A Perfect 10 with Joy Lennick

This week, I have the pleasure of featuring Author Joy Lennick for this edition of A Perfect 10.

Please enjoy this week’s installment of A Perfect 10

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. FlorySteve BoseleyKayla MattMae ClairJill SammutDeanna KahlerDawn Reno LangleyJohn HowellElaine CouglerJan SikesNancy BellNick DavisKathleen LopezSusan ThatcherCharles YallowitzArmand RosamiliaTracey PaganaAnna DobrittKaren OberlaenderDeby FredericksTeri PolenDarlene FosterRobert Rayner, C.C. NaughtonSherry RentshlerLinda BradleyLuna St. ClairJoan HallStaci TroiloAllan HudsonRobert EggletonPaul Scott Bates, P.C. Zick

Also, if you are an author and you want to be part of this feature, I still have a few slots open for 2017. You can email me at don@donmassenzio.com

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Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It does both at times! I experience pockets of pure excitement, happiness and a certain, tenuous, fulfillment; but also of frustration and despair!

Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?

I tried using a male pseudonym with some short stories as a test. Noticed no difference.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Why or why not?

I think it does and only wish mine was more pronounced. I’m an extrovert/introvert….

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

On travelling, because it really does broaden the mind and offers so much for our minds to digest and play with.

What does writing success look like to you? Have you achieved it?

My first two books (factual) sold really well; reaching so many people was a novelty for a novice, and the financial reward was a pleasant surprise, BUT I would love to write a worthy novel, so a yes/no reply…

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What sources do you use?

I do whatever research is required. When in the UK (I now live in Spain) I’d haunt the library. Now  I ask questions, read books and check out Google. I tend to plan more in my head and make notes before I start a book.

How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name? Why?

Names seem to present themselves.  So far, I’ve not had a problem.

What is the hardest type of scene to write?

I’m not keen on gratuitous violence or sex – believing that less is more…and find sex scenes a little tricky as I don’t want to dilute the passion. I’ve labored over a few scenes but felt satisfied at the outcome.

If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be and what would you want to ask them?

What a hard question! There are a multitude I’d love to dine with! It would have to be Charlotte Bronte, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck. I’d ask them if they ever thought they’d be famous and if they had second thoughts about continuing writing.(Steinbeck especially was rejected so much!)

What platform has brought you the most success in marketing your books?

In the 1980’s, I couldn’t have asked more of the mainstream publisher Kogan Page Ltd., of London. They had long tentacles… Now, one has to be a wizard or rich re self-promotion and technical know-how. I use Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and LinkedIn, but it”s a slow slog.

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