Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Who is killing the blondes?

                       Today's guest - Joanne Guidoccio


In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario. 

 Let's chat with Joanne:

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Carve your own journey and take time to discover what you really like to write. In most cases, you will gravitate toward the genres you read. But don’t limit yourself. Instead, experiment with other genres, nonfiction, and poetry. I highly recommend attending local readings and workshops. If you need more direction, sign up for a creative writing course—online or offline—that exposes you to short stories, children’s and adult writing, creative nonfiction and poetry. Search until you find a warm, supportive environment where your words can flow freely. And most important of all, enjoy the journey.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Gilda Greco – Lorraine Bracco
Carlo Fantin – Pierce Brosnan
Sofia DiMatteo – Lisa Rinna
Anna May Godfrey – Linda Hamilton
Jenny Marie Godfrey – Heather Locklear
Melly Grace Godfrey – Kim Cattrall
Grace Godfrey – Jennifer Lawrence
Roberto Umberto – Russell Crowe

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

It would be wonderful if I could fly at will. Whenever I felt the need to travel, I would pack my bags, stand at the doorway, and visualize my intended destination. Within seconds, I would be transported to a five-star hotel room in that particular city. This superpower would also come in handy during lengthy meetings and sticky situations.

What literary character is most like you?

I identify strongly with Gilda Greco, the protagonist of A Season for Killing Blondes. So much so, that I used the first-person POV. Our similarities...Italian Canadian, born and raised in Sudbury, relocated to Southern Ontario, mathematics teachers, career development practitioners, yoga enthusiasts, non-foodies.

One major difference – Gilda won a $19 million lottery. I’m still hoping.

A Season For Killing Blondes      

 Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.

When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

A Season for Killing Blondes is up for a Readers Choice Award
I would appreciate your vote here.

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  1. Replies
    1. My pleasure - I enjoyed the book - and your answers to the quesitons.

  2. That's quite a cast you've assembled there. As for flying, Joanne, I'm with you on that--not to mention the 19 million! Good luck with the book.

    1. Hi Andrea, I decided to think big when it came to casting. That's one positive effect of a $19 million lottery - everything and anything is possible. :)

  3. I'm with Andrea on admiring that cast! Great job :0 I also believe in enjoying the journey. We need to celebrate each step on the road. That's celebrating life. Best of luck with your book!

  4. Hi Barbara, The writing journey is a challenging one. And if we're not careful, we can easily become frustrated and discouraged. Celebrating each step, however small, is key. :)

  5. Great interview. I don't think I could be so creative thinking up a cast. :) Best wishes with the book!

    1. Hi Angelina, I like the idea of having A-list actors take on the characters in my novel. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  6. Wow, what a cast! Where do we vote to get the story made into a movie? :) All the best with the book and Readers Choice, Joanne. I'm off to place my vote.

    1. Hi Mary, Thanks for your vote! I appreciate your support. Regarding the "potential" movie, I'll keep you posted. :)

  7. Joanne, I always dream of casting my novels. Maybe someday I can! Your book sounds great! Best wishes for sales.

    1. Hi Ilona, Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our books were contracted for movies. A writer's dream come true. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  8. LOVE your cast---they would fit your characters perfectly!!! I laughed when I read Heather L...perfect!
    BTW...I had a dream I could fly the other night---it was awesome!

    1. Hi Anne, Thanks for your ongoing support. I love those "flying" dreams. I feel so energized in the morning. :)

  9. Great! I have enjoyed the write-up so much. I want to appreciate your writing proficiency. It is really outstanding. Keep writing. Looking forward for more updates!

    1. Thanks for the lovely compliment and encouragement. :)

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