Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Joyce Magnin's "Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise"

We're happy to have Joyce Magnin with us today talking about her book, Charlotte Figg Takes over Paradise. To learn more about Joyce and her book, read on!
1) How did this story come to you?
It’s part of a series of books I will be doing with Abingdon Press. It’s not exactly a sequel just more mayhem. The story deals with domestic abuse in a back door sort of way. It’s a subject I would like to raise awareness about—not just physical domestic violence, but emotional and verbal also. So I came up with Charlotte and set her on her way to find a path that would bring her to some difficult conclusions.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I’m one of the fortunate authors. My first book, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow did well and my publisher wanted to do more Bright’s Pond books. Very sweet.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I love to play video games—RPGs.
I have never owned an umbrella.
I once won a year’s supply of chocolate for writing about my Dad.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just turned in the 3rd Bright’s Pond book ``Griselda Takes Flight and I’m writing the fourth—Blame It On The Mistletoe.
5) Parting comments?
Thank you Dawn for inviting me back to your fabulous blog. For you writers out there still waiting for the call—perseverance is key. And for the readers, thank you and keep reading. And eat your veggies, get some exercise.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
You can find Joyce at her blog http://www.joycemagnin, or website or on Facebook.


  1. Oh this looks wonderful! I haven't read one of her books yet. Please enter me! (I already subscribe to the blog via email.)

    Michelle V

  2. Physical and mental abuse are so important to bring to light! I would like to read this book!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  3. Oh, neat. I've love to win. I am a subscriber. thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Your writing must have been very good and your father very interesting to win a year of chocolates.


  5. I was looking for books on abuse, mental, verbal and physical for my mother( she just got out of a marriage of 25 yrs) She never told us what was going on with my stepfather. I thought things were not right but everytime I would voice my opinion he would start trouble and blame me and then they would not talk to me, like for over a year.
    So Im trying to find any and all information to help her and for me to understand.
    My point being I looked at your site. I think this series is going to be great. From what I read its what I'm looking for.
    Thank you for bring light to these issues, it will help a lot of people.
    God Bless

  6. This sounds really interesting, and fits with another book I recently read. (I like it when books that I accidentally read fit together.)

    sdeeth at msn dot com

  7. I enjoyed The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow and am glad there will be more Bright's Pond books, Joyce. In fact, I've liked all that I've read from Abingdon Press so far.

    Never owned an umbrella? It must not rain much where you live. I have several, but do admit to losing them frequently. And wouldn't lots of us love to win a year's worth of chocolate?! Seriously, your Dad must have been very proud.

    I'm a subscriber and appreciate the chance to win Joyce's book.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  8. would love to read this book...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. I agree that it's not always physical but the mental and verbal can reduce a woman's confidence to nothing. Get out while you can! I had a friend that went through this and now she has overcome all the abuse she endured. Thanks for bringing light to all forms of abuse.


  10. I'm a subscriber and would love to be entered in the giveaway for this book. Thank you! I haven't read any of Joyce's books yet...she's a new-to-me author, and I'm looking forward to reading them. I'm a "survivor" of physical and mental abuse in a past marriage and glad to see this subject brought to light.



  11. I am a subscriber. Please enter me! A years supply of Chocolate? Did you eat it all? Can't imagine having that downfall. I love your cover! Made me think of Lucille Ball's Long Long Trailer!
    God Bless...Maureen


  12. I'm a book club leader and always on the lookout for new books that have subject that provoke discussion. This looks like it will be that type. Thanks for doing the interview so we could all be introduced to your work.


    P.S. I have several umbrellas...I just can't ever seem to find even one of them when I need it!

  13. Enjoyed your interview, Joyce. Joyce's writing is new to me and I already know this story interests me very much. Verbal and emotional abuse can be unrecognized as the cause of damaged emotions, depression and stress. It's a cagey enemy of anyone who holds fear of another person and can't emote verbally their feelings. You are to be commended, Joyce, for bringing this subtle enemy of the innocent to your reader's attention. I pray God will provide a way to eliminate this type of abuse. Thank you for the giveaway and I appreciate the chance to win. Hope I do!!

    Sharing Christ's Love,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  14. I'd love to win one of your books. I've not seen them in my bookstore. Thank you, Annette

  15. I'm a subscriber. This book sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  16. I would love to read your book! Thanks for the opportunity! God Bless You!