GRANT HOLLINGS INTERVIEWS JEAN JOACHIM!
GRANT: All your characters have been waiting for this chance. They’ve chosen me because I’m a lawyer and the best at giving you a good grilling. Get in the witness box, please…oh, my mistake. Sit where you are. Why did you decide to write these stories?
Jean: Because you all came to me and said, “write my story…please.” You begged me. How could I turn you away?
GRANT: A likely story! Wait a minute. What? *steps aside to talk to Mac Caldwell*. Oh. Mac confirms what you say is true. Assuming we did come to you, why did you put so many obstacles in our way…too many dilemmas and not enough sex!
Jean: Have to make you earn your love scenes.
GRANT: Why of all the manipulating, controlling…
Jean: But they were worth waiting for, weren’t they?
GRANT: *nods slowly*, Well, yes. Maybe. Yeah, I guess so *grins foolishly*
MIKE: Love scenes? Love scenes? We’ve got a whole group over here still waiting for love scenes! Talk to Drew, Gavin and me! What happened to our love scenes?
Jean: You’re in sweet books. No love scenes for you!
MIKE: The Love Scene Nazi! Revolt!!
GRANT: Calm down, Mike! This is my cross examination…er, interview. If you want to tear her apart later, hey, that’s up to you. But now, she’s mine! *rubs hands together*.
Jean: Anyone complaining about their love scenes? Men, step forward.
Murmurs in the crowd but no one moves.
I didn’t think so.
GRANT: You win that round. Now on to my complaint. How come MEMORIES OF LOVE is shorter than the other books?
Jean: Not much shorter, maybe five or six thousand words.
GRANT: Yeah, and cheaper, too! What’s that about? *crosses arms over his chest.*
Jean: Sorry, but that was all I needed to tell your story. Besides, being a little less expensive might bring you more sales!
GRANT: Hadn’t thought of that. *Danny slips him a piece of paper* Wait. I’ve got a question from Danny Maine. “Is it true you want to sleep with all your heroes?” Oohh, good one, Danny.
Jean: *blushes furiously* I admit nothing. I plead the fifth.
GRANT: Aha! Gotcha! So you DO want to sleep with your heroes? Hey, that includes me, too. *smiles salaciously* Why didn’t you say so? Cara’s off shooting a movie. What are you doing after the interview?
Jean Joachim is an author, married, a mother of two boys and owner of a rescued pug named Homer. She writes contemporary romance and has more than a dozen contemporary romance books published with more scheduled to be released within the coming months. Jean has been writing non-fiction for over twenty years and fiction for three. Her review column, “Movie Choices for Kids” has been syndicated on parenting newspapers websites for the past 12 years. A native New Yorker, she still lives in New York City. Her website address is: http://www.jeanjoachimbooks.com.