Interview with Author Joannie Deneve

30 Jan

Welcome, Friends! We’re glad you’ve joined us. The Quid Pro Quills have gathered around the cyber-table with our favorite hot beverages. Our very own Jericha Kingston is delighted to introduce you to the beautiful and talented Joannie Deneve.

QPQ: Thank you for joining us, Joannie! Help us get to know you.

JD: Hello, Jericha. I’m thrilled to be here. I’ve been married to Rene’ for forty years. I’ve been a teacher for thirty years, a grandmother for eighteen years, and a writer for three years! My official author name is Joan Deneve. I’m Mrs. Deneve to my students, and Noni to my grandchildren (I teach three of the seven grandchildren, and when I have to lay down the law, they affectionately call me Darth Noni). And to my particular friends–as you well know, Jericha–I’m Joannie. We live in Prattville, Alabama. I love my life! And currently, I’m proud to be a co-author for Write Integrity Press’s lastest project, The Love Boat Bachelor.

QPQ: Oh, great title! Tell us how The Love Boat Bachelor came about.

JD: Last year, Write Integrity’s novella A Dozen Apologies was a ton of fun and a great success. So this year, we took one of the characters from that novella and gave him his own story. Think: American Idol, The Voice, and The Bachelor meet The Love Boat!

Because of a heartbreaking experience, Brent Teague vows he is done with romance. But God has other plans. As a favor to an old college buddy, Brent steps into the temporary role of chaplain on a cruise ship, unaware that it is actually a “love boat” cruise.

Here’s the fun part–Eight different authors wrote a chapter in which Brent meets a potential love interest, either on board the ship or at one of the ports of call. Readers will get to vote which heroine Brent will be with at the end.

QPQ: So, eight different Christian Fiction authors banded together to write The Love Boat Bachelor? What types of challenges presented with eight authors contributing?

JD: Great question! The author in charge of the project provided a very detailed description of the hero of the story. In this case, it was the wonderful Jerusha Agen, author of The Sisters Redeemed Series. Brent was her “man” in our previous novella, A Dozen Apologies. Last year, he didn’t end up with the girl, but this time he will! Jerusha’s notes about Brent helped us stay true to his character. Another of our writers, Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes is our resident cruise expert, and she kept us on track with the latest cruise information.

Individually, the challenge was to show Brent meeting several heroines without showing him to be a player. It was also a challenge to make the heroine as appealing as possible in only one chapter. Collectively, we had to avoid saying Brent had talked to (or seen) the same people on days outside our particular chapter. Since there are seven potential love interests, each contributing author wrote a final chapter, just in case her heroine is voted as “The One”. That was so much fun. I can’t wait to see who it will be!

QPQ: We can’t wait, either! Tell us, what about Brent Teague will appeal to readers?

Girl, don’t get me started. Brent is African-American, six-feet tall, and muscular. He’s twenty-nine years old, has a killer smile, and compassionate dark eyes that look right into the heart of a person. He’s spiritually mature, and well-suited to pastoral ministry because of his compassion for hurting people and his ability to read people. He’s able to see past facades to who people really are. While attracted to beauty, Brent could only come to love a woman with an attractive character and in whom he sees a love of Christ. He’s gentle, but at any hint of danger to a woman or a child, Brent becomes fiercely protective, and intimidating to the aggressor. He’s also extremely romantic, and loves children–who uncover Brent’s lighter, playful side. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t he?

QPQ: Oh, Joannie, please thank Jerusha for us–what an inspiring hero! Where can we find The Love Boat Bachelor?

Write Integrity Press will post the heroine chapters daily, Monday-Friday (January 26th-January 30th; February 2nd-February 4th). What the publisher doesn’t post is the last chapter. Between February 4th and February 7th, we want readers to visit Write Integrity Press and vote for a heroine! Then on Valentine’s Day, the entire eBook–complete with the winning chapter–will be available FOR FREE on Kindle. The Love Boat Bachelor will remain free until February 17th, and then it will cost $.99 thereafter. This will be so much fun!

QPQ: Indeed! How can readers contact you, Joannie?

JD: I love chatting with readers! Please contact me via e-mail at:, on Twitter or through my author web page.

To read chapters from The Love Boat Bachelor, visit Write Integrity Press.

QPQ: Thank you for visiting with us, Joannie. We anticipate another visit soon, and wish you success in your future works!

JD: Thank you so much, Jericha, for inviting me to visit the Quid Pro Quills. I hope you check out The Love Boat Bachelor and cast your vote!

QPQ: Will do!

~ Jericha Kingston


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12 responses to “Interview with Author Joannie Deneve

  1. Pegg Thomas

    January 30, 2015 at 6:44 am

    What an original idea. I’ll bet you all had fun doing this. And I’ll bet it had its challenges too.

    And now that annoying TV show theme song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Robin Patchen

    January 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I love this idea, and that hero is dreamy!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jericha Kingston

    January 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Thank you, Joannie, for a great interview. I anticipate our next author chat February 27th, when your new book releases!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nancy Kimball

    January 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Joan Deneve can WRITE people. Seriously! And I am so proud of her and all the authors that are part of the Love Boat Bachelor. I personally don’t have the skills required for a collaboration project, LOL. But I am most excited about Joan’s debut release Saving Eric, releasing in February. That book is the bomb.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. gkittleson

    January 31, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    A great plot scenario and setting. My first visit to your site, and a fun read.


    Gail Kittleson

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jerichakingston

    February 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you, Nancy! Joannie is an inspired author, and we are proud of her as well!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. jerichakingston

    February 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for stopping by, Gail! It’s always wonderful to have a new guest. You’re welcome anytime!


  8. Jerusha Agen

    February 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Great interview, Joannie and Jericha! Joannie, thanks for representing our project so well and for taking care of Brent in your chapter. 🙂 I look forward to having him find his true love at last!


  9. Marji Laine

    February 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Excellent interview, Joannie and Jericha! Thanks for sharing about THE LOVE BOAT BACHELOR. It’s a fun story!


  10. jerichakingston

    February 3, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Jerusha, thanks for creating Brent! Readers are going to love him 🙂


    • Jerusha Agen

      February 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Glad you like our hero! I thank the Lord for the inspiration! Now if only there were a guy like Brent in real life… 🙂


  11. jerichakingston

    February 3, 2015 at 6:44 am

    So glad you enjoyed the interview, Marji! Smooth seas ahead for Brent and his Beloved 🙂



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