- 1. Where did you come up with the inspiration behind the book?
I guess you can say, Cheree that I hold all children in high esteem. I remember what it was like to be a child. I can remember my own childhood as far back as four and five years old. I was lucky. I had excellent parents with a dad who had a doctorate in psychology. Yet, I’ve seen so much disrespect of other children. And I believe that even with all our technological advances, our way of treating children has not improved. In many cases our handling has worsened. I still see flagrant examples of this today, in the stores, and at the parks. Perhaps our levels of stress have increased making us worse parents than ours were. Whatever the case, I wanted to draw attention to their world with I Can See You.
- 2. What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been writing for over ten years now, and my first book has not yet been published. When I do take it out for a spin, there will be a trilogy and it is one of the books I prefer. The inspiration came to me unexpectedly while I was walking my dog in Miami Beach. Characters began to talk out loud and the whole story played itself as If I’d given it a lot of thought. Perhaps it was just time and my crazy imagination had spawned this over the years.
- 3. What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I have the utmost respect for John Grisham, Pat Conroy, and PD James. I love literary writing. But there are so many writers that have influenced my pen … screen writers as well. I love, love movies. That’s where I learned to perfect the dialogue in my stories.
- 4. What was your favourite scene to write?
So far, I’ve written approximately ten books and published three. So, I’m working on the ones I wrote, as I am writing new ones. So each book has a treasured moment, often one that surprised the hell out of me. In I Can See You the scene happens when Emma propels herself to the hospital to visit her aunt Franka. This is a powerful, tender moment that shows us the power we possess in this great big skull of ours.
- 5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the research was definitely the hardest part of writing this book. For instance, snooping inside police files of known paedophiles and convicted sex offenders. I made sure I did this in a bright sunny room, mid-day and while some calming music played in the background. I am too sensitive sometimes and this can get under my skin and make me sad for a while.
- 6. How do you overcome writer's block?
Please don’t hate me, but I don’t get writer’s block. I hesitate saying this because I always get the weird looks when I do. It’s true. When I’m rested and it’s morning, all I need to do is sit down in front of my story, read what I wrote the day before, and the story continues … like taking dictation. Hours later when I am tired of typing and can no longer focus, I’ll get up, do a sport—swim, bike, or go to the gym (downstairs in my house). The story will continue to go on in my head and I’ll talk to my characters out loud. Then I’ll sit down again and write some more. They also make a lot of adjustments on what I’ve just written.
- 7. What are your current projects?
I am presently working on the final edits of a Romantic Mystery you could also call women’s fiction. Long Goodbyes is about four goodbyes and a mystery. Four women who learn to love again while our heroine, Candice Newman, also in the throes of a long goodbye, is drawn into a mystery by Simon Bennett, the handsome professor who seems to be the only one still searching for a young medical student who disappeared one cold February night in his shoes and shirtsleeves while going to the library.
- 8. What book are you reading now?
Several, actually. I never just read one book at a time. If I do, I can’t put it down until I finish it. I’m a compulsive reader.
- 9. If you could have dinner with any fictional character who would it be and why?
Pierre Beaupré. He is a metaphysical marvel of eighty some odd years and I would love to sit down with him and talk shop. I love that science. Oh, he is a character in this trilogy I’ve been working on for the last ten years. Soon!
10.Do you have any advice for other writers?
Like the commercial says on television: POWER THROUGH. Never let go of a story. Whether you are plagued with writers’ block or out of the blue, don’t seem to find interest with one of the chapters you wrote … POWER THROUGH. You’ll get there.About the Author
With a degree in commerce, Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication. Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.