I’m pleased to be taking part in the book tour for Skating on the Edge which I sadly had to pass on reviewing with my big move it was impossible to fit in but it sounded like fun and after reading up have read it described as a quirky fun mystery. The best in the series is how it’s been described in fact which is always great news for a reader. It just gets better and better.
I have Joelle on for an interview always nice to pick an authors brain and find out more about them, their work and how they make it happen.
Please tell me about yourself
Thanks for letting me stop by. My name is Joelle Charbonneau. I’m a stage performer and voice teacher who has less time for both since my son was born and I started writing. I am the mom of an energetic four-year-old and have been singing a marriage duet with my husband for almost 16 years. (EEK! I’m getting old!)
What are you reading now?
Well, I’m reading The Case of the Library Monster with my toddler right now. (If you have a small person, these are really fun chapter books with a dog who investigates mysteries.) As for myself, I am reading Blessed by Tonya Hurley.
Your favorite books and authors?
This used to be a much easier question to answer than it is now. When I first started writing, I didn’t know very many authors. Now I know hundreds of them and I think they are all wonderful. So, I’ll limit my answer here to authors I haven’t met.
Lisa Lutz and her Spellman series are a lot of fun
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series never fails to make me laugh
J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) In Death series featuring Eve Dallas is a true favorite of mine. (Technically, I’ve met her, but I’m guessing she wouldn’t know me if she hit me with her car, so I think I can still use this one.)
And since I snuck in the one above, I’ll also add Harlan Coben. His stand alone thrillers are wonderful, but my favorite books are the Myron Bolitar series. The mix of humor and suspense is sensational.
What is your work space and writing routine like?
I have a four-year-old in the house. This means that my workspace tends to be wherever he is. Most typically, you’ll find me in the overstuffed rocking chair in our living room. However, I’ve also been known to pull out the laptop at the playground or next to the swimming pool while the tot is schooled in how to use a kickboard.
My writing routine also revolves around the small person. I’m incredibly fortunate that he still (mostly) naps in the afternoon. During the mornings I answer e-mails and get the business part of writing out of the way. During naptime and when the tot is asleep, I try to fill the blank pages. Some days I’m more successful than others.
You’ve performed on stage what was your favorite production to take part in?
Ooo….this is a tough question. I’m a sucker for spunky heroines who have lots of heart. I think my favorite part is Anna Leonowens from The King and I.
On stage performance, writing do you have other creative outlets?
Taking care of a toddler involves lots of creativity. Does that count? I also am a big fan of anything culinary and you’ll find me throwing spices and chopping veggies in the kitchen as I experiment with my own recipes.
Please tell me about the Skating series
Rebecca Robbins returns to her home town in rural Illinois intent on selling the roller rink she inherited from her mother and getting back to the city as fast as possible. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone according to plan. The rink hasn’t sold, she’s been involved in both a murder case and a car theft investigation and somewhere along the line her grandfather began moonlighting as an Elvis Impersonator. She also has embarked in an on again/off again relationship with the town’s large animal vet. Now she’s torn between the life she has now made for herself in Indian Falls and her desire to get back to the life she left in the city. Not to mention the small matter of a derby girl being electrocuted in a dunk tank…a dunk tank that Rebecca herself was supposed to be in.
What was the inspiration for the series?
As strange as it sounds, my mother was actually a World Champion Artistic Roller Skater. Because of that, I grew up going to roller rinks to watch her teach. And in case anyone is wondering—yes, there is still artistic roller skating competition to this very day. In fact, the World Championships are in New Zealand this month.
And your other series?
My Glee Club mystery series launched this past July and is once again based on something I know – performing. Paige Marshall has yet to make it big as an opera singer. To make ends meet, she takes a job as a local show choir coach where she finds a rival director strangled with a microphone—dead! When one of her students comes under suspicion for the crime, Paige has to turn in a performance of a lifetime to find the real culprit and keep the killer from claiming another victim—her.
What new books do you have coming up?
The second Glee Club Mystery – END ME A TENOR will hit shelves on Oct. 2nd. Then on June 4th, I will debut the first of my YA trilogy –a dystopian thriller called THE TESTING.
Skating on the Edge was released October 2nd it’s brand spankin new so go get it