[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Joan! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Joan Avery] Wife, mother, writer, brutally honest (don’t ask about the last one. lol)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Joan Avery] I ran across the term Remittance Man while traveling in the American west and became fascinated by the concept. What would cause a second or third son of British aristocracy to be banished from his own country and forced to live on an eldest brother’s ‘remittance’ checks? I also wanted the book to include a theme that today’s readers might identify with. Certainly child custody is as relevant today as ever. The laws in 1880 did not automatically favor women. The thought that a child you consider your son might be ripped from your arms is heart-stopping. These two concepts were the driving force behind “Love’s Revenge.” There’s a wonderful excerpt on Entangled’s website Entangledpublishing.com.
By the way this is the first of a series which includes the hero and two of his brothers all of whom are English peers who meet and marry American women in three different parts of the world.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Joan Avery] That’s a hard one. I have several. They all involve Kate and Stephen coming to the realization that the stereotypes which they have clung to must be discarded. Whether it’s Kate facing Stephen, a Remittance Man, or being challenged by the Native Americans she meets, or Stephen overcoming the resentment he feels toward Kate. Of course, there’s also a great climactic love scene!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Joan Avery] Portraying the Native Americans in the book in an honest and three dimensional way. I felt it was a heavy obligation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Joan Avery] My Lactaid pills. For those of you who are lactose intolerant, no explanation needed. For anyone else, trust me on this, you don’t want to be around me after I eat dairy unless I have these magical little pills.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Joan Avery] A “Minion” from the movie Despicable Me. He has his hands raised. I’m not sure if it represents frustration or elation.
A “Women Who Work Too Much” calendar. There are days when this saves my mental health.
And, of course, my laptop.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Joan Avery] Great Question! Sorry, got to get serious here. I think it would be the power to enable people to understand and make room in their heads and hearts for people who hold different beliefs and cultural backgrounds. Traveling the world has made me very sensitive to this. (I remember a moment when my husband and I were sitting in a Mosque in Cairo Egypt and our guide asked if our marriage was a “love match.” I explained that it was. I then asked him about a man in the mosque who appeared to have two wives and several children with him. The guide carefully explained the requirements under Muslim law for a man who wishes to take a second wife. It was a wonderful exchange.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Joan Avery] I read general fiction as a break from Historical Romances. I found “Room” by Emma Donoghue riveting, and thought provoking. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd is the kind of Historical fiction I love. Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life” was challenging to read but thought-provoking in a ‘what if’ kind of way.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
I would love to hear what people think of the book.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to share with you.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Title: Love’s Revenge
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Joan Avery
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
St. Louis, Missouri, 1879
Heiress Kate Barker thought she’d met the man of her dreams the night the mysterious English viscount swept her off her feet at the masquerade. Until his real identity is revealed – the cold, calculating scoundrel is really there to rip her world apart.
The only things that have kept widower Stephen Worth alive for the past two years are the promise of revenge against the man who framed him for murder and the love for Andy, his son, who was taken by the beautiful but vexing sister of his dead wife. He didn’t know what to expect when he met Kate, but it wasn’t undeniable desire.
Torn by attraction, driven by hatred, tempered by their love for a child, Stephen and Kate fight their growing feelings across the country to the wilds of Colorado. If he cannot convince Kate to trust him before she learns the truth about his past, he could lose Andy – but his demons are all the ammunition she needs to keep the boy for good.
Joan Avery has spent over thirty five years in advertising and advertising related businesses including over fifteen as a producer of Radio and Television commercials for companies as diverse as Cadillac and Whirlpool.
She discovered the joy of writing after switching from full-time to part-time employment with the birth of the first of her three children. They joined her two older stepsons to make a fairly large family. She lives with her husband in a Detroit suburb and enjoys traveling.
She believes that nothing opens your eyes like seeing a whole new culture with different tastes and values. The only thing that remains the same is love.
It is a universal language.