Name: Joyce Brennan
Age: Way past forty.
Where are you from: Leipsic, Ohio
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I grew up in a small town. After high school, I attended an Airline, Business School. Then I went to work for American Airlines in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m married and the mother of four children.


Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m excited to announce the July 15, release of my latest eBook, MISPLACED. This is the story about a young woman who walks in on her parent’s murder and is also shot and left for dead. She recovers and is placed in the witness protection program. It’s romance, adventure and murder.



Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote plays in grade school, and later was Editor of a business school newsletter.



Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I joined a write and read workshop. I wrote a short story every two weeks.



Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The write and read group liked one of my stories and encouraged me to make it into a novel.



Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in third person. I like to pull ideas from the different small towns I lived in over the years when my husband was transferred.



Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For MISPLACED, my main character was a spoiled debutant. In order to keep her safe from the mobsters who killed her family, WITSEC places her in a small town. Everything is foreign to her and she feels misplaced. The Hidden Journal is a story about a woman who owns an antique shop and discovers a journal hidden in an old desk. Unfortunately, the journal has facts that destroy her relationship with the man she plans to marry.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I like my readers to identify with my characters and the location. I want them to watch the characters grow and change. And with all romance genres, enjoy a happy or satisfying ending.



Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

For MISPLACED, I did research on WITSEC, and the FBI. I hope I’ve described them correctly.



Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Only the small town locations. Other than that, I’ve never personally known anyone in the WITSEC program. In The Hidden Journal, I volunteered to clean out a recluse’s house after her death. I found papers and journals that told about her life. I also discovered notes about her wedding. The woman was left at the altar.



Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

The Bible, for one.


Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Maeve Binchy. I love the way she told the characters separate stories and then brought the characters together. After reading any of her books, you felt as if you were part of the community. I hope I accomplish that in my books.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

My reading group is reviewing Smooth Talking Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Deborah Coots. Her “Lucky,” books are a hoot.



Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m finishing a series. I just submitted the first book, OLIVIA, to Tirgearr Publishing. I hope they decide to publish it and the entire series.



Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The Las Vegas Romance Writers, a chapter of RWA. This group encourages all writers.



Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’m retired. I write for the challenge. I have time to improve my craft.



Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’m extremely satisfied with MISPLACED. Tirgearr assigned a terrific editor who helped me flush out the characters and eliminate the scenes that didn’t move the story forward.



Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always had a great sense of imagination. Writing down my fantasies seemed normal.


Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?:

My series, The Women of Rexford, takes place in a small Ohio town.
Olivia, returns home to take care of her aging aunt, after a working for an advertising company in New York. She takes over the family business, the local newspaper, and finds herself immersed in community politics. Her love interest is a family doctor who has no desire to become involved after his divorce. Both are strong-willed characters who have their own agendas until they fall in love.
Olivia meets with four friends every Wednesday evening for dinner. Each of these women will have their own book in the series.




Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Limiting myself to the main story. I like to tell everything about everyone and it takes discipline to tighten my manuscript.



Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite mystery writer is Harlan Coben. For Women’s fiction, the late Maeve Binchy, and I love Robin Carr and Debbie Macomber for romance. I read at least a book a week and am constantly searching for new authors.



Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not anymore. I give presentations on writing to local writer’s groups. I attend book fairs, and library events.



Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I am so lucky to have Tirgearr’s staff design the book covers. They ask for my input and come out with terrific, eye-popping covers.



Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Scheduling life around my writing. I volunteer, attend writing groups, play cards, and dominos.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned everyone has secrets. When I come up with ideas for a manuscript, I ask my friends if any of them have been involved in that particular situation. I’m always amazed at their answers.



Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Join writing and critique groups. Learn to write deep point of view. Have a general idea of the beginning, middle and end of the book. Sometimes your characters don’t allow you to follow that plan, but at least you know where you’re going. Finally, read, read, and read.



Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope they can identify with my characters. I want them to become part of the story, feel the characters pain and enjoy the ending.


Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

For pleasure, Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift. I loved the book as a child and still have my original copy.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I host a weekly card game. I love to spend time with my long-time friends.


Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I love the police shows, Rizzoli and Isles, CSI, Law and Order, etc.


Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music.

I love to make soup. My favorite color is Green and I always listen to country music when I write.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

We transferred eight times during our marriage. I made a point of volunteering everyplace we lived. I still do some, but if I didn’t write, I would put in more hours helping the community. I love to give presentations on writing. I might have honed that craft to give inspirational talks to different groups.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I have both a fan page and a blog. I post my book covers on both sites. If the reader wants to contact me, they can do so on either site. Also, my books, The Hidden Journal and Misplaced, are available on Amazon. You can read the first two chapters before you download the book. romance/ and my blog, You can always contact me through Tirgearr Publishing’s web site.