Interview with Ann Johns

What is your writing process?
I write what I fantasize about. Seriously. I'll be sitting around and a thought will enter my mind. I'll think 'hey, that would make a great story' and I will begin to write. I figure if I get turned on by the story, others will as well.
What is different about your style of writing?
I want my readers to have fun reading my books! I want you to pickup one and connect with the characters. Human beings are all different and I think our characters should reflect that. One of the characters in a story I am writing is a pistol, she gets herself into quite a pickle, yet never loses her sense of humor.
When did you first start writing?
I've dabbled in writing for a number of years, but never took the plunge, so to speak, until now. I like writing erotic fantasy because you can pack a lot of juicy material into short stories. Plus, there's that element of letting yourself go and "owning" what you think about deep down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The concept for The Realtor actually came about while I was looking at houses. I wondered, if the commission was high enough, what would a real estate agent do to seal the deal. I just ran with the idea, and let the details work themselves out. Needless to say, it won't be the last book in the series!
What is your pet peeve as a reader?
As a reader, I would have to say that the thing which bothers me the most is when an author gets lazy and just assumes I can figure out what their characters are doing. If in one scene you have them engaged in wild sex on a bed, and the next scene they somehow appear in the shower, it better be a Star Trek parody and someone beamed them there! Also, I have a pet peeve about grammar. I'm not saying you need to be anal (then again, I'm not saying you shouldn't be either ;-) ) but occasionally the use of grammar / spell checker is a good thing. There's nothing like getting into a scene where the main character bends the woman over the bed and then he "funks the sheet out of her."
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Writers would have very boring lives without their fans. It's a great feeling to know that someone enjoys your work. After all, isn't that what writing is about? Putting your story (fantasy) out there for others to enjoy.
How do you approach cover design?
When I wrote The Realtor, I had this idea of a partially naked woman in front of a mansion. But it didn't seem to fit the mental image I had of my main character. I thought that by going for a slightly whimsical approach, readers would get the 'playful' tone of the book and they could get their own image of the M/C. (EDIT) - The first book seemed to languish and I thought, hmmmm..... maybe whimsical wasn't the best choice. I changed it to realistic and voila, it sells...... go figure.
What are you working on next?
I have the next book in The Realtor series coming out shortly. I am also working on a different series as well, this one will deal with Blackmail. I'm really excited to see what directions both books will go in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Probably more appropriate to say what inspires me to stay in bed. I do my best thinking there ! Actually, I enjoy getting out. I'm an active person, so if I am not writing, you can usually find me working out in the gym or playing in the great outdoors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Oh, let me think about that for a minute............... ;-)
The greatest joy is when I write something that really gets me turned on enough that I want to experience that great joy in real time!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the idea of being able to write and publish my own work. It gives me more control. I've always thought that if my books are good, the readers will come back for more ;-)
Published 2014-07-07.
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