But the writing itself is smoother now, I think, and my own writer’s voice is stronger and more distinctive. But the difference may be subtle enough that I’m the only one who’s aware of it. But it’s important to me that I continue to grow both as a writer and as a person, and I hope I’ve done that.
When do you accomplish your best writing?
Usually, I write in the early morning, when the mind is freshest and the day’s demands have not yet had a chance to intrude upon the muses. Since I also work as a tutor for a major writing school in Canada, it’s often a balancing act. But all in all, a noble and satisfying way to spend one’s life. At least it works for me.
Is there another book on the horizon?
After hours of intense writing, how do you unwind?
Reading is something I do to unwind, but then I read myself to sleep most every night. Sometimes I read to 3:00 a.m. or into the morning. Of course the next day is shot. When the weather is nice, I like to go outside in the back yard and play with my dog, Scamp. I also enjoy playing the piano, even though I'm not very good. And of course it's always a pleasure to spend time with my husband, grown children and grandchildren. They are the center of my universe, from which all good things flow. Or at least have a chance of flowing. -J
Are your books available in print, ebook, and Kindle?
Yes, the books are available in all three.
Various other online websites, or order from your bookstore.
Author's website: www.joanhallhovey.com
Coninued success, Joan!