I am quite excited about today’s guest. Matter of fact, it is an honor for me that he is visiting, talking about his latest novel and has given me the opportunity to interview him because he is one BUSY guy!!. Besides writing novels and working, he is also a reviewer for Partners In Crime Tours. So without further ado, please help me welcome, Mr. Joel Andre.
ABOUT JOEL ANDRE
Joel M. Andre was born January 13, 1981. At a young age he was fascinated with the written word. It was at fourteen that Poe blew his mind, and Andre began to dabble with darker poetry.
Between the years of 1999 and 2007 Joel was featured in various poetry anthologies and publications. In 2008 he released his first collection,Pray the Rain Never Ends.
Knowing there was something deeper and darker inside of his soul, Joel decided to take a stab at commercialism. Releasing the dark tongue in cheek, A Death at the North Pole, created a dark world among the death of Kris Kringle. Ultimately providing a tale of redemption.
October of 2008 saw Joel release his second book, Kill 4 Me. A tale in which a woman is haunted by a vengeful spirit through text messages and instant messaging.
Taking some time off and doing a lot of soul searching, Joel took things in a new direction and dabbled in the Fantasy Genre with, The Pentacle of Light. The tale dealing with five major races battling for control of Earth, and the acceptance of their God.
Finally, after missing his detective Lauren Bruni, he released the book The Return in October 2009, this time moving the action from the North Pole and placing it in the small Arizona community he was raised in.
Andre’s latest book is The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen about a dead man who seeks revenge on the woman that tormented him in peaceful Northern Arizona.
Currently, he resides in Chandler, AZ.
You can visit his website at www.joelmandre.info
*Where and what do you draw from for the premise of your books?
I let my imagination run wild with my books. Usually, a concept will come to me and I will build on it. In some cases, a title will come to me and I will build off the title.
*What kind of research do you actually do for your books?
I spent quite a bit of time researching locations, psychology and police procedures to ensure that my books have some validity to them.
*Do you draw from real life experiences?
I can answer this question with a no. Since I write horror with violent deaths, it would be a very bad thing if I was pulling the content from real life.
*Are your characters all purely fictional or do you use people that you know and build from there?
All my characters are purely fictional. I would hate to have something bad to happen to someone I know in a book as it puts it out there to the world.
*Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Anne Rice and Poe. I will read a mixture of other authors as well, but those three really have never let me down over the years.
*What are you reading now?
J.A. Jance – Fatal Error
*Do you write every day? How many hours?
Since I work for www.needanarticle.com, I spend almost all day, every day writing. I do try to devote a few hours a day to my own personal stuff though. That way, I am able to continue putting out new content. I think my experience writing online content for others has helped to boost the quality of my writing and I have had the chance to learn about new topics that I can use in my books.
*Have you ever had the dreaded writer’s block? If so, what helped you to bypass it?
I think every writer has experienced this. I just write useless filler until I get past it and then revisit what I was working on. Sometimes, the filler draws out new ideas for future books.
Thank you Joel for visiting.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Synopsis (borrowed from B&N):
Detective Lauren Bruni has dealt with death for her entire life. She has watched it ruin lives, and brought people closer together. Her job taught her to separate fact from fiction. But on a cold December day, all Lauren had believed in would be shattered and tossed aside. Thrust in a world unlike any she has seen before, she investigates a prominent figure’s grisly murder, and searches for answers along a strange new set of people. With a killer watching her every move in the background ready to strike again at a moments notice. What is the secret of the death at the North Pole, and what is the larger horror at hand? Life lessons are learned and a realization that sometimes the most real things in this world, are the ones we believe in the least.