A big welcome today to fellow Astraea author, Jo Grafford. Jo's latest book, Breaking Ties, is out now.
ROSE PAYNE'S world is shattered after a secret betrothal to the duke’s son ends up costing her job as a clerk in his father's household. Without a letter of recommendation, Rose becomes an easy target for recruiters to the Colonies. Desperate for work, she signs up for a risky overseas venture and sails for the New World, hoping for a fresh start and vowing to never again fall for a wealthy gentleman.
Returning from a diplomatic tour in London, CHIEF MANTEO is bewitched by the fiery-haired ship’s clerk and determined to overcome her distrust. He contrives a daring plan to win her heart – one that forces her, honor bound, to serve as a slave to his tribe – a plan he prays will protect her from a chilling conspiracy involving murder, blood money, and a betrayal of their fledgling colony so terrifying it can only be revealed in BREAKING TIES.
It sounds a fascinating story, Jo.
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I asked Jo to tell us a bit about herself:
How did you get started writing?
According to my parents, I created some rather excellent murals on the walls of the nursery as soon as I could hold my first crayon. By elementary school, I was writing poems and short stories and entering district-sponsored writing contests. In high school, I edited our school newspaper called Lions Roar, typeset for a local news journal, and participated in American Legion oratory contests – winning more than a thousand dollars in scholarships. For the next decade, I wrote training manuals and financial curriculum at the corporate, college, and high school levels. I finally figured out I was born to be a writer. Last year was my first attempt at writing a full-length novel for publication – a huge “bucket list” item – which resulted in BREAKING TIES, first book in the Lost Colony Series. It has been an exciting and very rewarding journey to becoming a published author. I wouldn’t trade anything for all the life-shaping adventures along the way.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I burned out the motors of three reputable models of kitchen blenders on my quest to create the ultimate guilt-free smoothie. I finally completed my quest with: a single banana, three cups of frozen berries, a dash of Splenda, a dollop of frozen fat-free Cool Whip, exactly fifteen granules of salt (must count under a microscope) and just enough light cranberry juice to get the blades of a commercial-grade blender spinning on the “ice” setting.
I hope it as tasty after all that hard work, Jo!
What’s your top writing tip for new writers?
Just write. Write every day. Write when you don’t feel like it. Write at the bar while dinner is simmering on the stove. Write with a laptop balanced on your knees between appointments. Persistence and practice are the surest ways to reach the top of your game. Ask any NFL player, Hollywood actor, or prime-time TV anchor.
Great tips, Jo. :)
Jo is an award-winning author at Astraea Press who loves to indulge in marathon showings of CSI, NCIS, and Castle. From St. Louis, Missouri, she holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, college finance instructor, and high school business teacher. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter. The mother of three children and the wife of a soldier, she serves as a literacy volunteer for elementary school students.
YouTube Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/nBB8_qcG-9I