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Past, Present, & Future with…Juanita Kees

DSC_0011_3104In celebration of the release of my debut novel, Fast Forward, I’m doing a series of interviews with authors about their past, present & future. Today, please welcome… Juanita Kees (who, incidentally, was my wonderful editor on Fast Forward!)

PAST:

1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sleeping Beauty, I knew my prince would come and rescue me from my tower 🙂

2. What did you do before you became a writer?

I worked in the motor industry in administration and customer service.

3. What is one of your most treasured memories from the past?

That’s a hard one. I have so many to choose from. Our home was always filled with music, books and board games. Dad used to read to us every night and we used to sing with Mum while we washed the dinner dishes (no TV or dishwashers back then, lol). On Sundays, we barbequed at my aunt’s house where we played music and had a sing-along. Dad and his twin brother played harmonicas, my cousin played the piano, I played the recorder and the rest of us played the fool.

PRESENT:

Fly Away Peta_200x300_dpi724. What’s your latest release about and/or what are you currently working on?

Fly Away Peta is the story of Jaime and Peta; lovers separated by time, distance and a little interference. They’re brought together again ten years on when Peta’s daughter is kidnapped. There is so much they need to sort through, including finding Bella and healing the emotional wounds inflicted on them by the nasty Paul Price, before they can find happiness. Peta is reluctant to trust Jaime again even though she’s never stopped loving him. He left once before without a fight, what’s to stop him leaving again? Jaime has to make a big decision. Does he stay or let her fly away again?

I’ve recently finished my favourite manuscript, Under The Hood, which will be published by Escape Publishing in March. This is a fast-paced, energetic tale of a woman determined to fulfill a dream even when it puts her in constant danger. When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.

TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms- length shouldn’t be a problem…or will it?

5. What’s a typical day like for you? (If there is such a thing!)

Totally unpredictable! I start with checking my emails, followed by a little Facebook before I knuckle down to editing or writing. The emails and Facebook can send me scuttling off in all difference directions over the web before I have to reign myself in and log out. I’m a terrible procrastinator.

6. Name three things you are grateful for in your life right now:

Only three? Sorry kids 😉 – My health, my mind and chocolate

FUTURE:

97808579902977. If you could fast forward in time to any age or year for just one day, what would you choose & why?

Ten years into the future when my kids have kids and I get the chance to say ‘Remember when I told you the same thing?’ and ‘I told you so’.

8. If you could have any new technology or invention in the future that would make your life a whole lot easier (or more fun), what would it be?

A robotic housekeeper to iron, cook and clean for me. I don’t like housework at all. I’d much rather be writing.

9. What are your hopes & dreams for the future?

Tough one! I’d love to see world peace and acceptance among people. Maybe one day it will happen through strong, solid leadership, who knows. As for dreams, I’d love to see one of my books on DVD or in the cinemas with Chris Hemsworth in the leading role 🙂

To win a copy of Juanita’s book, Fly Away Peta, please leave a comment!

Visit Juanita online at her website, blog, facebook, and twitter. Buy Fly Away Peta here.

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