Featured Interview With Josephine Strand
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a wife, mother and young grandmother, like I like to say. I was born in Italy, grew up in South Africa, and have been a long-time resident of the United States. My travels between the three continents have strengthened my love for the sea and the outdoors. It’s no surprise that my novel Misty Dreams is set on a small tropical island. When not writing or absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, I love to cook and enjoy long nature walks.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I discovered my love of books when I was introduced to my town’s public library at the age of eight. At nine, I wrote my first fiction piece, gaining my teacher’s praise with my short story The Library at Midnight. I haven’t stopped writing since, though Misty Dreams is my first published novel.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite genre is and has always been contemporary romance. Certainly two of my earlier influences were Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown, but Nicholas Sparks is the author I have drawn the most inspiration from more recently.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My book is a contemporary romance that revolves around a seventeen-year-old mystery. It is set on a fictitious island near the Florida Keys where the inhabitants are very protective of their environment and lifestyle. When people ask me what inspired me to write Misty Dreams my response is always: my characters. The main characters in Misty Dreams came to life long before the plot was even conceived. The story evolved around them as I wrote it. It was my first attempt at a full-sized novel, and I had no concept of how to plot a story. The writing process was one long exercise in perseverance, as well as a learning experience.
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