Thursday, January 10, 2008

Talking to Joyce A. Anthony

Joyce A. Anthony the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Stubborn, giver, advocate

2. How do you think others would describe you?
Fun, wordy, kind-hearted

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Stopping the abuse of children and animals!!!

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
No pets, but lots of fur/feather kids J Sam is nearly 3 years old—he’s a small horse disguised as a Labrador Retriever. I lost four cats last July, but still have Caramel (the queen who would rather be a princess), Spirit (aka. Mouth—he tells us when anyone wants anything) and Othello (our little brat dressed in a tuxedo). Then there are Telio and Tia, the cockatiels and Mars, Venus and Eros, the turtle doves. Then there is Elvis, the chinchilla J

5. What is your most precious memory?
The day my son tried to fire me—well, actually what came from it. This tiny figure stood up in the bathtub (he was about 4), put his hands on his hips and said “You’re fired!”. I told him I wished it were that easy, but God gave me the position of his mother and only God could fire me. A couple days later, I was washing dishes and he was playing with a friend. I heard his friend say “God gave you to that lady?” Shane replied “Yep—I guess we’re stuck with each other.”

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
I had just started a job at a prestigious insurance company and was all dressed up. I took the bus from my house, got off and walked three blocks, thanked the gentleman who held the door for me and was half way across the lobby when a woman tapped me on the should and whispered “Hon, your skirt is tucked inside your pantyhose in back!!” I nearly died on the spot.

7. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I’d most likely be running an animal shelter somewhere.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Joyce A. Anthony was a mother, friend and writer. She had a tendency to take in what society considered strays (both two and four-legged) and found her life richer for it. She loved life but did not fear death. Her final words were “I hope I made a difference.”

Joyce A. Anthony the writer:

9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a “real” writer?
Honestly, I’m still not convinced. I write, I hope people like what I write. Some days I wonder if I’ll wake up and it will all be a dream.

10. What is going on with your writing these days?
Besides my freelance assignments, I have just completed the rough draft of Spirit of the Stallion, and hope to have it edited and published within the next few months.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?
Finishing and publishing Spirit of the Stallion, writing and publishing The Trees Remember and then moving on to The Gospel According to Rex. From there, we shall see what pops into my mind J

12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
There is nothing in my life that is typical. I have no set schedule for writing, it falls in between homeschooling, animal care, Pokemon games with my son and all those other things called life.

13. Why do you write?
Because that is what I believe God wants from me. He gave me a gift and using it for good is my way of thanking Him.

14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
I have two favorite authors, Richard Bach and Rod Serling. Both these men fall into the category of literary genius in my book. Richard Bach challenges a reader to look inside and examine what has been accepted as truth. Rod Serling takes the challenge outwards, asking us to question the rality of what we believe and see in the world around us.

15. How do you define your writing?
It makes a reader examine and think.

16. In one sentence—what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
Her books made a positive difference in my life.

Joyce A. Anthony the details:

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
Website: Http://
Blog: Http://

18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
I’d love to hear from readers J My email address is

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Storm is the only book I currently have out

20. For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
They can expect emotion—happiness, sadness, anger and more—whatever a reader thinks of my writing, it will evoke some strong emotion and make the reader think.

In conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I want to thank your readers for stopping by to see what I have to say. I love hearing from readers, whether positive or negative. The positive keeps me going and the negative helps me improve. Stop by my website, sign my guestbook, let me know what you think of my book and other work.


Anonymous said...

Now that was fun to read. Great questions, Joyce! LOL seriously, it was cool to read your own answers - they sounded just like the Joyce I've come to know. {-:>

unwriter said...

Finally! The interviewer is the interviewee. You've done well. You'll get spirit out as well as the trees. You write very well although formatting can be a bit tricky.


The Belle in Blue said...

Joyce not only comes up with great questions, her answers are pretty darn entertaining too!

STORM is indeed an unforgettable book and I encourage everyone to read it! (And not just because my name is Joyce too!)