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J.C. Paulson

J.C. Paulson
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J.C. Paulson thinks a mystery can — perhaps should — also be a love story.
Switching from fact (journalism) to fiction, it seemed a natural thing to combine the two. Evil versus good. Hate versus love. Think Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, and a host of cozy mystery couples — not that her first three novels, Adam's Witness, Broken Through and Fire Lake, are very cozy.
Changing the world would be nice, too. Fiction allows us to swallow the bitter pills of social injustice and still (hopefully) be entranced, entertained and entangled in their solutions.
A rabid reader of mystery novels, J.C. Paulson has long admired the works of Dorothy Sayers, P.D. James and Ann Cleeves. She lives in a rambling bungalow on a quiet street in a Canadian prairie city with her husband.

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Adam's Witness: A Thrilling Mystery, Crime and Romance Novel (Adam and Grace Book 1)
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Adam's Witness: A Thrilling Mystery, Crime and Romance Novel (Adam and Grace Book 1)by J.C. PaulsonPublish: Jun 13, 2017Series: Adam and GraceCrime Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense
Broken Through: Adam and Grace Book Two
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Broken Through: Adam and Grace Book Twoby J.C. PaulsonPublish: Sep 27, 2018Series: Adam and GraceCrime Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense
Fire Lake (Adam and Grace Book 3)
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Fire Lake (Adam and Grace Book 3)by J.C. PaulsonPublish: Jul 07, 2019Series: Adam and GraceCrime Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense
Griffin's Cure (Adam and Grace Book 4)
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Griffin's Cure (Adam and Grace Book 4)by J.C. PaulsonPublish: Apr 03, 2020Series: Adam and GraceCrime Fiction Mystery

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J.C. Paulson Interview On 16, Aug 2022

"Author, journalist, and editor, Joanne Paulson loved mysteries even as a child. She writes wonderful historical fiction and intriguing mysteries. She has been a longtime Saskatoon StarPhoenix journalist too. Adam’s Witness is her first foray into fiction. Her books will have you flipping pages as fast as you can."
What books do you remember reading during your childhood?

Even as a child, I loved mysteries. My mother taught me to read when I was very young, so early on I was reading Trixie Belden mysteries, Enid Blyton books, The Bobbsey Twins — that sort of thing. I also immersed myself in the Canada-wide-and-beyond-famous Anne of Green Gables series. My aunt gave me the first three books for my ninth birthday, and I ended up reading them all. Wonderful works for girls.

What has been the best thing about living in Saskatchewan, Canada your entire life?

It has sort of been a combination of things. It’s home, my family is/was here, I understand this place in my bones and love it in my heart. It has just always felt right.

What encouraged you to make the switch from fact to fiction?

I’m not sure if “encouraged” would quite describe my experience. It was more like a brain explosion. I had gone through a very hard time and was unable to really function for several weeks. One night, I awakened in the wee hours as usual, but instead of misery, there was a plot in my head. Over the next few months, I wrote Adam’s Witness. It saved my sanity.

Do you remember the first mystery novel you read?

I don’t, I’m afraid. I read so many of them as a kid! But I think the one that made me a lifelong addict of mysteries was the great Dorothy L. Sayers’ Busman’s Honeymoon, part of her Lord Peter Wimsey series. Then I read Gaudy Night (out of order; it’s the previous book) and that was it. Total adult fan of Sayers and of mysteries, as I had been as a child.

How did you come up with the plot of "Griffin's Cure"?

To be honest, I wanted to murder someone at a scientific facility. We have the perfect thing in my city: the Canadian Light Source, which is a synchrotron. This enormous source of intense light helps scientists peer at matter at the molecular level. Unfortunately for my novel and fortunately for society, it would be next to impossible to get away with murder there; but I worked around that and had the death occur on-site just the same. I also wanted to explore the place of plants in pharmacology; at the same time, I had an issue with certain things big pharma was up to. I combined these things into Griffin’s Cure.

What inspired the plot of the book, Broken Through?

Broken Through is based on a true crime — at least, almost everyone in the victim’s family and in the neighbourhood were convinced it was a crime. I had some first-hand knowledge of it because a friend lived next door to the victim. After months of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, a woman was found dead in her basement. I took the nugget of the crime and created a fictional version that explores how women can be easily mistreated, abducted and murdered in a community where some people set up the conditions for such crimes, and where others look the other way.

What are some important issues you hope to discuss or bring to light through your books and your writing?

There are so many, a couple of which I described above in the two book questions. Fundamentally, the issues all come down to my fury over discrimination of all kinds and my violent loathing of corporate greed. Don’t misunderstand: I believe in business and commerce and their basic underpinning of the economy, without which we are in big trouble. But sometimes, the corporate agenda goes too far.

As to other issues: My first book, Adam’s Witness explores how people become homophobic and how completely ridiculous it is to dislike, fear, or hate those different from ourselves.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of a good romance story?

Goodness, that’s a good question. I don’t see myself as primarily a romance writer. I suppose the passion and chemistry between the two characters who are in love is the main thing for me. I want to practically see and smell that electricity burning up the page.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Schedule? Writers have schedules?

Basically, whenever I’m feeling inspired and energetic, I just sit down and type like a madwoman.

If you could describe your journey as an author in one word, what would it be?

Transporting.

What are some of the things you know now that you did not know when you first started writing?

I was not expecting to be preyed upon by people professing to know everything about marketing and trying to persuade me to give them a lot of money. That is not to say all promotional sites are bad or crooked or anything; some are very good and helpful. But sadly, many of them are simply useless. Or worse.

I also had little idea about how to properly structure a novel. I had been writing for decades before I became an author and was very familiar with the formats used for magazine and newspaper articles, columns (commentary works), essays and so forth. I may still not really get the novel structure, but I have a better idea, at least.

What are the best ways to market self-published books?

When you find out, do let me know. Ha.

I have to say the thing that works best to give your sales a pop is placing your books with promotional sites (be careful which you choose). Social media has helped somewhat, but it has been more use in finding a community of authors for support, advice and friendship.

I cannot make advertising work well enough to make it worthwhile. Yet.

What is the one piece of advice you would like to give to young writers in the world?

Ahhh. One piece? Oh dear. I will try to jam this into one sentence and pretend it’s one thing. Read, read, read; then write, write, write; and once you have something you are not terrified to show your English teacher or a fellow writer, do it; then get the best editor you can afford.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers?

I am working on the sixth book (fifth novel) in my Adam and Grace series, entitled The Maddox Verdict. I am somewhere between one-third and one-half finished it. It has been a very difficult book to write, and I hope I will finally complete it by the end of this year.

When did you join AllAuthor? What do you think of the experience so far?

I joined a few months ago and have greatly enjoyed participating and voting in the cover contests. The cover of Two Hundred Bones actually won one of the contests!! I was so thrilled, particularly since I designed it myself.

I also love the review templates, the book memes and the tweets AllAuthor puts out for member authors. I’m very grateful for the help with these things. I still work for a living, so trying to do all the marketing myself is very hard. Thank you so much.

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      • J.C. Paulson J.C. Paulson 1 year ago
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      • Thank you, Lily! I'm presently working on the sixth book (and fifth novel) in my Adam and Grace mystery series. I just completed a wee children's book, which lands June 1. After that, I plan a sequel to my western, Blood and Dust, which will take place around 1905 when my province actually BECAME a province. Lots of political fodder there!
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      • I have already changed genres. I thought I would always write contemporary mystery, but in the last year I've published a historical fiction/western (Blood and Dust) and a wee children's book (Magic Mack and The Mischief-Makers). As Yogi Berra said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." I think I was too focused on the one genre — although I continue to write mysteries (laced with a little love) — to see other inspirational moments and opportunities, at first. Now I try to go with them.
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    • If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
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      • Oof, just one!?
        I would love to have written Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. SO brilliant and epic. And also her Unsheltered, a brilliant allegorical political work.
        I also want to be Dorothy L. Sayers when I grow up. I want to have written (interesting verb tense there) both Gaudy Night and Busman's Honeymoon. Fabulous mysteries interwoven with complex relationships.
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    • Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
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      • All the time. Some have been minor life or less-minor work events (in journalism) that have inspired the message and ultimately the tale. For example, my husband and I stumbled upon a rusted-out, bullet-riddled Fleetline (car) in the middle of the forest. That discovery, along with some research and wild imagingings, became Two Hundred Bones.
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      • I do. There are many good reasons NOT to read reviews, to be sure, but one can learn a lot from a thoughtful review, good or bad.
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      • Thank you so much, Roderick! If you like mysteries (mixed with a little romantic suspense), my first in the series is Adam's Witness, so best to start there. If something more western/historical fiction ish is to your taste, please consider Blood and Dust, my newest. So kind of you.
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