Interview with JoElle Martín
Q – What originally drew you to writing?
A – It was a subject I enjoyed and excelled at in elementary school. In fourth grade we were given an assignment to write a story. The other children in class turned in one or two pages. I turned in a eight to ten page “book”, complete with illustrations.
Q – Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?
A- All the fairytale writers. I love fantasy and happily ever afters.
Q – What most inspires your stories?
A – Everything around me. I see magic and fantasy in everyday life. A single tree in a field becomes a gateway to the fairy world. A homeless person becomes an elf lost in our world. Anything and everything becomes a possible story.
Q – Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?
A- Not really. I write when “that feeling” hits me.
Q- Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?
A – Sort of relates to the previous question, don’t force your writing. If it isn’t there, do something else and come back to it. Otherwise, you end up stuck and frustrated and that kills creativity.
Q – Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?
A – Hard copy.
Q – Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
A – My female and male characters in Julianne’s Wish are Julianne Carter and Forest O’Connell. Julianne is human and Forest is elf; and they are true soul mates. They actually share the same soul. However, as a broken hearted young teenager, Julianne makes a wish to never fall in love again. She doesn’t realize her wish has come true and she is unable to fall in love with Forest.
Q – What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?
A – Fantasy, young adult, and romance. Why? I am a romantic who believes in fairies.
Q – Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?
A – No. I know what I am like. I would drive the other author nuts. I couldn’t do that to another person.
Q – Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?
A – No. I do not do well with deadlines and goals.
Q – What do you do to get book reviews?
A – Beg. Bribe. And sometimes get lucky.
Q – What are your views on social media for marketing?
A – It is an evil necessity. I don’t like social media and the internet, but it works and as a society we’ve allowed ourselves to grow dependent of it. If we want to market and reach our audience, it is a must.
JoElle was born in the Pacific Northwest. When she was a young girl, she moved with her family to Guadalajara, Mexico. She has since lived in South Texas,Central Texas, the Bay Area of California, and now her home is in Northern Nevada.
Today she spends most of her time wandering the scenic highways of America with her husband and creating new worlds and characters for her novels.
JoElle comes from a large family. With two older brothers and three younger sisters, she enjoyed the middle spot while growing up. (She was the official tattletale – a title none of her siblings ever let her forget). Though she loved playing outside as a child, she was also a bookworm.
When they are home, JoElle and her husband enjoy visiting their son, daughter in law, and four grandchildren.
Ever since she was a little girl, and wrote her first multi-page story in fourth grade, JoElle knew she wanted to be a writer. She competed in Journalism in high school, winning several awards in feature writing. JoElle writes both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to her novels, she has written a number of feature stories of community interest for local newspapers on subjects such as volunteering, guide dogs, homeschooling, and the Explorer program. She served as a regional editor for a homeschooling newsletter and has had a number of short stories and articles published in print magazines and e-zines.