By Maggie James
Today I'm delighted to welcome to my blog the New York Times and USA today best-selling novelist Joanna Penn. Joanna is the author of the ARKANE adventure series and also a trilogy of crime thrillers. She has also written several non-fiction books aimed at other writers. Her latest is The Successful Author Mindset, containing a wealth of information to help would-be scribes. I highly recommend it.
I had the pleasure on interviewing Joanna once before (click here to read the post), so it was good to catch up with her again! In a variation to my usual style of interview, I spoke with Joanna on Skype and recorded our conversation, which mainly centred around The Succesful Author Mindset and the importance of writers maintaining a positive attitude.
In her book, Joanna is open about her own journey towards positivity, quoting from the writing journals she has kept on her road to success. The book and our interview examine thorny topics such as fear of failure and criticism, perfectionism and procrastination, and dealing with other people's attitudes. In her book, Joanna stresses the importance of knowing yourself, of developing professional habits and relationships, as well as continuing to learn the craft of writing.
To listen to the interview (31 minutes in length), click here. Apologies for the less than wonderful sound quality - the interview didn't record as well as I'd hoped.
To find out more about Joanna and her books, visit her fiction website at www.jfpenn.com or visit her website for authors at www.thecreativepenn.com.
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