Joanne Alexander is a free thinker and independent spirit. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Lee Schrunk and dog Maggie. She loves reading, dogs, travel, gardening and playing the ukulele. In addition to writing stories and articles, she writes songs for the ukulele. She has a fascination with ancient Egypt and would love to spend more time there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is a way of exploring issues. And letting go of frustrations with people I know. Their negative character traits tend to show up in fictional characters. Plus after a while the characters start living in my head and encouraging me to write their stories. It's like watching a TV series that I keep mentally tuning into. That's quite amusing.
How do you approach cover design?
Tried various things, including asking a friend to make a cover for It started with the Dog. But then decided to make all covers look pretty much alike. Need help here if anyone has any suggestions for better covers
A series of stories following the lives of the three main characters - a nineteen year old running from an abusive boyfriend, a wife still grieving the loss of her husband and a young woman with poor judgement whose main concerns are clothes and make-up. All are at turning points in their lives. Other characters are introduced as their lives go on. The stories involved denial, dogs, cooking and of course, men.
The final story in the Turning Point series has Tina maturing - somewhat- and trying to get her act together- at least musically, Sara and Jennie still cooking and Jennie deciding whether to risk sharing her past to help someone in the present. Sara appears to be at a new turning point in her life. All the characters have been through and resolved many problems and situations.
Mothers and Daughters is the fourth story in the Turning Points series. The main characters all deal with mother/daughter relationships in different forms - the joys,sorrows and insights. Relates how the other characters are affected when Tina goes on a date that turns into a disaster. Question: how do you deal with a situation that involves someone else's mother/daughter relationship?
Stepping Out is the third story in the Turning Points series. Three women's lives are still intertwined as they deal with turning points in their lives and take their next steps. The cooking theme continues. And the co-dependency issue.
The Roommate Dilemma is a continuation of the story It Started with the Dog. Now Jennie and Tina, as roommates, have to deal with a man who resembles a sociopath and Sara has her own challenges. This story involves setting boundaries,gullibility and denial, testing friendships, guardian angels and a secret garden. A new dog - Heidi - enters the picture.
Was it Fate that brought them together, heavenly intervention, pure chance or a ‘love for dogs’ vibration? Whatever the cause it turned three lives around – two of them human. This first story in a series of five is kind of like the introductory movie for a new TV series.