Friday, 7 May 2010

Interview with Joelle Anthony and win a copy of Restoring Harmony

Today I am delighted to welcome Joelle Anthony to the blog. Joelle's debut Restoring Harmony is wonderful and you should all rush out and buy a copy when it hits stores on May 13th. Joelle was kind enough to answer some questions for me.

Tell us about Restoring Harmony in one sentence or less.

It’s an adventure story about music, family, and food.

When things are going wrong for her, Molly always turns to her fiddle, Jewels, and makes some music. What song always makes you smile?
A friend of mine, the teen fiddler, Sarah Tradewell, actually turned the fictional tune, Brianna’s Reel, from my book into a real tune. Then she and my husband recorded it (she plays fiddle, he backs her up on guitar). Listening to that always makes me smile. And oddly enough, the blues always make me smile too! And while I’m at it, I might just add that my husband is a singer/songwriter and ALL of his music makes me smile.

Where do you write and what do you like to have round you?
I mostly write in my office, although sometimes in the summer I take the laptop out onto the porch. I actually walk on my treadmill 1.5 mph while I write. My friend built a desk over the handles of my treadmill so I can do this, and I generally walk about 3-4 miles a day while I write and answer email. I like to have tea and a cat or two around me.

You have section called Need to Read on your web page. Which five YA novels would you recommend to someone new to the genre?
This is way too hard a question! Can I just refer everyone to my Fave 15 lists that I do each year? And of course, you can never go wrong with the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. But you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you?

Molly goes on quite a journey in Restoring Harmony, from Canada, all the way to Portland. If you could go anywhere, where would you go and how would you travel?
I used to really love to travel, but I’ve become a real homebody since moving to Canada because it’s so lovely here. I’ve never been to continental Europe (except Denmark) and I have to say that I wouldn’t mind a big trip like that…Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Greece…but I would mind leaving the island, so it’s hard to say if that will ever happen! I’m probably more likely to explore the Canadian Rockies, which also calls my name.

When you have had a rough day what restores your harmony?
Knitting, cooking, walking, and just sitting and listening to my husband play his guitar (or banjo, mandolin, or even the ukulele).
Thanks for having me, Alexa! It’s been fun.

Thanks for visiting Joelle! I love this book so much I'm giving away a copy. Joelle has very kindly agreed to send me a signed book plate for the winner. So if you would like to win Restoring Harmony, with a signed bookplate, just leave a comment below.

+ 2 if you Twitter about it
+ 5 if you blog about it.

Edit: The Contest is INTERNATIONAL and I'll pick the winner of May 13th.



  1. I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity! Emily Hinchey

  2. Please enter me! Thanks!

    shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

    Jessica Secret


  3. I love Joelle's treadmill. Talk about the perfect way to get your exercise in... can I win that? lol. j/k. Actually, I would love a copy of Restoring Harmony. I love Dystopias.

    +2 Tweeted:

    Thanks for the contest!
    ambience.of.rain {at}

  4. I love the description! This one has been on my TBR for over a month now, and I'm eagerly anticipating it.

    +2 Tweeted:


  5. Would love to win!


    +2 tweet;

  6. Loved this interview- Joelle is so fun! I loved the book too- no need to enter me. Just wanted to leave a comment!

  7. I have this one on my wishlist. I would love to win it! Please enter me :)

    +2 tweeted

    thebookvixen at gmail dot com

  8. I am participating in the Debutante Ball Challenge and would love to win a copy!


  9. I would love to win this book, especially since I live in BC, where it takes place!!

  10. This book sounds AWESOME!


    I now follow your blog.

    +2 --- I tweeted:

    +5 --- I blogged:

    I also Facebooked it for good measure:

  11. Yay! I'm so excited for this book to come out! I loved the "What restores your harmony" question and answer! No need to enter me in the drawing--I'm buying Joelle's book!

  12. Cooking majorly soothes me too!!
    I so so so so so wana win this!

    I Tweeted-
    I blogged(sidebar link)- 'Contests' in the right sidebar)

    Thank you so much...I hope the odds are in my favor this time :)

  13. Thanks for the interview! I would love to win a copy!
    I tweeted
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  14. Blog revamp.. love it!! Includes some of my absolute favourite books :) looks amazing!

    And I'd love to enter the contest, great interview!

  15. Really looking forward to this book.

    I retweeted it:


  16. Oh! Please enter me! I've wanted to read this one for awhile now.

  17. Oh, count me in please! I would love to read this! Thanks!
    sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

  18. +2 RT:
    sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

  19. +5 Blogged:

    Total: 8 entries. Thanks!
    sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

  20. Can I please have her awesome treadmill/desk?? Such a cool idea! I want one! Great interview. I would love to win, I can't wait to read Restoring Harmony!

    +1 Tweeted -


  21. I've been dying to read this book since I first heard about it!

    +2 Tweeted:

  22. I've blogged and tweeted this book a few times. Waiting to read it!

  23. This is another book that looks like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for the interview and count me in!

    mmillet at gmail dot com

  24. So excited about this book! :) Joelle, I keep hearing of more and more writers who use a treadmill desk. It's sounding like a pretty good idea to me.

    I tweeted about the giveaway here:

  25. Please count me in! Thanks for the chance to win, good luck everyone :)

  26. Thank you for the interview and contest. I would LOVE to win this book!! I've blogged about it (

    and I've tweeted (@lynseynewton)

    That's 7 entries. THAT'S how much I would like to win!! Thank you so much for making it international and good luck to everyone :


  27. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway, and especialyl for making this international!!

    Restoring Harmony sounds fascinating, would love to read it, please enter me.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

    +2 I also tweeted here:

    Thank you! :-)

  28. Wonderful interview! Thank you for this contest! I'm DYING to read Restoring Harmony!

    +2 tweeted:

    +5 blogged (linked at the bottom of the trailer):

    Total: 7 entries.


  29. great interview and would love to read this book ;)

    aprilmom00 at gmail dot com

  30. I love dystopian books and I'm pretty sure Restoring Harmony is gonna be good:) Thanks for this contest!

  31. I love dystopian books! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    I tweeted using the retweet button.

    krae991 at yahoo dot com

  32. Wow...Your husband can really play all of those instruments? That's awesome.


    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  33. I really want to read this book! Great interview, you asked some good questions!

    +2 I tweeted

  34. I keep hearing great things about this book! Enter me please. Thanks for hosting this!

    +2 Tweeted:


  35. I've been loving dystopian books lately. This one sounds good.



  36. I just loved this book and would really like to have a copy of my own! :D

    +2 Tweeted:


  37. Thanks for the contest, I've been dying to read this book!

    Email Address:

  38. Please enter me! I'd love to win this copy :D

    magabygc AT gmail DOT com


  39. +2

    Thanks for the contest, I would like to read this book! :)


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