Please join me in welcoming Joanna White to the blog today to chat about her new book Hunter
Joanna White earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. The Valiant Series is her first published work, which was first established on wattpad.com, where Assassin was a Featured book. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks of Missouri with her husband, where she continues to work on her upcoming books and scripts. Writing has been a passion ever since she was ten, when she wrote her first book. Ever since then, writing has become her life outside of her family, God, and being a nerd. To find out more about Joanna or the Valiant Novels go to: http://joannamariewhite.wixsite.com/mywebsite
SERIES: Valiant #1
GENRE: Inspirational Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2019 (new edition)
A reckless young woman named Averella does what no woman has ever done.
She disguises herself as a man and purposefully gets herself arrested and thrown into Zagerah. Her brother Gabriel was taken, and with his disease, he will not survive on his own. She has no idea what to expect inside the prison; all she knows is that once men get taken, they never come back.
The Hunters will find her.
Genetically altered to be faster and stronger than humans, the Hunters use their powers to find and kill every prisoner who enters Zagerah. The only ones who can defeat them, are in fact, themselves.
Jared is a Hunter. It’s all he’s known, all he remembers. He kills ruthlessly and without regret, one prisoner after another. When a new prisoner Dalex shows up, everything begins to change. Jared goes undercover to make Dalex and the other prisoners believe he is one of them, a prisoner himself.
No one knows the truth.
He will trick them.
Toy with them.
Then, he will kill them.
Hi Joanna! Welcome to the blog!
Joanna: Winter! Many reasons: Summer is hot and sticky and I would much rather be cold than hot – you can always cover up but if you’re too hot there’s nothing you can do. Winter has my favorite holidays and winter in general just makes me feel happy and joyful. Also, no bugs in winter.
Carrie: Yes! I love winter too for all of those reasons – plus, SNOW!
Joanna: Animals in general, haha. I have been back and forth on this one many times because sometimes I love dogs better – they can be closer companions but other times I love cats better because they’re hilarious and can be cuddly and adorable and can take care of themselves for the most part. I guess, I still can’t decide because I love them both.
Carrie: haha! that’s a totally acceptable answer 🙂
Joanna: Ocean! When you stare out at the ocean (not that I’ve seen it in person yet, but in pictures anyway) you can just look and not have any idea what’s down inside there and the mystery of all that God’s created and it just creates this feeling inside me like a desire to see and know and learn. Then again, I’ve never seen the top of a mountain either, so both could be equally beautiful.
Carrie: Both equally draw me closer to God – His creation is so beautiful – but the mountains are my happy place!
Joanna: Print! There is nothing like the feeling of holding an actual paper book in your hands!
Carrie: Some books are just meant to be read in print … but ebooks do make traveling a lot easier haha!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Joanna: If I had a superpower I would be able to make stories come to life. Writing is one of the few things I have a natural talent for, so if people could have powers, I feel like I would just be able to make my imagination or my stories real. Which would be completely epic.
Carrie: that would be amazing!
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Joanna: Typically, I head to the Fantasy section, usually in YA or adult. After that, I’ll spend a lot of time browsing the historical books – I love buying nonfiction books that pertain to parts of history I love learning about. Yes, we have Google nowadays, but I love doing things the original way. That’s the section I’ll spend the most time in, but first, I’ll do a quick browse through the YA or adult fantasy section, however brief.
Carrie: “I love doing things the original way” – love this 🙂
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Joanna: They would say, “She’s an extremely evil kraken who loves to destroy ships – relationships – who can’t help but put us through terrible things and she has a bad habit of killing everyone off.”
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote Hunter?
Joanna: Haha! This is hilarious because everything surprises me about my characters. Typically I start off writing with a plan and a basic outline that sometimes may or may not get more detailed as I write the book. Usually, my characters have minds of their own and they do what I call “running away from me” which means they take the story and go their own way with it. I find this makes the story a lot better and more exciting, but I’m constantly being surprised by my characters. I’ll be sitting there like, “Okay this scene, you’re supposed to do this” and by the end of the scene I’m going, “What are you doing? What have you done? How am I going to get you out of this one?”
Carrie: LOL oh no!
Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce your book as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Joanna: Oooh, this one kind of scares me in a way because I have a certain image for the characters in my head. I would be so torn between getting an actor who looks perfect for the role and matches their appearance or one who is able to get their personality on screen better. I would try to find a perfect blend of both, I guess. Although, it would be a bit embarrassing because I would be fangirling to the actor as if I’m finally getting to meet my character. Since I have a LOT of characters, I’ll just pick a few from my new upcoming book Hunter:
Jared – Travis Fimmel – Phew, this one took me a while. I feel like Travis is the perfect fit, or as close as it comes, because he makes a really good warrior. He played Ragnar in the TV show Vikings and sometimes he can play a brutal character which is what Jared sometimes is. Other times, he isn’t, so I feel like Travis could be able to show the different sides of Jared that I would need/want to be shown.
Averella – Jennifer Lawrence – Honestly, I’m very picky about this, since Jared and Averella are my two protagonists so I’m thinking Jennifer Lawrence might be as close as I can get. Because of the Hunger Games, I feel like she would be a good fit for Averella, who’s a woman with a lot of action scenes that has to fit in with the male prisoners, so to speak and I also know Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress who will be able to convey the emotions Averella will need to show on screen.
Radon – Liam Nesson – He played Aslan from Narnia and Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars. He’s really epic so there isn’t anyone else I would rather play my main hero and my parallel with Jesus – again, like an Aslan character – than Liam Nesson.
Hindah – Bruce Willis – Okay, this guy always plays an epic baddie. Or his characters always seem a little bad even if they’re good guys. So I really think he could show Hindah’s evil side and make his fighter/tough side exciting to watch on screen.
The Dark Master – Mel Gibson? Joaquin Phoenix? I really couldn’t decide for these two, but honestly Mel Gibson against Liam Nesson seems like a perfect fit. Mel Gibson is a fantastic actor and he would be able to show The Dark Master’s calm and frighteningly intimidating attitude and be able to switch from that calm manner to the evil one we know he is. Mel Gibson also makes a great bad guy – what few times he plays one.
Sine – Joseph Gordon-Levitt – He looks just like how I imagined Sine and he sometimes usually plays side character roles and I could see him doing perfect for Sine, who’s a major side supporting role in Hunter.
These were so much harder than I originally thought they would be, so I spent almost an hour picking them out and a good half an hour out of that was just spent trying to pick out an actor for Jared. Apparently, I’m very picky.
Carrie: hahaha! I’m sorry 😉 You ended up with great picks though!! What an epic cast that would be!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Hunter?
Joanna: I want readers to have a book they can delve into and enjoy without worrying about anything bad being in it. I want them to feel inspired and encouraged, to know that God is always with them and will help them through things no matter how dark it gets. I also would hope that they want to read more books in the Valiant Series.
Carrie: all very important things!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Joanna: Hunter will be released in April 2019 and soon after that, Shifter. Hopefully, Ambassador International, my publishers, will be eager to start the third book in the Valiant Series, Samurai, with me, so I’m hoping that will be the next published project I work on.
What about you? What interests you most about Joanna and/or her book?