March 15, 2017

Meet British Author Joey Paul

Author name: Joey Paul
Genres: Young adult – crime, mystery, paranormal, romance

Country: UK
Official Website

Today I like to introduce you to the brave and very talented British Author Joey Paul. Joey is an indie author, exploring the young adult crime genre. She's 35 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. Joey is a recent graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care and plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop! She has released nine books in total so far, with two more due out in the summer of 2017.

Joey is the Author of the book
Destination: Unknown. To those who know me, imagine what I felt as the Author of the memoir Destination: Freedom, when I read the title of Joey's book. Such a strong title and yet so different then what I had expected.

"Harriet has a complicated life. She cares for her chronically ill Mum, while trying to juggle school and a social life. She’s tired, overworked and underpaid.

Yet, one day she sees what she thinks is a ghost, but ghosts don’t exist do they? And they especially don’t help you travel in time, right?

Now Harriet has a murder to solve, all the while trying to make sure no one finds out about the secret behind that stone in her back garden.

Joey thank you for taking the time to stop by at Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I started writing when I was thirteen, but at the time it was just a bit of fun, something that would pass the school lunch break and I did love creating worlds. I had always planned to be a doctor, from the age of five, that was my dream. Life changed that for me as my asthma got worse when I was at college and I had to drop out. So I went to work, doing this job and then that job and then life delivered another blow, I got sick with M.E and Fibromyalgia, along with my asthma worsening, I couldn't work a conventional job and was retired on medical grounds at the age of nineteen.

The prospect of spending the rest of my days unable to work terrified me. It was then that I picked up that first “book” I wrote at thirteen and tore it apart, rebuilding it from the bottom up. It filled my days and I actually found that I quite enjoyed it. When that was done, I turned to an idea I'd had for years but never written done. Ten days later, I had a second book, and from there on, I was writing all the time. I wasn't first published until 2005, when I was twenty-three. It was with a vanity publisher, and at the time I thought that would be it, the only book of mine to sit on other people's bookshelves.

In 2011 though I realized that I could self publish through Amazon, and that's what really kick started me writing again. I had stopped to concentrate on getting my degree, but once the books were being released, the writing bug bit me again and now it's pretty much my work. I've finished sixteen books, released nine with books ten and eleven being released later this year. I'm working on books seventeen and eighteen and I really couldn't imagine doing anything else!

What would you like to achieve as an Author Joey?
I'd like to finish telling my stories. I'd like to keep writing until I have no more stories to tell. Of course that's never going to happen, but as for achieving something, my goal every time I release a book is to sell one copy. I know it sounds silly, but one copy means that someone out there wanted to read my book, and hopefully it resonated with them. Long term goals, I'd like to finish both the trilogy I'm working on, and the new series I just started. As an author, I'd like my books to reach the people who need to hear those stories. That would be really nice.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
Two things: get an editor – do not skimp on this one it will bite you in the arse and you'll regret it immensely!

And make sure your cover is professionally done. Trust me, I didn't do this and it messed with my sales and I'm still paying the price for it now. The cover is what draws the eye of the reader when they're looking for a book on Amazon or in a store and a bad cover will kill sales. So will lots of mistakes, grammar wise, spelling wise and even plot wise.

That's my best advice, though I do have one more piece. Keep going. It's tough out there, it's hard and it takes a lot out of you, but keep going. You have a story to tell, even if it takes you ten, fifteen years to get it told, keep going!

I love your positive energy Joey! Bravo! Tell me what genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I like young adult, but I find myself mostly drawn to the crime & mystery genre. I will pretty much read anything if the blurb catches my attention and as far as reviews go, I try to review the majority of books I read, even if it's just a rating on Goodreads.

A quote by you or your Life motto?
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take; but by the moments that take your breath away.(As someone with serious lung issues, this resonates with me!)

Beautifully said. I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey Joey and of course my best wishes for your health. Keep up the positive attitude. You are for sure an inspiration for many people and I’m very happy to know you. God bless you.
Lots of love, Lily

Joey Paul Social Media Contacts
AmazonAuthor Page
Anyother page

A list of ALL published Book titles by Joey until today 2017
The Friendship Triangle
Lynne & Hope
Waiting On You
Destination: Unknown
Dying Thoughts – First Touch
Dying Thoughts – Second Sight
Dying Thoughts – Third Wish
Dying Thoughts – Fourth Week

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