Monday, August 13, 2012

An Interview at USA Today

Not your average general
An Interview with Pamela Clare of the USA Today, Happy Ever After Blog in which I talk about writing Black Hawk, winning the RITA, and why Napoleon beat the pants off all the armies of Europe for a decade and knocked the moral, ethical, and philosophical foundation of the aristocracy into a cocked hat.

Pamela: What was it like, winning the RITA for best historical? 

Joanna: Awesome. Frightening. Surreal.

And surprising. I didn't expect to win, competing against that finalist list. Wonderful books. It's like the freestyle swim in the Olympics. What separates the winner from the second place? Two seconds maybe.

I'll admit that when I got the RITA statue home I took it out and put it on the table and just touched it a few times. I kept thinking, "They like the book. They like the book." And it made me so happy.

Here's the URL.


  1. Congratulations on your RITA win!! Loved the book, and if I got a vote it would've been yours :)

  2. "I don't know if he [Adrian] is special or not, but he's kinda unignorable. He's been in four books as a secondary character, and some readers were really fond of him."

    An accurate statement if we redefine "fond of" as "crazily in love with." I'll alert the OED.

    When you say you consider the spymaster series complete with Black Hawk, do you mean that there won't be any stories that extend chronologically beyond the ending of that book? No HEA for Severin?

    The trouble with fans is we're never satisfied.

  3. Congratulations, Jo!

  4. Congrats on the win, Joanna!!! I was thrilled to see you on the nominee list, and even more thrilled to see that you won. Of course people like the book. How could they NOT???