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Joan talks about her exciting new book, A Shadow Away, on WCBS Author Talks Podcast.
“What a fun adventure…A truly enjoyable escape. A winner from the very talented writer Joan K. Lacy. A Shadow Away is a wonderful fantasy story that will touch your heart and spark your imagination. Spellbinding, well paced. Great for adult and young adult readers alike.” — Ric Bratton
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Joan had a speaking event at the Tierrasanta Library in San Diego, California in May 2018, discussing her just released book, A Shadow Away. Check out the video below of her answering questions from the audience.
JOAN ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
Who are you?
My name is Joan K. Lacy. I grew up in the country in Southern California, with horses and dogs and many animals of all types. I guess I was adventurous, but I didn’t think about that then. I started drawing in early childhood, first with pencils, then charcoal, then oil painting.
My interest in languages and travel began when I was young, too. I started writing after a working-life with airlines in San Diego, and Seattle, then I worked as a secretary, mostly for lawyers and architects. I loved exploring the United States, and lived in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Washington State, and Northern California. I’ve been married to the same man for thirty years, and we’re still going strong.
My mission is to offer entertaining stories that capture the imagination. My books are action adventures with a touch of magic and a bit of romance. I want readers to have a chance to learn interesting things about this world, its people, their myths and legends.
I feel many adults and young people are looking for stories not set in dystopian worlds, or the violence and death prevalent in many novels today.
I hope you enjoy my Alex Cort Action Adventures.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Georgia, and I’m proud to be a Georgia Peach, though I didn’t live there very long because my father was just there in training as a Marine pilot. The rest of my family is from Iowa, but I didn’t live there long, either. My home is San Diego, and that’s where I grew up, with what I now know to be a magical childhood. I didn’t appreciate it until I went away to college at UCLA. I’ve kept trying to leave over the years, but I always came home, which is surprising to me since I always loved travel, and visiting new places, different countries. I always thought I’d settle some place far away.
Since you love to travel, do you speak any other languages?
I studied French and Spanish through high school. I lived in Mexico City for a summer and attended school there, in Spanish. After four years in school, I could conjugate verbs, but I really learned to speak Spanish when I had to make myself understood, one way or another. I studied Swedish at UCLA, and lived in Europe for a year. I learned Italian at a course for “foreigners” in Florence, and making friends with the local Italians after class. With French and Spanish, Italian wasn’t difficult, but I was told I speak Italian with a Spanish accent! I can get along in French, and German I learned as I traveled, making friends along the way. I know a few words of Greek, Russian, and Chinese.
Where do you get your ideas?
What do you like to write about?
When do you find time to write?
What are your next books about?
What are your hobbies?
Besides writing the stories about Alex Cort’s adventures, I love to play the banjo. I play Earl Scrugg’s three-finger style. I sculpt two-dimensional bas-relief portraits of exotic and domestic animals. I used to sculpt lost-wax style bronze zoo animals, but I found their faces were more interesting to me, so I switched to portraits. I play the piano a little—a shame after so many years of lessons! I play Irish fiddle, and intermediate-level violin (same instrument, different attitude). And I love to spin alpaca fiber into yarn. After all my wool is spun, I will make hats and socks to donate to the Veterans Hospital.
What do you do in your spare time?
How much do you like writing your stories? Is it a joy, or an effort?
How did you create your characters?
How do you come up with answers to a glitch in the plot?
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway, of course; Mary Stewart, Dick Francis, James Herriot and I read a lot of the new authors on Kindle.
What genres do you read?
What do you want to accomplish with your stories?
I want to take readers on an adventure. I draw pictures with words to draw them in and lose themselves in another, magical world. I’d like them to come to love the characters, and be sorry when the story is over. I wanted to write entertaining stories for everyone who’d like to learn something interesting about this world, its people, and their myths and legends. I also wanted to write stories with positive adult role models for the younger readers who enjoy a good adventure.