Aug 5, 2013

In the Spotlight - Joanne Jaytanie

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Joanne was born and raised in Sherburne, New York, a quaint village surrounded by dairy farms and rolling hills. From the moment she could read she wanted to explore the world. During her college years she slowly crept across the country, stopping along the way in Oklahoma, California, and finally Washington State, which she now proudly calls home. She lives with her husband and two Dobermans; Maya, and Tristan, in their home located on the Kitsap Peninsula with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.

Joanne is a member of Romance Writers of America, and an active member of Debbie Macomber’s home chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers, where she serves as the President.

Chasing Victory

The Winters Sisters Series

Doctor Doolittle in female form creates X-Men on steroids. Murder, kidnapping, and blackmail follow as world-renowned geneticist Victory Winters is forced to pursue her research on canine DNA. Victory is kidnapped and taken to a satellite facility of Biotec, owned by a shadow conglomerate known as The Kaleidoscope Group. To her horror she is presented with human test subjects, two military men who have been injected with this foreign DNA.

 Tristan Farraday is a naval officer assigned to a clandestine division of the armed forces, known as SOCOM; Special Operations Command. His primary goal is to expose the players behind a plot to create indestructible soldiers and to secure this research at all costs.

Victory is suspicious and untrusting of Tristan because their initial friendship was built on lies. However, she realizes that in order to save herself and her family she will need his help, and Tristan goes undercover as her research assistant. Working together they fight to save the men injected with the foreign DNA. While inside the Biotec compound Tristan attempts to contact Wyatt telepathically, but is unable to reach him due to a hi-tech security grid. Tristan stumbles upon the fact that Victory has her own telepathic abilities, along with a rare gift of being an amplifier–someone who enhances others’ abilities. Victory is not aware nor does she believe that she possess these abilities. They rebuild their friendship, and as the danger surrounding them escalates, the passion between the two ignites.


“Yeah, well there goes our only real lead.” Tristan hissed while taking in his surroundings, trying to get a read on what had taken place. “There it is again.”

“What?” Wyatt answered.

“Shhh,” Tristan responded. “I’m not talking to you.” Flaring his nostrils widely to fill his lungs with the odors surrounding him, Tristan took in several deep breaths, each time filling his lungs more deeply. He closed his eyes and focused on his breathing. The scent from a person will travel in the wind forming a scent cone; these scents are picked up by bloodhounds, and Tristan. He had caught that same scent while tracking Jeffery through the forest. He knew Jeffery’s scent and that wasn’t the only scent cone he was detecting.

Old Spice and sweat, accompanied with the distinct odor of cigarette smoke still lingered, along with scents that were uniquely human: stress and testosterone. These stenches littered the area, and underneath them all, the strong scent of cordite given off by the gun and the blood soaked ground. It was highly possible that those were the scents of Jeffery’s killers. He turned slightly to his right and picked up another scent cone. It was weak, but it was there. Without thinking he moved with his eyes still closed, off towards the right. Lavender and chamomile. Someone else was here, a woman. By the weakness of her fragrance, Tristan surmised that she could not have been as close to the action. He stood motionless, letting the odors of the ghastly scene penetrate his every pore. He opened his eyes and continued walking, the lavender and chamomile growing stronger with each step. He walked about sixty feet, when he found a patch of bent and broken ferns. It was a small depression, but the lavender-and-chamomile woman had definitely been lying among the ferns. Crouching down into the depression, Tristan looked back to where Jeffery laid. He could barely see Jeffery and he was sure whoever was laying here could not have heard or seen anything, except the gunshot that had ended Jeffery’s life.

The Inside Scoop

Q. Do you work best on a deadline, or do you need freedom from time constraints?

A. My first answer would be that I like freedom, notice I said I ‘like’ it. However, knowing myself as I do, I work much better on a deadline. It makes me plan out my time, and stick to my plan.

Q.  Is there a word or phrase you catch yourself overusing?

A. ‘Had been’ – which of course is bad in two ways, first it is past tense; and second, well you can probably figure that out. It is unnecessary and weak. I found myself using it as a stop gap while I was thinking. I am hyper aware of it now and always work at avoiding the phrase, unless absolutely necessary.

Q. How do you keep your characters and stories organized?

A. I create what I call my Reference Bible. It’s a simple word document. I list every character, when they first appear, and on what page, and in which book. Under each character, I list their description and characteristics. As I progress through my WIP, my character lists expand.

When writing a series, as I am now, I also add page numbers where I feel important things happen and jot down a brief summary or word. This may not be important in the book I am currently working one, but often comes into play in later books in the series.

My Reference Bible is always right on my desk, where I can get to it quickly.

Q. Are you a Swooper (write first, edit later,) a Basher (edit each sentence as you go,) or both?

A. I am a Swooper. I like to keep the flow going when I’m on a roll. Stopping to edit brings me out of my creative phase. I do find that if I’m having a difficult time in a scene, I will go back though and edit it, and then continue writing.

Q.  What is the one thing you must have to be able to write?

A. A love for the craft, a need to want to tell your stories and the tenacity to see it through till the end.

Q. What types of scenes are your favorite to write?

A. I love action scenes. Once I have the idea in my head, I whip out an action scene in no time flat.

Q. Are you always in the driver’s seat? Or do your characters drag you along for the ride?

A. I start out in the driver’s seat, but get displaced quickly. For example, when introducing one of my secondary characters in Chasing Victory, he was what I considered a throwaway character and I planned to kill him off before the end of the book. Well, come to find out, he decided he wasn’t going to die that easily, and has since become the hero in the book two. Sharp curve ahead ~I didn’t see that coming.

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