Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Joss Wood Call Story


The Pink Heart Society is happy to have new Mills and Boon author Joss Wood with us today. Take it away, Joss!

Thank you so much for inviting me to be on your blog. My name is Joss Wood and my first book for Mills and Boon Riva, ‘She’s so Over Him’ set in Cape Town was released earlier this month.
  
All my life reading has been essential to my well being, buying books is now a compulsion and writing is my love affair.  It’s what I do, love, am….I’ve always written and finished my first book at the age of eight…it was a romance, complete, if I remember correctly, with a chaste kiss. (I hope it was chaste_ even I wasn’t that precocious!) Since then, I never stopped writing completely and delved into it when I had time and frequently put it on hold (ok, gave up…*grin*) when I was reminded of how incredibly hard it was…as any author will know.

Yet writing has always been an escape, a compulsion, something I dallied with all my life. I sent my first manuscript off to Mills and Boon twenty odd years ago─ it was awful but I was teenager and, obviously, brilliant. I still, somewhere, have the standard rejection letter. (I think I should frame it now, for a laugh!) As I grew up I realized how much of a craft writing is, how much work it takes and that the chance of success, much less fame and fortune, is minimal.

Fast forward too many years─ a career, a husband and two children─ later and I am on holiday in Malawi, sitting next to the most stunning lake in the world. I am having a conversation with some very dear friends about life and passion and I realise that writing is what I am supposed to do and that it feeds my soul. So I decided to take it seriously and to spend some time learning the craft. And I did. I took on-line courses, read articles, wrote and wrote and then, for a change, wrote some more.

I managed to get an agent (one of the happiest days of my life) and eighteen months and three books later, she emigrated to Australia and closed down her agency. (Most miserable day of my life. Every serious writer knows that it’s near on impossible to get published without an agent.) I considered giving up and raising llamas or something equally odd but I decided to keep on trying.

So, when a local South African magazine ran a short story competition in conjunction with Mills & Boon, I entered and was placed in the top ten. The stories were adjudicated by the editors at HMB and I was asked to develop the story into a book. I worked on it with the editor for about six months and then she sent it off to the powers that be. Time slows down when you’re waiting for editors to make up their minds and I thought they’d forgotten about me.

On the very same day my sister had the most brutal car accident, I heard that the Riva team liked the MS but could I do some revisions (and they wanted the revisions in a week! Gasp! Dismay!). In between hospital visits and dreadfully worried about my sister, I wrote the revisions on the fly and, somehow, the MS was accepted and that the wanted another book as well.  My husband was listening to that first conversation and later told me that he was rolling on the floor laughing because all he heard me say was 'thank you, thank you, thank you!' like the village idiot! LOL!

Six months later I have another three book contract. As I write that, I find myself smiling…

It’s been the most amazing learning curve…and I have learnt so much about the industry, about myself and about the craft of writing. I could write a book─ well, maybe not a book but definitely a rambling article around all I’ve learnt.

By the way, I’m so grateful to the Harlequin and Mills and Boon authors who have graciously shared their experience and knowledge with me…you couldn’t find a nicer group of ladies anywhere!

I really hope that The Pink Heart Society members will love She’s So Over Him (out now) and Wild about The Man (release date January 2013) as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Happy reading.

With my very best wishes
Joss
xxx
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What not to do with your ex…
Maddie Shaw has spent the last ten years not thinking about her fast-and-furious fling with Cale Grant. His dark blue eyes, his hot chocolate voice, his magic touch… No, she doesn’t remember anything like that. Only the numbing devastation when he let her down and she walked away.
Now Cale’s sauntered back into Maddie’s life – drinking in the same bars, working on the same projects, and setting off the same fireworks inside her. It’s Maddie’s chance to prove just how over her ex she really is…but one steamy kiss later she’s fallen at the first hurdle…!


About Joss Wood:
Joss  wrote her first book at the age of eight and has never really stopped. Her passion for putting black letters on a white screen is only matched by her love of books and travelling (especially to the wild places of Southern Africa) and, possibly, by her hatred of ironing and making school lunches. Fueled by coffee, when she’s not writing or being a hands-on Mum, Joss, with her background in business and marketing, works for a non-profit organization to promote the local economic development and collective business interests of the area where she resides.  Happily, and chaotically, surrounded by family, friends and books, she lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, young children and their many pets.


2 comments:

  1. Your book looks interesting. Will there be a US release?

    MarcieR

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