Joanne C. Parsons


Joanne Parsons retired in 2016 from a career in eldercare. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
She was widowed in 2014, has two grown daughters, three grandsons and a grand dog.

Joanne grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised her family in Lexington, MA.

Kitchen Canary is her first novel.

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Smashwords Interview

Why did you write a book?
In 2016, after being recently widowed, I retired. I found myself with little to do and spending too much time brooding.
I always enjoyed writing for work, but that was usually newspaper articles and brochures. I joined a writers' group and was inspired to try fiction.
What is your writing process?
I learned from this first book. There is a lot of research when writing historical fiction. It can take an hour to track down the style of dress or favorite foods for an era.

I'm more disciplined now, writing the sequel. I use one notebook to record everything I want to remember from research. I read books about the era to learn about the political climate, economy, tensions between ethnic groups, etc.

I also outlined the book first, although it does change as I write. I try to include little known historical facts in every chapter. My writers' group friends read and edit.
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Kitchen Canary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,520. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Kitchen Canary is a must read. The historical novel follows two young women who leave Ireland to seek opportunity working as nannies in mid-nineteenth century Boston, Massachusetts. Instead, they suffer humiliation and violation at the hands of their employer. In four short years they experience the evil and good of others, love, despair and acceptance. Strap on for an emotional journey.

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