Sunday 30 December 2012

A Happy New Year!

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday and from all of us here at Joey Paul Online, we would like to be among the first to wish you a Happy New Year. May 2013 hold all that you wish for and more!

The release of Joey's sixth book - "Dying Thoughts - Third Wish" - is coming up in February 2013 and we were wondering if to celebrate this, people would like to do a review of any of Joey's other five books. The reviews can be emailed to this blog, or even left on Joey's Amazon or Smashword page, as well as the other retailers that stock her books. Along with the release of the third in the Dying Thoughts series, Joey's fifth book - "Lynne & Hope" - will be made available on all other e-book sites.

Remember to follow this blog or "like" Joey's Facebook page for continual updates!

Friday 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas to everyone!

From everyone here at Joey Paul Online, we would like to wish all our readers and followers a very Merry Christmas and safe holiday season.

Friday 14 December 2012

Books now LIVE

Just to let you all know that Joey's first four books are now LIVE on the iBookStore as well as other places online. The books have been distributed to all online book shops that sell e-books and you can grab your copy now!

Remember that you can buy direct from Smashwords and use the 20% OFF coupon codes for BLACKOUT (BL35T) & DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH (SV32Q). This promotion runs until DECEMBER 27TH 2012 so grab a copy while you can!

Friday 7 December 2012

Now available on Amazon Canada, Japan and Brazil!



Just a quick update to let you know that all five of Joey Paul's books are now available on Amazon CANADA, JAPAN & BRAZIL!

Grab a copy for your collection now!

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Promotion on Amazon!

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Joey Paul's books - BLACKOUT & DYING THOUGHTS-  FIRST TOUCH will be FREE on Amazon UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Japan and India from DECEMBER 10TH TO DECEMBER 14TH 2012. Grab a free copy for yourself or a friend!

A reminder that both these books are also part of the 20% OFF promotion on Smashwords. You just need to enter the code: BL35T for BLACKOUT & the code:  SV32Q for DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH. This offer is good until December 27th 2012.

Sunday 2 December 2012

Save Money!

To celebrate the release of Joey's first four books in other e-book formats, we are running a promotion where you can get 20% OFF Joey's first two books - BLACKOUT & DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH. 

To get 20% off the purchase price of BLACKOUT, you need to enter the code BL35T at the checkout before DECEMBER 27TH 2012. 

To get 20% off the purchase price of DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH, you need to enter the code SV32Q at the checkout before DECEMBER 27TH 2012.

Both books would be the perfect present for the teenager in your life, or anyone who enjoys reading. Please remember to share this post with anyone you think would be interested! To get up to date information on Joey and her books, follow this blog or like her Facebook page!

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Friday 30 November 2012

Available Everywhere E-Books Are Sold!

 Available where e-books are sold!

After working for a few months on getting everything in place and the books edited to the point where they would be accepted as e-books elsewhere, we are pleased to say that the first four books - BLACKOUT, DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH, DYING THOUGHTS - SECOND SIGHT & THE FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLE are now available from other e-book retailers, such as Barnes & Noble UK & USA, as well as the iBookStore. You can also buy direct from Smashwords from Joey's profile.

Due to the agreement that we have, LYNNE & HOPE will remain exclusively on Amazon until February 2013 when the new book, DYING THOUGHTS - THIRD WISH will be released on Amazon UK, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany & India as a Kindle e-book.

Keep an eye on this blog and Joey's Facebook page for details of any special offers to celebrate the upcoming holidays!

Friday 23 November 2012

Update for iBookStore

We apologise for the lack of updates recently,  Joey fell and fractured her pelvis and was off-line for a long time and has only just been able to get back into the swing of things. She asked me to update now to let you know that during my time off-line, she have been working on getting BLACKOUT, DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH, DYING THOUGHTS - SECOND SIGHT, THE FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLE & LYNNE & HOPE available from the iBookStore and other e-book retailers. We will let you know when they have gone live.

To remind you all that the third DYING THOUGHTS book will be released at some point in February 2013 - we are working on a date, but the editing has started. Per our agreement with Amazon, it will be exclusively available there for six months, at which time it will be available elsewhere along with the other books from Joey Paul's collection.

As always, follow this blog or Joey's Facebook page to get the latest updates of promotions and news.

Monday 10 September 2012

Questions From Readers - Part Three

A few weeks back, Joey asked both here and on her Facebook page for readers of her work to send in any questions they wanted her to answer. This is the last batch for now, but don't worry if you missed this one, Joey will do it again.
-> How much research do you do for your books?
It really does depend on what I'm writing about. In "Blackout", which dealt with hospital issues and a mystery, I didn't have to do too much research. Because of my personal experience with hospitals, I knew what to expect from that side. For information about the drugs involved, I had to do a lot of searches on the internet and go from there. For the Dying Thoughts series, I was lucky enough to know someone who worked for the police and I was able to pump them for accurate information, in addition to double checking things with good old Google! I try to make my books as accurate as I can, but I'm no expert in any subject (except maybe where my own health is concerned) and so I have to depend on books or other means of finding the correct way to do things. I believe that, as a writer, you do have some creative license, but you also have to get some things as correct and accurate as possible. In "Lynne & Hope", I had to do a lot of studying of books such as "Forensics For Dummies" for Lynne's job, and that's something that I wanted to get as accurate as possible.

-> What made you start writing in the first place?
To be honest, boredom! I've touched on this in other interviews, but the short version is I was medically retired from my job and so took a book I had written at the age of 13 and turned it into an actual proper book - from there I had been bitten by the bug and I really haven't looked back since :D

-> Do you base any of your characters on people you know?
I have done in the past. "Blackout" has a character called Lisa, who's back story came from an old friend of mine. "Lynne & Hope" has a character called Jewlie, who was also based on an old friend of mine. For both of those characters, I obtained permission from the people they were modelled on. Sometimes I used their personality, other times just their names. The Dying Thoughts series has several people who I know, who are either cameos of themselves or have just been name-dropped. They all know they appear and have all given permission, and they are all aware that it is just fiction and there are no hidden messages. I think it's a nice way to give a shout out to those who have supported me in one way or another.

-> I hear you play Ukulele, does that mean a character of yours will also take it up?
Ha! I'm actually working on my ninth and tenth books and book nine does has a character who plays. I'd wanted her to have a supportive online network of friends due to some of the circumstances in her home life and I've never met a nicer bunch of people than those in the Ukulele online community, so I used that. Plus it helped that I had some knowledge of what she could learn and how she would play. It cut down on the amount of research required.

-> Why did you choose to write in the crime genre? And are there any books that don't focus on that?
I have a vivid imagination - a must for any writer. I enjoy crime novels myself and I like to think I am good at dreaming up new and interesting plots for those stories. I just kind of fell into the crime genre, though I have written at least two books which don't deal with crime. One is "The Friendship Triangle" and the other is one of my upcoming releases "Waiting On You", which is an internet love story and though it does have some crime in it, it is not the main focus of the book.

-> Do you ever get writer's block? How do you overcome it?
I do get writer's block, I think everyone has times when they're tapped out of ideas and are struggling to keep the story going. I have it with some books more than others and I usually deal with it by going back to my story plan. I have yet to get to a point where I am so blocked I have to leave the book alone and unfinished for a significant period of time. I did get close to that when writing "Dying Thoughts - First Touch", where I had come to the main ending of the book and suddenly I had put Tara and Kaolin (and Kaolin's mum) in a dangerous situation but could not, for the life of me, think of a way to end it or get them out of it. It took me about ten months to get over that and it ended as quickly as it started. Once I'd figured out how, I was able to solve it and go on to end the book quickly.

-> Why do you write two books at once? Isn't it confusing? Do you ever mess up the different plots?
I didn't start writing two at the same time until my seventh and eighth when I had started book seven and had a great idea for book eight and I was so desperate to write it, I almost came close to abandoning book seven. So I decided to try writing two at once. I write two chapters of one, switch over and write two of the other and it worked for me so well that I plan to continue doing it. I haven't yet had an accident or confused the plots, but I make sure that I follow my chapter plan and read the previous chapters before starting the next two. Usually I just read the last two and carry on as it's generally enough to remind me where I am in the story. I wouldn't say it's for everyone, but it does seem to keep my muse singing and works very well. It also means I am twice as productive as far as completed books go!

-> Which do you prefer writing, crime novels or the other genres you have dabbled in?
I don't really have a preference, if I'm honest. If I have the idea of a story and I feel like I can work with it and make it into a book, then I'll go where the characters and plot take me. I will say that I mostly write crime novels and have only, so far, written two outside of that genre. However, I have an idea for book eleven (yes, thinking ahead!) that won't be crime related and I think that I can really do it justice. It will all depend on whether the plot and back story are viable enough for me to write them. Nothing is set in stone and it's why I like working the way I do, although I am pretty sure about the plot for book twelve, the sixth "Dying Thoughts" book. I guess saying that, I must subconsciously have a preference because I keep writing for the crime genre.

-> You have a Facebook page, do you have a Twitter?
I do! It's not my official twitter though, it's my personal account and so it will contain things about my everyday life, but if you want to follow me you can - my user name is @MsJoeyBug

And that's all the questions. Thanks to everyone who submitted one and took part. Remember to 'like' Joey on Facebook and follow this blog for updates about upcoming releases, promotions and future chances to ask Joey a question about her books and writing. 

Tuesday 4 September 2012



For THREE days ONLY! "DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH" will be FREE on Amazon Kindle UK, USA, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and India. Be sure to take advantage of this offer starting WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2012!

Thursday 30 August 2012

New "Bug Books" Logo

Some of you may have spotted the new logo for "Bug Books" on the header and if you've "liked" Joey's FaceBook page, you'll have spotted the new cover photo there too. So, this is just to say THANK YOU to a friend's husband - Anders - who took the time to resdesign the logo. 

What do you all think?

Questions From Readers - Part Two

Once again, Joey is answering questions sent to her by readers. You still have a chance to ask Joey a question, as the end date for this batch is the 31st August 2012. If you have a question, send it to before the date and she'll try to answer in a new post!

-> Describe an average working day for you
I don't work a conventional day. I don't do nine to five, five days a week and then take the weekend off. Due to my health being up and down, I'll work when I can. Sometimes that's every day with a day off or two scattered through the week and sometimes it's an hour or so every few days. I've never been able to do a solid "write for two hours; break; write for three hours; break; write for two hours; end of work day" pattern for my days. It really does depend on how I feel, how the books are flowing and a lot of variables like that. I do try to manage two chapters of each book a week, but sometimes that doesn't happen either. Take this week, I've not managed a whole chapter yet and it's a Thursday! Other weeks I'd be onto my third or fourth chapter by now, it really does vary!

-> Will your books ever be available from other ebook stores? Or in paperback?
Right now, the answer is no, but I am working hard to do what I need to get the books in the iBookStore and that's my next goal. As far as getting them into paperback, that may happen in the future, but for now, it's just Kindle. They may start to appear in other ebook stores soon, but because of the agreement I have with Amazon, I have to sell them exclusively with them for at least six months, which will obviously delay their arrival in other book stores, no matter what format they're in.

-> How did you know your books were good enough to publish?
I'm very critical of my own work, so to be honest I didn't know they were good enough to publish. I started out by printing my own copies and binding them and selling those. The people who read them gave very good feedback and told me that I should pursue publication. I'd also approached some main stream publishers and didn't always get the standard "Your work is great but..." rejection letter. I had a few hand written notes saying that if they could, they would take my work but because of my lack of an agent, they were unable to. That made me more determined to actually publish my work.

-> I'm an aspiring writer, and wondered how easy it is to get your work noticed?
I would say that the first thing you need is a good first reader. Someone who you trust enough that they will give you an honest opinion about your work and any edits that need to be made. From there, you'll probably do better finding an agent. There is a Writer's Handbook published every year, available from places like Amazon, that details EVERY agent there is world wide. Among other information, it'll list the genre they specialise in. An agent should be able to tell you whether they feel your work has merit and then it will be their job to find you a publisher on your behalf. They will take a percentage of the profits and will also help you make sure you pay the right level of tax.

-> How do you make sure that your continuity is correct in a series like "Dying Thoughts"?
I'm a planner, always have been and when it comes to my books, I plan methodically. I have chapter lists, character notes, notes of what day it is in each chapter. My advice to anyone writing ANY kind of book - series or standalone, is to plan, A LOT! It's easy enough to note down something the first time you write it, and then you don't have to worry later on about it when you mention that small piece of info again and get it wrong.

And that's all the questions from the first batch. There are more to answer and if you wish to ask a question, email Joey and she'll try to answer it in the next post. Remember the deadline is August 31st 2012! 

Thursday 16 August 2012

Something Fun!


It seems to be the case that some writers have what they call 'muses'. Sometimes they are things - objects, places, music etc. Sometimes they are a person - lover, friend, child etc. It's not just writers who claim to have them, but artists too, of all kinds! People in the creative world seem to have something that works for them, helps them produce their art - be that painting, sketching, building, writer, creating, anything. 

As a writer I've always had something "real" that I call my muse - for a while it was a stuffed monkey, called "Matt" that was a gift to me by a dear friend. However, Matt never reappeared when we moved house and so I am unsure if he ever made the move. As it so happens, up until now I've never had the need to replace him with anything. For a while it was because I was only writing in the summers and therefore didn't have the want or need for something physical to talk to when I got blocked.

However, my god daughter managed to get her 100m & 200m in swimming the other week and as a reward I said I would buy her something. We walked up and down the toy aisle in Tescos and I spotted the HexBug Nano's for sale and thought "Hmm, as I am known online as "JoeyBug" wouldn't it be appropriate for me to have a muse that was also a "Bug"?". I offered to buy my god daughter one, but she chose something else. The next day, however, I went back and brought myself one. They advertised that they had a purple one and as you all know, purple is my favourite colour! I couldn't find a purple one - they only seemed to have blue, green and black, so I settled for a black one.

It's a great little bug, it whizzes around in circles and has fallen off my desk and tried to escape more than once! I like it, and it seems to be working as the past week has been filled with chapters being written and one of my finished books almost has a front cover! My artist, and best friend, B now only has one front cover to draw and all the finished books are done. She plans to then go back and "update" the other front covers to have them all look more recent and "professional" as she puts it. So, keep you eyes pealed for new covers - you'll hear about them here first! Also you can "like" me on Facebook for all updates there too!

Anyway, back to writing some chapters - do any of you have "muses"? Are they a person, place or object?

Another "Questions from 'Fans' Opportunity :D


Since the last round of questions from 'fans' went so well, Joey has decided to do a second one. There were still some questions that went unanswered in the first post, but Joey is appealing to anyone interested in asking her a question to email them to her inbox.

They can be about anything. From how she chooses her characters, to how she plans a book. From a specific question about one of her books or characters to one about how she decided which storyline to go with. There are only a few limits. Joey is willing to answer any question, but if she deems it to be too personal, she may not feel comfortable answering, also inflammatory questions will be ignored.

So, if you'd like to take part in round two, please email Joey before the 31st August 2012. If she receives a lot of questions, she may answer some before that date, but the deadline is set to then.

Have fun :D

Sunday 5 August 2012

Interview: Questions from Readers

Joey recently asked on her Facebook page for people to send in questions they would like her to answer. This is the first batch received. If you missed your chance, don't worry, Joey will do this again!

-> What's your favourite part of writing a book?
I'd have to say the part after you've set the story and you've started to get knee deep in plot. I do like the beginnings where you're setting everything up and I love the final chapters where you tie up all the loose ends, but I'd have to choose the middle part as my absolute favourite part.

-> Who do you call your "favourite author"?
I do a lot of reading, I like to find authors, who like me, are generally unknown and give their work a try. Having a kindle allows me to do that and sometimes I find a gem that I'd previously not known about and sometimes I don't. If I had to choose from my favourite short list of authors, it would be down to Harlan Coben and Sue Grafton. Both are great writers, both tell great stories. I love them both for different reasons, Harlan Coben for the way he keeps you guessing and draws you into the story and Sue Grafton for her character Kinsey Millhone who is a strong, female private eye, solving crimes and sometimes getting herself into sticky situations. I don't think I can pick between the two of them.

-> What do you prefer writing, your standalones or the Dying Thoughts Series?
I love both, which is why I've chosen to split my books between the two. I love writing the standalones, such as Blackout because it's a whole new bunch of characters to fall in love with and go through their story with. I do find it hard sometimes to say goodbye to those characters after the story is through though. That's also one of the reasons why I love the Dying Thoughts Series, it's a bunch of characters that I know and love, and yet they still continue to surprise me as I take them on their adventures, I'm still learning to know things about them and it's also one of the reasons I write two books at once, I like to have the best of both worlds. On one hand, the characters I will take through one story and on the other, characters that are like old friends.

-> Why don't Kaolin and Tara have Facebook and other social media?
The problem with writing a series and writing so far in advance is that although time moves forward for you, it doesn't once the book is done. I started writing the Dying Thoughts Series when I was about 20, I'm now 30, so ten years have passed since then and when I first put pen to paper, there was no Facebook or Twitter. There were other types of what we now call "social media", but I never saw the need for them to have that. Due to the fact that the books themselves happen over a period of (at the moment) eighteen months, Tara and Kaolin are still stuck in the past. They're still in 2003 and Facebook has yet to hit the internet. I can't bring them this far forward in time without losing some of the book content, so for now, they will stay in 2003/2004. Maybe towards the end, they'll finally get Facebook!

->What's the worst part of writing?
Writer's Block! No, I mean that's one part of it I don't like, but it comes hand in hand with the job really, the thing I really don't like are those chapters that just exist to move the story along with everyday things - like for a teenager going to school and having a normal day, before a piece of plot happens. Those kind of things. I call them "filler chapters", but I've been told that they don't always exist, they seem to in my books.

->What made you start writing?
I had just been retired from my job on medical grounds and the thought of being 19 and never being able to hold down a 9 to 5 job or having to watch daytime TV from then until the end of time just depressed me. I'd tried my hand at writing before and decided that I would finish what I had started a few years previously which was taking apart The Friendship Triangle and turn it into a proper book. I was well and truly "bitten" by the bug after that and although sometimes things like university have gotten in the way, I haven't stopped writing since.

->Where do you get your character names? 
From a lot of places, I brought a baby name book at one point and used to just look through it for inspiration. Other names are inspired by people I know or knew, and sometimes places and things. It's amazing to me how many names you need to come up with for just a standalone book, never mind a series!

->What inspires your stories?
A lot of things do, I'd had the idea for Blackout in my head from about the age of 14, it took until I was 19 to write it down. I got the idea for the Dying Thoughts Series whilst shopping in ASDA! Other books have been inspired by events in my life, such as internet romances, and other times it's places I've been or people I've met. I can't pin it down to just one thing - Life inspires me!

-> How long does a book take - from idea, to start, to finish?
It depends really. Take Blackout for example, the idea formed at 14, I began writing it when I was 19 and ten days later it was finished. It's the only book I've ever written that fast. I generally keep a note of the date I start the book and they usually take anywhere from 18 months to a few years to finish. Especially now that I am juggling writing with a part time degree. Thankfully, I have the summer, autumn and half of winter off this year before my next course starts in February 2013 so I plan to spend that writing.

That's all the questions for now! Thanks to those who submitted them and keep an eye on this blog and Joey's Facebook page to take part next time and for any updates! 

Sunday 15 July 2012

Promotion Ends and Lynne & Hope


The promotion that had copies of both "BLACKOUT" and "DYING THOUGHTS - SECOND SIGHT" has come to an end. They are both still available exclusively from Amazon on Kindle, but should be available from the iBookStore in the next few months, this will allow people without a Kindle to get their hands on Joey Paul's first four books. Her fifth, "LYNNE & HOPE" will follow in about seven to eight months. If you can't wait until then, Kindle apps are available for free from Amazon and work on most smart phones, as well as on computers.


The release of "LYNNE & HOPE" went well, with people buying copies from all branches of the Amazon Kindle stores. Joey would like to thank everyone who brought themselves a copy this week, and to those who also took advantage of the free promotion of two of her other books. Keep a look out for new front cover designs for "LYNNE & HOPE" as well as some of her other books, including, "DYING THOUGHTS - FIRST TOUCH", "DYING THOUGHTS - SECOND SIGHT" and "THE FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLE". These will be posted on this website first, so remember to follow this blog for the first peak at her new cover art! 

You can also sign up for email updates using the widget on the right of this post. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Wednesday 11 July 2012


Joey Paul's fifth book "LYNNE & HOPE" is now LIVE on Amazon Kindle exclusively. Available from Amazon UK, USA, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Grab your copy now!

Saturday 7 July 2012


On July 11th 2012, Joey Paul's fifth book "Lynne & Hope" will be released on Amazon Kindle exclusively. It will be available from Amazon UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Be sure to grab your copy!

The book is about two sisters, ten years apart in age, who are nowhere near friends. Lynne works at a crime lab and is accused of a crime she didn't commit. Hope is wheelchair bound after an accident when she was five. Once Lynne goes on the run to avoid being charged, it is up to Hope to find evidence that could clear her sister. They need to both bury their differences and work together to find the real killer.

 From Monday July 9th to Friday July 13th, to coincide with the release of "Lynne & Hope", both "Blackout" and "Dying Thoughts - Second Sight" will be FREE on Amazon Kindle exclusively. Be sure to take advantage of this offer and grab two of Joey Paul's books at no charge!

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Upcoming release and promotions!

JULY 11TH 2012
As I'm sure you are all aware, Joey's fifth book - "Lynne & Hope" - is due for release on July 11th 2012. It will be available for purchase on Kindle through Amazon UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Be sure to grab your copy! Alongside this release, both "Blackout" and "Dying Thoughts - Second Sight" will be on promotion for free between July 9th and July 13th 2011!
Be sure to take advantage of these great offers and have the next book in Joey Paul's library!

Saturday 19 May 2012

Joey Paul supports The Fibroduck Foundation


My name is Joey,

I am thirty and have had Fibromyalgia and M.E since I was nineteen. I have a bunch of other conditions, but they are not relevant here. If you want to know what Fibro is, here's an explanation - life is like a game of kerplunk - Basically, I'm in a lot of pain, every day. My pain scale runs from one to ten, every day it sits at least at a five, that's even with painkillers. My five is about your seven or eight. I'm not alone, Fibromyalgia affects millions of people world wide and we're all desperate for same things...the cure, a treatment that works, people not to say we're faking it, people to be aware of what it's like for us....Our lives back. 

Every year on May 12th, which is M.E and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day I make a post in my blog and try to raise awareness in the small circle of friends who read it. I think my friends are as informed as they are ever going to get so now, this year, I decided to do something different. I started playing the ukulele back in August 2010 and have since written nine songs, the latest being the single “It hurts to be me.” I played the song for my friend Kim, I wasn't happy with the chords I'd chosen, but she already had a tune in her head and it all fit together beautifully, and then the possibility was it could raise some money for The Fibroduck Foundation. So despite the fact that it scares me silly, that people may hate it and all of that. I decided to release it and from there, any profits made could go to the foundation. 

The Fibroduck Foundation started as someone wanting to raise awareness by sending 1 million rubber ducks out into the world to show people that Fibromyalgia exists and something needs to be done. Everyone could order a duck, and you could take photos and post them on it's website On it's second birthday back in September 2011, they launched the Foundation, which is committed to providing funds to aid research, to help to find tests to prove it exists, treatments to aid the sufferers and maybe a cure. 

I wanted to something more than just write a post, I wanted to say what a lot of fibromites are thinking that, it hurts to be us and so, while sleep was evading me one day, I wrote the song and Kim and her husband added Ukulele, guitar, bass, synth and she produced the whole thing and made it into the beauty it is today. Every penny of profit will go to the Fibroduck Foundation. 

It will be on iTunes and Amazon as well as other places around the web and hopefully, it will sell enough copies that it will not only raise awareness of what it's like to be a Fibro sufferer, but it will also raise funds for their first research project. 

I didn't want to just write a post and hope it made people aware, I didn't want to make money off my pain, I want to make a difference. I can only hope it will. Please buy the single from Amazon, or iTunes or even from The Fibroduck Foundation website. 

Thank you.

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Interview: Lynne & Hope

Lynne & Hope Interview


What can you tell us about your new upcoming book?
-> Basically, it's about two sisters. Hope, is fifteen and paralysed, the other, Lynne, is 25 and works in a crime lab. Hope is desperate for her sister to notice her, or even just accept that it's not her fault Lynne's life isn't what she wanted, and Lynne is desperate to move out, work her way into an early grave and ignore her sister's existence. Lynne is then accused of a crime she didn't commit and goes on the run, Hope takes it upon herself to prove her sister is innocent, but Lynne isn't too happy about that. 

Does she manage it? 
-> Of course! It wouldn't be much of a crime novel if she didn't! The whole book is told in diary entries from both women and they couldn't be more different, yet they don't seem to realise, or at least, Lynne doesn't seem to realise that she's angry at the wrong person. I won't disclose the ending, but Hope's actions go a long way into helping mend their relationship.

How long have you been writing?
-> I started writing seriously when I was nineteen, I'd just been diagnosed with two chronic conditions which alongside my other medical issues led to me spending a lot of time in a wheelchair. I'd been retired from my job on medical grounds and couldn't image spending the rest of my life doing nothing, so I started writing. 

What did you first work on?
-> I began by tearing apart and rewriting a story I'd worked on with a friend for fun at school. I took out their parts completely and made the story into a workable book. It's definitely not my strongest book, but it's been released and seems to be doing well.
Which book was that?
-> "The Friendship Triangle". It was actually my first book, though people often assume it was "Blackout" because that was the one released first.

Why was that?
-> Basically, I had to choose what I thought would be my strongest book so far, which was "Blackout", because I was going down the self-published route. It worked out for me because later on I was picked up by my current publisher and have now had three more books published.

I heard that you write books in advance, so what are you working on now?
-> I'm actually writing books nine and ten, having just extended my contract to fifteen books instead of ten. I started writing two at the same time when I was working on number seven and was desperate to finish it and start book eight which was brewing in my head, so I worked on them both together and since it worked so well that time, I'm doing it again. 

So, what will book six be?
-> You'll have to wait for more details, but I can tell you that it's the third in the "Dying Thoughts" Series, which I love writing. I am looking forward to moving along with it. It should be released in January/February 2013

When you're not writing, what are you doing?
-> I'm a university student. I'm working towards a Honours degree in Health and Social Care with The Open University. I play Ukulele as well and enjoy making music with that, it makes me smile and helps me relax. As well as that, I read and help to raise awareness of the conditions I live with.

Before we end, any advice to aspiring writers?
-> Get your work out there, anyway you can. If you can, get an agent as most publishers will not accept work from the general public, and they will help you with paying taxes. They will also do the leg work and some of them will not require payment until you begin earning and then they'll take a percentage. Most importantly, don't give up. Writing is a passion for me, it is for a lot of writers, and even when it seems like all you're doing is writing for yourself, that's okay, it's good to express yourself in anyway you can. Become thick skinned, people will reject your work and that's fine. Most of all, enjoy what you do!

Sunday 8 April 2012

Books in Progress

At this moment in time, Lynne & Hope is with the editor for a final read through and any corrections. It will be back with me in a few weeks and then I'll do the edits and sign off on any corrections and from there will send it back to publisher for its release date on July 11th 2012


The third book in the Dying Thoughts Series is in the beginning stages of being made ready or publication in January/February of 2013. First it will be read through by the editor who will then suggest edits and I'll begin the long job of editing and getting it ready, I have added a new member to my editing process, but in the interests of privacy, I will just say that she is looking forward to working with us all!. The plan for Dying Thoughts - Third Wish is for it to be released just after Christmas or during the February half term in the UK. Watch this space for information on release dates.

All of the above titles are books that have either been finished and are awaiting their front cover design and editing or are in progress. Either way, they will not be released for at least just over a year from now, but watch this space for information regarding their release. 

Sunday 25 March 2012

New front cover design according to a seven year old

I live with my best friend - who normally designs my covers - and her seven year old daughter, she's my god daughter and she calls me "Aunty Joey".  She's a bit of an artist like her Mum and a writer like me.

We've been talking about the books and how my best friend needs to start working on the next two covers, when she overheard. She expressed an interest in reading the book, but first she wanted to design a front cover as well, which she did!

The cover is a triangle with three friends next to it, below is a "cool scooter" with a tent and camp fire because I happened to mention they went camping. Also, there's a plane. I have no idea why. Perhaps it's a subtle hint that I should take her on a plane to go on holiday.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Saturday 24 March 2012

The Life & Times Of An Aspiring Writer

Thought you all might like to see this - a photo taken of the desk I sometimes use for work and annotated with information about what I take with me when I need to work on one (or two in this case) of my books.

Please feel free to share, it will be on the Joey Paul Facebook page also.

Thursday 22 March 2012

Book Release: Lynne & Hope


JULY 11TH 2012

Joey Paul's fifth book - LYNNE & HOPE - has a confirmed release date of July 11th 2012. The synopsis for the book is as follows:

Lynne and Hope are sisters – they share parents, living space, but that’s pretty much it.

Until one day when Lynne has to run and rely on the sister she hates to save her.

If Hope fails, Lynne's going to jail and she can kiss her perfect job goodbye, but if she succeeds will Lynne be able to swallow her pride and see Hope for who she really is?



From MONDAY 9TH JULY 2012 to FRIDAY 13TH JULY 2012, Joey Paul's fourth book and the second book in the "Dying Thoughts" series - DYING THOUGHTS - SECOND SIGHT - will be FREE exclusively on Amazon Kindle in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and USA. 

Please spread the word out about this upcoming promotion and book release.