This is the first time I have interviewed Joi Copeland, and I have enjoyed getting to know her. Hope my readers will, too. And please come back tomorrow for more info on her newest book.
Welcome, Joi. Tell us about your favorite book as a child and your favorite book as an adult. Can you see a connection between those books?
As a young adult, I read a lot of V.C. Andrews (before I became a Christian.) As an adult, I loved Francine Rivers A Voice in the Wind series. These two authors are different as night and day! No connection at all! :)
Yes, those are very different, genres, but perhaps you are the one who is now different! What is your favorite Scripture? Do you also have a favorite Scripture that encourages you in your writing?
My life verse is Philippians 4:6-7. This scripture encourages me in my everyday life, including writing. :)
If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?
England. As a matter of fact, I have a book idea in my head that I was asked to write about. Part of the setting is in England, and I long to go there to do research!
I often wonder if I would write if I had to do it the old-fashioned way without computers and spell-checks and email. Is there anything about technology that you don’t like? Or anything about it that you feel enhances your writing?
I probably would since that’s how I started my first novel, Hope for Tomorrow. Then, I copied it onto the computer. I love writing on the computer, but I am constantly in prayer my laptop doesn’t die on me!
As a writer how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?
Oh my, in so many ways! My critique partners have really challenged me and stretched me like I didn’t think possible.
What advice would you give to a beginning writer that you wish someone had given you?
Join a critique group as soon as you can. Listen to their advice. Determine whose point of view you’re writing from, and please, don’t head hop in the same scene without making it obvious.
Do you want to add anything about your book such as how to order it?
You can order any of my books through amazon.com. Letters of Love is my newest book and loosely based off of my grandparents.
Thanks for having me, Rose!
Author bio: Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She is living the dream in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Joi loves being a wife and mom! She enjoys spending time with her sister Steffanne, and loves to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea with friends! She’s been a Christian for over twenty years. Following Jesus has been the best decision she has ever made. Joi’s other books are Hope for Tomorrow, Hope for the Journey, Christmas Rayne, and Sheriff Bride Rob’s Story.
To enter the drawing for the pdf giveaway of Letters of Love, leave a comment with your email info on one of Joi’s blog posts, either today or tomorrow. the drawing will take place on March 10th.
Hi Rose and Joi! I’ve enjoyed getting to know Joi a bit on Facebook and have read and enjoyed two of her novellas. I adore stories based in part on true love experiences, and I’d appreciate the opportunity to win her newest book. Thanks for the interview and blessings to you both. email@example.com
Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn! :)
Great questions… very insightful.
I’m blessed to be in a critique group with Joi. Letters of Love is a charming story. Her grandfather’s letters reminded me of my dad and his service in WWII.
would love to read this novel…thanks for the chance :)
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Thanks, Mom and Penny!
Karen, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! :) Nice to have you here!