Joann Buchanan’s Blog Tour Interview

 Joann Buchanan has stopped by the blog today for her tour of I Am Wolf! She’s answered some fun questions and shared her links. Enjoy the read and be sure to follow her via her links and on the rest of the tour! 

*Where are you from? 
I was raised in San Diego. 

*Coffee, tea or chocolate and why? 
Coffee and chocolate, because it combines two of my faves in one. Mocha Late’

*What one animal do you think fits you the most and why? 
I have to go with wolf, I’m fierce when it comes to protecting kids and I love having a big family. 

*What does reading mean to you?Reading is an escape from the every day world we live in. For a short amount of time, I get to travel to other worlds, fall in love and go on adventures. I get to solve mysteries and even make friends who love the same books as I do. 

*When and why did you begin writing? 
I was 12 when I started writing. 

*When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
It’s really odd, because I have had 2 pieces of work published through a company but it wasn’t until recently that I considered myself a writer. I was doing my Writer Tip Tues show with Jack Remick when I realized I’m a writer. See we were doing a flash exercise and I caught something that improved on the submission. At that point I thought wow, I’m a writer. Up until then, even with two pieces of work published, I considered myself just a student. In a lot of ways I still do. However, I’m also a writer and that is surreal and cool to be able to say. 

*What inspired you to write your first book? 
I was grounded to my room with only books to read that I had already read and paper to write on. I chose to write a book. It was really just something to waste time with. I didn’t know until that point that I would fall in love with writing. 

*Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to immerse my readers into the worlds I create. I like to paint a picture that they can see, taste, touch and feel everything my characters are experiencing. I think it breathes life into a story. If I have a character that bites her nails when she is nervous, I let the reader know. If there is a smell of honey suckle, then I want my readers to know it. Other than that, I just want them to have a great time learning and getting to know my characters. 

*What was your life like before becoming an author? 
Less hectic…most people don’t realize that there is a lot of work to be done after you are published. The amount of PR work that is involved in getting the word out about a novel is amazing. 

*What sparked the idea for your series? 
The wolves were inspired from a folklore I found about this warrior who was born with a wolf spirit and human spirit in him. Both sides were always fighting to get out, then one night he was needed in battle and the warrior let his wolf spirit free and won the battle. I got to thinking about that story and the simplicity of it and how it must have been for the character. Then I thought what would the consequences be if the wolf came out and bit a human. Then I asked myself, what if the whole reason for the wolf spirit was to assist in maintaining the balance of nature.

Also as lame as it sounds, I wanted to convey the message that everything has consequence and purpose and that abuse of power would lead to darkness in life. I also wanted to show the real line between good and evil in all the choices we make. If I did my job right, then I achieved that and entertained at the same time. That part is the important part of it all. The entertainment part that is. I should probably tell you that everything that happens in book 1 is important. There isn’t a single thing in there that’s just because I thought it would be cool…lol. Every event, scene and interaction is integral to the rest of the story.  

*Which comes first? 
The first word on the page. 

*What was your favorite part of the book? 
Cara’s wonderland. She is a beautiful character that has a vivid imagination and full of spirit. 

*How personal is your writing?
I think all writing is personal. I mean really when you look at it, every story we write comes from within us. We have both dark and light sides and we use those sides of us to create the worlds. We are the monster, the angel, the mom and dad, we are the everything in our books. The characters are real, because they are from us.

*What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? 
Keep learning, reading and writing. Those are the most important things you can do. 

*What is your favorite authors/books? 
Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Stephanie Meyers, David B. Coe, R.A. Salvatore. 

*If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would like to sit down with Stephen King. He has been in the business for so long. I would like to just listen to what he had to say about his life in the writing community. There is so much we can all learn from one another, and he has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. Between him and David B. Coe, they shaped the way I write and think about the worlds I create. I have had the opportunity to talk with David B. Coe, but I was so nervous that I messed up the interview. I will never forget his kindness though. 

*Tell us your latest news?
I’m doing my first appearance in Amarillo and Lubbock Texas on March 24th. On March 23rd, I’m going to be on the morning show on television. That is going to be a first for me. I can’t wait. Also, The Kiss, book 2 is almost ready to ship off to the editor. It’s slated to be released in June. I can’t wait to see what people think of what is going on in Sister’s Oregon and with the Tibolt’s clan. 


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