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The Author Interview

with
G.E. Johnson
Latest Book Title
Love & Wrath: The Beginning
Available at
Amazon (ebook & paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Love-Wrath-The-Beginning-ebook/dp/B005F4FNE4
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Editor's note - G.E. Johnson has answered your first three questions via video - because she's just that cool! Enjoy!
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?

I’m drawn to contemporary fiction because it is so representative of what is current. You’re likely to see references to things that we encounter in our daily lives right now and it gives an element of “realness” to the story.  At the same time, the fiction element of the story allows for the escape that most readers are seeking (including me) when they pick up a book. You get to escape to an unfamiliar environment while staying in a familiar world.

How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?

I think that maintaining a balance between family, obligations, and writing is based on identifying your priorities from the beginning. My personal choice is family first, especially since I care for both my teenaged daughter and my retired mom. Next would be writing and then obligations. It’s easy for me to place obligations last because, since I am a self-published author, book events and promotions have become the bulk of my obligations. So, I balance book obligations while squeezing in writing between.

What breaks you out of a creative slump?
It may sound a bit cliché, but I write according to inspiration. To find that inspiration, I often look to music. Even when I write, whether it’s a full fiction work or simple poetry, I will have music playing in the background. It helps create the mood for whatever I am writing at the time and it helps me to maintain the “vibe” of the piece.
Do you ever censor your writing to avoid offending or displeasing people?

Not being offensive or displeasing is built into my being because of my upbringing, so I generally don’t tend to need to censor myself. In fact, I am against gratuitous violence, sexuality, and profanity in any medium. I can understand the mild use of these things where they make sense to the subject matter, but other than that, I believe that it is absolutely possible to tell a great story without negative sensationalism.

Is there a story you want to tell but avoid because it would be too controversial?
There are several controversial topics I would love to tackle, but they are all centered around real life, non-fiction issues and dilemmas. If I started to write about those things, I would find myself taking on the role of political analyst or better yet, an armchair psychologist! So, I leave those topics for private conversation and continue to stick with writing fiction for my readers. 
How can you write an honest autobiography without offending people who recognize themselves?
I think a writer could do that by keeping the focus on their own story and only referring to others in relation to that. However, if that story includes some truly awful people, it might be impossible to not offend a few of them. My overall advice would be to stick to the truth and not get overly emotional about the unpleasant parts.
How do YOU build or create an effective platform to reach your audience?

I consider my writing to be appealing to women in general (although I have had a few male readers who loved the book). What a broad audience! This actually allows me, though, great freedom in the avenues that I follow to connect with potential readers and to create a platform for my work. No matter where I go to connect with readers, I present myself and my work in the same way – with truth and transparency.

What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?

I have a top 3 that have worked well for me.
#1 – Go for it! A lot of aspiring authors get stuck in the beginning stages, some with manuscript in hand, and never move forward toward actual publication. Don’t do the work and not see it through!
2# - Get help. Don’t try to do everything on your own. Enlist the help of experienced editors, cover artists, etc. to produce the best product that you can for your readers and seek out writer communities who help support you and your work.  
#3 – Be patient. Building a reader following and seeing success for your book is a marathon process, not a sprint.

 

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