For a newbie author such as myself, it’s such an honour to be on your blog, Liz. Thank you so much for inviting me
My name is Joss Wood and writing has always been an escape, a compulsion, something I’ve dallied with all my life. It’s essentially to my mental well being so I’m absolutely thrilled to be contracted to write books for the Mill’s and Boon’s Riva line. My debut book, She’s So Over Him, was released in September this year and my second book, Wild About the Man, will be released in January 2013
I was a finalist in the Voice of Africa/Essentials magazine Short Story writing competition in 2010 and was placed third in 2011. It was through this competition that my first book was brought to the notice of the Mills and Boon Editors.
I live in a rural town in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa in an area surrounded by wild game farms and stunning mountains. Totally spoilt, it’s not unusual for me to see rhinoceros and giraffe, antelope and zebra while driving to visit my family in a neighbouring town.
I run on coffee and drink far too much of it! When I’m not writing or being a hands-on Mom to two very busy kids, I work for a non-profit organization to promote the local economic development and the collective business interests of our town and area, where my background in business, local government and marketing comes in handy. My hobbies include coaching my daughter’s field hockey team, meeting my friends for a before-work cappuccino or an after-work cup of tea and reading, reading, reading. I read everything; from romance to romantic suspense to real life crime to sci-fi…
Travel is hugely important to both my husband and I and I’m happiest with a rucksack on my back and an airplane ticket in my hand and have been so fortunate to indulge my passion for travel by visiting many countries within Southern Africa, Europe and America.
While I’m working on a manuscript, I always have ideas bubbling away in the background. As an idea comes to me for a new book− or a heroine/hero with a problem− I jot them down and carry on writing. When I’m waiting for revisions to come back from my editor, I go through those ideas again to see if any of the premises/ ideas jump up and shout ‘write me, write me!’ If they do, I start fleshing the story out, if not I pace the floor, eat cookies and worry whether I’ll ever write another book again.
About She’s So Over Him….
Cale and Maddie. Complicated. Stubborn. So completely right for each other but so determined to keep each other at an emotional distance while ripping each other’s clothes off…
I absolutely adore them and loved writing every moment of this, my debut novel for Mills and Boon Riva. She’s So Over Him is set in beautiful Cape Town and tells the story of Maddie, a very successful event co-ordinator and Cale, a sports psychologist and triathlon maniac.
With a big thanks to Liz and my very best wishes!
PS: I love to connect with readers on Twitter @josswoodbooks; on Facebook – Joss Wood9 and at my blog so pop along and say hello.