Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is especially pleased to welcome another special guest this week. Author Joanne Guidoccio is visiting to tell us about her latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion, from The Wild Rose Press.
We asked Joanne a few “getting to know you” questions and here are her answers:
Q1: If you could become any one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Protagonist Gilda Greco is already 70 percent of me. As to how I came up with that particular number, let’s just say my well-honed left brain did all the work. Our similarities…Italian Canadian, born and raised in Sudbury, relocated to Southern Ontario, mathematics teachers, career development practitioners, yoga enthusiasts, non-foodies.
One major difference –Gilda won a $19 million lottery. I’m still hoping! And that’s why I’d love to be Gilda Greco.
Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?
The storyline revolves around a missed email, one that Gilda Greco overlooked for a personal reason (that is later revealed). Had she read that email, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive. A bit overly dramatic, but enough to persuade Gilda to participate in a séance and later launch an investigation.
Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
While sitting in Sister Maris Stella’s Grade 13 English class (circa 1973), I dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. I followed the conventional advice of the times and pursued a career in teaching, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that someday I would resurrect that writing dream. In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement and devoted my second act to writing.
Coffee, tea or other? Chatty Matty coffee – organic, fair trade coffee from Nicaragua
Music preference? Oldie Goldies from the 1960s and 1970s
Favorite movie? Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford
Dog, cat or other? Dogs – 4 dog nephews and 1 dog niece (in my brothers’ homes)
Favorite author? I admire late blooming authors who have launched successful second acts. Two favorites come to mind: Maeve Binchy and Louise Penny.
About the Book
While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.
Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.
Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?
A Fun Fact About the Book with an Excerpt
In each book of the Gilda Greco series, I have included a sub-plot involving Maria Rossi and Rosa Geraldi – her godmother and godmother’s sister. In addition to providing comedic relief, these ladies frustrate Gilda’s investigative efforts. In A Different Kind of Reunion, they show up at a Holistic Fair and share their impressions of psychics with Gilda. Here’s a short excerpt:
Maris chuckled as she glanced around the hall. “They’re fakes, all of them, even Cassandra.”
“Maria!” This was not an appropriate conversation to be having at a holistic fair where dozens of psychics had congregated.
“She’s right,” Rosa said, waving her hand around the hall. “We stopped to see three of them. All they talk about are their epiphanies and how they can help us. They want to charge eighty dollars for thirty minutes. Who would pay that kind of money?”
Maria nodded. “Those old witches in Italy, especially the ones in Sicily, have all the powers. None of these psychics comes close. Not even Cassandra. She’s too young and too pretty. You need to be old and ugly to have real powers.”
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About the Author
In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
Joanne is graciously offering a Rafflecopter Giveaway for your chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!
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It’s been my pleasuring hosting Joanne for this visit. What a wonderful way to finish out the week! Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.