Joanne Brothwell is celebrating the release of Stealing Breath, a paranormal romance from Crescent Moon Press. Joanne dropped by the virtual offices to discuss her new book, and she also brought a goodie! After the interview, you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy of Stealing Breath!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Joanne Brothwell] I live in the country on the Canadian prairie with my family where my stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at my doorstep on a daily basis.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Stealing Breath?
[Joanne Brothwell] Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed creature known to the Navajo as a Skinwalker. Using mysterious abilities, Sarah escapes, only to run directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But why is Evan out in the forest so early in the morning?
Sarah learns her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child, an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others; unfortunately, her indigo aura is highly desirable to not only Skinwalkers, but to others who wish to steal her powerful essence.
Soon, Sarah falls deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart, but she can’t ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, forcing her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Joanne Brothwell] I was reading about the Indigo Child stuff in the new age literature and thought it was a great concept for a story. Then, a friend of mine, an Indigenous woman, told me about a personal experience she had with a Skinwalker. It was so creepy and wonderful that my head began spinning the tale, and here I am today.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Joanne Brothwell] Revisions. I’m sure there are 50 completely different versions of this story, which were thrown out and rewritten so many times I lost track. I would literally cut 50,000 words, sometimes in one sitting!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Sarah?
[Joanne Brothwell] Empath. Indigo Child.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Evan would never have in his pocket?
[Joanne Brothwell] Evan would never have a pink umbrella from a girlie drink, a receipt for a romance novel, or a black comb in his pocket.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Joanne Brothwell] Cassandra Clare. I absolutely adore her characters and writing. They’re so flawed and yet so loveable. Jace is the ultimate hot, tortured, angsty hero. This is what I strive for in my own writing.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Joanne Brothwell] Silence. I can’t write with the TV on, my kids chatting, hubby texting in the corner. I need quiet, otherwise I’m too distractible—wait—what’s that …?
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Joanne Brothwell] Fifty Shades of Gray. I’ve never read anything like that before, and I only read it because I was pitching a literary agent who loved it. It’s not the writing that is most compelling to me per se, because I see many areas where the writing could have been tightened up. It was the fabulous voice of the author that really shone through each and every page, and I was immediately hooked.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Joanne Brothwell] Charlotte’s Web. That’s the first chapter book I read, and I’ll never forget how much I loved Charlotte, or how devastated I was when she died. I still have that book, and despite being dog-eared and sepia-coloured, it is very dear to my heart.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Joanne Brothwell] Read. Work. Play with my kids. Hang out and talk with my hubby.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Joanne Brothwell] They can visit me online, at:
There, they can find links to my various online hangouts!
Thank you for having me, it was a blast!
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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