Meet Joanie MacNeil author of Desperate and Dateless @JoanieMacneil #RLFblog #contemporary romanceJoanie MacNeil, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Desperate and Dateless.

Desperate and Dateless by Joanie MacNeil

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Liam has no time for romance in his busy schedule. Zoe doesn’t consider herself desperate and dateless. Nor is she interested in computer-matched dating.

When they independently receive tickets to the Desperate and Dateless ball from well-meaning associates, their lives become irretrievably entangled.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I loved to dress up in the clothes my mum didn’t need anymore. My school friend would come to my house on a Saturday afternoon and we’d have fun dressing up, pretending we were other people. My friend’s older sister wrote a short play and we donned clothes much too big for us, and became the characters in the play.

What is your favorite book?

I have a soft spot for the very first romance book I read. The historical romance, My Gallant Enemy by Rexanne Becnel, swept me away into another world. The story gave me the escapism I craved at the time.

What is your favorite meal?

A healthy, filling salad with lots of leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein.

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

When in primary school, I wanted to write an adventure novel like the ones I enjoyed reading. Many years later, I did begin to write, not adventure novels, but contemporary romance.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

When I first started to write, during my lunchbreak I would trawl through the bookshop at the university where I worked, looking for that magic fix. My favorite book from that time was Writing from the Heart by Lesléa Newman. A very useful book for a new writer.

The most recent favorite is Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes. A fresh uncomplicated approach to story structure in romance, and helpful for new and established writers.

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

A notepad which will accommodate my notes for the duration of the conference plus a few pens; a copy of the program for the day, so that I know where I should be and when. I like to be organized. It’s also good to take a bottle of water, lip gloss for dry lips, and a jacket as sometimes conference rooms can be quite chilly.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

When I began my writing career, the three Ds were often mentioned: dedication, determination and discipline. They still apply today. Get into the habit of writing regularly to develop and hone your craft.

What are your writing goals for this year?

To write at least two novellas, self-publish one or two previously published novels, and complete two other works in progress that have been hanging around for too long. If I manage to complete half of those projects, I’ll be a happy author.

Where to buy Desperate and Dateless

Amazon UK

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I am an Australian romance author living in Canberra, Australia’s National Capital. I write short contemporary romance novels and novellas, ranging from sweet to sexy stories about new love and second chances. I love to travel with my own romantic hero and have visited parts of the world I never dreamed I’d see.
Home, family and friends are important to me. I have blended these elements into some of my stories.
When I’m not travelling, or working on my latest project, I enjoy reading romance as well as Icelandic Noir. Though I like watching movies, I never find the time to go to the cinema. I manage to catch up on some shows on Netflix. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, and am a regular participant in aqua aerobics.
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