Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Juanita Kees, an Eternal Press Author.
I had her scheduled for so long I had to really dig to find her files!
Welcome Miss Kees!
Juanita is a freelance writer and writes blogs, web content, advertorials, newsletters and business documents. Having recently graduated from the Australian College QED, (New South Wales, Australia) with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, she proofreads and edits manuscripts, manuals, standard operating procedures and other business tools. You can find out more about Kees2Create Writing, Proofreading and Editing services at kees2create.com.
Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romantic fiction. Over at Mission Romance, she conducts interviews with fellow authors and writes book reviews, as well as the odd blog about the frustrations and delights of being a writer.
When she’s not writing, editing or proofreading, Juanita is the cleaning fairy and mother to three boys (hubby included, his toys are just a little more expensive). Her not-so-miniature Daschund, Sam is her critique partner and keeps her company while writing.
The time has come to face her worst fear and the clock is ticking…
Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter Bella. When the Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small Australian country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul. Both would change her life forever.
Peta snatched the photo from his hands and put it back in her purse. Her spine was ramrod straight. Ice dripped from her tone. “How magnanimous of you, Jaime. I’m quite capable of taking care of my daughter financially.”
“Yes and by keeping your mouth shut, you endangered her life and your own!” Jaime regretted the words the moment they left his tongue. He saw Peta flinch as the shutters descended in her eyes. He felt her retreat. The flimsy bough of peace was broken, destroyed by his angry words.
The door opened as they both stood, facing each other angrily. Tension sprang between them like a coiled snake, ready to strike at the smallest provocation.
“We didn’t have much luck with the tape of his call.” Mark didn’t notice the tension until he looked up from dropping the room key on the table. “No background noise, nothing to identify his whereabouts.” He watched as Jones bent to wipe up the soapy puddle on the floor near the kitchen sink, then looked at Peta and Jaime curiously…and spotted the still damp patches on their chests. “World War III or just a minor disagreement?” When they both glared at him, he continued, “Okay, then, on to the plans for tonight. We’re looking at putting a substitute in Peta’s place for the drop off…”
Peta dug her heels in. “No!” she said. “I go or the deal’s off. I’m not putting Bella’s life at stake any further.”
“Peta, he’s unstable. Who knows what he’s likely to do? The drop off could be a trap. It’s too risky. He knows there’s no way we’re letting you go in there on your own. He’ll be ready for us…and you.”
Peta looked at them, chin raised, her stubborn expression leaving them in no doubt. “It’s my daughter’s life at stake here. I go tonight or you don’t get the evidence either!” She held up her hand as Mark began to protest. “It’s me he wants. I know how to handle him. I did it for ten lousy years! I’m done being scared.”
1. In three days, all power will go off, everywhere for a very long time. What will you include in your author survival kit?
As many pens and pencils as I can find, notepads, chocolate and my dog.
2. Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?
I love visiting country towns where they have lively pubs and regular country music. Dry, dusty old towns are also the perfect setting for a kidnapping with loads of old, abandoned buildings.
3. What do you like to read?
Anything that catches my interest.
4. Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?
Alcatraz. It was the spookiest, most spine-chilling feeling exploring the island. A feeling that inspired many creative thoughts for situations I could I place my next lot of characters in.
The history of the island is fascinating. The day we were there, we got to talk to an ex-inmate visiting the island for a book signing. It was surreal.
from Sally – Is this the prison you can see from the Golden Gate Bridge? If it is, I have seen it from afar….
5. What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?
I can’t function without a cup of tea before I get out of bed in the morning.
6. What scares you the most?
Cockroaches and creepy crawlies
7. Tell us anything but keep it G rated.
Write from the heart and the rest will follow. Never give up on your dreams.