15 things about Josephine

Facts aboutJosephine

I was thinking of a fun post and I really like getting to know authors and little things about them, so here’s a quick 15 things to know about me 🙂

  1. I write my character maps and synopsis by hand in art books (nice big pages).
  2. I have a pen and sticky note problem. Seriously, wouldn’t have to buy a pen or sticky note for at least a year.
  3. My favourite tea is Darjeeling.
  4. My favourite season is Autumn. Warm sunny days with a crisp night for snuggling in bed with a book – perfection.
  5. I’m right handed.
  6. Dogs are fine but I prefer cats.
  7. I usually write in silence.
  8. I swear too much.
  9. I can’t stand Brussel sprouts. I have a horrid childhood memory from me that has scarred me for life.
  10. I’m able to lick the tip of my nose with my tongue. Don’t know why I’m sharing that, just thought it was interesting.
  11. I’ve been writing stories for years but finally got brave when I got sick of seeing others living my dream.
  12. My favourite food is bacon and eggs on crusty bread with Worcestershire sauce. Anytime of the DAY!
  13. Josephine is her favourite girl’s name.
  14. Traynor comes from Will Traynor of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You.
  15. It’s been a struggle to get to 15 – I really do think I’m a typical suburban mum, dealing with life, two young kids, school, shift work and writing. I just want to make people happy with my stories. That’s my wish.

If you’d like to make contact with me, have a look for Josephine Traynor or @authorjtraynor on the socials.



Date announcement 1

So I have a little announcement to make.

I am super excited to say that my debut standalone rockstar contemporary romance Rock Bottom will be releasing on August 1. The cover is going to be revealed on June 20.

I am working with three different promotion groups to help Reece make a great entrance into the world. If rockstar romances are your thing, please look at the sign-up form and I’ll post the others as they become available.

The super speedy Enticing Journey Book Promotions already has sign-up available HERE.

Money. Fame. Success. I had it all. And now I nothing. No band. No contract. I’m roughing it with the commoners and I have no idea what the hell I’m doing.

Reece Ashton is used to living the dizzying heights of being a celebrity, that is until the other half of his band leaves just as they’re about to embark on a world tour. Sold out shows, groupies and the high life are long forgotten as he has to learn to fend for himself while living in suburbia. Hiding out in the tiny town of Portmouthe, England is as about as far away from the spotlight as possible. He doesn’t want to be there, and he’s got nothing but time on his hands. No job, limited money and no life skills – he’s completely out of his element. No one in town knows he’s there except one girl who keeps his secret. Falling in love was never part of his comeback plan.

Madelyn Arnett knows all too well what it’s like to be on the wrong end of the paparazzi. She’s quietly rebuilding her life in the sleepy town of Portmouthe away from the prying eyes of trash media when the most famous musician on earth ends up in her workplace. Worried that when the media comes hunting for him, they’ll find her, and she’s worked too hard to let some spoiled little rock star take her life away from her. But this helpless rock star is in need of a friend. Turns out, she’s the only person on the planet to truly know the real Reece Ashton. Fighting to not fall in love, she knows their time is fleeting as the glare of the spotlight comes hunting for Reece.

Life update …

So my fantabulous editor, Emma Mack of Ultra Editing Co has sent me back the edits for Rock Bottom and it’s now off to my proofer, Kim Ginsberg.  My cover designer, Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs has given me a cover that I absolutely adore! Can’t wait to show that chunk of love off.

I have been struggling with a story idea for a few weeks. It has been a real pain. The characters were being troublesome. I spent more time deleting what I’d written than adding to the story and felt like I was starting to lose my spirit. I vented to an author friend, who said ‘what else have you been thinking about?’ and I told her about my series idea. Well, that’s all it took. I packed away all my bits and bobs on The Office and pulled out my sketch book and started my series.

I sat my butt in the chair and wrote what was in my head. I managed to pump out 2,500 words that Friday night. The following day, my butt went into the chair again and I wrote what was in my head. Several interruptions and a grocery shop later, I got back in the chair and continued to write. I managed to pump out a might 12,500 words in ONE day, plus plot the other two stories in the series as they are intertwining. It still blows my mind. These characters are full of fun and spirit and a pleasure to write. Today though, (Sunday) I woke with a massive headache and had to have a nanna nap through the day. LOL.

By moving onto another story, I’ve even worked out why I was hating The Office so much. I know that story is going to be a total rewrite but that’s okay. I love what I do. If writer’s block is hitting you hard, do something else. It might seem like a wasted effort but if it gets you past a hurdle, the blip, the roadblock or gets you out of your own head – it’s worth it.

I’m signing off now to get back into my story and have a great day.