Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
Well, my pen name is Jo Tannah which is a play on my name Johanna. I have another personna and that is me as the blogger/reviewer for the MM genre. I write everyday but not necessarily books. I write daily for the blog, multitaskingmommas Book Reviews, and the rest of the time I am a housewife who loves to write stories based on tales I grew up on. My bio really is the truth, I discovered my journal after I moved to this new house and decided I could submit them and hope to get accepted. I did and it happened.
How long have you been writing for, and what inspired you to start writing?
I have been writing for as long as I learned to read and write. I loved listening to stories my father and nannies told and even put them into writing in a journal as I said. I never stopped writing and i doubt I never will.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
The Way You Look Tonight is a standard which I listen to when driving on the highway. I am on the road most times of the day and year and the lyrics struck a chord that morphed into the story of Jamie and Miles. They’re story is based on real life events which I mashed up and reinvented.
Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
Funny you should ask this, Jamie and Miles of TWLT popped into my head as I was listening to the song covered by Gloria Estefan while driving on the highway. Come to think about it, all my characters popped in when listening to music. Then I begin to think about them. Imagine how they would go through life. When I think I have their life mapped out as I drive on the road, I take the time to write them. It takes a lot of time but eventually, they come out.
What are your writing and personal goals for 2015 and beyond?
I have a lot of goals, hence my nickname: multitaskingmomma. I try my best to keep up with my imagination so writing and personal goals go hand in hand with me. Beyond 2015 is this year, 2016 and I don’t like to think beyond this year. I take things easy, on a daily or monthly basis.
When is your next book coming out, and what’s it about?
My next book is coming out on my daughter’s birthday, this coming March. It is published under Extasy Books and the title is Compelled, a sci-fi M/M romance. But I cannot talk too much about it yet as its going through the final stages of editing and all the publishing concerns.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m working on the edits for my next Wayward Ink Publishing release, Hidden: Evils. It is an M/M paranormal story based on local myths and legends. This is due out sometime this year.
The creature stared, unblinking, at the funeral below. How dare she! Stupid, stupid woman. Good riddance.
A handful of people attended, mostly from the hospital. It recognized several. Four people at the back of the crowd, three men and a woman, caught the creature’s interest. Power pulsated in a silvery aura around the shortest man. It blinked. Never had it seen such power since that woman several years ago.
Hmm. Interesting. The creature cocked its head in thought. Very interesting.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Can you tell us about your pets?
Dog. All the way, I am a canine person. I bred dogs when younger and still do to a lesser extent. I have five dogs, and three month old puppies curently. The dogs are my babies and protectors. They each have their own beds and take over the sofas in the house. I mentioned I am working on Hidden: Evils. The dogs there, they’re my real life babies. If you get to read that book, you’ll know them as I live them.
If you were able to quit your day job and write full time, would you, and why/why not?
I don’t have a day job. I have a 24/7 one. I am a wife and mother first, blogger/writer second. I don’t think I can quit that.
Are there big events in your life that affect your writing?
I guess all writers and reviewers/bloggers do have things that affect their love of writing. For me it’s getting negative feedback that have no basis. Funnily, the first time I got rejected I quit thinking about writing a novel or short story for years. Then the bug caught up again. I’ve been rejected several times but moved on quite quickly since that first one. The worse thing that can affect my writing is my schedule. I get so busy I resemble a dog chasing after its own tail at times.
Title: The Way You Look Tonight
Author: Jo Tannah
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, May-December Romance
Series: Standards Series, Book Two
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
As a member of a wealthy and influential family, Jaime “Jamie” Abello had his life mapped out. Being shipped off to LA with an insurance scam linked to his name was not part of his plan.
It had seemed so simple: pass the Philippines Medical Board Exam;practice in the family-owned and -controlled hospital; join the Board by age forty; and find a partner with whom he could settle down and be himself.
Instead, his father supplies him with a surfeit of money and dangerous secrets and sends him to a strange country.
The Pediatric Residency Program Jamie applies for brings him face to face with untouchable Program Director, Miles Kwon, whom Jamie soon finds to be a man of integrity and vision.
When tragedy strikes, Jamie finds himself falling deeper into depression. Unexpectedly, it’s Miles who helps him work through his pain.
Will Jamie ever experience a life with a loving partner, or will his father’s secrets cause him to lose everything he’s gained?
WATER FALLS OVER me, the light spray from the showerhead gently massaging my head and shoulders. It’s just the right temperature. Not too hot, not too cold. I’ve always enjoyed a shower, but growing up in a country where the temperature is either hot and humid or hot and wet, a cool shower is just the thing. Here in West Virginia, a warm shower is best; although that changes in winter. Then it becomes hot, steaming ones.
I stand under the water, eyes closed, head bent, leaning my hands against the tiled wall, and allow myself to soak. How long I stay there, I have no idea. I am mentally done. Emotionally, I’m a wreck. Thinking about my father depresses me, and I hate it when I get this way. Physically, well, that’s a different story.
Cool arms snake around my torso, startling me from my gloomy thoughts. I instinctively lean back and pull the arms tighter against me, drawing the body attached closer to mine. I feel it press against my back, and warm lips travel across my shoulders. The rain of tender kisses makes the hairs on my skin stand up. I turn to face Miles, wrap my arms around him, and press my face into the soft, warm skin between his neck and shoulders.
After leaving the bar last night, he took me home. Not mine, his. I was surprised to find our houses were only a few blocks apart. I had been too tired and spent to complain, but I sat up in my seat when he turned into his driveway. I’ve had my share of physical relationships, but what happened between us last night is like something out of a dream. I guess what my lady friends said about there being a big difference between sex and lovemaking was true enough. For the first time in my life, I’d made love.
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About the author
JO TANNAH is a wife, mother, and blogger by day, writer by night. It can be difficult to say the least but it is a challenge that keeps her on her toes.
She grew up listening to folktales her father and nannies spun to either entertain the children or send home a message. These narratives stayed with Jo until she finally decided to write them down in a journal way back when she kept one. Years later, going through junk led to finding a long forgotten box and nestled within it was the journal. Reading over the stories of romance, science fiction, and horror that she had taken time to put to paper all those years before brought to light the realization that they were tales she’d never come across in her readings.
The tales Jo write are fictional but all of them are based on what she grew up with and still dreams about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for her pleasure. And she hopes, yours as well.
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