1 - What's your latest?
Joanna Campbell Slan: PHOTO, SNAP, SHOT
2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?
Joanna Campbell Slan: Publisher's Weekly called it, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy." I tackle big issues like hatred and prejudice while providing an enjoyable read. You know, when people are laughing, they let down their defenses. It's a great opportunity to consider tough topics. Literary Journal mentioned the book in a recent article touting cozy classics.
3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?
Joanna Campbell Slan: Oh, trust me, I recognized early on that angst and humor are roommates. I used to work as a humorist, a motivational speaker who uses laughter to deliver tough messages. My character provides a lot of laughs, but at the heart of the book are plenty of important questions.
4 - What's your favorite scene and why?
Joanna Campbell Slan: When my protagonist Kiki attends a meeting of white supremists, she realizes she's surrounded by people who would want her daughter dead...just on principle. It's a powerful and compelling moment when we all recognize how totally irrational extremist thinking is.
5 - What's next?
Joanna Campbell Slan: MAKE, TAKE, MURDER is in the hands of my publisher, and it will be released in April 2011. Again, I tackle a tough topic: Domestic Abuse. I even look at how it starts early when young women don't expect the guys in their lives to treat them with respect.