1. What genre(s) do you write?
Historical romance set in the Gilded Age New York City. This is the late 19th century.
2. Coffee or tea lover?
Coffee. If I’m drinking tea then stay away, I’ve got some horrific illness and possibly near death.
3. Name one thing on your bucket list.
To travel on the Orient Express. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and this seems like the most glamorous travel experience ever. I actually had the chance to do it one (for free!) and had to pass on the trip. Never quite forgave myself for it.
4. Do you have pets?
Only fish. I had a humongous saltwater reef tank for year before my kids were born. After we had our daughters I couldn’t handle the upkeep on the reef tank, so we downgraded to a small fresh water tank.
5. When I wake up every morning I… hit the snooze and read in bed for as long as I can.
6. Weirdest or unique thing you own.
When I finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart© contest in 2013, one of my critique partners went to RWA with me and spent the entire conference getting established authors to sign a picture frame matte wishing me luck. They had NO idea who I was, of course, but now I have this amazing giant frame with congratulations from Jude Deveraux, Nora Roberts, Jo Beverly, Elizabeth Hoyt, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and many more. It is absolutely one of the most treasured things in my house.
7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
I’ve always enjoyed sports, and now I help coach my youngest daughter’s softball team.
8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
First, an escape from everyday life. That’s I think why most of us read fiction, especially romance. With every novel I try to craft an engaging, exciting story that will keep readers turning the pages. Then I hope I can broaden a reader’s mind through maybe the time period, the setting, or the struggles of people during that time. We like to think we’ve come so far in modern times, but many of our problems are the same as our ancestors. I’m a big believer that we have to understand history in order to know how to not to repeat it.
Meet Joanna Shupe
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.
Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel, Magnate, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Post and Kobo. The Washington Post named Joanna’s The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.
A Daring Arrangement
Set in New York City’s Gilded Age, Joanna Shupe’s Avon debut introduces an English beauty with a wicked scheme to win the man she loves—and the American scoundrel who ruins her best laid plans…
Lady Honora Parker must get engaged as soon as possible, and only a particular type of man will do. Nora seeks a mate so abhorrent, so completely unacceptable, that her father will reject the match—leaving her free to marry the artist she loves. Who then is the most appalling man in Manhattan? The wealthy, devilishly handsome financier, Julius Hatcher, of course…
Julius is intrigued by Nora’s ruse and decides to play along. But to Nora’s horror, Julius transforms himself into the perfect fiancé, charming the very people she hoped he would offend. It seems Julius has a secret plan all his own—one that will solve a dark mystery from his past, and perhaps turn him into the kind of man Nora could truly love.
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