On Thursday, May 13, 2010 Joëlle Anthony debuts as a YA author of Restoring Harmony. Addictive, adventurous, and amazingly honest are all adjectives that apply to this novel, however also read what Kirkus says: “Suspense dominates this absorbing and believable near-future dystopic novel about a girl sent to rescue her grandparents from the United States ten years after ‘”the Collapse.”‘ The author’s vision of a future America following the failure of the oil-based economy makes realistic sense and keeps interest high. Highly readable; very well done indeed.”
The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Restoring Harmony on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, yet — in the meantime — let’s meet the about-to-be author by reading her “official” bio:
Joëlle currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician husband, Victor Anthony. As for the future, their only plan is to avoid real jobs, write and play guitar in front of the wood stove, and live happily ever after. Look for her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, in May 2010 from Putnam.
Did that pique your interest? Well here’s more of Joëlle revealed:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Blessed, happy, food, love, nature, books, writing, music
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Everything always works out for me.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: My life – more specifically, a life filled with the things I want to do, surrounded by people I love, with a couple of cats thrown in for good measure, and lots of homegrown food and live music.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Having to work in retail again.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Right here, right now. I’m pretty much a bloom where I’m planted sort of girl.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Well, Betsy Ray. I mean, I know she’s a fictional character, but we are a lot alike (from the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace).
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: That’s easy. My husband!
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases
A: To be honest…, I’m just going to read for a minute and then I’ll make dinner…, and If you ask me… (usually when no one has actually asked me).
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I would be able to sing really well.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Well, I’m still working on it, but learning to be quiet on the inside. I can do it when I really need to, but I’d like to have it be more of an everyday thing. I suffer from what is called “monkey mind.” In other words, my brain rarely stops for a rest.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: See above!
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I’m kind.
Q: What do you regret most?
A: I really try to live in my here and now, so regrets aren’t part of my life. However, if I could re-do anything from my past, I probably would’ve gotten a better education. Especially in high school. I really only did what I needed to do to get by.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Me. No doubt about it. I love being me.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My smile. I am almost always smiling.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Betsy, of course!
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Oh, that guy in Meg Cabot’s Mediator series. Paul. He is just so unbelievable horrible and arrogant.
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Oh, definitely Joe Girardi. He’s my favourite baseball player (now manager). I would say to him, “Why aren’t you working for the Cubs? You should be working for the Cubs.”
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People (especially writers who should know better) who spell the words “a lot” as alot. Also, ok for okay, and alright for all right. I’m a traditionalist.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: It’s a toss-up between walking and cooking. I get a lot of peace from walking, but I get a lot of yummy food from cooking!
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Singing old-time ballads and music in a band with my husband.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty, humour, kindness.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Well, I guess it would have to be salty, because that’s what I like, and somewhat nutritious if I were going to eat it for forever, so I’ll go with chips and guacamole.
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: True Blue Baby – Victor Anthony
Picture in a Frame – Tom Waits
Brianna’s Reel – Sarah Tradewell
Whiter Shade of Pale – performed by Annie Lennox
Last Train From Poor Valley – Norman Blake
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
The Betsy-Tacy series counts as one, right?
Trustee From the Tool Room – Nevil Shute
The Summer People – John Rowe Townsend
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
And just to add something recent into the mix (because there really are so many anyway that five is just random) Dirty Little Secrets – the new YA release by C.J. Omololu
[Book Giveaway:] The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR in a random drawing of all comments left on this post. The deadline is Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in Thursday’s post. If you enter, please visit on Thursday to possibly claim your book. Good luck!