Janice Spina has been a guest on Reading Recommendations several times – first in May 2014, then she returned for two updates in Dec. 2014 and Oct. 2015. I’ve now invited Janice to become part of the Reading Recommendations Revisited group of Authors, because of her enthusiastic promotion of me, my work, this blog, and the many other Authors who are writing and publishing independently – from around the world! Janice is a valuable member of this writing community and I thank her for the support she’s given to “all a we”, as they say on Bequia!!
RRR: Since your first promotion on RR, what have you been doing?
JS: Before I answer this question I want to express my gratitude to Susan Toy of RR who has been a wonderful support to me. She has tirelessly continued to post updates about my work. For her kindness and unending support I am truly grateful!
Since my first promotion on RR I have published three more children’s books, PS-Grade 3, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey.
I am currently working on a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, which I hope to publish this month or next. My husband, John, who is my illustrator, is working on my new children’s book about a cat. Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detective Series is in its early stages as is a mystery/romance novel. I plan to publish Davey & Derek books 3 & 4 this year and the novel in 2017. I have a YA fantasy that needs serious editing which will be another project that I will undertake in 2017. A girl’s detective/mystery series is running around in my head for 2017 also.
Writing keeps me quite busy but I do spend time posting on my blog JemsBooks writing about my books, helpful tips for authors, guest posts, author interviews, supporting authors, and my travels.
On my website I offer copy editing services for authors. My credentials and references are listed at my website.
I am an avid reader and book reviewer on Amazon and Goodreads. If you look me up there you will see that I have read extensively and gave myself a reading challenge of 125 books for 2016. In the past few years I have surpassed each of my goals. My reading preferences are eclectic, from children’s books to mystery, thrillers, fantasy and historical fiction. Since I have a long list at present on my TBR list (to be read) I cannot promise to take on any more books for review at this time though.
RRR: What else have you been doing, outside of the writing?
JS: Hobbies: When I can I crochet hats, scarves, afghans, cowls, and amigarumis (animals & other characters) for my grandchildren during the winter months. This gives me a break from my writing and makes my grandchildren happy. That is what makes me happy too.
I plan to keep writing, entertaining and educating children about the importance of reading while teaching them important life lessons and family values.
Children are my main goal in my writing. I have donated my books to libraries and as gifts during Christmas. I recently blogged when asked for help obtaining books by the Civitain group in Arizona that helps special needs children to get up to their reading levels. This post was extremely well received and many authors have donated books to the Civitain group – 31 books at this time. I was thrilled to send copies of all my books to these children. It was a sincere pleasure to assist this group in procuring the books they needed. I thank all my fellow authors for their kindness and generosity in taking part in this needy cause.
I am happy to help any group that needs assistance in spreading the word about their group if it aids children in any way.
RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?
JS: I did a guest post on Chris The Story Reading Ape‘s blog about social media needs for authors. Here is the link in case you want to read the complete post.
I have found that when new or aspiring authors are just starting out they need to get their names and work out there on social media. That means starting a website and blog, signing up for FB, Twitter and other sites. Visit, follow and leave comments on other blogs and you will find that these bloggers will respond in kind and follow back. Helping others to promote their work will bring more followers to your blog. I have met so many wonderful people online through social media and many have become good friends and my wonderful support system, such as Susan Toy. It has been a joy to work together with other authors on group promotions and blog hops, etc. I have learned and grown with each new interaction. I look forward to many more rewarding experiences.
RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year.
JS: Being an avid reader I have been fortunate to have met some creative and talented authors. There are so many of these authors’ books I have enjoyed and find it difficult to choose just three. If you will indulge me I will list three but also others that I have enjoyed.
These authors I list have many books to choose from and I have read a few of each of theirs. I have a good feel as to their distinctive writing styles. Here are my thoughts.
Robert K. Swisher, Jr. is a creative author who incorporates his wonderful sense of humor into his entertaining stories. His stories are eclectic and unforgettable. Robert’s Facebook Page.
Robert Thornhill is a talented author of the Lady Justice Series who mixes mystery/detective stories with humor. His characters are fascinating, well defined, memorable and fun to read. Robert’s Amazon Author Page.
These two authors I have recently discovered and only read one of each of their books.
Christoph Fischer is a talented storyteller of epic proportion. I read his incredible book, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, that tells an unforgettable tale of life during wartime for a family trying to survive. He reminds me of best-selling author Jeffrey Archer. Christoph on Amazon.
Mae Clair is a creative author who knows how to weave a tale of mystery and suspense. I look forward to reading more from her. Mae on Amazon.
Some more of my favorite authors are Sally G. Cronin, Nicholas Rossis, Peter Cimino and, Don Massenzio. I could go on and on about many more wonderful authors. (Sally, Nicholas and Don have all been featured on Reading Recommendations!)
Thank you, Susan Toy, for inviting me here today to your fabulous blog. A special thank you for all that you do for me and other authors to help promote our work.
My slogan is: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Happy reading everyone!
Blessings to all!
Thank you, Janice!