Lights, Camera, Action!
By: Joelle Charbonneau
(Information courtesy of JKS Communications)
Opening day! As a stage performer, I’ve had lots of these. You practice and perfect until finally the day dawns where the curtain goes up and an audience gets to decide whether your work is worth applauding for.
After all of the years of singing and dancing on stage, I am still not immune to opening day jitters. Standing backstage, your heart starts to race as the stage manager’s voice comes across the speakers telling everyone to take their places. Your throat goes dry as you hear the murmur of voices behind the curtain. On opening night of my first professional leading role, I stood next to the doorway where I’d make my entrance and realized I couldn’t remember the words I was supposed to sing. You can probably imagine the panic I felt.
Anticipation is wonderful, energizing and scary as hell. But once my feet hit the stage, my nerves always disappear. Instead, I am swept up in the music of the orchestra and the joy of telling the story.
The anticipation to the publication date of a book is just as nerve-racking as the moments leading up to the curtain rising on a new production. For months you work on the manuscript. You get direction from your editor and agent. You get a fabulous jacket designed just for your book. And yet, despite all the preparation, nothing can prepare you for the moment you see the finished book on sale in stores or better yet spot it in the hands of a reader. That’s when you hold your breath. You cross your fingers and hope that all your hard work has paid off. That the audience…that the reader will love your characters and your story.
Today marks the third opening day I’ve had in the publication world. The orchestra has tuned. The stage manager has announced places. The curtain is rising. There are butterflies in my stomach as the cast of Murder For Choir takes the stage and the hope that the audience will enjoy laughing with them as much as I do.
One of the hardest working authors of today, Joelle Charbonneau will have
had seven books published by established publishing houses within just three
She’s the author of two adult mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries
(her latest, Skating on the Edge, releasing Oct. 2 from Minotaur Books) and
the new Glee Club mystery series (Murder for Choir, July 3, Berkley Books).
Charbonneau launches the first of her Graduation Day young adult trilogy in
May 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s. Early readers are
calling The Testing a mix between the high school ACT and The Hunger
A storyteller at heart, Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre productions
across Chicagoland. In addition to her stage work, she has also performed with several bands and worked
as a solo performer. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create
compelling characters in her books. She also gives lectures about surviving rejection in the entertainment
Charbonneau earned her bachelor’s in vocal performance at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and
went on to DePaul University for her master’s in opera performance.
The mother of a toddler, she hardly ever sleeps. And when she’s not writing, she’s either signing, cooking
or watching sports.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR FINDS HOME
ACROSS VARIOUS BOOK GENRES
Joelle Charbonneau launches novels in her two comedic murder mystery series,
debuts a YA dystopian trilogy based around the high school ACT
CHICAGO, IL – May 2012 – Between 2011 and 2013, Joelle Charbonneau will have had seven books
published in three separate series. And while writing in various genres is certainly a challenge, the highly
praised author tackles it well.
The Chicago Sun Times describes her writing as “clever and offbeat.” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “fresh”
and “funny.” Kirkus Reviews says Janet Evanovich fans will find Charbonneau’s books a “good fix while
they’re waiting for Stephanie Plum’s latest.” And Charbonneau’s peers claim her work is “surefire favorite”
On top of her success as a writer, Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre
productions across Chicagoland, as well as with several bands and as a solo artist. She teaches private voice
lessons, gives lectures about surviving the entertainment industry, and luckily for readers uses her stage
experience to create compelling characters in her books. Her time as a performer inspired her Glee Club mystery
series protagonist Paige Marshall.
In MURDER FOR CHOIR (July 3, Berkley Books), a struggling opera singer-turned-show choir coach tries to
clear her best singer’s name after he is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of their fiercest rival choir. She
has to sort through a chorus of suspects—and go note-for-note with a killer who’ll do anything to knock her out
of the spotlight for good.
Later this year fans can jump back in to Charbonneau’s Rebecca Robbins mystery series with the next
installment, SKATING ON THE EDGE (Oct. 2, Minotaur Books). This time Rebecca works through a list of
unlikely suspects to solve the murder of roller derby girl Sherlene-n-Mean at a fall festival dunk tank. Aided by
a trio of self-appointed bodyguard derby girls, Rebecca soon finds out she was the killer’s intended target.
Reviewers agree that Charbonneau’s adult mysteries certainly appeal to teens as well, and they are in for another
treat when she launches her debut YA trilogy starting with THE TESTING (May 2013, Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt Children’s). In this ACT-meets-The Hunger Games novel, only 18 colonies in North America remain,
with each choosing a candidate for attendance at the University where their talents are used to help restore the
earth. But students who don’t pass are never heard from again, and those that do can’t remember what happened
during those fateful days. Cia, the youngest graduate in the smallest colony, must rely on her wits not only to get
a passing grade, but also to keep both her and her friends alive.
Readers can find any title in each of Charbonneau’s series wherever books are sold or downloaded.
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Mystery, 294 pages
Berkley Books, July 3
Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the uber- egos of Prospect
Glen High School show choir. As their new coach, she’s getting an icy reception from championshiphungry
students who doubt she can take them to a first-place trophy. Toughing this gig out may prove
harder than scoring her big break…
Especially now that her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect
Glen’s fiercest rival choir. For Paige to clear his name, she’ll have to sort through a chorus of suspects—
and go note-for-note with a killer who’ll do anything to knock her out of the spotlight for good…
Synopsis: It’s Christmas time in Prospect Glen, which means the Music in Motion show choir is gearing
up for the Winter Wonderland Concert. Paige is trying to juggle preparation for the high school concert
with rehearsals for her own performance – singing the soprano role a high profile version of The Sing
Along Messiah. When the lead tenor of The Messiah keels over dead, the director is arrested and the show
is on the verge of being canceled. With her career in jeopardy, Paige has no choice but to turn sleuth again
and with the help of a few of her meddlesome students, find the killer before the curtain comes down on
Following Murder for Choir is the second book in Joelle Charbonneau’s
comedic murder mystery series, titled End Me A Tenor (April 2013).