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J. E. Spina is a retired administrative secretary from a school system. She is an award-winning author with five MG/PT/YA Books and nine young children's books - Louey The Lazy Elephant, Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry The Crabby Crayfish, Lamby The Lonely Lamb, Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives (middle grade series book 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, written under Janice Spina. Lamby the Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom's Choice Awards. Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1, 2 and 3 all won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and Book 1 won Readers' Favorite Award Honorable Mention. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Hunting Mariah and How Far Is Heaven are her novels and An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection) were written under J. E. Spina. She is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors. Janice is currently working on a spinoff for girls from of Davey & Derek Series which will be published in 2018. She plans to do a sequel to Hunting Mariah, write a series for YA girls and edit a YA fantasy series and two novels that she hopes to publish over the next few years.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Londonderry, NH? Wherever I lived I would be proud to be a writer because this is something I love to do and I feel as if I am living my dream each day. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I was inspired by the positive things my mother said to me when I was just nine years old. I wrote her poems for her birthday and Mother's Day. She was very proud and happy to receive them.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing at age nine - poetry and then children's stories in my twenties and thirties. I always wanted to be published but did not reach my goal until the ripe young age of 65.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I was always a shy and timid child and learned to amuse myself through writing. I think this influenced me to write more and express myself through my writing.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I always have a title before I begin writing a story, whether it is a children's story or a novel.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love writing children's books but also enjoy writing novels in many genres - mysteries, psychological thrillers, romance, spiritual and historical. I have eclectic taste in genres, reading and writing.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? My inspirations for my children's books are my five grandchildren who I love dearly. My novel, Hunting Mariah, will be published this year and I hope to promote this book at that time. In the meantime I would like to promote my children's books.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Becoming an author, my dream since a young child, has been the most rewarding experience with the writing process. Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only negative experience I have had has been being rejected by many publishers when I first started writing. I realized that I had to start by publishing my work myself. That is how I avoided the negative experience.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The most rewarding experience has been the many wonderful people I have met online who have been supportive and have become good friends.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I have been fortunate not to have had any negative experiences but I know there will always be someone who will have negative things to say about my work. I need to develop a thick skin for such negativity and not take it to heart and let it discourage me from doing what I love to do.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Believe in yourself and follow your heart in doing what you love to do. Work hard at your craft and learn everything you can to improve and cultivate your art.
Who is your favorite author and why? I have so many favorite authors but one that I read extensively is Jeffrey Archer. He has the innate ability to create a fascinating tale involving so many creative, well defined and unforgettable characters. I also read some excellent indie authors – Paul G. Day, Mike Wells, and Richard C. Hale.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I want to thank everyone who has ever supported me and continues to support me in all my endeavors. For their friendship and assistance I am truly grateful. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to do every day of the rest of my life, thanks to God.
Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.
“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”
Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.
There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?
Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.
Cold Coffee Press endorses Hunting Mariah - by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction series. This book was given to us in a PDF for review and the review was completed on January 5, 2015. For more information about Cold Coffee Press please visit http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
Genre: Crime, Fiction , Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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