Next up, on the blog tour for Getting Away with Murder I’m delighted to bring you a Q&A with author Joy Wood. Enjoy – but first, here’s all the info you need on the book……
about the book
Title: Getting Away with Murder
Author: Joy Wood
Genre: Romance / crime
Estimated page count: 248
Formats available: eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Claire is happily married to the charismatic Max Maric and living the dream in a luxury house in the prestigious Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour. She loves her husband and their precious son, Freddy. Her life is perfect. Or so she thinks.
Annabelle is Max Maric’s lover. She’s a wealthy widow and is all set to marry him, just as soon as he’s divorced. Her life will then be perfect. Or so she thinks.
One man, two women, but they can’t both have him.
And he doesn’t get to choose – the schizophrenic decides, with a sophisticated plan to eradicate her nemesis in the most heinous of ways.
The intended victim needs a friend. Fortunately, she has a new one she’s become close to.
But nobody told her that false friends are worse than open enemies.
q&a with joy wood
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I have been a nurse for most of my adult life. I’m passionate about the NHS and now run it from my armchair! My daughter is a nurse also, as was my late mother and late mother-in-law – it must be in the blood?
I began writing 6 years ago but it took me a year to finish my first book, (For the Love of Emily). I sat on it for such a long time until I was brave enough to send it to an editor for his opinion. He asked for 3 chapters first of all to see if he wanted to take the book on. What a day that was. I checked the computer so many times waiting for his feedback. I never envisaged he’d have other work on – I just thought I’d sent my precious chapters and he would contact me within the hour!
Many years ago I was one of those lucky people that won an abundance of prizes in consumer competitions by writing witty slogans. My house was stacked high with prizes which was a delight. I had to give loads away which delighted the neighbours. For example a year’s supply of dog food and I didn’t have a dog!
What inspired you to start writing?
Just to see if I could really. I had an idea in my head about a story so I thought I’d write it down. Then as it progressed, I started to think I’d like others to read it. It needed a lot of work to get it to that stage though. I remember the editor telling me my writing was dated, which I guess it was. I was head-hopping all over the place so I think his comments that there “was a lot of work to be done” were fair!
How many books have you written and published?
Six books (Getting Away with Murder) being the 6th.These are my self -published books. However, I’m delighted to say that within the last week, I have signed a publishing contract with Dark Edge Press for two books which I’m thrilled about and so looking forward to writing.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
That would be the first book I ever wrote (For the Love of Emily). I recognise now of course my writing has improved but I’m not intending to go back to it. I want it there exactly as I wrote it. It’s precious to me as it’s the first time I held a paperback book I’d written in my hand. The joy was immense. I had it on my bedside table at night so that I would see it when I drifted off to sleep, and again when I woke up! I was so happy to have written a book.
The story is about two beautiful identical twin girls. Rebecca is the central character, but her twin, Emily is the most charming and endearing girl with moderate learning difficulties. Everything Rebecca does is for Emily. As the story unfolds, I want the reader rooting for them both and thankfully, judging by the reviews, it seems they do.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I flick through names online until I find what I like. However, in my last book (Who’s Smiling Now?), I had to have a particularly distinctive name. One that if you heard it repeated, you’d know you’d heard it before. I went with Hawthorne Siddley which was a little unusual.
Going back to ‘For the Love of Emily’, the main man in the story was Ezzio Marin. I did love his name.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Ezzio Marin. Tall, dark, broody, wealthy, fit, charming, sexy. It would have to be him – no explanation needed!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
The prolific Barbara Taylor Bradford has to be my favourite author. I remember reading ‘A Woman of Substance’ and thought it was the most fantastic, captivating book – escapism at its best. And then to see the wonderful Jenny Seagrove playing Emma in the film was amazing – she was Emma Harte (I’m showing my age here!). Every book I’ve ever read of Barbara Taylor Bradford has been fabulous.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
A poem at school and I got to read it out to the class. It was a child-like rhyming poem but I thought it was marvellous. I must have liked poetry because over the years when colleagues have left work for new jobs/retired, I’ve nearly always done a witty poem to be read out at their leaving party’s. I make them personal and try and incorporate their individual idiosyncrasies so we can all enjoy a laugh together.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Waitress/office junior/nurse/operating theatre practitioner/NHS manager
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Definitely backwards. It would be marvellous to be transported back to the family home where we lived and to meet loved ones no longer with us. What a joy that would be.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My late father. He was a wise man and many of the things I do today, and my behaviours emanate from him. He was a fabulous role model of ‘doing the right thing’ and behaving at all times with honesty running though your body like a stick of Blackpool rock. He explained integrity to me as a child saying it was about always doing the right thing when nobody was looking. Great advice!
What are your favourite things to do?
Socialising/eating fine food/travelling (pre-Covid)/reading and of course writing.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I do a lot of public speaking events and I was setting up at a venue and putting my books out on display. A lady rushed through the door and made a beeline for me. She introduced herself and said she thought I was a fabulous author and had read 3 of my books that her friend had recommended. She said she’d written the titles down as ‘her memory wasn’t good’. Of course I thanked her very much for her support and glanced at the piece of paper she’d handed to me to see which books she’d read.
I frowned. “These aren’t my books,” I said.
“Are you sure?” she scowled, “Aren’t you Val Wood, the author from Hull?”
“No, I’m Joy Wood, the author from Cleethorpes.”
“Oh dear,” she said, “I’m not stopping then. I wanted to hear her speak.”
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Don’t sweat. It’ll all come right in the end.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Kane and Abel by Geoffrey Archer for the sheer skill of storytelling.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My new book is available currently on Amazon for pre-order (release date 13th July 2021). It’s a gentle love story, but with a crime element which I hope will have the reader rooting for a particular character. (SEE ABOVE)
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Joy for her wonderful Q&A.
If you have any questions for Joy make sure you get in touch.
Make again soon!