Josephine Harwood


Josephine has been a family caregiver for over a span of nearly three decades. She has cared for her mother and father, her in-laws, and several other members of her husband’s family. Her personal experiences inspired her to write her second novel, Empathy. She also wrote an article titled, Caregiver Burnout. She is passionate about reaching out to her fellow caregivers and started the Facebook public group page, Empathy & Caregivers 911.
She lives in West Texas with her loving husband and three little dogs. She is currently writing a sequel for her first novel, Dark Secrets.

Smashwords Interview

Let's talk a little about your first book, Dark Secrets. How long did it take you to write the story?
Believe it or not, I worked on Dark Secrets on and off for almost thirty years. For this reason, updating the story line was an ongoing challenge. Not one of my characters had a cell phone, a laptop, or a GPS. I even had to rewrite an airport scene to stay true to our latest airport security. When I started writing this story, my characters and I were the same age. Now, I'm old enough to be their mama!
There are song lyrics in your story. Why?
I wanted the reader to believe Rick Anderson was a musician and songwriter, so I included a couple of my own original songs throughout the book for him. I also added my songs for my fictional rock band, Roulette. Roulette, by the way, is my tribute to my favorite 80's rock band, Bon Jovi.
One of the original songs in the story, I’m Watching You, was specifically written for my stalker. This particular song was inspired by one of the biggest hits of the ’80’s, Every Breath You Take, by The Police. The incomparable singer/songwriter Sting explained in an interview the song was about control and surveillance. Try reading the lyrics without the beautiful music. You might be as surprised as I was. Despite the true meaning behind the lyrics, I still find the song hauntingly beautiful.
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Where to buy in print


Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,070. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
A devastating stroke. A broken family. A loving caregiver.
Dark Secrets
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 258,530. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Rick's passion was his music until he met Angela. Angela never knew passion until she met Rick. Soon, they would both know the passion...of a stalker's revenge.

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Smashwords book reviews by Josephine Harwood

  • Her Way Out: A Novella on Nov. 10, 2016

    I was gifted a copy of this ebook in exchange for a reciprocal review. Control & Surveillance A young woman finds the man of her dreams only to lose control of her life. This book is about control and surveillance and the ingenious way a woman trapped in her marriage finds Her Way Out. Nancy O’Neill’s very first novella is a page turner, and I look forward to reading more of her books.
  • The Queen's Alchemist on Nov. 28, 2016

    All of your senses go into overdrive as you read this book. From the very first line this story grabs you and with every turn of the page pulls you in a little deeper. Each chapter begins by introducing a new character and a different situation and ends with its own little cliffhanger. My preferred genre is romance, but this story intrigued me. When I finished the book, I wanted more. This book is a prequel to the Blood Scrolls Trilogy. I look forward to reading more of Poppy Reid’s books.