That Book Place is happy to welcome Joanna Foreman, another member of the Southern Indiana Writers Group.
That Book Place: Tell us a little about yourself, Joanna.
Joanna Foreman: I live in the middle of two wooded acres, and I love the inability to see my neighbors during summer months when the trees are leaf-laden. (I actually love it that the neighbors can’t see me, but we won’t go into that.) I’m into healthy eating, green smoothies every morning and organic fruits and vegetables. I eat meat if it’s been fed properly and only if it has completed its bucket list. I write every morning and think about writing every afternoon, but I’m usually browsing cookbooks figuring out how to eliminate wheat from my diet. Recently have been using coconut and almond flour rather than flour from grains. I have two grandchildren who make my life delicious. I hope I don’t accidentally take a bite out of them!
TBP: What’s your latest project?
Joanna Foreman: My latest completed project is my memoir, a story of growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness with my imaginary friend, and the happiness I’ve found in the past decade since I left organized religion behind. I’ve just begun an agent/publisher search for it. I’m also writing a bizarre story for Mélange Books slated for publication this coming spring. It’s about twin clones and if I told you any more, I’d give the story away. So that’s all you’re getting for now.
I published Ghostly Hauntings of Interstate 65 last year and it is available for $14.95 on Amazon.com and on Lulu.com. Thirteen stories based on fact and folklore, most with a twist at the end. It is available in soft cover and electronic download.
TBP: Are you active online or, as the techie folks say, do you have a web presence?
I use Facebook regularly as my social media. I have a page that I created for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and it gives me insight as to what others have experienced after leaving that religion. It also gives me a platform to ask questions or give my opinion. The information has proven useful in the writing of the memoir and I’ve made some excellent friendships along the way.
TBP: How did you first come into contact with That Book Place?
Joanna Foreman: I first learned about That Book Place when a member of the Southern Indiana Writers Group brought it to my attention. We attended their first annual Author’s Fair last year, and plan to attend this year. I’ve never met a more energetic and friendly bookstore owner than Frank Hall. He oozes enthusiasm about anything written. I love that kind of businessman. If only I lived a little closer to Madison it would be an ideal situation for me.
TBP: Did you choose your main character, or did the character choose you?
Joanna Foreman: My very first main character’s name is Julia. She lives in San Antonio on the RiverWalk. She occurred to me when I realized that people actually live on the RiverWalk. I wanted to be her, so I created her and now I must visit San Antonio to keep my characters alive until I complete the book. I know it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it, right? I would have to admit that my subject chose me. We’d been burgled as we slept in our motel, so the next day during the eight hour drive home, to keep my sanity I went into a fantasy and created the setting and the story.
TBP: If you could spend the evening with one fictional character, yours or someone else’s, who would it be?
Joanna Foreman: If I could have an evening with one fictional character it would be with Captain Jack Sparrow. Need I explain? I don’t think it’s necessary, do you?
TBP: No. No, not at all.