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AUTHOR: Joanne Troppello
BOOK TITLE: Mr. Shipley’s Governess
PUBLISHER: Wild Horse Press
Please tell us about yourself?
I write romantic suspense and inspirational fiction and work from home as a freelance writer / marketing consultant. I have two books published. Shadowed Remembrances is a mystery novel and Mr. Shipley's Governess is an inspirational romance novel, published through Wild Horse Press. I am contracted to work for several different companies, to write non-fiction, how-to articles each week. I also work as a consultant for a local medical organization and I manage facebook and twitter accounts for different clients. I love to write and read and spend time with my family.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was in high school. I didn’t know much what I was doing, but have always been interested in learning the craft and trying to perfect my work. I love to write and it’s one of my favorite things to do.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, Shadowed Remembrances, is a mystery novel. I am a huge fan of the mystery genre—I love Agatha Christie’s work and also other contemporary suspense novels. I enjoy watching mystery and crime dramas on TV and movies. My first book is a mystery novel in the sub-category of police procedurals with a crime scene investigator as the lead character.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? (Has anyone ever realized it?)
The experiences in my books are not based on people I know or actual events in my own life; however, I take from my life experiences and it does influence my fiction to some degree. My mom read my first two books and she said she can see some of me in the two female protagonists in both books.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The number one book that has influenced my life is the Bible. In regard to my writing, I am a huge Jane Austen fan and love her classic romantic stories. I wanted to write a contemporary love story with a classic feel. Since Jane Austen is my inspiration for Mr. Shipley’s Governess, I tried to set the tone of the novel to mirror the classic feel of her stories. Like the characters Jane Austen created, the ones that spoke to me most are Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley from Emma. My characters are witty and the storyline is true to life, yet sweetly romantic. I’ve had readers tell me they felt like they were reading a book from the Regency period, but also knew it was a contemporary story; so I guess I achieved my goal.
What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
I’m reading The Artist’s Granddaughter by Robin Bayne. It’s a great book and I am enjoying it. I haven’t found anything that I don’t like about it.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently read Defending Glory by Anne K. Albert and I absolutely loved it. Her writing has definitely grabbed my attention and I can’t wait to read the next book in her series. She really knows how to combine all the right ingredients to make the perfect romantic suspense novel.
What are your current projects?
I just finished edits on my newest book, Bella Lucia, and submitted a proposal and first chapter to a publisher. Hopefully, I’ll hear some good news soon from them. Bella Lucia is classified as women’s fiction/drama and is a new type of genre for me to write in; since my first book was a mystery novel and the second a romance. To occupy my time while I’m waiting, I’m editing another book I wrote a few years ago and never submitted, Island Honeymoon. This is a romantic suspense novel and it is the first in a series.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, but in my current works in progress I am trying to add more details and work on writing deep point of view. Now, that my book has been out for one year, and I’ve grown as a writer, that’s what I would add to my book. As an author, I always want to grow in my writing ability and every book I write should be even better than the one before.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned discipline and to always keep learning my craft. The day I think my writing is perfect is the day I need to keep learning and do more work. If I think I know everything, there is always someone out there who knows more than me.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up—if writing is your dream, keep going no matter what obstacles are in your path. Every step forward is a step in the right direction. If you give up, you’ll never know if the next step was going to be the one that brought you to succeed.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I enjoy hearing from readers. I have heard from readers and so far what they have said is very encouraging to me. It’s nice to hear when readers find my books interesting and are looking forward to reading my next books.
Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Wild Horse Press published my second book, Mr. Shipley’s Governess. I did an online search for romance publishers and located their information then followed the procedures to submit my manuscript. I have enjoyed working with them.
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Excerpt from Mr. Shipley’s Governess
Sebastian leaned against the doorframe of the library, amused that Sophie continued reading, oblivious to his intrusion. He watched her scrunch up her face in consternation, engrossed in the book. “So, who do you like better, me or Mr. Knightly?” He heard her sharp intake of breath. She nearly dropped the book as she turned to look at her intruder.
“Definitely, that would be Mr. Knightly; he doesn’t have the habit of sneaking up on me.”
Sebastian sauntered into the room and sat in the chair opposite her. “Yes, he’s so charming. I hope to someday be like him.”
“Hey, don’t make fun. He is the epitome of the perfect gentleman.”
“Actually, I’m serious.”
“What do you mean?”
“I’ve read the same book as you. It must be a coincidence.”
Sophie smiled. “Really…you’re just trying to get on my good side.”
He leaned forward in mock surprise. “Huh, I thought I was on your good side already.”
“That depends on my mood.”
“I see. You’re all about a woman’s prerogative.”
“Yes, I live by that rule.”
He played along, enjoying the playful banter. “Oh, so you’re one of those.”
“You’d better believe it. It’s my prerogative to change my mind whenever I want.”
He fluidly maneuvered his way to the ottoman where her feet rested and he sat down. “I hope you don’t change your mind about me.”
“Well, that all depends on you.”
“I’d better be on my best behavior then.”
Sophie got up quickly and before he realized it, she walked across the room to the bookshelf. “So, you really read Emma, too. That’s still surprising and sweet.”
He followed her. “You’re avoiding any serious conversation, young lady.”
She moved away, running her finger along the spines of the books. He kept following, backing her into a corner. She leaned her hands against the windowsill and backed up as far as possible. She laughed nervously. “So, tell me again why you interrupted me.”
“I did it because I’ve wanted to do this for a long time now.” He cupped her face, tracing the outline of her lips with his thumb. Then he lowered his mouth to hers and kissed her gently, at first, but soon his fervor matched hers. She put her arms around his neck and moved in closer. Finally, they pulled away from each other, both breathless. “I…I’m sorry.”
She touched his cheek. “Don’t be. I’ve wanted you to do that for a long time, too.”
He squeezed her hand. “I should get back to work. David’s going to wonder what happened to me.”
Sophie gave him a flirty smile. “Oh, I’m sure he knows.”
“Now try not to compare me too much to Mr. Knightly because there’s no contest, really.”
As he walked out of the room, he still felt the warmth of her lips on his and the softness of her body in his arms. He chided himself. “Shake it off, man.” Then he walked down the hall in search of his brother.