JoAnne Kenrick, an ex-Ghost Tour Guide and Holistic Therapist, is a Welsh lass who has lived in various countries around the world, including Australia. She now calls North Carolina her home, where she lives with her husband, two children and a lazy cat. When they aren't demanding her attention, she can most likely be found watching a vampire movie, reading while listening to 80s music, or baking up a British favorite in her N.C. kitchen. That is, when she isn't writing or chatting up a storm on social networking sites. She loves to connect with her readers, and you can discover all the ways you can interact with her online via her website: www.joannekenrick.com.
Q: What is one thing about you that most people don't know?
A: I should have known! Way to get the dirt. Hehe. Well… you might not know that I did the whole “Fame” thing, and have a National Diploma in Performing Arts. I also got accepted into Liverpool University to study Dance, but I gave it all up for a boy. The wrong boy. Ugh. But we live and learn. Right? And just think of the writing material that major life mistake has provided me.
Q: Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
A: I’m really well traveled already, but there are a few places left on my bucket-list yet to be honored with my presence. New Orleans is the most important one. I really want to go mainly for the food and atmosphere. Oh, there are so many haunted buildings that I want to visit there. And I want to trail the Voodoo shops and pay a visit to a Voodoo Priestess. Perhaps even partake in a ghostly tour of some sort. I can’t imagine the things I might learn, or how much my plot bunnies will be bouncing for joy. Heck yes. When does the plane leave?
Q: What do you like doing besides writing and reading? Is it dangerous?
A: Call me crazy. I love spending the night in reportedly haunted buildings. I’ve proven multiple times, to myself, that life after death exists. So I don’t know why I feel the need to continue this proof-seeking hobby. It’s a mystery. I think I’m just into extreme sports for the paranormal enthusiast. Is it dangerous? Yes, it can be. Not just from the piffed off ghosts either. Sometimes you have to worry about the building you’re in because it is hundreds of years old and is lacking maintenance. Things can get hairy.
I also love pouring my creativity into making trailers for my published works. I find it a great stress reliever, and a lot of fun. Plus, I've heard I give “good video” and my readers enjoy checking out what my crazy mind has come up with next. Here's a playlist of my book videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL33FFB9D1293B6F0B
Q: Who's your favorite author to read and why?
A: Don't. I couldn't possibly name just one. How about we talk favorite genre instead? Now that I can do. Vampires. Ghosts and anything that goes bump in the night. Yes. I'm a paranormal romance girl. Throw in a disco ball and an eighties soundtrack, though, and I'll be there. Those were the days.
Q: Where do you write?
A: In my wee office which had a previous life of being my daughter's bedroom. Lilac walls galore. But I don't mind. I like purple. It's a very soothing color. Not to mention the windows have a wonderful view of our acre plot in North Carolina. Huge oak trees and cute little bunnies and squirrels that play out there. And the only things up on my lilac walls is a whiteboard (jam packed with works-in-progress and future ideas) and a Jimmy Thomas calendar. It's right here, next to me. Every time I take a spin on my chair, I see his abs. What great writing inspiration he is. Next year, he'll be replaced with a Thor calendar.
Q: Where did you grow up, and what's it like there?
A: I'm born and bred Welsh. I grew up in a wee seaside town in North Wales called Rhyl. Back in the day, when I was a kid, Rhyl was the place for families to holiday. There was a cool funfair, lovely promenade and decent B&Bs in Victorian buildings. Kiss-Me-Quick hats were seen for miles around, and the arcades were jam-packed. And Rhyl had a huge music scene. I was ever so lucky to grow up there, and spend my clubbing days being entertained by various local rock groups in the infamous Bistro (The Alarm were regulars there). These days, though, it's a mecca for closed-down stores and seagull poop. That's what happens when you get rid of all the fun family stuff and replace it with a huge seawall so no one can even tell it's a seaside town. Even the funfair has gone. Sad, indeed. I hardly recognize the place when we go back and visit. Each time, something new has been removed and in its place stands an empty lot or a boarded-up store.
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