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20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, author of WWII spy/supernatural thrillers


For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, author of World War II spy/supernatural thriller novels.

“Growing up with paternal grandparents born in the 1890s made creating historical novels a logical choice,” JoAnn says of her youth.

Suffice it to say JoAnn has serious frontier-era chops. Raised in California, JoAnn had first-hand experience in everything from cooking on a wood-burning stove and depending on blocks of ice to cool food to cleaning outhouses, chamber pots and chicken coops.

You can connect with JoAnn on Twitter @JoAnnAinsworth and at www.joannsmithainsworth.com.

Our 20 questions with JoAnn start now:

1) What is your full name?

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

2) What is your professional job title?

Author of World War II spy/supernatural thriller novels.

3) Describe your organization.

Stories of gripping suspense (WWII spies) intertwined with the paranormal, in the style of an Agatha Christy cozy but at pace of a thriller.

4) Describe your surroundings right now.

I’m in a wood-paneled cabin on a recreational ranch.

5) What was your first paid writing gig?

Matilda’s Song published by Samhain Publishers, Limited.

6) What was the last thing you wrote?

The manuscript for Book 2 of the Operation Delphi series, Expect Deception, went to the publisher, She Writes Press, on September 1.

7) What is the next thing you plan to write?

I am starting to write Book 3 of the series, Expect Betrayal.

8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …

…with 45 minutes of stretching exercises.

9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?

A bottle of pH balanced water with electrolytes and a cup of organic green tea.

10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?

Writing is a business. I get up each day and take care of business.

11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …

…bad writing.

12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?

Word, Excel, Access, browsers, laptop and PC.

13) First book that comes to mind? Go!

Lightning by Dean Koontz.

14) What are your favorite Internet/mobile apps and why?

QR code reader to access websites.

15) What have you always wanted to write?

What I’m writing now: suspense and paranormal, with a touch of romance.

16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?

Ignore the naysayers. Never give up!

17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!

Robert B. Parker

18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …

…when a reader says you kept me up all night reading!

19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?

Neither. It’s the computer from first word to last.

20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …

…snuck (except for this one).

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