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Interview: Meet Author Alyce Joy, Author of KA-BOOM!

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Alyce Joy is the mother of four children and many grandchildren. Her story ideas were composed bedtime verses. She decided to publish a children’s book of prayers, Priceless, based on those earlier nighttime verses and when her children were grown, she began to write stories for her grandchildren.
Fascinated with arts and crafts, Alyce Joy taught herself the art of pyrography. Her wood burning talent is scattered throughout the United States and Canada. This only helped to fired her imagination, and after she had finished burning life-sized pictures of wildlife onto all the doors of her home, she put away her burning tools to enroll in the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Her latest book KA-BOOM! is about a little fairy named Sprout that runs into trouble quite often. She has a shoe fetish, but is one of the queen’s favorites.

Sprout meets a little girl named Taylor after blowing up Taylor’s dollhouse, which wasn’t part of Sprout’s plan in introducing herself. Sprout doesn’t give up trying to get Taylor to trust her or in her assignment to help Taylor. Sprout and Taylor finally become friends after Sprout shrinks Taylor and together they have a fantastic adventure with many wonderful creatures in a world only a fairy can show you.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a mom with 13 grandchildren and 13 greats. I’m happy with my life as it is, but I’m not against adding new horizons as long as I’m learning something and not regretting my decision. My husband Arland and I live in the woods of rural Sharon Center, Ohio. We both are into writing. We have been married 54 years and I’m at the time of my life, where I’m putting me first, while writing. My family is very supportive. They help me with my cram course on the computer. Someday I’ll take a proper course. At times, stepping into modern technology can be extremely stressful.

Describe your desk/workspace.

We recently gutted my art studio and turned it into my writing space. I love it. We put a card table under the steps and turned it into Arland’s writing space.
We made prints of some of my wildlife wood burnings years ago and I had some left. I made a collage of them on one wall of my office. We have an antique library table the church gave us years ago, which I use for my desk. I enjoy being in this room.
Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be to late.” I have it taped to my stand so I can see it every day.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?   

My mother used to tell me to look for the good in everyone. When situations are presented to you that are not good, say to yourself, “Satan, get thee behind me,” and keep that thought. I try!

If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?

I think it would be my great, great grandmother and her mother, my great, great, great grandmother. I would relish having them tell me about their lives and I would like to know if my great grandmother got her sweetness from them.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Actually, I have no top three. I think, Junie B. Jones, is an absolutely wonderful series. I used to read them to my granddaughter Sydney and I was smitten. I like Carolyn G. Hart’s books about Annie Laurance Darling. I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie with a collection of her books. I’m partial to tasteful murders like Agatha’s. I’m not into blood and guts. Two extremely high on my list are God’s  Psychiatry, by Charles L. Allen and But God Can, by Robert V. Ozment.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

Alice In Wonderland, I liked the silliness and the outrageous costumes.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk.

When I’m writing lists or notes to myself or jotting down something for a story, I tend to change from writing to printing, back to writing and then to printing. I don’t know why I do that.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Well, I used to write all day or even into the night. It looks like I’ll be too busy to do that for a while. I’m so excited to think it’s finally happening. I’m published! I do have to get back to my next book though.

If you could do anything in the world, what would it be and why?

There’s an old song by Tony Bennett, If I Ruled the World. That song is one of my favorites. I will repeat some of the promises in the song.
“If I ruled the world, every man would say the world was his friend. There’d be happiness that no man could end. No my friend, not if I ruled the world. Every head would be held up high, there’d be sunshine in everyone’s sky, if, the day ever comes, when I ruled the world.” That’s what I want to do. 

What is the craziest thing you ever did? This could be as a writer or any other time in your life.

When I was soon to give birth to my first child, my husband and I lived in a real log cabin with a pot bellied stove and no running water. Arland was out chopping wood and I went outside to throw snowballs at him. It had snowed a couple feet and was too much to resist. I got him. He pretended to throw one at me and I ducked, losing my footing and rolled down a deep ravine. My thick fuzzy coat protected my huge belly, as I rolled and slid in the deep snow to the bottom of the ravine. I landed with my behind in a big, old, coal bucket. Arland yelled my name and came running like a drunk acrobat down the steep bank, thinking the worst. When he saw I was OK, I got a hug, after he pulled me out of the coal bucket.

Did you feel like a celebrity when you held your first published book?

I’m not sure what a celebrity feels like, but I was covered with goose bumps. It was beautiful. My siblings were there as we were celebrating three of their birthdays. I got lots of hugs.
If you could have a star like on Hollywood Blvd, who would you want to have your star by?

Lucille Ball. That woman has given me so many laughs. I just loved her. I still do.
Is there anything in your life you wish you could do over and why?

I wish I would have understood the sacrifices my parents made for us when I was a teen. There were six of us, and Mom and Dad were happy staying at home with us or carting us from one place to another. We all had chores to do, but I wish I would have helped more.

Who has been your biggest support or inspiration?

Mom and Dad when we were growing up. We didn’t have much money and so we didn’t have a lot of material things, but we were rich in family love. My husband has always been proud of my endeavors. He loves to show my artistic works and now he keeps everyone up on my book publishing. My daughter is an inspiration to me but that’s a book in itself.

Can you share about any current writing projects for the Sprout series?

Now that KA-BOOM! is published, I’m going to be doing  book signings, T.V. interviews and newspaper interviews. I want to get back to my writing so I can finish my next book, THE SNOOKERED SNOOKERDOODLES. This book is written for my granddaughter, Kalynn, born with Trisomy number7 also known as 7-P-Plus, a chromosomal defect. She has to sign and she looks a little different, but God has never made a sweeter more loving child, even when she becomes sassy.
There’s a big birthday party planned for Kalynn in the land of Bippenpook. There are some frightful moments for Kalynn in the beginning, but Sprout comes to the rescue. The Snookerdoodles plan to destroy Bippenpook. The Bippenpookers who are colorful and look different become Kalynn’s new friends. Sprout shows Kalynn how to have faith in herself so she can help save her new friends and the land of Bippenpook.

What would be the best way for readers to contact you?

My e-mail alycejoyATfrontierDOTcom and my website
Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I’m working on eight books. Actually, seven right now, since KA-BOOM! is finished. My head is full of nonsense and Sprout can’t wait to find out what happens to her next.
Alyce Joy hopes every child who reads her stories will look forward to each new adventure, as her favorite fairy becomes entangled into many, outrageous happenstances.

Title: KA-BOOM!
Publisher: Halo Publishing Int.
ISBN-10: 161244069X
ISBN-13: 978-1612440699
Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Fantasy Adventure
Paperback: 46 pages
July 2012 
Get a sneak peek of the book here.

Available wherever books are sold and online.

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You can find out more about Alyce Joy and her book “KA-BOOM!” through her World of Ink Author/Book Tour.

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