What better author to have stop by the blog today than one who lives in the heart of wine country California? Raise your wine glasses and welcome Joan Swan!
Joan: Thank you, Lexi! I do love wine country!!
Lexi: Joan you are a relatively new author. Your debut, Fever, being released this past March. Now book two, Blaze, in your Phoenix Rising series will be released this month! Congrats! Does it ever feel surreal for you?
Joan: LOL, no. I’ve worked too hard for it to feel surreal. After months and months of writing and more months of revising, it feels very, very real.
Lexi: You have two series, Phoenix Rising and Covert Affairs. Do you have a favorite yet? Or a favorite hero, one man who takes you out of your normal everyday life and makes you weak in the knees?
Joan: Oh, boy. That’s a little like choosing a favorite child. But, okay, I have to confess…so far, it’s Luke. *Sigh*
I patterned him after Paul Walker…YUM…but beyond the looks, I tortured that poor man. There is nothing I love more than a tortured hero. Except one so hung up on a woman he can’t quite get his junk together to move on after the breakup, even though he tries. And yes, that’s my Luke. Poor bastard.
The only upside in getting me for an author is that the more I torture a character, the sweeter their HEA. And, yes, Luke’s happily ever after is sweeeeet.
Lexi: Your regular (I use that word because we all know how glamorous and carefree being an author is...ha!) job is a sonographer. Being around patients and doctors is a guarantee fodder for character building. Do you think your job has helped you create your characters?
Joan: Oh, absolutely! I meet some of the most interesting people, the craziest people, the angriest people, the funniest people…and because I’m in San Francisco, some very famous people too. I also see every side of human nature in the hospital. Writers by nature are excellent observers, and I’m observing all the time.
Lexi: Do you still read romantic suspense now that you are writing that genre? Or is it difficult to pick up this kind of book and enjoy it without picking it apart?
Joan: Yes and no. I do still read romantic suspense, but I’ve also branched out into the thriller and mainstream suspense genres. And there are times I can lose myself in stories when they are written very well, but I’m a tough critic and it takes a lot to get me invested.
Lexi: Have you had a fan girl moment happen to you yet? Have any of your patients recognized you as an author?
Joan: Um…I don’t think so. And no.
Lexi: Regardless I am sure you will have fan girl moments in your future. Your books have the right amount of suspense, mystery, and hot loving. It will be fun to see where both your Phoenix Rising and Covert Affairs series take us next!
Joan: Awww, thank you Lexi! You made my day! Thanks so much for having me! Cheers!
Joan is spreading book love by offering up a copy of Blaze to one lucky follower (US/Canada only please). To enter leave Joan a comment about either of her series, have a favorite hero yourself? Then fill out the Rafflecopter. Good luck!
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Check out the rest of Joan Swan's BLAZE Blog Tour Schedule:
Tour runs from September 17 - October 6
September 17 - Grave Tells - http://gravetells.com/
September 18 - Book Reader Addicts - http://bookreaderaddictsgiveaways.blogspot.com/
September 19 - Pearl's World of Romance - http://pearlsworldofromance.wordpress.com/
September 20 - Under The Covers - http://underthecoversbookblog.blogspot.ca
September 21 - Reading Between The Wines - http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/
September 22 - Riverina Romantics - http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com/
September 23 - Reading on The Wild Side - http://readingonthewildside.blogspot.com/
September 24 - United By Books - http://unitedbybooks.blogspot.com/
September 25 - My Keeper Shelf - http://mykeepershelf.blogspot.com/
September 25 - The Reading Café - http://thereadingcafe.com/
September 26 - Ramblings From This Chick - http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com/
September 27 - I Smell Sheep - http://www.ismellsheep.com/
September 28 - Paranormal Haven - http://www.paranormalhaven.com/
September 29 - Just Romantic Suspense - http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/
September 30 - Just Romantic Suspense - http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/
October 1 - Close Encounters With The Night Kind - http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/
October 2 - Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction -
Book Monster - http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/
Literal Addiction - http://www.literaladdiction.com/
October 3 - Books-n-Kisses - http://www.books-n-kisses.com/
October 4 - Readers Confession - http://www.readersconfession.com/
October 5 - Book Lovin' Mamas - http://booklovinmamas.blogspot.com//
October 6 - Cocktails & Books - http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/