Today's guest is Joss Landry. She's here to talk with us about her newly released novel, Mirror Deep. Before we get started with the interview, let's take a look at the premise for Mirror Deep...
Danger and romance roll like thunder through horse whisperer Kat Bonner’s world, when a known felon comes to the ranch to drop a bomb about her past. Kat turns to Pierce for help; the same Pierce who bucks her every chance he gets, and whose feverish investigation lands them in trouble with the law and directly in the path of a serial killer. Mystery deepens, fraught with wrong turns, bumbling detectives, old murders, and Kat’s doppelganger no one sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierce’s feelings toward her, brewing, mounting, until she can no longer deny them.
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Tricia: Hi, Joss. Thank you so much for stopping by to celebrate your book release. Could you tell us little about yourself.?
Joss: Tall order, this could go on a while… First I want to thank you, Tricia for the opportunity to talk a little about my book and what got me started as a writer.
Well, I’m the mother of four, two girls, two boys, and grandmother to four boys and one darling little girl. I still live to play outside, bike, swim, rollerblade, and tennis… anything that’s fun to do in the sun. Indoors it’s cooking, baking, reading and movies…oh and Nintendo games.
Tricia: How long have you been writing and how did you start?
Joss: I wrote as a child, a diary, for many years where I kept all sorts of stories, and projects, like my time-machine theory. It was only decades later, while walking with my dog on a beach in Miami, in my head began a dialogue between characters I’d never seen or heard before. The communication was so clear. I began putting their story to paper and in forty-five days, I had a one hundred and fifty thousand-word manuscript. In eight years, I have written seven manuscripts and eight outlines for new books. My children and friends read them and shared the stories with their friends. Then my husband convinced me I should get my stories published.
Tricia: Tell us about Mirror Deep.
Joss: It’s a romantic adventure that spans two continents, displays beautiful horses, and is set in splendid surroundings, peopled with exciting characters. I’m told that the story leaves a person with a good feeling.
Many of the events come from my own background as we once owned a small horse farm, and my children spent their teenage years in the pony club. We even raised Trakehner horses for a while. Plus, Chicago and Paris are two of my favorite cities. Paris is like my home town. I love it so much.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for Mirror Deep?
Joss: Mirror Deep actually came to me while I was working on another story and trying, at the same time, to keep score of a Grand Slam tennis match. Crossed circuits maybe, but like a radio tuned into another channel, all of a sudden, I could hear these other characters talking to each other, and riding horses. I had to interrupt the story I was working on… and 125,000 words later I gave birth to Mirror Deep.
Tricia: Tell us about the relationship between Kat and Pierce and what makes it special?
Joss: They used to be friends, now they’re not anymore. They are second cousins, and they do share a love of horses and both work for Bonner-Willow. Kat trains horses and enters competition. Pierce is the acting CEO of the place, Kat’s dad considering him like the son he never had.
This is where the similarities end. Kat believes Pierce to be too cocky, too sure of himself, and Pierce uses Kat as a secret yardstick to compare the worth of his many girlfriends. Still, Kat begins to rely on Pierce for help when an ex-felon drops in on them with news that changes her life for good.
Tricia: Having seen your gorgeous book cover, and after reading the first chapter, I have to assume horses feature prominently in your novel. What is the roll horses play in Mirror Deep?
Joss: Thank you. Richard Sutton did my cover. He did a great job. I guess you can say the horses are the backdrop, steady and constant without being the backbone of the story. Plot and sub plots revolve around the two main characters, Kat and Pierce, and the horses are there as part of their life.
Tricia: What other writing projects are you working on right now?
Joss: Yes Sir, No Sir. A romantic suspense as well, including 110,000 words. I’m at the editing stage. I love this book. Another whodunit that involves the two main characters. Also, I’m at chapter 28 of an urban fantasy I have gotten attached to. I’ve tried to inject a lot of realism into it so that the fantasy appears more poignant.
Tricia: What are you currently reading?
Joss: Tricky question, with no right answer. I have to read more than one book at a time, or else, I get caught up in a story so much that once I read more than five chapters in a row, I will not put the story down until it is finished. This is a habit I got into as a youngster.
Tricia: When you’re not reading or writing, how do you spend your time? How do you decompress and relax?
Joss: Well, I’m like a kid. I love to play. Now that it’s cold outside, to decompress, I mostly use the gym equipment I have to keep fit. I also have my Wii programmed for yoga, and I swim twice a week at our local indoor poor. However, true relaxation comes from meditation and watching old movies.
Tricia: Where can my readers go to find out more about your work?
Joss: I have a website that describes a little what I like to do and where people can follow my blog:
Joss Landry web site: http://www.josslandry.com.
Event page: Come as you are party for my book launch October 26, 2012: http://www.facebook.com/events/466614450049301/
Facebook, my fan page: www.facebook.com/josslandrymirrordeep for those who want to give a little love my way.
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