Meet the author of A DEADLY TRUTH, Joyce Proell

A Deadly Truth by Joyce Proell
ISBN:  9781771550604 (ebook)
Publisher: Champagne Books
Publication Date:  July 1, 2013

A man obsessed, a woman willing to risk it all…

Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, successful entrepreneur Doyle Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he goes about his business making money, doing some good for others and making a few enemies along the way. Arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady Delafield may be more important than his freedom.

On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity. Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will

the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?

Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.

The Book Diva’s Reads is pleased to host a visit with author Joyce Proell. Ms. Proell provides us with a little insight into who she is as a person and a writer.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Author Joyce Proell

On Becoming a Writer

I may be one of the few writers who never imagined I’d ever write a book. Instead, I wanted to be an artist and studied art in college before I switched to psychology and social work.  

Scariest Moment

The morning after a blizzard left the city of Chicago crippled; I slogged through the pristine snow to Lincoln Park Zoo. The place was deserted. The lion building was open. Inside stood about a half a dozen lions in cages. I was the only person there. These massive, powerful animals, some with enormous manes, stared at me. Then, in unison, they began to roar. The thunderous sound engulfed me. The sheer enormity of rumbling noise made me quiver. I couldn’t breathe. I thanked God I stood on the other side of those thick, steel bars and not with the muscular creatures. The deafening noise went on and on. What a frightening and marvelous experience.    

Happiest Moment

The birth of my daughter, Kate, ranks the highest. After nine months of pregnancy, I was well and truly ready to greet this new person. When the nurse handed me the bundled babe, I saw a slight resemblance to me in her rosy face. The connection was unmistakable. I knew we were a part of each other and would be forever. 

Something to look forward to

Release of A Burning Truth, December, 2013
A winter in Florida

First Book Ever Read

The Pink Ballet Slippers was the first book ever read. Like most little girls, I adored the color pink. Once I spotted the illustration of pink ballet slippers on the cover, I couldn’t resist reading it. 

Favorite Nursery Rhyme

I recall two nursery rhymes. The first was The Old Woman in the Shoe. The idea of so many children living in a shoe—and the shoe illustration had all these windows on different levels—intrigued me. The second rhyme was Wynken, Blynken and Nod. I often wondered what I’d do sailing off in a wooden shoe. 

Favorite Cartoon Character

By far, the best character is Wile E. Coyote. Gotta love the guy’s speed and tenacity. Nothing can keep him down, quite literally. No matter what the obstacle, whether he’s run over, thrown off a cliff, or flattened with a boulder, he pops right up, silly grin in place, and keeps moving forward. What a great metaphor for life. 

Favorite Series

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon 
The Prey series by John Sanford
The Bedwyn series by Mary Balogh

Favorite ‘Love’ Word

Cherished. The concept of being cherished implies a certain reverence and appreciation. To cherish means to nurture another person through loving, respectful actions. How wonderful is that? Whether you are the giver or receiver, being cherished feels great.

Best On-screen Kiss

In The Last of the Mohicans, there is a scene which takes place at night. French and British gunfire is erupting like fireworks. Smoke drifts across the starry sky. After days of sexual build-up, Daniel Day-Lewis kisses Madeleine Stowe. It’s intense, wild, and as passionate as the bombs going off in the background. 

I’d love to hear from readers. What is your favorite on-screen kiss?

Thanks again for having me here today. It was fun. 


About the author:

Joyce Proell grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.

Connect with the author: 

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Author: thebookdivasreads

I'm a reader, an avid reader, or perhaps a rabid reader (at least according to my family). I enjoy reading from a variety of different genres but particularly enjoy fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, ChickLit, romance and classics. I also enjoy reading about numerous non-fiction subjects including aromatherapy, comparative religions, herbalism, naturopathic medicine, and tea.

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