Blogoversary Day 15: Joselyn Vaughn

Jen: We are excited to have Joselyn Vaughn as our guest today. Joselyn, please tell us about Sucker for a Hot Rod and where is can be purchased.

Joselyn: Here is the blurb:

Bryce Halloway only dates a woman once. No exceptions.

It gives him the reputation of a heart-breaker, but he can handle that as long as it keeps his mother, Dinah, from trying to marry him off. Judi Montgomery and her tempting ponytail finagle their way around official dates with car problems and driving lessons. She worms her way into his heart and entices him to want more from his life.

When health issues causes his father to retire, Bryce inherits the family-owned tractor repair shop. Can Judi’s love and encouragement give him the courage to break tradition and pursue his dreams of owning a custom hot rod shop?

You can buy it directly from the publisher, Astraea Press:
or Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Joselyn: I’ve always written and wanted to write, but the ability and time weren’t there until about five years ago. Everything seemed to click and the story for CEOs Don’t Cry just started flowing. CEOs Don’t Cry was published two years later with Avalon Books. They called when my twins were about 8 months old. I had just put my daughter on the changing table and realized that this task was going to be a doozy when the phone rang. I looked down at her and knew I was too far into the job to finish before the phone finished ringing or to just pick her up and answer it. I let the machine get it, but listened. I could barely believe it. I was really nice to have saved on the machine so I could listen to it over and over again.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Joselyn: Charming, witty, refreshing

Jen: Do you struggle with deadlines? How do you deal with the pressure?

Joselyn: I struggle the most with deadlines I give myself. I tend to think I can do things much faster than I can. I wanted to have my current work in progress done in February and that didn’t happen. But then the plans I had for it changed, so it’s okay. For me to feel comfortable with a deadline, I really need to have everything done a week before or I am panicking. I work hard to prioritize what needs to be done when so I’m staying ahead of the due dates.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Joselyn: So far all of the stories take place in a small West Michigan town called Carterville. CEOs Don’t Cry and Sucker for a Hot Rod involve a group of women who think they run the town and should be involved in everyone’s business.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Joselyn: I love stories that make you feel happy when you finish reading them. What could be happier than a successful romantic connection?

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Joselyn: I’ve been very fortunate that my editorial comments have been very minor. The biggest change I’ve had to make was that one of the characters couldn’t get so drunk that he would throw up. It took some work to figure out the scene, but it came out stronger. I was able to make the character even more dastardly and devious than he was. So it really helped.

Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?

Joselyn: Sometimes, it depends on how many drafts of the story I’ve had to do. I really liked Noah and Daphne in Courting Sparks and had a lot of fun with that story. I liked how everything worked out for them, so it was easy to revisit the story. Bryce and Judi in Sucker for a Hot Rod, however, was a different story. I had a really hard time proofing it because writing it was really hard. Every time I’d think I was almost done, I’d find something horribly wrong with the timeline. At one point Bryce’s dad had poison ivy for six weeks! I’d have to rearrange the events or the chapters again. I blame it all on pregnancy brain. The story straightened itself out much more quickly after the baby was born.

Jen: If Sucker for a Hot Rod was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Joselyn: Judi would have to be Anne Hathaway. She has the spunk to pull it off. Bryce, though, is a hard one. He reminds me so much of the guy described in Brad Paisley’s song “I’m still a guy” but I don’t know if Brad does any acting. Maybe Eric Bana. He can be endearing, yet tough and rough around the edges.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Joselyn: I think we went out for pizza that night. I don’t really remember. I hope we did something exciting. If we didn’t we should have.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Joselyn: I’m working on a story about the owner of the bed and breakfast from CEOs Don’t Cry. She tries to drum up business by advertising the house and haunted and she gets serious paranormal investigators and an old boyfriend instead. It’s a lot of fun.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Joselyn: I have a website ( and a blog ( . I also have a Facebook ( and Twitter (@joselynvaughn). I’m still trying to get the hang of Twitter though.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Joselyn: Sucker for a Hot Rod revolves around unidentifiable car problems. What is the most unusual car breakdown you’ve had?

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