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Author Interview - Joy Avery


What made you want to become a writer?
I became a writer because I have always loved the written word. I love the freedom of expression writing gives.

Why romance?
I write romance because I love watching my characters fall in love with each other. I love the trials and triumphs they experience. I love their journey toward HEA.

What has been the most difficult thing about being a published author who writes African-American Romance?
It’s difficult knowing that often times this industry makes authors of color feel as though our titles aren’t good enough to occupy shelf space alongside our romance writing counterparts.

What do you enjoy most about being a published author?
I enjoy communicating with readers, hearing how something I’ve written has touched someone. I love the feeling of accomplishment, knowing that I’ve set a goal and met it.

Describe a typical writing day for Joy.
I have a day job, which cuts into my writing time. I write during my lunch hour. I write when I get home from work, occasionally into the wee hours of the morning.

Pantser or plotter?
With my self-published titles, I call myself a plotting pantser. I loosely plot, but my characters rarely go in the direction I’m leading them. With my traditional titles, I write from a pretty detailed synopsis, which keeps me on track, for the most part. However, my characters still stray.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time in the pool. I recently learned to swim and like clocking as much time in the water as I can. I enjoy kicking back with a good book and binge reading. When time permits, I enjoy baking.


While IN THE MARKET FOR LOVE is your first book for Kimani Romance, it’s not your first published book. Tell us a bit about the move from being self-published to signing with a major publisher. How does working with a publisher differ?
Writing for Kimani Romance has always been a dream of mine. When I was contacted by an editor with the line and asked if I would be interested in writing for them, I was beyond thrilled and jumped at the opportunity. A couple of things that differs are deadlines and publication timeframes. With my self-published titles, I do have target completion dates, but I have wiggle room. Also with self-publishing, I can make my titles available when they are ready, opposed to being placed on a schedule.

Tell us a bit about IN THE MARKET FOR LOVE.
This book features Vivian Moore and Alonso Wright. He’s the developer determined to acquire her property for a project she doesn’t support. The sparks fly between these two when things heat up more than either of them expects.

Your LASSITER SISTERS SERIES is creating a lot of buzz and our RIC reviewer loves the first two books. Please tell us a bit about the series and what to expect in the next book.
Thank you again for posting reviews of my work on your site. This series is about the healing powers of love. Each sister has gone through something that has altered their view on love. We witness how fate, forgiveness and family can play a role in our happiness. In ALWAYS, book three in the series, expect a beautiful love story about taking chances and learning to love life again. It will be a journey of strength and redemption.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?
1. ALWAYS believe in yourself. 2. Network. We don’t and can’t do this alone. 3. Continuously educate yourself on the craft of writing. 4. Don’t take any of this personally. 5. Read, read, read. Write, write, write. 6. NEVER give up!

What’s next for Joy Avery?
Book three in my Lassiter Sisters novella series, ALWAYS, will release later this year. My next Kimani Romance title, SOARING ON LOVE, will release in print on December 19 (eBook January 1, 2018).

Do you have any upcoming events/conferences you want to share with readers?
I will be attending a literary event at Elizabeth City State University October 14.

How can readers reach you?




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