Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Thank you for inviting me to Love Romance Reads. I’m Gloria Joynt-Lang and I live in rural Alberta, Canada with my husband and two dogs. I write contemporary romance. I tend to focus on characters who overcome major challenges, whether it be physical limitations, mental health issues, addiction, or poverty. The women in my love stories are strong and independent. They have flaws and make mistakes, but they don’t expect others to clean up after them.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I always enjoyed writing, whether it be term papers in college or writing risk assessment reports when I worked in the criminal justice system. When I retired from my career in corrections, I missed writing. So, on a sunny afternoon in 2017 I took my laptop outside and started writing my first novel. It took about nine months of editing before I was ready to query. Then came the waiting along with the rejection letters. Eventually, a publisher offered me a contract. I was elated. My book baby was going out into the world. Unfortunately, this publisher closed shop a few months after my book’s release. Since then I signed on with a different publisher and just recently, I decided to self-publish that first novel.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I have two books currently on the market. Beyond Circumstances which was my first published work and Braking Hard which was released just before Valentine’s Day. I’m currently polishing up the drafts on two other contemporary romance stories and I’ve started another one.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Finding the time to write, market, and edit. On any given day, I try to do a bit of each but there are times where this isn’t possible. I don’t schedule writing into my day as I like the flexibility to write when it works for me. Sometimes mornings work, sometimes I don’t get around to writing until the afternoon or evening, and occasionally I don’t write at all. I do tend to write at least four or five days out of the week. Writing everyday doesn’t work for me. It may work for a lot of authors but not this one.
Where I love to write.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I love research. It’s an opportunity to learn and try new things. Braking Hard is set in the fictional town of Storm Harbor, Oregon. To make the story authentic I convinced my husband we needed to travel along the Oregon Coast. We had a blast on this road trip, and it enabled me to incorporate quite a few beach scenes in my novel. The main character in Braking Hard is a mechanic with ADHD. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and talking to people afflicted with ADHD. One of the first reviews I received noted that I handled the neurodiversity of Gage O’Neill with care and respect. As a writer, you always want your book to do well but it is far more important to be true to the millions who live with ADHD.
“Research” for Braking Hard. A beautiful stretch of beach along the Oregon coast
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would
have told you?
Writing can be all consuming at times. It’s important to have balance. My husband is great for letting me know that I need to move about instead of sitting and typing for hours. He’s also makes sure that I have a social life. I’m a bit of an introvert, so to have someone who pushes you to get out and experience life is good. Talking with people and interacting with my surroundings makes me a better writer.
Any last words before we go into the speed round? I appreciate getting the chance to talk about Braking Hard and hope people will check it out. It’s a romance with a sexy mechanic who just so happens to have ADHD. My goal was to write an unconventional hero in an honest and heart-warming manner using a bit of humor.
City, suburb, or small-town?
Small-town. I love how friendly and open people in small communities are. I’ve met the most interesting people in these places.
What’s your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark Chocolate. There’s no such thing as bad chocolate, but dark chocolate is the best.
Alpha, beta, or both?
Both. The best is an Alpha hero with a beta heart.
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Wine, though I love coffee more than anything.
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Cookies are my downfall. I’ve been known to eat a dozen in one sitting.
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Dogs. I have two dogs that weigh about four pounds. These mighty beasts rule the roost and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My adorable babies, YaHoo and Smookie Bijoux
February 12, 2020
Gage O'Neill is an all-around nice guy and an Adonis in coveralls. With a thriving automotive business, a gorgeous girlfriend, and his ADHD under control, life is pretty incredible. But when he loses a loved one, Gage's perfect world unravels. Prone to bad choices, he's desperate to quell his rash behavior. Thankfully, hiring a curvy mechanic is the one impulsive decision he's gotten right.
Eden Sampario is destitute as a result of a confrontation turned violent with her former employer. When Gage mistakenly offers her a job, she readily accepts. But soon she wonders if she made the right decision. Resisting her sexy boss proves more challenging than an engine rebuild. Her only other option? Give in to temptation and risk not only her career but also her heart.
Welcome to Big C's automotive shop, a place where more than cars overheat.
More About Gloria
Gloria Joynt-Lang was born in France and raised in various locales throughout Canada. Before she started writing contemporary romance, she worked in the criminal justice system—technically spending time behind bars. As a Canadian, she’s fanatic about hockey, poutine, and apologizing. She currently resides in rural Alberta with her husband and their two dogs.