Monday, 12 June 2017

A Month of Romance - Josette Reuel

Welcome, my darlings. Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing the amazing Josette Reuel, author of the Dásreach Council Novel series.

Author Bio:
Josette Reuel spent many years in the corporate world writing stuffy computer software manuals, until one day a shape-shifting dragon kidnapped her and dragged her off to be his destined mate... as the words flowed onto the page, she realized that it was time to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a published author.

An avid reader from her earliest memories, Josette enjoys many genres; however, her current passion is anything Romance. Her love of Fantasy and the Paranormal tends to come out in all of her writing with strong alpha heroes, each with a little something extra.

Josette writes paranormal romance of varying degrees of heat. She believes in LOVE in all of its forms and doesn’t discriminate or sensor her muse. If you enjoy reading a love story, if you enjoy paranormal creatures, alpha males, and the heroes/heroines that change their lives, then how about giving her books a try?

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Hello Josette, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hello everyone! I am Josette Reuel, a mother of two and married to my true love for twenty-four years. I am a lover of anything artistic and crafty and enjoy creating my own book covers, teasers, and other graphics. Designing swag for readers is one of my many crafty past times. 

Have you always wanted to be an author, and what inspired you to write?
I have been a lover of books since I was real small when my mom would take me to the library for story hour. Creating stories has always been in my blood, whether I was creating them in my head, acting them out in my room, or writing them down once I learned how. Life has a way of taking us off course and I began college as an Art Education major, but eventually, I did find my way back to words and became a Technical Communicator for 15+ years. Between, marriage, work, and my children, life was busy and I lost connection with my books (as a reader). Then, when my children got older, I finally found the time to read again. Soon, I began writing as a stress reliever on breaks at work. So, around 2012 I was struggling with medical conditions and my husband and friends encouraged me to write the books that I was dabbling with at the time. Mr. Reuel eventually told me to resign my day job and focus on the writing. In 2014, I published my debut novel – “Finding the Dragon.”

I must say, Mr. Reuel is kind of awesome! So, which genre do you prefer to write, and why?
I have always been a lover of fantasy and sci fi, as well as, Romance. So, it made perfect since for me to begin writing Paranormal Romance. I read many sub-genres in the Romance category, but I love writing paranormal because of the freedom I have as a writer. I love making up new words and finding new ways to show the romantic journey of a couple to their HEA.

What have you written to date?
The Dásreach Council Novels: “Finding the Dragon,” “Accepting the Bear,” “Releasing the Panther,” and “A Second Life As A Bear.”

“Wolves for the Holiday 1.1,” “Wolves for the Holiday 1.2,” “Subtle Magic,” and “Shift or Treat.”

I also have two stories in anthologies: Claiming My Valentine includes “Love Burns” and Summer Fantasy Flings (releasing June 21) includes “Fated Summer.”

Want to tell us about any future projects?
I have a bunch of story ideas that I’m excited to work on, unfortunately, I can’t write 24-hours a day. LOL I am hoping to work on the next Dásreach Council Novel, Wolves for the Holiday 1.3, Mistletoe Magic (Spencer’s Helpline 2), and a couple of others that are still in the development process.

I'm with you on that one, the kiddlets make it impossible to write 24/7 lol. Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Not really. However, I do like to write late at night when everyone in the house is asleep. The quiet (note, I do wear headphones and play music) is very conducive to writing. No interruptions, no one needing me to do one of a hundred things. It allows me to get into the right frame of mind to be creative. Snacks and drinks are important to keeping the energy flowing as well. My favorite drinks are Cherry Coke, Chai Tea Lattes, and Strawberry Lemonade. My current snack addiction is a tie between Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Pretzel Slim’s (they’re sort of like crackers).

If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
A couple of things can help with writer’s block. When I need to think a plot through, I love to work on either electronic graphics for the marketing of my books or try out new ideas for swag for my readers. Otherwise, just getting up and doing something else can help. Stepping away from the story allows me to come back at it from a different angle. Lastly, discussing the issue with my husband or a friends can be immensely helpful as they can see the story from a different angle.

Does your nearest and dearest know what you write, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes, my family knows what I write. I think it was more my reaction than theirs... I will admit to being a bit embarrassed and shy about talking about my books. Mr. Reuel is a huge supporter of my work and helps me all of the time when I need someone to bounce ideas off of or to read my work. My parents are proud of me and happy that I’m finally following my dreams. My sister-in-law and my daughter’s best friend love reading my books. My daughter... well, she call’s my books porn, which is why I wrote “Shift or Treat” my Sweet PNR story. It was to give her a chance to read one of my books. She still hasn’t read it. LOL My son is proud, I guess, he tells his friends about my books, so I take that as a good sign.

Its great that you have your hubby on your side. I love that! Tell, me, what kind of books do you enjoy reading in your free time, and who is your favourite author?
I read as often as I can. I was always a voracious reader (except during the time when my children were small). Now a days I prefer to read almost any romance sub-genre, but paranormal romance is my favorite. As for favorites, well, I hate being asked this question because each author has their own way to tell a story and I like each one for their own unique voice. I have several that I one-click and a few that go on my TBR until I can find the time to read them. I love reading new authors and visiting new worlds. But, for the sake of the question, here are a few of the ones that I admire and love to read: Laurann Dohner, Sara Humphreys, Kris Austen Radcliffe, Chelsea O’Neal, Abbie Carlisle, Elle Boon, Megan Slayer (Wendi Zwaduk), Molly Harper, Karen Marie Moning, Lara Adrian, Jayne Rylon, and so many, many, many more.

Tell us five things about yourself not many people would know.
  1. I’m shy, an introvert, and extremely happy staying home most days.
  2. Even, though I’m #1, I love to travel and meet new people.
  3. I have what we affectionately call a “mutant heart.” The trunk that splits into the veins that lead to my right brain and right arm, are actually separated and the vein for my right arm comes out the left side of my heart and wraps around the back and down my right arm. The doctor was adament that it is a “typical deviation of the human anatomy” and there’s a scientific name for it, but we just call it my mutant heart.
  4. My husband and I met Christmas time 1991 and we were ready to be married early 1992. We went as far as to get a marriage license, but decided to wait to have a wedding that our families could attend.
  5. My name, Josette... I was named after the stewardess of a Canadian airline that was on a hijacked airplane. Before that, I was almost named Lucille Irene (after my grandmothers) and Cosette Jr. (my mom figured if guys could have a Jr. then she could too). My mom was named after a family friend and didn’t know anything about Dark Shadows or Les Miserables until I came along.

What does Love mean to you?
My motto is “Love of All Shades With No Boundaries.” When I write, I enjoy writing a realistic story of finding love. I might add in paranormal creatures and magic is real in my worlds, but it all comes down to the love story between the people involved. It’s all about the story and I don’t sensor my muse.

My father tells a story... before he met my mother, he would tell people he was going to marry her one day. He was sort of a stalker. LOL They’ve had their ups and downs, but have been married for over fifty years. They are my role models. Love isn’t perfect, doesn’t come in a neat little box with instructions, it’s gritty and real. You don’t give up when things get difficult and you always realize that those involved are human and make mistakes.

For me, love is magic. It’s life. It’s the past and future. Love is everything.

I believe in love at first sight – well lust at first sight that can lead to love generally – but I know that there is a destined person for each of us. There was a moment several weeks after I met my husband when it smacked me upside the head and I just knew... there would never be anyone else for me.

Final and most important question…. Chocolate or caramel??
Both, of course. :D

Woohoo, good woman! That's what I like to hear. Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Thanks for sharing! I enjoy para. Looking forward to giving you a try.

  2. thanks for the info you are a new author to me <3

  3. Thanks so much for allowing me to share with your fans and followers today. It's always exciting to know that new to me readers are getting to know about my books.