Joyce Yarrow has worked as a screenwriter, chanteuse, and multimedia performance artist. She is the author of two published novels: ASK THE DEAD and THE LAST MATRYOSHKA (RUSSIAN RECKONING in e-book format). Ms. Yarrow is a Pushcart Nominee and her short stories have been widely published.
Joyce recently co-authors a romantic thriller, set in India and North America, with Arindam Roy.
Originally from the Southeast Bronx, Joyce resides with her husband and son in Seattle.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write stories that reveal human nature on many levels – for example, how we react under stress, why we chose to help friends who are in trouble, the obstacles we face in finding love and fulfillment. I love the idea of learning through trial and error and how that relates to humanity as a whole.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process varies from project to project, but eventually I work up an outline of the main events in the plot and how they weave together to reach a climax. I write character sketches when I begin and fill them in as I get to know my characters over time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hear my characters in my head when writing dialog – most importantly the tone of voice in which the words are said. If a character convinces me she means what she says, then I know she will be believable to the reader.
What advice would you give other writers?
Live inside the world you create when you write and you will never be lonely – or short of ideas.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been published by 3 small publishers and have self-published one book from my backlist after getting the rights back. Working with a publisher can be a huge help to a new author, especially if good editorial services are provided. I would never publish a book without working with a professional editor to ensure it is the best it can be.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
So much has been said on this topic! I think there is a place for both traditional and self-publishing and that readers will find the books that appeal to them in either case. I love print books and hope they survive this huge transition. It is encouraging to know that people are reading more and have more to choose from.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, suspense, literary crime fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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