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Joanna Vander Vlugt is an author and illustrator. As a teenager, she drew charcoal portraits and wrote mysteries. Her short mysteries Egyptian Queen and The Parrot and Wild Mushroom Stuffing were published in Crime Writers of Canada mystery anthologies. Her essay, No Beatles Reunion was published in the Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle anthology. Her amateur sleuth thriller series features the sister duo, Jade and Sage. The Unravelling and the sequel Dealer’s Child were both Canadian Book Club Awards finalists. She is working on book three. Joanna is proud of her podcast JCVArtStudio and the many artists and authors she’s interviewed. Her motorcycle illustrations have been purchased world-wide.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The inspiration for The Unravelling was to write a novel featuring a strong, female lawyer in the Canadian justice system.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My novels are based on my 13 years’ experience working as a Supreme Court secretary in the Crown Counsel (prosecutor’s) Office, and the ten years I worked at the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading M.N. Grenside, because I’m preparing to interview him on my podcast, JCVArtStudio.
What are your current projects?
I’m on second rewrites of the third novel in the Jade and Sage thriller series. I’m also planning and writing ideas for a new speculative futuristic novel.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Ironically, as a child, I hated to read. After my sister gave me The Bobbsey Twin books to read, I was hooked on reading. Reading about children adventures, inspired me as a child to write my own books.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Both novels in the Jade and Sage thriller series, The Unravelling and Dealer’s Child, are thriller novels. I love writing action scenes and suspense.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
I haven’t experienced writer’s block but I regularly walk my mini-schnauzer, and it’s during those walks that I can work out problems with my plot, or think of ways to boost the suspense and intrigue.
How do you relax?
I’m an artist. My medium is Copic markers, and I have sold motorcycle illustrations worldwide. I refer to my art and writing as the Yin and Yang of creativity. My art has inspired my writing. For instance, my heroines riding motorcycles. That idea came about because of my motorcycle illustrations. I’m now also illustrating scenes from my novels.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
My novels, art and podcast can be found on my website at www.jcvartstudio.net
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