Joanne McClean


Cynic, hopeless romantic, eccentric, daydreamer, nerd, music lover, movie goer, loner, coffee addict, bookworm & writer.

What is life if you don't have a dream to chase?

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small town of Armagh in Northern Ireland. When I was younger, there wasn't a lot to do and you had to make your own fun. Then there was the fact that the estate I grew up in didn't have a lot of other children that I could socialise with. Hence why I became interested in books.
There is just something magical about books. They could transport me from my bedroom into a completely different world where anything could happen.
I became interested in writing in my early teens but didn't take it seriously until I finished school.
My first novel came to me on a bus journey home and since then I was hooked.
It provided me with something to do. After I had finished school, I lost my part-time job when Woolworths closed. So I had a lot of free time to get creative and that is where my debut novel was born.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stories when I was about 9. I loved Creative Writing when I was younger and used to amuse my teachers with my stories.
When I got older, my writing took a back seat. It wasn't until I was 15 and took up English Lit. to study that I found my love of writing again.
It was then, 3 years later, that I went on to write The Secret Life of Jamie Sykes and I haven't looked back since.
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Someone Like You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,650. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
*PLEASE NOTE STRONG LANGUAGE* Due to a Housing screw up, Temperance and Priestly are forced to live together. And it doesn't take long for them to discover that this living arrangement isn't going to be easy. Priestly likes to throw parties while Temperance prefers to study. However, as they spend more time together, their love/hate relationship just might be exactly what they both need after all
Red Hair and a Lot of Flair
Series: Blue Eyes and Red Hair, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,790. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
This is Hagen's P.O.V. from the short story 'Blue Eyes and Sweet Peach Pie.' When Hagen Stevenson meets his brother for dinner, he thinks it's just going to be a quiet meal. However, he soon realises that his quiet night out is going to get a lot more interesting. Enter Miss Redhead. After witnessing a girl with red hair getting dumped by her boyfriend, Hagen's finds himself on one big adventure!
Blue Eyes and Sweet Peach Pie
Series: Blue Eyes and Red Hair, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,640. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Lorelai Simmons gets dumped on her 21st birthday, she thinks things can't get any worse. However, she soon finds herself stranded in a dodgy bar with no phone and no way home. Fed up, she decides to make the most of it and hopes her luck will turn around. So, with the help of the affectionately named Gold Tooth, Lorelai is now Sweet Peach and promised one hell of a birthday! Enter Blue Eyes!
Learning to Breathe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,490. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Darcie Gilmore just wanted a fresh start. When her mother packs them off to live in Dover Springs, Darcie is given the chance to start over. However, having spent the last six months haunted by terrible nightmares and feeling isolated and alone, Darcie doubts that anything will be different ... until she meets Danny Fletcher. That's when her life changes in ways she never thought possible.
Series: The Forever Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 19,200. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Second instalment in The Forever Trilogy. Follow Cass as he tries to find Sam and discover who he is and what is the connection between them. Meanwhile Sam is trying to cope with her new life but all is not as it seems ... is this really what she wants and will she ever remember Cass?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,850. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Ever been in love with your best friend? Ever dreamt of telling them? This is Edlyn Gibben's problem and she wants to fix it. She has loved Alex Whittaker for seven years and plans to come clean. However, what she fails to realise is that things may not be as simple as she believes. Will everything go to plan? Will she win his heart? Or is her love simply doomed to be unrequited?
Series: The Forever Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,970. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sam was happy with her life until the mysterious Cass literally bumped into her ... That's when things started to change in ways she never thought possible ... She feels that she knows him - He feels that he knows her ... The problem is that they both have never met until now. What is the connection between them? Will they ever figure it out? What will happen if they discover who they truly are?

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Smashwords book reviews by Joanne McClean

  • A Walk in the Garden on Dec. 28, 2011

    I enjoyed this book. I always love reading about a time travel romance. The characters were likeable and the plot plodded along nicely. The only thing I didn't like was the repetition of certain words and phrases - a lot. Other than that, a nice little read.