Monday, May 26, 2014

JoAnne Myers

                                     JoAnne Myers

Author Bio:


I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paints.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at:
JoAnne will be giving away two copies of her poetry book to commenters today:
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything In Between (a poetry collection)


What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? 
Take vacations by myself to other states. I did get lost at the Kentucky Derby once and it took me hours to find the party bus. I was fortunate that they waited for me. I live in Ohio, and the derby is in Kentucky. I was scared.

What adventure would you like to have that you haven’t done yet if money and skill were no problem? 
Well that will be happening this August. It is the month of my birthday and this year I am going rock rappelling at the local Old Man's Cave, which is a big tourist attraction here in Hocking County. The caves get millions of visitors each year.

Who are some of your favorite authors? 
Ann Rule, Anne Rice, Gregg Olsen, Aphrodite Jones. What commonality do you see in them?  They all write true crime which is my favorite genre.

I believe color says something about a person’s personality.  What’s your favorite color? Blue

If you could have a do-over life, what one thing would you do differently?  What would you do again?
I would wait to marry and start a family until I finished college and had my career going. I would marry and have children.

What is your writing process from conception to finished MS? 
I think of the story line, than the characters and what they should look like, including their personalities. Who are the bad guys and who are the good guys. What type of action should take place between these characters; such as a kidnapping, murder, fist fights, love scenes, and how the ending should be, whether it should be a happy ending or a sad ending. 

Are you a planner, panster or both?
I am a planner. I like planning every story out instead of winging it as I go along.

How did you research for your book? 
This story is an actual case from my hometown of Logan, Ohio that occurred in 1982. It took nearly 30 years to find the true perpetrators. There were a lot of suspects, and twists and turns, involved with this case, and unfortunately the local police convicted the wrong man. It was a sad time for the whole county. This crime terrified us small town citizens and detroyed families.

What is your all-time favorite movie?  TV show?
It use to be Gone With the Wind, but now it has been a weekly SyFy show called Bitten. Their new season is getting ready to start and I cant wait. It is filmed in Canada with Canadian actors, and very action packed. It involves a family of werewolves, but they are the good guys.

How important do feel writing workshops are to any writer?
I think writing workshops are very important. I believe an artist, whether that be a writer, painter, or any artist, never stops learning about their art. I don't think there is such a thing as to much learning, when it comes to crafting your work.

If you could learn one new skill, fear and money no deterrent, what would it be?
To scuba dive.  It must be amazing to see under water. The fish must be beautiful. That would be great to do.

If you had a million dollars to donate to any one charity, what would it be?
The humane society for abused and neglected animals. I feel everything in the world needs help; animals, children, the environment, plant life.

What advice would you like to give to an aspiring writer?
Never give up. You will be published if you continue to write, and I believe writing leaves one with a feeling of accomplishment.

Did anyone mentor you or help you along the way?  Please tell us about your mentor and what you feel they contributed to your writing career. 
Yes I did have encouragement from a fellow local writer. He edited my first book, and looked for publishers for me. I have since moved on to other publishers, but I did appreciate all that my friend did for me.

What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? 
To be honest and kind in life and to others, and work for what you want. As for my writing, I was advised to not listen to others when and if they have negative comments.  Write what I want to write and not what others think I should write.

If you could live anywhere in the world you wanted to, where would it be? (Language is no barrier)
I would start with the whole European continent.  There are way to many seemingly nice countries to live in. It would be a difficult choice for me to make.

Where do you write? 
In my spare bedroom which I call my hobby room, since this is where my computer and stand is, along with my paints, brushes, and canvasses.

How much time do you devote to writing each week?  Do you have a day every week that you take off? 
As I was putting my books together, I would write daily, even if it were just a few lines.  I just could not stay away from the computer for long periods of time. I wanted to finish these books, before I forgot what I wanted to write. When I start a new book, the writing becomes an obsession.

What is a genre that you have not attempted that you would like to try?
Romance, erotica, and children stories. I don't think I will ever attempt erotica, but maybe sometime romance and children books are a possibility.

Is there anything you would like readers to know about you? 
I just want people to read and enjoy my stories. I hope to always write and paint.  It is my passion at this time in my life. A beautiful passion that becomes a beautiful and lasting creation.



Blurb for The Crime of the Century-a shocking true story

            The residents of Rolling Hills, a hamlet in southeastern Ohio, were horrified when the dismembered bodies of two missing teens were pulled from the local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, but only one was railroaded, Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead.
            What began as an evening stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed ‘the crime of the century’.  18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant and horsewoman, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and possessive unemployed printer, were last seen crossing a trestle bridge. Within fourteen days, their mutilated torsos and severed heads and limbs were unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.
            With an investigation smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators built a flimsy case against Richard Lloyd. The three-week trial was based on police corruption and ineptitude, fairytale theories, and forensic mishandling.
            This heinous crime shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, destroyed two families, and forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice for Babette and Shane, and of one man’s perseverance to gain his freedom from death row.
What took place within a few hours became legendary for the close nit community.
At 5:45 pm., Chief Barron used his walkie-talkie, to radio Mowery, who stayed at the command post with Dale and Sarah. Only a few short words were needed.
“We found something, but we don’t know what it is,” said the chief.
What searchers found . . . was unthinkable.
Just 150 yards north of the railroad trestle spanning the Hocking River, Sheriff Jones and one of his deputies reported “something entangled in debris,” near their small boat.
The officers initially said they believed the object was an animal carcass. Once it was dislodged and floated down stream, they realized it was human.
The officers then followed the remains and discovered 30 yards south of the first torso, the second torso was located. Both torsos were reportedly snagged against brush along the riverbank just west of The National Supply Company.
Both torsos were reportedly nude and so badly decomposed, officers said they were unable to determine their sex.
Upon the discovery, Will Kernen broke down and was seen “running and screaming” from the area. The remains were pulled to shore and coroner Rausch was summoned to the riverbank.
Law enforcement personnel cleared the immediate area of non-official personnel. Afterward, they stationed themselves around the perimeter of the area while the bodies were examined.
Many searchers, upon leaving the crime scene, were overheard by reporters asking one another “Are the authorities looking for one killer or two?”
After his initial examination of the bodies, the coroner said he was unable to rule on the cause of death or what sex the torsos were. What he did say, was that if one man committed both murders, it was “during a great rage” and by someone with something “very personal” against one, or both, of the victims.
Order your copy of “The Crime of the Century” by JoAnne Myers here

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Sarah J. McNeal said...

I think it is magnificent that you used an actual crime in your town to use when your wrote your book. How terrible that they convicted the wrong man. How did that come about?
You're very brave to take a vacation alone in another state alone. There are many dangers out there. I know you were proud of your bravery in doing that.
I wish you every success, JoAnne.

Unknown said...

Thank you for stopping by Sarah. I have interests that my friends and children do not, so I do these things alone. I appreciate your comment.

J.S. Wayne said...

I don't blame the guy who ran off, yelling and screaming! I'd probably do the same, and soil myself as I went!
Sounds like an interesting story, and I'm curious to see how it turned out. Thanks so much for coming to play today! :)

Unknown said...

Hi J.S. Wayne, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Good luck with your writing as well.

Melissa Keir said...

It's wonderful to meet you! I like learning more about authors I know. Southern Ohio has such a wonderful history. I guess that's why Ohio will always be my home even though I haven't lived there for years.

Unknown said...

Yes Melissa, Ohio is a very interesting and beautiful place to live. I wish you luck and thank you for commenting.

Unknown said...

I want to thank all who commented. This has been a fun post. I wish you all good luck with whatever you choose to do.