I love the questions I get from readers on my writing process. And now, especially with the release of Book 21 of the Housewife Assassin series, I thought I'd take a moment to answer some of these questions:
How did this novel come to you?
With all of the Housewife Assassin novels, I research national security threats for possible premises for a book. In this case, with social media being as publicly open as it is, I felt it was the perfect vehicle for delivering covert intel between terrorists. From there, the idea for a terrorist attack to happen during a social media influencer event felt ripe.
What are the challenges in sustaining an ongoing novel series?
My protagonist Donna Stone Craig's journey is now five years from where the first book found her. In that time, this housewife, who became an assassin to avenge the death of her husband, has earned the truth about him and is now married again: to the mission partner she once hated until she learned the facts about the life she thought she was leading.
Along the way, her three children—innocents at the tender ages of 12, 10 who are now seventeen, fifteen, and ten—learned the truth about their parents' profession and have processed the disarming knowledge as best they can. I can honestly say that character growth is always important to keep my readers engaged—perhaps just as much as the capers, heists, and missions.
What drives you to write?
If I'm not having fun the reader won't. I've also written two episodic series—one of eight novels; another with three—as well as five stand-alone novels. I liken myself to a proud mama with a brood of babies, each one brought into the world in the hope that it will provide joy and find love. I love them enough to spend the time with the characters I've created; to see that they find their happily ever afters, one way or another.
The journey continues.
If you have questions of your own, feel free to email me at MailFromJosie(at)gmail(dot)com