Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Interview with Author, Joana James

Joana James is a young author that I’ve recently met through the Facebook group Grace and Faith Author Connection. You can find their blog HERE! It’s a wonderful group that brings together authors and bloggers who support, encourage, and promote one another. Joana is fairly new to the group, and I’m delighted to welcome her to Faith-Driven Fiction today!

Her new Young Adult novel is available at Amazon for only $3.99.

Marji – Where did your desire to write stem from?

Joana – For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write. I wrote many stories as a teenager and always dreamed about becoming a published author. When I finally got the opportunity, I grabbed it with both hands.

Marji – Indie publishing offers that open door! So what is your ultimate goal?

Joana – I would love to see my books in the hands of as many people as possible, simply because they have messages for everyone. Of course, I dream of becoming a bestselling author but my number one goal is to touch somebody’s life.

Marji – How does Nightmare at Emerald High satisfy that goal?

Joana – Nightmare at Emerald high is a story of a young boy who’s facing rejection and struggling to find success in a cruel world. He’s the voice of many teenagers. Malcolm was fooled by a bogus scholarship opportunity, and many of our youngsters face the similar situations. I hope to encourage parents to pay more attention to what their children are involved in and to teach teens to be careful of the opportunities offered to them.

Marji – Sounds frighteningly true-to-life. What inspired this particular story?

Joana – I live in a society that is riddled with secret societies and organisations and several rumours fly about the place concerning their activities. I used this atmosphere to create a book that warns teens about the dangers of things done in the dark.

Marji – What actors might play your main characters if they made a movie of this?

Joana – I’m not much of a movie buff, so I can hardly rattle off any names of notable actors, but I do know that I’d like Malcolm to be played by someone who really understands what it is to be bullied, picked on and considered a geek. So I daresay that I’d like my main character to be a real life teen and not necessarily an actor who has found fame.

Marji – What’s a lasting line from your novel – like the “Frankly, dear …” or “You had me at hello.”

Joana – “Not everything you see can be trusted.”

Marji – That seems to go well with the theme of the book! How does writing fit into your regular day-in-the-life?

Joana – I’m a morning person so; I wake up at about 4:00am and head straight for the laptop. Most times, the story would have been stewing in my head for practically the whole night preventing me from sleeping. I’m a binge writer, so I spend a few hours going hard at it in the morning before I head off to my day job.

Marji – Oh I’m so jealous! I wish I was a morning person, but I’m just not! Thanks so much for joining us today!

Joana Melisia James is a young Christian author from the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribeean. Always been a book worm she developed a great passion for the written word.

With a love of reading a good story as much as telling them, in July 2011, she decided to stop procrastinating and get her work published. As most Indie authors know, it is difficult to get a foot in the door of the publishing world. Without fame, she found it hard to get anyone to take her seriously, so she decided to publish independently.


Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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