Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Author Spotlight: Joanna Lee Doster!

Today, please welcome Joanna Lee Doster to the spotlight!

1.  What kind of books do you write and how many have you written so far?

I have written both non-fiction and fiction. My first book was on interior design and my new book is the first of an action-thriller series

2.  When is your next book being published?
I have just recently released Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit and the next book is still in the draft stage.

3.  When did you start writing?

I seriously began writing in the mid 1990’s.

4.  How did you get into writing, and why did you pick the genre that you currently write in?
My family is comprised of writers. Writing was always a creative outlet for me. With all the characters in my head, I guess I’m compelled to write about them. I’m not exactly sure how I started writing an action-thriller in motorsports. But I fell in love with the sport and this young character and his family developed in my head. The story just exploded out of me and I did my best to capture all of its energy. I also love heroes and characters overcoming bad situations.

5.  What is your creative process like?
I begin with the characters, learn about their world and let them tell me the story.

6.  Who is your favorite author, past and present, and why?
I love to read; from the classics to the latest pulp mysteries. I have so many favorite authors –too numerous to mention them all. Favorites from the past: Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler. Current favorites: P.D. James, Elizabeth George, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, and Pat Conroy to name a few.

7.  What motivates you to continue writing?
I have epic stories to write.

8.  How do you get ideas for your stories?
They come to me in my dreams. My brain never shuts off.

9.  If you didn’t become an author, what do you think you would be doing now?
I have had several careers. I am a licensed interior designer, I taught language impaired deaf children, and have held executive positions in the entertainment industry. One of my beloved Maltese dogs Jumping Jack Flash, is an animal actor in operas at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He has sat on the laps of world famous sopranos, one of whose was Renee Fleming’s.

10.  Tell me about your latest book.
Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit is an action adventure thriller. The story spans three generations of a prominent family with deep roots in stock car racing, but mainly focuses on the life and loves of a young hotshot racing driver Sean Devlin, the protagonist, a true hero who after surviving a horrific childhood full of bullying and abuse due to a terrible stutter, goes on to become a champion racer and the number one driver of his family’s racing team. Wrapped around the family drama is the adrenaline-packed world of stock car racing.

The action heats up when the Devlin Motor Sports team becomes the target of sabotage and betrayal right before the most prestigious race of the year. Caught in a web of danger, the Devlins must band together to solve the mystery of who is behind an elaborate plot to destroy them. Everyone becomes suspect. The shocking truth will blow the Devlin family apart. The action never stops; the secondary characters pull at your heart strings, and the edge of your seat racing and chase sequences, as well as intrigue, revenge, romance, heroics and forgiveness all make for a great read.

11.  Your movie has made it to the big screen!  Tell me, who would you want to play the key characters?
Stephen Moyer plays Sean Devlin
Angelina Jolie plays Dakota Phillips
Clint Eastwood plays Taylor Clayton Sr.
Ray Liotta plays Ace Devlin

12.  What’s the worst experience and best experience you ever had as a writer?
I’d say doing the research and prep work was the hardest part of writing. But when the book is finished and gone to press, cracking open the binding of the proof copy is an absolute thrill!

13.  Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing and your life?
Perhaps involved in the producing of my books-to screen or to episodic television.

14.  Where can people find you and your books on the Internet?
Maximum Speed Blog:

Author’s Website:

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