I'm excited to have award winning author Joey Paul back on the blog today to answer some fun holiday questions!
What is your favorite part about the holidays?
I love the family aspect, I love giving gifts, and I love the community aspect. I really enjoy having time to spend with my loved ones, and seeing their faces when they open the presents. I also love decorating the house, and my office for Christmas!
What about your least favorite part?
I guess I would say the stress and worry that my body will flare during the holiday period. I have lung issues so the cold is never good for me. On top of that my birthday is just after Christmas so I have that feeling of, if I get sick I'll have to be sick on my birthday!
Do you take writing breaks during the holidays?
I do take time off for Christmas, for Boxing Day and a few days around New Year too. I am planning to have at least a week off dotted through the month and the holiday period.
What was the highlight of 2019 for you?
Hmm... I think winning awards is a good highlight, but personal life, I guess I would say that a lot of 2019 hasn't been good for me. My health has been particularly bad, and it's had a knock on effect. But I did release three books this year and finally have the whole of Dying Thoughts series out for readers!
Did you have a particular book or books that you enjoyed this year?
I really enjoyed a lot of the books I picked up to review on my blog. I found some nice hidden gems there, but I couldn't really pick a favourite, I read over 200 books this year and I've loved them all to some extent!
Do you make New Year’s resolutions or do anything special for the New Year?
I do make yearly goals on my Youtube channel (Find it here:)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoLY_2z60ip93GKmCGcb4Fw and I do a check-in after six months to see how I'm doing, but those are all writing related. I don't always make personal goals, but if I do, I don't really share them, but have them on a private blog.
As far as the New Year goes, I normally spend the night chatting with a friend in Finland and then see the New Year in, but for the past year I've been really struggling with my sleep, so I foresee that this year I'll be fast asleep long before 2020 begins!
Favorite song of 2019?
It Happens by Busted on their 2019 album Half-Way There!
There were two moment of this for me, when I won my first two book awards in February and then a third in September! I was over the moon, and shocked and just very excited about the whole thing! The awards were Solo Medalist in Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans category for It's Not Always Rainbows. Official Selection in YA Mystery/Thriller for Walk A Mile. And then finally Official Selection in YA Sci-fi/Horror for Lights Out.
LIGHTS OUT BLURB: Ever since the war ended, the United English Cityships have had equality. The rules are clear. You are born, you live and the day following your sixtieth birthday, you are sent off for your final sleep.
Lock is a firm believer in the system. It means that everyone is truly treated equally. It’s only when she checks in an attendee who claims to be younger than her chip says that Lock starts to realise there may be someone gaming the system.
The problem is the corruption goes higher than Lock could even begin to imagine. As her belief in the world she lives in starts to crumble, Lock finds herself wanting justice for those who have gone before their time.
Can she do it? Or will they silence her before she can get the word out?
BUY LINKS: Universal ebook link: http://www.books2read.com/LOUT
BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lights-out-joey-paul/1131528867?ean=9781724658357
BOOK DEPOSITORY: https://www.bookdepository.com/Lights-Out-Joey-Paul/9781724658357?ref=grid-view&qid=1562735792503&sr=1-1
INDIE BOUND: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781724658357
BIO: Joey Paul is an award-winning indie author, exploring the young adult genre. She has released fifteen books in total so far, with the sixteenth due out in 2019. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books and the "Lights Out" trilogy, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian being the ones most frequently on her list. She is writing her next two books at the moment, having recently finished her last two.
Joey is disabled and a graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. When not reading medical textbooks, she enjoys reading crime novels, medical dramas and young adult novels. When she's out and about, she likes looking for Tupperware in the woods with GPS satellites, otherwise known as geocaching. And when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping! She's 37 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. She plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop!
Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.