Tori: What’s your heroine’s favorite saying?
Joy: “Destiny can suck it.” (You haven’t heard her say this yet. But I think that’s her general opinion!)
Tori: What’s her favorite song?
Joy: Although music does not play a significant role in the Dreaming Anastasia series, I think if I asked Anne, she’d say that one song that has meaning for her is a country song: I Hope you Dance, by Lee Ann Womack.
Tori: What is your favorite book?
Joy: I love reading and books so much that it’s hard for me to pick just one. But if forced, I would have to pick Madeline L’Engel’s A Wrinkle in Time, which was the first fantasy book that I totally fell in love with when I was about eight or nine. I think my interest in genre fiction does stem from that book!
Tori: What inspired you to write your current series?
Joy: I’d been fascinated by the tragic Romanov story and Russian history in general. I loved fantasy and kick butt girl protagonists. And I was ( and still am) a total fan girl of Joss Whedon who was not afraid to meld genres (Firefly is a space western) or to combine comedy, romance, horror and teen angst all in one story (BTVS). The combination of all of that influenced me greatly.
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