Interview with BS Johnson

When did you first start writing?
I started writing little snippets of poetry in notebooks when I was just a kid. As I got older, and in my teen years, I realy started getting into them. I would fill countless notebooks with sayings, poetry, and feelings.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is my outlet. It's my "happy place". When I am writing, I am someplace else. No worries, no bills, no deadlines- nothing. Just me, my characters, my world.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING. They are the reason I KEEP writing. Most of my writing so far has been non-fiction or poetry. If I can touch people with my writing, make a difference in someone's life, change them for the better, or at least make them smile and forget about their problems for just a little while, then it is all worth it. I write as an outlet, yes. But my outlet relieves me. And it is my wish that it ultimately does the same for my readers.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on a suspense/romance novel with a very good author friend of mine. I've never collaborated with someone on a story before, and it's being done entirely through email, so it's quite interesting. I'm excited to see where it goes. I'm already in love with the characters. :)
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and Clive Barker have been my influences since day one. Then I added J.K. Rowling. Those are the well-known ones. I have met a lot of great up and coming authors, that I absolutely adore, such as Sharon Williams, John Miller, Allison Hawn, George Sirois, CP Bialois, Elgon Williams, Craig Hart, Jackson Baer, Carla Sarett, LeAnn Schultz, and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. Pure and simple. I'm not one for wanting to lay around in bed or on the couch. I am a go-getter. I get up early and tackle the day with everything I have. If I ever do stay in bed, you know I'm sick.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Animals. I volunteer at my local Humane Society, I have several pets of my own, and I have just completed a nine month course for Animal behavior/Canine Obedience. BUT- when I am not breathing in dog or cat hairs, I am spending time with one or all of my four grandchildren!
How do you approach cover design?
With cover design, I just try to imagine me, in a book store, (or online) browsing through books I'd like to read. If I see something that catches my eye, I am going to at least pick it up and read more about it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy true crime, romance, suspense and spiritual (feel-good) kinds of books.
Describe your desk
Haha. Clutter. Like my brain, of course!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop. I've never had anything else, so I can't honestly say. I've just always read everything from my laptop. Or from an actual book.
Published 2013-12-21.
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Books by This Author

Rhymes From Darker Times
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Digging out old notebooks from her past, author B. S. Johnson shares raw, strange emotions that helped pull her through some of the most challenging times in her life.
Being Kind In An Unkind World
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Price: Free! Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A compilation of various ways of doing nice things for random people.