Guest Author Interview – Joy Avery

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Title: Cupid’s Error: A Novella

 Genre: Romance/Holidays

 Synopsis: Staffing agency owner Danica James is determined not to spend another Valentine’s Day alone. But purchasing a man for the evening? Out of the question. Then her best friend intervenes—gifting her a night of dinner and dancing with a Cupid’s Arrow escort. What could be the harm? Though Cupid’s Arrow is known for matches made in heaven, she’s not looking for a love connection. Then she meets her Cupid’s Fellow and everything changes.

Business mogul Weston Henshaw doesn’t need Cupid’s Arrow to get a Valentine’s Day companion, but Cupid’s Arrow needs him. Seems his sister’s charity event has done far better than anticipated. Only problem…a shortage of eligible bachelors to pamper all of the lonely hearts. When he agrees to be bait for an evening, he never imagines meeting the one woman who makes him wish the night would never end.

An error by Cupid’s places Danica and Weston on a road to destiny, but will they maintain the course?

Joy Avery, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Joy Avery, who writes contemporary romance with real characters, real journeys and real good love. Welcome to my blog, Joy.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

 JA: Cupid’s Error places Danica James and Weston Henshaw on the road to destiny, but can they maintain the course?

CH: This book is a romantic novella for Valentine’s Day. Why did you decide to write this book?

JA: For a romance writer—at least, for this romance writer—Valentine’s Day is an extremely exciting holiday crammed pack with love. I wanted to write about someone not necessarily looking for love, but finding it in the most unlikely situation and…during Valentines.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

JA: My story ideas come from all around me—music, television, movies, conversation, and people. Anything can spark an idea, and I build it from there. No, I don’t have a standard formula for plots, and my stories definitely do not come to me as a whole concept. I do a lot of brainstorming on how I want the story to develop. I used to be a notorious pantser, but have discovered the beauty of plotting, if only loosely. While my stories rarely travel exactly along their plotted paths, it’s a helpful roadmap.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JA: No, I don’t find it hard creating believable situations. With all of my books, I like taking real life situations and/or issues and putting a spin on them.

CH: I see you’ve written Holiday Romance before. Do holidays remind you of love?

JA: Yes, holidays do remind me of love—a love of self, a love of life, and a love of family. I believe holidays bring individuals closer. They can spark new relationships or renew old ones. In addition to Valentine’s Day, I’ve written books highlighting Thanksgiving and Christmas.

CH: What’s the best gift you’ve received on Valentine’s Day?

JA: The best gift I’ve received on Valentine’s Day is a marriage proposal.

CH: A marriage proposal is definitely a great gift on Valentine’s Day. So, where do you get inspiration for your characters?

JA: The inspiration for my characters comes from a range of places: strangers I’ve encountered, people who’ve inspired me, characters I’ve liked or loathed on television/movies. Like situations in my books, I add my own twists to the characters, either to tame them or make them more endearing.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? Which character was your favorite to write?

JA: I can’t say either character was difficult to write. Before I start a story, I spend at least a week getting into the characters’ heads and learning all I can about them. I find this makes the story believable and flow easier. Danica was my favorite to write because I got to show how she chose love one more time and even after heartbreak.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

JA: The message I’d like for the reader to walk away with is to always take a chance, especially on love.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your romance writing?

JA: The things I bring to my readers through my writing are real characters, real journeys, and real good love told in my voice and the way I see love developing.

CH: What type of feedback are you receiving from readers?

JA: The feedback I’m receiving from readers is letting me know that I’m touching hearts, warming souls, and rousing emotions. I do occasionally get yelled at for not writing fast enough. LOL.

CH: You are a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. Does being a member of these groups help you to write better romance novels?

JA: Through the resources provided by these two organizations, I am continuously improving my craft.

CH: What was the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

JA: The most exciting thing to happen to me on my publishing journey is being contacted by a Harlequin Kimani Romance editor concerning writing for the line.

CH: Are there any writing projects in progress? What can we expect next from you?

JA: I’m currently finishing my second Kimani Romance title. My debut novel with Kimani Romance will release in August of this year. You can expect book 2 of my Lassiter novella series to release within the next few months.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

JA: You can find this title on Amazon..

CH: How to Find Joy Avery:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JA: Thank you very much for welcoming me today. I’ve enjoyed my time here. I hope your readers will give Cupid’s Error—or any #joyaveryromance—a try.

Connect with me on social media:;  Cheryl, Have a beautiful day!

CH: Thank you so much, Joy Avery, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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