Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Interview & Giveaway with Joanna Wylde



I've recently had the pleasure of talking with Joanna Wylde, author of REAPER'S PROPERTY. All I have to say is that after speaking with her in length from kids to books to the solar system- yes, the solar system- I hope one day I can meet her!  That woman is a down to earth badass chick! She is easy to talk to and very humble. Joanna has been writing for a long time now. She took a break but is back! She is a genuinely nice person who is very grateful to anyone who reads her book. I have to thank a very good friend and reviewer of mine, Amanda, for reading her book and introducing me to her. If you would like to read Amanda's hysterical review, you can do so here--->Amanda's Review



Hey Joanna! Amanda here, and I want to thank you for agreeing to an interview! I really enjoyed Reaper’s Property- as you can tell by my review. Can you tell us a little about yourself? You kind of appeared out of thin air with this book and so many people are reading it now and loving it!
Hey Amanda – thanks so much for taking the time to review my book and do this interview. I’m thrilled to be here, and blown away by the incredible response I’ve gotten for Reaper’s Property. I’ve actually been a writer for a long time, but it’s been ten years since I’ve written a novel (my older stuff is very niche-market, but you can find it on Amazon if you’re interested). I started out as a journalist and have did all kinds of different writing jobs before going full-time freelance in 2002. Most recently I’ve written grants, nonfiction and even scripts. Last fall I decided to try writing another novel and Reaper’s Property just sort of came out.

It’s been so much fun (and sort of surreal) to see other people enjoying my weird little book!

Will there be other Reaper’s stories soon? If so, can you tell us about it?
Definitely! I had more stories in my head with these characters while I was writing the first book, but honestly had no idea what people would think of Reaper’s Property so I didn’t start writing them until recently. The next book will be about Ruger, with stories about Em and Picnic to follow. It’s been sort of funny – so many readers want to know more about Picnic, which I never saw coming. It’s been fun to plan his book.

I’ve never heard the term “sweet butt” before. I always call them club whores (to myself, of course). Where did it come from? Is there any other lingo that you know of that the readers wouldn’t know?
There’s tons of biker slang, and I suspect that each club uses it a little differently. “Club whore” and “sweet butt” are pretty much the same thing, with sweet butt probably being the less modern term (at least according to my research). I love researching things and I put a lot of effort into learning about outlaw biker culture. It’s truly fascinating.

The most important thing to realize is that while my book is a romantic fantasy, outlaw motorcycle club (MC) culture is real. I tried not to make up anything that was related to that culture, although of course I put my own spin on things (for example, my guys spend more time thinking about women than their bikes, LOL). Every MC is different, so even if you know a lot about one group, that doesn’t mean you can translate that knowledge automatically to another group.

To write Reaper’s Property, I read books, journal articles and tons of interviews. I also talked to real bikers across the country. My biggest disappointment is that while the guys seem happy to answer my questions, I haven’t been able to talk directly with any women living in the MC world. To balance that, I’ve read extensive interviews with a wide range of women and got a lot of help from a book called The Biker Babe’s Bible, which was written by a woman named Throttle. Here are just a sampling of the definitions for biker slang I came across (these are taken from Biker Chicks, by Arthur Veno and Edward Winterhalder, but they’re pretty much the same no matter where you find the definitions):

Bible: Harley-Davidson repair manual; frequently used for private weddings and torn up for private divorce proceedings.
Cage: Car
Citizen: Anyone who is not an outlaw biker
Colors: Unofficial uniform of outlaw clubs, a vest made of denim or leather with patches on it (also called a cut)
MC: Motorcycle club
“Property of” Patch: A patch worn by a female associated with an outlaw MC that denotes which club member she belongs to (These are getting a lot less common, but I used one for my story because it gave me a good plot hook. One of the bikers I talked to says his wife prefers to be called property, because she hates “old lady” and he doesn’t want to piss her off!)
Run: An official club outing.

Where did the idea for a biker story get started? Are you a fan of Sons of Anarchy like myself?
I am a huge Sons of Anarchy fan – love that show! I did a series binge of SOA on Netflix last summer and found myself reading anything and everything I could get my hands on about bikers. I was surprised to learn how much of the show is based (at least loosely) on real biker culture, although all the guys I’ve talked to tell me it’s way too dramatic. One told me it’s sort of like a biker soap opera. Anyway, the more I read, the more I wanted to write a book about bikers. Then Horse and Marie’s story came to me one morning so I sat down and actually wrote the first 20,000 words in one weekend. It was a really fun book to write.

Do you relate to any of the characters in Reaper’s Property?
Um, I probably relate to all the female characters on one level or another, otherwise I couldn’t have written them. A lot of Marie is based on my time working in a homeless shelter, where I saw so many women suffering from spousal abuse. I wanted to write a character that actually left after a man hit her and never looked back, because I know so many women who never got that far.

One thing that I tried to do in this book is convey the sense of sisterhood that exists among women in biker culture. Even the lowest women in my book are still human, which is why I refused to let them become cat-fighting caricatures. I’m so tired of jealous women being the villains in romances. I think we’re better than that.

I don’t really relate to Horse at all. I think he created himself, LOL. I was just along for the ride.

Out of Marie and Horse’s POV, which did you like to write better?
I thought Marie’s was the easiest to write, but Horse’s was definitely the most fun. I just sort of let loose with him and enjoyed it without worrying about what anyone would think. It was a blast.

If Horse was to come with a warning label, what would it say?
Hmm… Not sure about that. How about “Property of Marie.” Payback, you know?

If Reaper’s Property had a soundtrack, which songs would be on there? What would Marie and Horse’s song be?
I don’t have a soundtrack for Reaper’s Property, and I don’t think of a certain song when it comes to Horse and Marie (although some readers have been very… ahem… creative in their sound/image choices for the book!). I think the closest I would have is the playlist I built on Pandora while I was writing it. Some of these songs fit the book perfectly. Others are totally random.

Either way, this is the “Reaper’s Property” playlist that’s loaded on my iPhone:

“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet
“Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons
“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“One Day” by Matisyahu
“On and On and On” by Jack White
“The Promise” When In Rome
“Little Lion Man” Mumford and Sons
“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye
“We Are Young” by Fun
“Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance
“Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (This is a favorite at biker funerals. Even some of the younger bikers I talked to refer to their dead as members of Freebird chapter)
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult

Who is one author that you would love to sit down with and pick their brain?
I can think of a LOT of authors I’d love to sit down with. Years ago I had the chance to have brunch with Stella Cameron, and that was one of the most educational hours of my writing career (and she picked up the check!). She’s an amazing, classy lady who has always given back so much to the writing community. I have also had a chance to chat one-on-one with Christine Feehan, who is another amazing woman.

I think if I could pick any writer right now, I’d probably want to talk to E.L. James. If you’re going to aim, might as well aim high!

What is something that we wouldn’t know about you?
I’ve only been deported from one country…

What can we see from you this year?
I’m working on the sequel to Reaper’s Property, and have a total of four more books outlined at this point. In addition to the MC stuff, I’m also working on a new adult project. A lot of details are still up in the air, so that’s probably about as far ahead as I should look right now, LOL.

Do you currently have any work in progress that you can share with us?
Well, I have more books coming out, but I’ve also been working on an alternate point of view scene from Reaper’s Property as a “thank you” to my fans. It’s about fifteen pages long and tells the story of how Marie and Horse first met, from Horse’s perspective.

Thank you so much for taking the time for an interview, Joanna!
Thank you for having me! Once again, I really appreciate the review and the time and effort you’ve put into my book. It’s a privilege to be able to talk to readers directly in an interview like this one.



One lucky winner will win an ecopy of Reaper's Property! Please leave a comment for Joanna and your email address so I can contact the winner. A winner will be picked next Wednesday. Thank you and good luck!!

22 comments:

Mikki D said...

Wow! Awesome Interview!

I know the interview is over but i would of liked to know what Joanna's Top5 favorite books are? Joanna are you still around ? LOL!!

Looking forward to reading Reaper's Property and your next books :)

Thank you for the giveaway!

mikki_dicampo@hotmail.com

Kelly Tannacore said...

Wow, that was an awesome interview. I always love knowing what the author was thinking and listing to when the story was written. This one is one I can't wait to read. Thank you for the chance. My email is piglets71@hotmail.com Looking forward to reading Horse and Marie's story!

Paula Novack said...

Really great interview! I have RP on my TBR wishlist since it came out. I really hope to be able to read it soon. To be honest, I'm scared shitless of the biker community. I have never seen SOA. I did read Undienable last year after my friend made me. I loved it. Hope to win this! vack_pno73@yahoo.com

HMitch76 said...

Great interview. I'd love to read Reapers Property. SOA is one of my favorite shows and I really enjoyed Deniable. My email address is h_mitchell76@msn.com

Annie said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I have this book on my TBR list. Guess I need to move it to the top!
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jessiel said...

Nice interview introducing me to a new author for me. The book sounds like one I want to read. I've added it to my TBRs. Thanks for te giveaway!
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Karina Limas said...

Awesome giveaway and loved the interview. Would love to read Reaper's Property. Heard a lot of great reviews.
My email address is karina.limas19@gmail.com

Cathy V said...

I can't wait to read Reaper's Property. I have heard great things about it. I have always been intrigued by biker culture and the over the top Badassery!!! This is on my "next to buy" list.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
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LM said...

I keep hearing such great reviews! I have this on my wishlist. Great interview!
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kathy p said...

would love to win...this book is on my wish list!

Sheri Zee said...

I've heard great things about this book. Can't wait to read it.

*yadkny* said...

OMG! I have got to read this story!!!
I will definitely be reading this story while working my way through the soundtrack:) Thanks for the giveaway!

yadkny@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway! I have read several great reviews about Reapers Property lately, and look forward to reading it! In fact the only reason it remains on my TBR list is because I haven't had the extra $ to get it yet! Hope to win... Angel.mcguffey@facebook.com or Angl4bears@aol.com. Thanks :)

Sara-You, Me and Anthropologie said...

My husband and I really enjoy watching Sons of Anarchy, so I think this book will be right up my alley :)
Sara22185@msn.com

krg said...

Thanks for the interview, this is a new author to me and I am excited to check this out!
kgagnon@donofrio.cc

June M. said...

I have really been wanting to read this book. I have seen some really good reviews of it and it sounds great. I love watching Sons of Anarchy and I think I would love this story just as much :)
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

Robin said...

Joanna I cannot wait to read this!!! OMG. Loved the interview.
robinprete@verizon.net

Bookworm Brandee said...

Thanks for a fabulous interview! It's always so nice to learn a little something about the author. :) Reaper's Property is on my wish list and I'm looking forward to it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

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Wendy Bree said...

Wowzzzaaasss!!!
I love this interview. I grew up with a bunch of bikers and love the part where you reference Freebird as being what most call their deceased brothers. It's so true.

I can't wait to read about Horse and Marie.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Catherine Lee said...

Have any bikers contacted you to comment on the book?
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Meghan said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I think bikers used to have this air of being hotter than they are now. Just a thought...

mestith at gmail dot com

misshalim said...

Love the interview - especially this part:

If Horse was to come with a warning label, what would it say?
Hmm… Not sure about that. How about “Property of Marie.” Payback, you know?

LMAO!! :P

Reaper's Property is #1 on my TBR list and I'm so dying to read it!! Thanks for the giveaway and all the best to Joanna!!

tess_halim(at)hotmail(dot)com

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