Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Interview with Joylene Nowell Butler

Hey everyone! Sorry for my absence on Monday. I was going to post, but it was just one of those days, where everything that could delay my writing happened. :-/

Anyhow, I'm taking a quick break from my writing to host one of my old blogging friends, Joylene Nowell Butler, who's here as part of a blog tour for her new book, Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries.

The follow-up to Broken But Not Dead, an IPPY Award Silver Medalist

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.

The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.

Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him...

Welcome to The Five Year Project, Joylene! Why don't you tell readers here a bit more about yourself?  

I’m a long-distance grandma, which makes me cry sometimes. My babies are 3000 miles away. We live on the west coast and they’re on the east coast. I keep busy so as not to miss them as badly. I have been writing since I was eight.  Storytelling is in the blood. Can’t imagine what normal people do for inspiration. (grin) I’ve been fortunate to have three books and one anthology published. I never take that blessing for granted.  

What inspired you to write this story? 

Mâtowak is the sequel to my second novel. I thought I was finished with the characters, but Sally Warner (minor character) began to haunt me. Finally, I stopped and listened. She was scary at first. Could I write a story about a woman losing her mind? Turns out I could!

What do you love most about your story? 

I love that they are decent people in extraordinary circumstances. I love that no matter how much money or prestige you have, happiness is not a given. I love that no matter how many times Danny gets kicked (metaphorically) he keeps getting up. I especially love that Danny has compassion for Sally despite the huge differences in their lives. Sally is privileged. Danny has had to work hard for everything he has. 

What was the most challenging thing about writing it? 

The most challenging aspect of writing Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries was staying in the perspective of a woman losing a grip on reality. How to do that and stay credible was an on-going challenge. I didn’t want her to be dismissed or laughed at. I wanted my reader to find Sally interesting, sympathetic, and appealing, while at the same time able to understand why she was mentally unstable. I’m thrilled that the reviews so far comment that I was able to pull that off. Thank you, Reviewers!

Where can people find you and your book? 

The ebook Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries is available at and and Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C

The printed copy is available at and

Thanks and have a great rest of the week.

Thanks for visiting, Joylene! And all the best with your book! So, ladies and gents, don't you also think Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries sounds like interesting reading? 

See you on Friday! 


  1. Misha, I enjoyed your interview with Joylene. As a reader, I'm always curious how and why an author creates certain characters. Thanks for being a part of Joylene's tour.

    Thoughts in Progress
    and MC Book Tours

  2. It would be both interesting and challenging to write about a character losing her mind.
    Joylene, hope you get a trip out East soon to see your grandkids.

  3. I'm hoping I do, Alex. Thank you, Misha for featuring me and my newest novel today. Thank you for the questions that took my mind off marketing and made me remember why I love writing stories. Have a wonderful day, and thanks again!

  4. Her decent into crazy was very effective and takes the reader with it.

    Thank you for featuring Joylene's book, Misha.

  5. Great interview. Congrats Joylene.

  6. Hi Joylene! I hear you about missing grand babies. My family is 2500 miles away, and here we are living in vacation world. It's hard to be so far.

    Wishing you all the best with your book release!

  7. Nice to learn more about Joylene through the interview. It must be hard to have the grandkids so far away :-( All the best with the book release. Cheers - Ellen

  8. Thanks so much, everyone. Whatever ails me is always made better by the generosity and warmth of my blogging community.

  9. Grats, Joylene! It was fun learning a bit more about you. :)

  10. It's great to see Joylene's book getting so much love around the blog circuit. Very nice interview.


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