Please welcome the lovely and talented Joyce M. Holmes to our tiny book nook under the stairs. Joyce is here to chat a bit as well as tell us about her new release from Secret Cravings Publishing, It`s Complicated.
That girl in English class, the one who started on her essay or reading assignment the day it was handed out? Yeah, that was me. A camera was never far from my fingertips either, and anyone walking the school halls was fair game to having their photo snapped for the yearbook. I had grand dreams of becoming a photojournalist. Then my parents moved a few days after my graduation, and at seventeen I was on my own and all dreams were put on hold. I bounced around from place to place for a couple of years, married young, had three beautiful boys. "Me" became replaced with "Mom".
For twenty-some years, I immersed myself in raising my kids. Nothing was more important. I still took photos, I still read whenever I could steal a moment, but writing not only took a backseat, it got shoved, huddled and neglected, in the trunk.
As my boys got older and became involved in sports, I started submitting write-ups of their games to the local paper and they always got printed. That small success fueled the fire kept on slow simmer for too many years. On my fortieth birthday, I sat myself down, as people tend to do, and asked what did I still want to achieve for "me"? I wanted to write a book. So I did. And it was terribly bad. But the bug had bitten. I wrote another one, then another and another… I took classes, attended conferences, joined writing groups, and I began getting "good" rejection letters. (I know, right? Total oxymoron.)
About that time, my life shifted gears again. With my children at an age where they no longer needed constant attention, my hubby and I began to travel. I found an entire world out there to explore and photograph, and digital photography made it so easy and fun. I stopped writing halfway through a story, just completely stopped writing. But if you have a true passion for something, it can't be denied. It took a couple years, but I gradually found my way back to writing. I still haven't finished that abandoned story, but I will. Another of my stories called to me first, my favorite one. I edited it, brought it into the twenty-first century (my, how the world has changed in those few brief years), submitted it and yay – Show No Weakness became published. I’ve recently followed that with a sequel, It’s Complicated, which was published last month.
I confess to being partial to wounded characters. I enjoy reading about them and most of my stories feature them. Besides English, two of my favorite classes in school were Sociology and Psychology and I blame my fascination with the human psyche for this compulsion to torment my characters.
In It’s Complicated, it’s my female character, Maggie, who is the most wounded. Her childhood was far from ideal, and as a result she’s developed such a protective armor around her heart, which Tom has to slowly and patiently break down. And along the way, Maggie teaches Tom a few things about life and love too. This is the back cover blurb:
Having grown up with no one but herself to count on, Maggie Lapage carefully guards her feelings. Professionally, she goes above and beyond to give others the support she wishes she'd had as a child. When she develops a forbidden attraction to a client, she does what she thinks is necessary, to save his family and to protect her own heart.
Tom O’Shay finds his life caught in a nightmare when he risks losing custody of his daughter. It goes against his character to seek help, but he doesn’t have a choice. That doesn’t mean he has to like it. Everything changes when he falls hard for his daughter’s counselor and he suddenly has two fights on his hands. One for his daughter and another for the woman he loves.
He wants a real relationship, she's afraid to love. It’s complicated, but is it impossible?
To learn more about Maggie and Tom, please visit my website at http://joyceholmes.wordpress.com/bookshelf/. I have buy links and excerpts for both of my books posted there.
I've learned a few things along the path to this place I now find myself. I've learned life is all about striking a balance. You don't necessarily have to give up one thing to enjoy another. And never give up on a dream, even if it has to ride in the trunk for a while first.
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