Joey Paul

Biography

Joey Paul is an indie author, exploring the young adult crime genre. She has released eight books in total so far, with a ninth due out in the summer of 2016. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, and she is planning to start writing the last book. She usually writes crime and mystery fiction, with a paranormal twist, but she has been known to dabble in contemporary romance and general fiction. She is writing her fifteenth and sixteenth books at the moment, having recently finished her last two.

Joey is disabled and a recent graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. When not reading medical textbooks, she enjoys reading crime novels, medical dramas and young adult novels. When she's out and about, she likes looking for Tupperware in the woods with GPS satellites, otherwise known as geocaching. And when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping! She's 34 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. She plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop!

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I have gotten into the habit of working on two books at once.I have my ninth book due for release in the summer of 2016 and am working on books thirteen and fourteen now.
The thirteenth book is set in the year 2050, a crime and mystery book. I had to set it in the future because of the technological advances needed to make the storyline work. It's about Hetti, an eighteen year old who has just finished her post-sixteen training to become a police officer. She starts at the bottom and her first case is an interesting one. What if you could get people to commit crimes and have no link to you? It basically explores the software being manipulated and a spate of murders that no one seems to be able to work out.
Book fourteen is the seventh in the Dying Thoughts series. Tara's dad is going back on tour after over a decade away from the music business and is involved in an accident. Tara has to use her gift to find out what really happened and who is behind it. I'm thinking that the next Dying Thoughts will be the last one, and I already have to ideas ready!
I'm about just over halfway through both, and while I know what book sixteen will be about, I still have to think up book fifteen. But I have time yet!
Describe your desk
My desk is a corner one from Ikea. It has my computer monitor in the middle, with various odds and ends to either side including a money change jar, a desk vacuum, character notes for the Dying Thoughts series as there are so many they require a notecard box. I also have some sharpies in a pencil case, ready to sign things and mugs that are broken and used as pen and pencil holders. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse within reach and on the left of my actual desk there are the two folders for the books I'm working on right now. I also have a lamp that is shaped like a robot - his head lights up! - and responds to noise.
Also on the left that are tilted shelves which in order from bottom to top have: cross stitch in progress; my inbox with post that needs keeping and/or filing; envelopes with address labels; geocaching puzzles that need solving; and lastly a cross stitch box made from a book that I got for my birthday this year. Just below that is a bunch of stuff like my external hard drive, a purple box that I keep unfinished cross-stitch patterns in and random cables and leads.
To the right is a cubby hole that has some semblance of order. Meds, purse, hair brush and all that other stuff that needs a place to live and seems to actually have one. Above that is a shelf that has other stuffed bears as well as my USB sticks and Nano bugs that keep me entertained when I'm stuck (or just bored) with writing. On the right is a whiteboard that is also magnetic. On there are random drawings from my god-daughter, as well as stuff I need to keep close, like the college time-table for Tara and her friends - which was hell working out! - as I may not write about the lessons in detail, but I need to know who is where and when for day to day stuff. I used it a lot in book six, but am finding it less needed in book seven. I imagine it will play a big part in book eight though!
Along the top of my desk are bars that act as bookends. I have printer paper, book research, my bookmarks and business cards as well as lots of stuff monkeys and other ornaments. There is a shelf above my computer that has random items like photos, dictionary, thesaurus and such.
I sit at my desk usually in my manual chair and everything is in good reach. It's basically organised chaos!
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Books

Dying Thoughts - Fourth Week
Series: Dying Thoughts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,550. Language: British English. Published: July 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Tara has a gift that allows her to see the last moments of someone’s life when she touches something that belonged to them. She’s finally close to finishing school, but then disaster strikes when Kaolin is kidnapped. Can Tara find her friend in time? Will her gift be able to save her friend before it’s too late? What’s the point in having a gift that won’t even help save the ones you love?
Waiting On You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,690. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Angelina and Zack couldn’t be anymore different; one lives in apparent riches and the other in poverty. They meet online and a friendship blooms, but then things in Angelina’s life take a turn for the worst and she finds herself turning to the only person she thinks loves her – Zack. With everything against them, can Zack and Angelina cross the distance to change her life before it's too late?
Dying Thoughts - Third Wish
Series: Dying Thoughts, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,620. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Join Tara and Kaolin in the third book in the Dying Thoughts Series. It’s finally summer and all Tara Leverton plans to do is spend the time sunbathing, hanging out with Kaolin and doing as little as possible. Her gift has kept her busy and now is the chance for some serious down time before her final year at school.
Lynne & Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,690. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Lynne and Hope are sisters – they share parents, living space, but that’s pretty much it. Until one day when Lynne has to run and rely on the sister she hates to save her. If Hope fails, Lynne’s going to jail and she can kiss her perfect job goodbye, but if she succeeds will Lynne be able to swallow her pride and see Hope for who she really is?
Dying Thoughts - Second Sight
Series: Dying Thoughts, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,090. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Tara Leverton has a ‘gift’. Up until recently it has been kept a secret from everyone. Things have certainly changed. For one, Tara has a best friend, Kaolin. For another, Kaolin, her dad and the police know about her ‘gift’. She’s got the chance to help them solve murders – actually make a difference, one that doesn’t involve doing homework on time.
The Friendship Triangle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,980. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Did you ever think that running away could solve things? Sometimes the world throws so much at you, escape seems like the only option. Sarah, Chloe and Charlotte thought it was. They are about to discover that problems follow you and that sometimes there is more to a friendship that it first seems.
Dying Thoughts - First Touch
Series: Dying Thoughts, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,820. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Ever had a secret? Something you can’t tell anyone in case they think you’re crazy. Tara does – she sees the last moments of people’s lives when she touches something that belongs to them. Kaolin does – she doesn’t want anyone to know the truth about what happened to her father. Now they’re both in trouble because secrets never stay quite as secret as we wish they would.
Blackout
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,870. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Imagine having everything you ever wanted. A perfect family, a perfect boyfriend, perfect friends – the whole group that only exists because of you! Then imagine waking up one morning and discovering you don’t have any of that. It was a dream…a dream you had in a coma that was supposedly brought on by drugs. Imagine having to start again at school, desperately trying to fit in and prove that th

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