Interview with Author Joselyn Vaughn

Tell us a little about yourself.

photo of author Joselyn VaughnI am a stay at home mom with three kids who will all be in school in one form or another next fall. It’s exciting to see them doing new things, but it’s also scary because once they start school, it will dominate their time and their schedule until they head off to college. <sniff> When I’m chasing those rascals around, I like to sew and run. My most recent sewing projects include reusing or remaking something. It’s another way to stimulate my creativity. Running clears my head and makes me stronger.

Please tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is called Climbing Heartbreak Hill. Here is the back cover blurb:

Climbing Heartbreak Hill cover artProfessional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds solace in the arms of his tax preparer, Tara Mansfield.

Tara’s cheerleading career ended abruptly and she faces an upward climb beating the stereotype as dumb blonde in her new calling as an accountant. Framed with defrauding the IRS during the last weeks of the tax season, Tara’s tentative confidence is shaken, but Ryan coaches her in ensnaring the true perpetrator. She cheers him on in discovering his identity as a coach rather than an athlete.

With the help of the junkyard king and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?

A portion of my proceeds from Climbing Heartbreak Hill will be donated to the One Fund Boston to help those injured at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?


Astraea Press:!/~/product/category=662245&id=23861577

What is your favorite part of writing?

I write my first drafts long hand in a cute notebook or two. I love the freedom of handwriting. It’s just for me. No one else sees the cross-outs, misspellings, or meanderings. And I love how the paper wrinkles when it’s covered with ink.

What advice would you give to new writers?

First, keep writing. Then find a good critique partner or group. If you can find a set of skilled writers whose opinions you can trust to make your writing better, they are worth their weight in gold.

If your latest release was turned into a movie, who do you think should play the hero and heroine?

This question is always so hard for me, although this is one of the few stories where I didn’t picture a country music singer as the hero. Owen Wilson has the right look for Ryan, but Ryan’s personality is different. I don’t know if it’s a role that would work for him. Maybe Mark Wahlberg for the personality. He could convey the anger and frustration that Ryan has over his injury.  For the heroine, Tara, I would need someone who could be bright and bubbly, yet show intelligence and unrealized strength. Possibly Scarlett Johannsen.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Twitter: @joselynvaughn
Facebook page:

Is there anything you would like to add?

As a runner writing about running and the Boston Marathon, I have to do whatever I can to support those injured at this year’s event. I’ve worn race shirts, I’ve run 4.09 miles, I’ve run 26.2 miles (over a few days) and I wore yellow and blue for the Boston Athletic Association at the River Bank Run. Now I’m asking you for help. A portion of my proceeds from Climbing Heartbreak Hill will go to the One Fund for Boston. Every penny and every step counts. Run on!


6 thoughts on “Interview with Author Joselyn Vaughn

  1. Kudos on writing longhand first. I don’t think I could do that anymore, although I do use notebooks and not computer files for all the other writing stuff like character sheets, plots and notes. Good luck with your book.

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