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Interview with Joy V. Smith on The Naked Reviewers

My latest interview is with Sherry Terry on The Naked Reviewers:

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Joy V. Smith interview of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Joy Smith ‘85, of Lakeland, Fla., has been writing since she was a little girl, producing her first nonfiction book,Building a Cool House for Hot Times Without Scorching the Pocketbook, in 2004.

“I kept a diary while building our house in the country in 1998 and worked on it for a while with research before submitting it,” Smith said.

A science fiction-junkie, Smith has since published numerous works of fiction, appearing in publications like WomanScapes and Magistria: The Realm of the Sorcerer. Her first western novel, Detour Trail, debuted in 2013. Her science fiction novel, Strike Three, came later in 2014.

Publishing two novels and having her short stories accepted are highlights of her career. She is working on finishing her current novel.

Her passion started when she was a child, when reading and writing were her  hobbies. At UW Oshkosh, she continued her devotion to the two pursuits, saying it helped her career as a writer move forward.

She offers advice to students who want to pursue a career in writing, which starts with understanding the fundamentals.

“Read and learn basic English grammar so you can edit your work at least a little bit,” Smith said.

She bought books from Writer’s Digest, a library of knowledge for aspiring authors, and began entering contests.

One contest Smith enters that has helped the development of her novels is the National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo,” where authors are challenged to meet a 50,000-word quota in the month of November.

Although she has faced challenges in writing, such as writer’s block, she says research and discipline have benefited her.

“Research is necessary, more than you’d think, even when writing fiction,” Smith said. “I wrote short stories and their sequels for years because I wasn’t ready to tackle long work.”

Smith has produced works for fantasy, romance, westerns, horror, children’s books and other genres. She keeps a notebook stuffed with submission records.

Smith misses her days at UWO–both her experiences on- and off-campus.

“I enjoyed living in a dorm room, visiting the art museum, walking downtown to the library, and ordering pizza from Jess and Nicks,” she said. “I loved geology and my Milton class because he was a great teacher. Those were highlights in the education line. I hope current students enjoy college as much as I did, and all the various activities that go with it.”



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Joy V. Smith interview

I have an interview in my alumni bulletin, UW Oshkosh Today, and it describes my writing history from childhood through college, NaNoWriMo, and more:

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Joy V. Smith interview (link)

In which I cover a lot of territory and talk about some of my books and stories.  Thanks, Kev!

KAI Presents… During the JOYOUS Christmas Season (Wink) …Joy V. Smith!.

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Fantasy Author and Illustrator Lee Dunning interview (link)

Entertaining and interesting interview, and I enjoyed that intriguing excerpt: Presenting, Fantasy Author and Illustrator… Lee Dunning! (With An Exclusive, To Kev’s Author Interviews, Giveaway Offer).

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Presenting, The Intriguing… Dennis Koller!

I enjoyed the historical background and learning more about how and what he writes: Presenting, The Intriguing… Dennis Koller!.


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Author Spotlight: Caroline A Connell (link)

Caroline A Connell is a former finance guru who has escaped death-by-bullet-point to live her dream to write novels …”

Author Spotlight no.372 – Caroline A Connell.

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Joy V. Smith interview (link)

My interview is up today at Author Alliance:

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Author Alliance March & April interview schedule

March & April Interview Schedule

Brian K. Carr: Thursday, March 6 
Joy V. Smith: Monday, March 10, 
Allison Bruning: Thursday, March 13 
Grace Peterson: Monday, March 17 
P.S. Winn: Thursday, March 20 
Shawn Raiford: Monday, March 24
Lisa Becker: Thursday, March 27 
Willie Stewart: Monday, March 31 
Jason Tanamor: Thursday, April 3 
Natasha Orme: Monday, April 7 
Donovin Freeman: Thursday, April 10 
Kit Power: Monday, April 14 
Angela Content: Thursday, April 17 
John Preston: Monday, April 21 
Wynn Mercere: Thursday, April 24 
Jaideep Bhoosreddy: Monday, April 28 
Nadine C. Keels: Thursday, May 1 
Julia Suzuki: Monday, May 6 
Jennifer K. Marsh: Thursday, May 8 


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Ghostwriting (link)

Ghostwriter Teena Lyons is interviewed on Morgen Bailey’s writing blog. This is an interesting and useful look at ghostwriting–and more:

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