Dec 18, 2014

Dishin' It Up with Joan Hall Hovey, author of The Deepest Dark @joanhh

Joan Hall Hovey

Sum Abby Miller from The Deepest Dark, up in three words. 
Angry. Lost. Brave.

Name a book or movie that you used for inspiration when writing The Deepest Dark, and tell us why!
The book I always refer to when I’m starting a new suspense novel is Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s the must have book for writers, both aspiring and established authors alike. It always inspires me, and never fails to teach me some new thing. Just picking it up infuses me with creative energy. I recommend On Writing to all my writing students.

Name the title (and author) of any book that defines your personal motto.
Be fully present in the moment. Author: Deepak Chopra. (Not sure which book, for he’s written many.) I try to be faithful to the motto, but alas, am not always successful.

Do you have any special hidden talents? If so, what are they?
I enjoy acting and spent much of my adult life involved with community theatre. I’ve been privileged to have leads in such presentations as Arsenic and Old Lace, Same Time Next Year, Shadow Box and others.

How do you battle writer's block?
I try to get out of my own way as much as possible because it’s generally ego that cripples our creativity. We’re rarely as bad as we fear, or as good as our friends tell us we are. And no matter how well written and brilliant our novels are, they will never please everyone. So you might as well please yourself. So, with that settled, I instead, slip into my character’s skin and tell the story through her or him, much as the actor on stage does when she she/he portrays a character. I tell myself a story.

If I’ve entertained myself, It’s a good bet there are others out there who will be entertained as well. If the author is running with her/his story and having a good time, (not that any of it is easy, it’s the harder thing you’ll ever do, and the most fun) writer’s block can’t catch you.

What's the best compliment a reader has ever given you?
“Your darn book kept me up all night.” It’s a bit of a cliché, but that’s the kind of response that encourages you to take that next leap of faith as you embark on the next book. You always want to do it again. And you want to do it better. You might not. But the possibility is always there.

I've always been drawn to the dark side of the human psyche, and devoured everything from Edgar Allan Poe to Shirley Jackson growing up. It is no surprise to me I turned out to be a writer of psychological suspense, often with threads of paranormal, mystery and romance.

I like to write about ordinary women who are at a difficult time in their lives, and are suddenly faced with an external evil force. Women who are stronger than they think they are. But first and foremost I want to give readers a roller-coaster ride, one that keeps them on the edge of that proverbial seats and resonates in the imagination long after the last page is read.

I'm a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.




Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Suspense Thriller

Following the deaths of her husband, Corey, and ten year old daughter Ellie in a traffic accident, author Abby Miller sinks ever deeper into depression. She contemplates suicide as a way to be with them, and to end her unrelenting pain.

In a last desperate effort to find peace, she drives to Loon Lake where they last vacationed together, wanting to believe they will be waiting for her there. At least in spirit. Barring that, the pills Doctor Gregory gave her to help her sleep, are in her purse.

The cabin at Loon Lake was her and Corey’s secret hideaway, and not even Abby’s sister, Karen, to whom she is close, knows where it is.

But someone else does. He is one of three men who have escaped from Pennington prison. They are dangerous predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want - and to keep from going back to prison. Having already committed atrocious crimes, they have nothing to lose.

Unknowingly, Abby is on a collision course with evil itself. And the decision of whether to live or die will soon be wrenched from her hands.   
 
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