Christie Capps Identity Reveal & Giveaways

WHO IS CHRISTIE CAPPS?

After reading and reviewing her first story, I wondered, who is Christie Capps? Her bio states this is a pen name for a best-selling author. I was curious and found out I wasn’t the only one who was intrigued as the question had been posed on Goodreads as well. So, who is she?

I went into private detective mode and look what I discovered. Christie Capps is none other than Joy King, who writes as J Dawn King. Ah-Ha! Case solved.

I decided to ask her a few questions about her pen name and she was kind enough to satisfy my curiosity 😉


 

 

Joy, why did you choose to write in the same genre using a different identity?

Primarily, I wanted the freedom to try something new for me in the world of JAFF. In the back of my mind, the desire to write comedy, dark drama, and contemporary was becoming almost overwhelming. I needed a channel to give expression to these stories. They were so unlike my J Dawn King tales that I figured I’d better put them under a different name.

 

Why are you limiting your stories to 20,000 words?

Great question, Rita. My life has become very busy, leaving me less and less time to read. As an older woman with no children at home who happens to work from home, I find I rarely can start and finish a book in one sitting. Talk about FRUSTRATING!!!

How many JAFF readers are parents, students, and/or full-time workers? What is the common issue to them all? A lack of time. With that in mind, I wondered if I could provide a variety of complete stories ranging from 20,000 – 25,000 words for those busy readers. I had to give it a go. Thus, Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day was born and the tagline popped into my brain, “TIMELESS ROMANCE FOR THE BUSY READER”.

Another reason was the challenge of writing a complete story within my self-set restraints. It’s much harder than I imagined. I love to embellish details and minor characters. I also enjoy writing mixed points-of-view. With these short stories, I am not allowing myself to do so. Should I give in, I would not meet my purpose in having a book that could be read in about an hour.

 

Were there any other reasons you decided to write and publish short stories under an assumed name?

Yes, Rita. I purchased pre-made covers which I’ve never done before. I wasn’t brand conscious when selecting them so they are a random mix of colors, subjects, and fonts. I had a ball choosing them from the catalogue and then sheer terror at trying to get the positioning of the fonts just right. It made me appreciate the skill of my regular designer, JD Smith – Designer. I’ll NEVER do this again without her help.

 

In what formats will these short stories be available?

All of them will be in eBook, paperback, and audiobook.

 

The storyline permeating “For Pemberley” is dark. Do you feel you did it justice in this short story?

I spent many sleepless nights worrying about this, Rita. To protect readers who may have a trigger response to Elizabeth being assaulted, I posted it on the book and the purchase sites. (It was a FAILED assault that is not described.)

When I put this online at a fanfic forum, I received over 350 comments and reviews in less than three weeks from readers who supported this story. I appreciated every single one. There is no doubt that events move right along. It must in this format. Elizabeth’s responses were taken from the experience of a close friend so I was confident in my approach. My objective was to have Darcy and Elizabeth forge an unbreakable bond, while keeping in character, in about an hour’s reading time.

Several reviewers asked me to write a sequel where I address the future of minor characters. I’m going to leave this up to the reader’s imaginations, as it was not necessary to the story.

Again, this is a training experience for me to discern when to self-edit extra baggage. It’s driving me nuts, but I’m enjoying the learning process and hope to be a better author because of it.

 

What is in store for Christie Capps?

Right now, I’m in the process of getting the print and audiobooks done for my latest short story, For Pemberley. I have two more stories planned. The next one is a contemporary (yes, my first) and my final story is set as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice (also a first). My plan is to lump them together with Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day and For Pemberley at the end of the year in a boxed set (tentatively entitled, “Oh, Mr. Darcy!”. I’ve attached the covers, Rita, should you like to look at them. They are not final. The titles may change. We shall see. I’m not planning on any more short stories after these four are complete.

 

How did you choose your pen name?

My husband has always liked the name Christie. I’m a huge fan of National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing and one of my favorite Funny Car drivers and last year’s national champion is Ron Capps. Not very brilliant, but it’s what I came up with at the time.

 

Will you ever use another pen name?

NEVER!!! It’s a royal pain to keep track of the different social media and email accounts. Plus, I forget to sign my name as Christie instead of Joy when I reply to messages.

 

Would you share your best experience so far?

Certainly. When I put Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day up for auditions for the audiobook production, Stevie Zimmerman sent in her sample. Out of 84 auditions, hers was my favorite. When I made her the offer of a contract I had to use my real name. Surprise! She was stunned. We had a good laugh afterwards.

 

What is in store for J Dawn King?

Friends and Enemies Cover MEDIUM WEBMy next book, Friends & Enemies will launch sometime this summer. I am trying to coordinate having the audiobook ready at about the same time as the eBook and print. This is made more challenging since I approached Richard Armitage about narrating and producing this version. He has my manuscript and is reviewing it so I haven’t received a “no”—yet.

If I end up setting aside my Bingley/Jane story, AGAIN, I have two epic tales outlined for Darcy and Elizabeth. With the amount of research I’ll need for each one, I doubt I will finish either before the summer of 2018. We shall see where the muse takes me.

 

Are there any more surprises up your sleeves? Anything we should anticipate in the future?

Nothing that I know of—for now. However, always at the back of my mind is trying to reach more and more readers by researching where they are buying and what it is they are looking for in the world of JAFF. Sometimes I can adapt, other times I cannot.

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and for helping us know Christie Capps. I understand you come bearing gifts.

I have a few presents your readers/followers might enjoy.

First, I had one embroidered handkerchief with Mr. Darcy’s monogram left from my newsletter giveaway. It’s gorgeous.

Second, I have ten eBook copies for either or both of Christie Capps’ books (Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day and/or For Pemberley.)

Third, I have a $100 Amazon gift card just waiting for a winner to by books and more books.

To be eligible for these prizes you need to leave a comment below with your answer to the following question: Would you choose a long story or a short story as the next JAFF book you read? That’s it!

Small print: The Amazon gift card will be adjusted to the exchange rate if the winner is outside the US. Winners have seven days to reply to the email notification. If they do not do so, for whatever reason (including the winning notification being dumped into their SPAM folder and they didn’t see it), another winner will be drawn. As always, my giveaways are available internationally.


 

Thank you, Joy/Christie for your generosity!!!

As instructed, please leave a comment below until the 26th of May to qualify, and of course, if you haven’t heard of this pen name before, you can find Christie Capps’ works on the links below:

Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day

For Pemberley

And of course, to see the Joy’s published books, click here.

 Good luck everyone!

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122 responses to “Christie Capps Identity Reveal & Giveaways

  1. Sheila L. Majczan

    I have read the first two books and loved them. I was wondering how and or if this pseudonym was ever going to be revealed. Glad others can share the “joy”. I do own the 2 books.

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  2. Well I never! Impressive work, detective Rita. I had no idea and I wouldn’t have suspected either. I am glad your first into something different has worked out so well for you, Joy.
    On the whole I prefer a full length story, but sometimes I have so little time to read and things on my mind which impact on my concentration so my last few reads have been short stories. My next read will probably be a long one, unless I find myself being drawn in by something. All the best with your Christine Capps books!

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    • Thanks Ceri! I confess it wasn’t so much good detective work but more like saying the right thing at the right time 🙂
      But I was really shocked when I found out :)))
      I am like you, I usually prefer longer stories, but lately I really don’t have much time to read so the smaller stories are becoming the perfect alternative! Sometimes they are just what I needed 🙂

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    • Thank you, Ceri. This has been a fun experiment that has worked out well. It’s good to know I’m in good company with being busy. I have no clue how you do it with two young ones at home. I bow to you!!!

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  3. I’m up for reading either a short story or a longer story as my next read; I’ve been known to read more then one book at a time, too.
    Thanks for the “reveal” and Q&A.
    denise

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    • I envy you Denise, I cannot read more than one boom at the time.. If I try to do it I start mixing up everything in my mind 😦
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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    • Sheila L. Majczan

      I have a reread by my bed and read a few pages every night. It is one I read years ago and now wanted to reread in order to post a review. I do that a lot and also have two other books I am in the midst of.

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    • Boy, do I ever understand. Before I had my stroke, I could have several books going at a time and be able to put down and pick up without having to pause to recall the story. Now? Not so much. In fact, I have to go back and read from the start everything I’ve typed so I can catch myself up. It’s terrible when you can’t remember your own story line. Happy reading!

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  4. Oh wow, now that’s quite the reveal!
    And that exciting bit about Richard Armitage has me on the edge of my seat, I do hope you get a positive answer!
    As for lengths, I vary a lot, depending much on my mood at the times. But I do find myself reading more and more in my daily commute, which isn’t very long (1 hour each way), so I have been giving privilege to shorter books, keeping the longer ones, which allow me to stay with the characters longer as I get immersed in the world the book brings to life, for weekends and lazy evenings or vacation.
    So that’s my two cents, lol.
    I wish you much success with your endeavours, either short or long and all those new experiences I am sure we can all hardly wait to read – and I do hope you have great fun with it all!

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    • Oh my… You don’t consider 1h a long time? You are an optimist Sonia! Even thought that means 1h to read, so I guess it is a good thing 🙂

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      • Well, I have to change from tram to train to metro, so I don’t get a whole hour… I just put that 1 hour in perspective since I know in other countries (geographically larger than Portugal), some people have 2/3 hour commutes (each way, adding to 4/5 hours a day) xD but it is a bit, yes. Especially because I have to wake up earlier and take longe rto get home at the end of the day when i wish I could teleport!

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    • Thank you very much. This has been a hoot. The mental discipline it takes for these short stories is frustratingly good for me. In Regency, I can take 50 words and easily make them into 500 (or more). In this format, I have to take 50 words and trim them to 5.
      I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

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  5. Well, I am surprised fair lady! I had no idea. Good work detecting, Rita! I’m impressed. lol
    Joy, this is great. I will anxiously look forward to reading them. I like the idea of what you are doing.
    Rita and Joy, the interview was great! Thanks ladies.
    Now to answer the question. At this time in my life, I prefer a short story. IT is more difficult for me to find reading time right now. Between working on covers and reading the books before I do the covers, my ‘other’ reading time is limited. Although I love long stories, short stories are what I will more likely pick up when I have a few spare minutes.
    I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that RA says ‘yes’! That would be awesome!!!
    Great work! 🙂

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    • Thank you Janet 🙂
      I was very surprised too and it was very funny to find out who the author was. I was basically talking to Joy and praising this new author that I had read the week before when Joy confessed that in fact she was the author! Lol… I hope she continues writing these short stories, because like you I don’t have much time to read lately 😦

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    • Janet, if he says yes you will hear my screams all the way to Texas. I can’t imagine how he would not want to read Mr. Darcy. Whether or not he wants to use my story as his platform, I’m unsure. We shall see.
      This has been really fun for me. I found out quickly that I have zero skills for cover design. It makes me appreciate all the more the work you do.
      Best wishes to you, my friend.

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  6. Pam Hunter

    What a nice surprise! I love Joy’s books, so I’m sure I’ll love Christie’s as well!
    I prefer long, involved stories.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  7. KateB

    I didn’t know that your nickname was Rita Sherlock, you sly girl. 🙂 And here I was I found a new talented author, and it’s all Joy’s doing.
    I always prefer a long story, most short ones suffer from a disease of not being fully developed. But when I was reading Mr Darcy’s Bad Day, I was impressed how well put together this one was. No unfinished threads, no abrupt ending. I just wish it was longer, because it was so good. 🙂
    I own both books. 🙂

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    • 😉 Rita Sherlock sounds good Kate 😉
      You’ve mention precisely what I thought when I read Mr Darcy’s Bad Day. Sometimes the story or the characters are lacking when the length is small, but not this one. It was so well written and put together!!

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    • I love it. Rita Sherlock. Who would be her Watson?
      Dear Kate, your words are music to my ears. My biggest concern was leaving gaps because the writing has to be so tight. Phew! I’m so relieved. Thank you and best wishes for the drawing.

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  9. Wow!! I am so surprised! I confess I wonder when I saw your review here of Mr Darcy’s bad Day, who might this author be. Now I know! Congrats on so many other books, Joy!
    I am very fond of shorts stories but I usually prefer longer ones, where there is a chance for the characters to really be developed. Thank you for the amazing giveaway and I am looking forward to reading Ms Capps books! 😉

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    • You are very welcome. As you know, I love to give gifts and my husband loves it when I clean out the piles of Jane Austen memorabilia I tend to pile up in my office. Thank you for your kind comments and support, Daniela. All the best to you.

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  10. Well I am surprised.
    Short or long,I tend to alternate between reading a long book, then for a change/rest I will read a novella or a story from a collection. I find I can then appreciate all the stories more.

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    • Ha! I wondered if you would figure it out.
      I sincerely appreciate your outlook about shorter books. I’m exactly the same. I like the pleasant break a short story can give. Best wishes to you and yours.

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  11. Jessica Varbel

    I’d prefer a shorter story. I used to love long stories, however, life is so busy and it’s hard for me to find the time to read. And I love to read, so this is a challenge.

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    • Jessica, I feel your pain in my own reading heart. Having short periods of time between priorities is a challenge. I’m grateful you choose reading to pass those precious moments. Best to you.

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  12. Sandra McComb

    I prefer a longer story as I get immersed in it and never want it to end. Having said that, I do love to read the occasional JAFF short love story. Anything Darcy and Elizabeth is a good read.

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    • Sandra, you are a woman after my own heart. There’s nothing I like more than to sit with a thick book, a few (or more) chocolates, and a fuzzy blanket. Whether I write short or long, Darcy and Elizabeth will always have their happily-ever-after. Sigh!

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  13. Fawn George

    Right now I would choose a Short story. It seems I can’t get a book finished. I would love the Amazon gift card to buy more of your books.

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    • Thank you, Fawn. Best wishes to you for the giveaway.
      Distractions seem to be an integral part of life anymore. It’s why I thought to try these short stories. I hope you get a chance to read them soon. All the best to you.

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  14. Marie jones

    Most generally I love a shorter book ,except mail order bride.i love that book.

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  15. J. W. Garrett

    I was so surprised at the reveal… well done Rita. I knew when I was reading both of the books by Capps, that this was a pro writer and was probably someone we knew. I am so happy it was our Joy that was the revealed author. How exciting. I have all, or nearly all, the JDK books and I loved every single one of them. I don’t care whether a story is long or short … if J Dawn King puts it out there… I’ll take it. Thanks for the post Rita, and thanks to JDK for the generous give-a-way and much luck to all that have posted comments. This is so much fun. JWG

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    • Jeanne, I laughed until I bawled with your review of Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day. OH MY GOODNESS!!! What a wit you are. As soon as you write your first JAFF, I’m on it like a Jane Austen bonnet. I’ll be first in line to write AND review. I promise. All the best to you, dear lady.

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      • J. W. Garrett

        OMG! You have made me blush… and I don’t blush easily. Thank you so much for the complement. I really liked… no I loved Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day. You are the one with the wit. I love your work. I don’t have the chops to write JAFF so I think I will leave it to the pros like yourself. Thanks for all the hours of enjoyment that I have received while reading your work. Thank you and blessings on your health and well being. JWG

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  16. Monica Perry

    Wow! I had no idea Joy had a secret alter-ego! Haha I had seen the Christie Capps stories pop up on the story sites and been wanting to read them soon but I hadn’t read the author bio to know she was a pseudonym. I don’t think I could ever keep up with all the details for more than one author name, especially with social media the way it is now. I tip my hat to you Joy and I look forward to reading the stories even more now!
    I prefer longer stories but only slightly; I’ve been known to devour a novella or 2 or 3 in a weekend. I love a good fluffy novella as a pick-me-up, even if I’ve read it 20 times already. It just depends on my mood and schedule. My work schedule has been altered yet again and it’s messin’ with my reading mojo. But I guess I have to work so I can keep buying books

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    • Monica, so you know (but please do not tell anyone – I’m in top secret mode), Christie Capps has a secret crush on Joey, a secret desire to do a tap dance routine on America’s Got Talent, and a secret plan to bring world peace by writing happily-ever-afters for everyone. Don’t tell! Shhhh! J Dawn King, on the other hand, is a Mariner’s fan, has two left feet, and has no plans to write a HEA for anyone other than Darcy and Lizzy. At least for now.
      It’s a shame we have to work to support our reading habit. Sigh!!! Hugs to you, Monica.

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  17. Lynn Bischoff

    I have to say in general I prefer a longer book, but there are those days when I just need a short, quick read. In those cases I generally like something that takes me 45 minutes to an hour to read. Love Joy’s books and look forward to reading Chr8stie Capps books.

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  18. Kerry

    I love a long story as the short ones always leave me wanting more, more and more!!

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    • I hear you, Kerry. So far, the comments are generally that my short stories are complete. The only desires have been for more information after their marriage or about minor characters. I love the idea of letting a reader decide Georgiana’s future or the events that will shape the other Bennet sister’s lives. Best wishes and thanks for your comment.

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  19. Leah Pruett

    OOOOHHH! I can’t wait to read all of these!!!

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  20. I am so surprised. Great job! I have lately found that I like short books because I can read many that way. Congratulations Joy! I have purchased and read Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day. I liked it very much!

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    • Awesome! It was so HARD to keep this under wraps. I’m tickled you liked Bad Day. I’ll admit, it was a hoot to write. For Pemberley was not fun to write but was a story I needed to tell. I needed to know I could write that level of angst. Your name is in the hat for the drawing and I wish you success.

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  21. Betty Campbell Madden

    I should have guessed. Shame on me. The younger brain probably would have. But Christie did a fine job as well. I hope Joy is not jealous. 🙂
    As I think we’ve discussed, I strongly prefer a long book, but I’m a retired empty nester with plenty of time to read. I can understand the appeal to those with much less time of the shorter stories.
    As always, thanks for the pleasure. I look forward to all of your works, Joy.
    Betty

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    • Ha Ha! Nope. Not jealous. Much!!!
      To be honest, Betty, I truly thought I would have buckets of time once I quit office work. Now? It seems like I’m always on the run and when I finally sit at my computer, the stories hound me until I get it down. There’s a lot of business when you self-publish and that takes more time. I think I need a vacation.

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  22. I like to alternate between short and long stories. The next story in my queue is a short one. Great interview, I really hope Mr. Armitage says yes!

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    • Me too!!! Right now Mr. A is waiting for the final edited copy. Once he has it he will decide if this is the project for him. What British actor would not want to be Mr. Darcy? I can’t imagine. However, whether or not he wants to be MY Mr. Darcy is the question. I keep hoping.
      Best wishes to you.

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  23. trudystattle

    How fun to have a secret identity! Well, not so secrets anymore. I can imagine the inconvenience of having two social media names to toggle.
    But I’m intrigued by your decision to try something new.
    I love Georgette Heyer and humorous romance with historic flair, and the title of “Mr Darcy’s Bad Day” made me smile 🙂
    I haven’t read much Austen fan fic, so I’d be more inclined to just have a dip into a short story.

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    • Oh, I hope you plunge right into Jane Austen fanfic. There are some phenomenal stories available that are equal to Ms. Heyer. (No, that’s not sacrilege) If you do take a chance with one of mine, I hope you let me know what you think. Mine are NOT equal to Georgette Heyer, unfortunately. However, they are entertaining. At least my family thinks so. Best to you!

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  24. I love all of your books can’t wait to read the new ones

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  25. Carole in Canada

    Sleuth Rita is on the case and discovers a surprising but delightful major clue! J. Dawn King has an alias!!!! Congratulations Rita in finding this ‘new author’ and Congratulations Ms. King in providing new writings for us to read!

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    • Carole in Canada

      Oh I forgot to mention that I really prefer a good long story but there are days when I am busy and but I need my ‘fix’ that a novella or short story does wonders! Currently, I am reading a good long book and the next 2 weeks are going to be very busy, so a short story will work perfectly!

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    • Thank you, Carole. It’s pretty fun for me to try to come up with something new and unusual so I’m not in the same old rut. It’s a wonderful break that allows my mind to rest up a bit before the next long tale. I’m actually working on my Bingley story today. I’m determined as I’ve been determined all the other times Darcy keeps aggravating me to tell his story instead. The arrogant pest.

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  26. alp1788

    Well that’s a surprise. A very pleasant one. I read (and loved) For Pemberley but haven’t read the second book yet. I love short JAFF stories because I can read them in one sitting. While longer stories are also nice, I feel much more guilt when I take the time to read them.

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    • Guilty pleasure. I understand, especially when so many valid obligations are pulling at us. I’m pleased you enjoyed For Pemberley. I hope you get a chance to read Bad Day. They are polar opposites as far as circumstances. Best to you.

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  27. Carol hoyt

    really??!!! Great job joy (Christi).
    I’ve read both, actually bad day 3 times and for pemberly twice.
    I enjoy the short reads , not because I don’t have the time (retired) but because I love the idea of knowing the HEA sooner. Plus less time for lots of angst.
    Congrats!!!

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    • Yes, really. I know. I was kind of surprised when the idea popped into my head too. Awwwwww! Your comments make me smile (and possibly a tear or two appeared – or, maybe dozens). Your reasoning is perfect. All the best to you, Carol.

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  28. Mary Preston

    As with most stories the longer the better for me. Sometimes though a shorter story just hits the spot.

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  29. Great interview, Rita, and a great ‘catch’! lol Joy, you are a woman of many talents! ❤
    Hmm, reading. I find I have less and less time for it, sadly. 😦 However, I had never thought about the benefit of a shorter read, and I agree with your approach to this: shorter stories for those with less disposable time. Brilliant!
    I do love being swept away into a long story, though. Like someone else said, that's more for enjoyment on holiday or at weekends.
    Seems to me there's a market for both!
    Good luck with everything, Joy! ❤

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    • Thank you, Cass. The biggest challenge for me with these has been restraining myself. Look how your Quest for Mr. Darcy grew. I clipped and cut so much that I wanted to bawl. I did save all the discarded pieces into a file I might use later in a long story. Anyway, I’m excited to finally get a copy of your story in my hands. I loved it from the first word to the last.
      Best to you!

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  30. Rhiannen Franklin

    I must say, I kinda figured out where the name Capps came from. ☺ I love all the stories and the other books by J Dawn King. Her writing is brilliant. I can’t wait to read more. The short stories are great as I don’t have a lot of time to read recreationally.

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  31. Great detective work, Rita. Is it Joy’s slip that gave her away (replying as J Dawn King instead of Christie Capps)?
    Anyway, I prefer short stories these days as I have been quite busy. I love the stunning covers by Christie but did not have the chance to discover the books until now.

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    • I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but Rita is not only sweetness itself, she’s sharp as a tack. I’m so pleased you like the covers. You can’t know how horribly I vacillated with the designs. I was so frustrated with myself! I hope you get a chance to read these little tales. Best to you.

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  32. Arjanne

    O wow! I never would have guessed that!
    I used to love long stories, but now I have kids I tend to read shorter books, because I absolutely hate it when it takes me two weeks to get to the end of a book (especially with angsty ones). I want to know how it ends! So, novellas are a great in-between: short stories are cute, but there’s not much room for character development and long stories sometimes take too long to finish.

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  33. Andrea

    Long stories are my favorite/ first choice and what I choose to sink into every evening. I’m a fast reader and a short story is just gone too quickly! But a short story or novella is good when I’m on the go. Waiting at the dr’s office, or when I am on my own for a quick lunch, for instance, I’ll jump into a short story on the Kindle app – its the perfect thing to fill in short periods of down time.

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    • Oh, Andrea, you sound like me in years past. I would read at night and imagine the characters during the day. Someone posted online that we are stuck in one world unless we read. I love that thought. I do hope you find my short stories the perfect medicine at the doctor’s office. Sorry, that was rather corny. Best wishes to you!

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  34. Glynis

    Well congratulations Rita for working it out and congratulations Joy for branching out. I have both these books but have only just bought the second one and have not read it yet.
    I saw Mr Darcy’s Bad Day reviewed and had to buy it. I normally prefer long books but I loved this and gave it a well deserved 5 star review. It was so funny. The second one seems a lot darker but still caught my attention and I look forward to it.
    A great giveaway thank you, although obviously please exclude me from the e-book draws. Can’t wait for the other two.

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    • I can’t wait for the other two drawings as well. I do love giving things away.
      This has been exciting for me, Glynis. I’m 60-years-old and still learning the business of publishing and writing. My husband and I both are enjoying this new career greatly. I think there’s still so much for me to know. I look forward to the process. All the best to you!

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      • Glynis

        My reply was a little ambiguous! While I would like to win one of the other items I am actually looking forward to your other two Christie Capps books. There are four covers and you said you were just doing two more. I really enjoy your books so selfishly I hope you don’t retire along with your husband. (Maybe you and Jennifer could lock yourselves away and write together 😊😊😊)

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      • I HUG you big time. I’m typing!!!

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  35. evamedmonds

    Thank you for the excellent interview and your explanation for a pen name. I can only begin to image the confusion you have keeping the names separated! I understand your reasoning to have short stories for the busy JAFF reader; however, I do prefer the novel length. I like the greater development in character and plot and even sub plots. Short stories are very difficult to write, but I do like curling up with my kindle and having a long read. Thank you for the outstanding giveaways!

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    • I’m pretty easily confused on good days. This has been a horror. I’m now up to five email accounts. Yes, five. My attorney and accountant told me my life would no longer be simple when I decided to write and publish more stories and they were correct. Best wishes for the giveaways. I do LOVE to make people smile.

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  36. mrspaul1

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s a full length novel, or the shortened novella, if the content is good, then I am happy. Fortunately for us, Mrs. King’s/Capps books are extremely enjoyable…And that makes me ecstatic!!!

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    • Awwwww!!! So sweet. Thank you very much. There are so many books out there with good content. Definitely something for everyone. I’m thrilled you like my writing, Mrs. Paul. I like your avatar. A baseball fan (even if it’s for the wrong team. Ha!!!)

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  37. I get books for both y sisters frequently and I’d say the longer stories are their favorites.
    mijamesr82 at gmail dot com

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  38. This book caught my eye at amazon because the street we live on is Capps, named after a very old-timer, one of the first families to populate this semi-rural neighbourhood. Altho’ tempted, I’ve become leery of new (or new to me) JAFF authors, as I have been disappointed in some of them. This one, I believe, will be a great “joy” to read.
    Many thanks for the interview and giveaways. I much prefer a long story … or a book of multiple short stories. My problem being, of course, that if I’m enjoying a story, I do not want it to end!
    Looking forward to reading this, and BTW I love the cover.

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    • Janis, thank you for the history. I love learning things like this.
      I understand being wary of new authors who churn out an abundance of stories very quickly. I’ve been bit several times with poorly developed and edited JAFF, or some that are far too steamy for my eyes.
      Oh, thank you for your comment about the cover. I had so many choices to finally ended up doing eeny-meenie-miney-mo. All the best to you.

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  39. Oh wow, thanks for the interview and what a surprise! I’m looking forward to reading Joy King’s mystery books. Though I’m not too big of a mystery fan myself bc I don’t really like to put myself through the tension and suspense, but do read it once in a while.
    Reading longer/shorter stories? That really depends on my mood/what I have on my to-do list. I usually like reading short stories (around 300 or under) at the end of a long day, but longer stories work during summer holidays 🙂

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    • You are very welcome, but it’s my daughter, Jennifer Joy, who writes mystery. I could never keep all the clues straight. Or, I would end up giving it away too soon and the story would end after chapter one.
      Going into summer I hope your days are filled with bright sunshine and great literature. Best to you!

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  40. Ginna

    Short or long story? Doesn’t matter – just has to be JAFF. I like a long story because I get to enjoy it for longer. However, it also has to be a good story. I’ve read some long stories where I’ve thought “When is this going to be done?” And of course, I’ve read many short stories that I wish were longer, because I want to keep enjoying them.
    Thanks for the giveaway with the awesome prizes!

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  41. Tlotem

    Good work Rita! I’ve read her first book and will soon read the second one, I loved it.
    Mostly I prefer long books to give body to a story and time for you to immerse in it.

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    • I’m tickled you read Bad Day. It was a joy to write. I’d love to know your opinion of For Pemberley. My heart is on my sleeve with that one. I’ve never felt this much anxiety about a book. Best wishes for the giveaway.

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  42. Regina

    I will absolutely pick a longer book! I really enjoy fully escaping into the world of the book for as long as possible! Currently I am re reading the 2 volume Imperative series by Linda Wells–each one is 700+ pages!

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    • Sheila L. Majczan

      I love Linda Wells’ books and have read some twice. Are you following her Keeping Calm story on the Internet? I heard it will be 5 books. I have only read part – up to the wedding. It is set in WWII times.
      http://meryton.com/aha/index.php?showtopic=13470

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      • Glynis

        Oh yes Sheila, I love Linda Wells’ books so much that I have read them all too many times to count. In fact the first one I got was Imperative and as soon as I finished it I ordered all her other books and read Imperative again while I was waiting for them. I too read Keeping Calm up to the wedding but am now waiting for the complete set. I believe she is hoping to release her recency one first.

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    • Wow! You do like long ones, Regina. I do believe my next J Dawn King where I feature Darcy and Lizzy will be of epic proportions. The amount of research is daunting. Thank you for your comment and best wishes for the drawing.

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  43. Angie C

    I am happy to have another source of reading from Joy’s creative mind! I appreciate her dedication to work so hard to get new material out for her fans. To be as prolific as she is she is with her writings there must be an immense amount of her home and family time being sacrificed. We thank you.

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    • Angie, thank you so much for understanding how overwhelming this has become. With that said, my husband is gone long hours each day for work so I’m able to devote time to writing. However, he will be retiring at the end of this year and we hope to travel to Ecuador to spend the winter with our daughter and her family. At that point, the grandchildren will be my first priority. Poor Jennifer! She get’s shuffled down the priority list by her own children. It’s the way of grandparents, I think. All the best to you!

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  44. Didn’t know Christie yet, but Joy is one of my favorite authors!! Can’t believe I missed the secret 🙂 For a next book I’m going to pick a long story. But generally I like to change it up long and short, to how I feel.

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  45. Loved this post! I was surprised and thrilled by the news! Thanks for the generous giveaway. I think I will read a shorter book next, as I’m having trouble focusing these days given how busy and stressed I am, but normally I read short stories and novellas in between longer books.

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  46. I’m so glad the secret’s out! Phew!
    As for books, I like them in all sizes, although I usually rotate novellas with longer novels. So long as the story is good, it doesn’t matter.
    Congratulations, Mom!

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  47. D. Martin

    I think I would prefer your long stories. Your extensive details help us to immerse ourselves in the story!

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  48. What a surprise the reveal was! I can completely undersyand the need to write under a pen name to try something different.
    To answer the question: I would be interested in reading a SHORT JAFF next.
    I habe my fingers crossed for the 100$ Azon gift card! I love buying real books (not ebooks) and I’m imagining all the books I could buy with this gift card…

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  49. Raquel Balola

    Hi,
    this is my first comment in here. and I think the occasion deserves it. Thank you Rita for unravel the mistery. Now we know! Thanks for sharing.
    Me personally I prefer the long stories. I love to live for a while the history of the novel, to be immerse in there, to suffer and to be happy for them. I don’t have so much time during the week to read but I really enjoy to be on the train and forget about the people around. At that time it is only me and the book. So I prefer long novels with a deep story and strong characters. It’s amazing when the book has the power to do this. Like yours. so for that thank you so much. Please continue to write and count on me to continue to read them. Regards

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  50. Thank all of you for your comments and opinions. I deeply appreciate your support. I’ve printed out all your names and put them in my trust bowl. If you have won a prior giveaway of mine, you are still eligible for this one. If your name is drawn and you already have both books, I will provide an Amazon gift card instead. My sincerest appreciation to all of you.

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