Interview with Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

How do you approach cover design?
Currently, I do all of my own cover design. With the covers for my Oescienne books, I try to capture the main characters or a scene from the story. With the Otherworld books, I wanted something, well, a little more Otherworldly. I enjoy abstract art, so I started taking pictures of objects in my yard that one doesn't normally focus a camera on, then began to manipulate them in Photoshop. I ended up with some strange, yet beautiful, abstracts that gave off an Otherworldly feel. I've kept with that method for all of my Otherworld novels, and will continue with the illustrations for my Oescienne books to keep everything looking the same. For future series, there are a few cover artists I'd like to work with.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started out with a Kindle, which I still enjoy, but at the moment I prefer my iPhone. I think reading on the iPhone (the Kindle app) is most convenient. Whenever I'm waiting in line somewhere or delayed for some reason, I can just pull out my phone. It is easier to carry it around than my Kindle.
Describe your desk
It's pretty cluttered. I have a combination of my writing materials (my laptop, some pens and pencils), my art materials (colored pencils, paper etc.), and some sewing stuff (the desk where I usually write is in my craft room and I enjoy sewing projects). I also have a plant in the corner, some jars and mugs full of pens and pencils, a plug-in coffee warmer (for my tea), a wide collection of books (many of them the proofs of my own novels with page markers sticking out of them), and an old desk calendar from last year I still haven't thrown out (it's covered in scribbled notes and colors from testing out colored pencils).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up, and still reside in, Arroyo Grande California. It's a town on the Central Coast and it has a huge influence on my writing. My Oescienne books, although high fantasy, have the geography structured after the region where I live. My Otherworld novels are actually set in Arroyo Grande. I've learned through the years that the places that are dear to you do not always last forever. I know that these magical places will one day be developed or change in some way or another. I'm trying to do my part to preserve them as they are so that, even if the land one day gets transformed into a shopping mall, it will still exist as it was in my stories.
Published 2014-07-06.
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Books by This Author

The Legend of Oescienne - The Reckoning (Book Five)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 178,130. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The epic conclusion is finally here . . . Ever since leaving her home in Oescienne, Jahrra has known the fate awaiting her in the kingdom of Ghorium. She just didn’t realize she’d be unprepared when that day arrived. After all, the prophecy has never been clear on how she is to defeat the Crimson King, only that if it is to be done, she is the one who must find a way.
Flame and Form
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,300. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Brienne intervenes on behalf of a draghan, a wild, fire-breathing beast from the realm of Firiehn, she only means to save the creature from a fate worse than death. What Brienne doesn’t realize, however, is that this monster is cru-athru, a shapeshifter capable of transforming into a man, one whose very presence heats her blood like draghan fire.
Faebound - A Novella of the Otherworld
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,160. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Aiden Elam has always been different from the other kids he knows. The adults say he has Autism, but Aiden isn’t so sure. He can understand everyone just fine, he just can’t get the words out to tell them.
The Legend of Oescienne - The Ascending (Book Four)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 165,060. Language: American English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A year has passed since the Tanaan dragon Jaax and his human ward, Jahrra, came to live within the protected boundaries of Lidien, the great City of Light. But even the safest places in Ethöes can harbor enemies, and one cannot hide from one’s fate forever. At the onset of yet another departure, Jahrra realizes there is more to this next step in her journey than she previously thought.
Faeborne - A Novel of the Otherworld
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,320. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Despite being worlds apart, Seren and Brennon are brought together in a single moment. When the doe Brenn shoots turns into a woman before his eyes, he has no choice but to bring her home with the hope that she’ll recover. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that Seren is capable of healing herself and she may be able to cure his wounds as well, and not just the ones that run skin deep.
Faeleahn - A Novella of the Otherworld
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,740. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Cade and Meghan are ready to pledge their souls to one another in a traditional bonding ceremony of Eilé. But before the ceremony can take place they must inform everyone of their intentions. Although the goal is to share the news of their upcoming wedding, the faelah bounty hunter and the princess of Erintara grow even closer as their love is reflected back to them by those they hold most dear.
Caelihn - A Novel of the Otherworld
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,940. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A few scant months ago Robyn Dunbarre, with the help of Devlin O’Brolaigh, managed to escape the claws of a sadistic Otherworldly mage with her life barely intact. Now living in Eilé, Robyn is eager to track down her Lorehnin roots. Devlin believes they should start searching among the Amsíhría, the women of the Otherworld with the power to appease Eilé’s wild, and sometimes volatile, weather.
The Legend of Oescienne - The Awakening (Book Three)
Series: Oescienne, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 152,440. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Growing up is never easy, but for Jahrra, seventeen years has brought its own unique share of hardships. She’s made both friends and enemies; has felt both joy and sorrow. Yet she has persevered through it all and has finally learned to know and accept who she is. Unfortunately, her trials and tribulations are only just beginning . . .
Lorehnin - A Novel of the Otherworld
Series: Otherworld, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,420. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
***2014 NEW APPLE BOOK AWARDS MEDAL WINNER - YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY*** ***2015 READERS' FAVORITE SILVER MEDALIST - YOUNG ADULT PARANORMAL*** Robyn is working her way toward a business degree with the hopes of someday managing the Green Tea Leaf, a local café in the bustling town of San Luis Obispo. What Robyn hadn’t planned on, however, was getting caught up in the business of the Otherworld.
Ghalien - A Novel of the Otherworld
Series: Otherworld, Book 5. Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 71,610. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Caedehn MacRoich was sent to the mortal world for one purpose: to hunt the Morrigan's renegade faelah. But he never anticipated stumbling upon Meghan Elam, a young woman from his own realm, nor did he expect to fall in love with her. Fate, however, had other plans for Cade and when he broke his own geis to keep Meghan safe, the Morrigan demanded retribution for his disobedience.
Faery Worlds - Six Complete Novels
Price: Free! Words: 411,690. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 by Fiddlehead Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A stunning collection featuring the first books in six fan-favorite series by six bestselling, award-winning fantasy authors. Discover the many worlds of Faerie in these novels filled with adventure, love, and – of course – Fae Magic. (Best for readers 14 and up) Novels by: Tara Maya, Elle Casey, JL Bryan, Anthea Sharp, Jenna Elizabeth Johnson, and Alexia Purdy.
The Otherworld Trilogy - Omnibus Edition
Series: Otherworld, Book 6. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 285,890. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
This Omnibus Edition includes the entire Otherworld Trilogy, as well as a commentary from the author, an interview with the main characters, a map of Eile, and a short story from the author's other series, The Legend of Oescienne. Books in the Otherworld Trilogy: Faelorehn - Book One Dolmarehn - Book Two Luathara - Book Three
Luathara - Book Three of the Otherworld Trilogy
Series: Otherworld, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 124,940. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Meghan Elam knows that she belongs in the Otherworld, but she doesn't know if she's quite ready to take that leap. With Cade on the mend and her mortal family aware of their daughter's true identity, everything seems lined up for her to make a smooth transition into her new life. Unfortunately, Meghan has a mortal enemy, an angry goddess who has not yet given up on her chance for revenge.
Ehriad - A Novella of the Otherworld
Series: Otherworld, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,600. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the author of the Otherworld Trilogy . . . Three scenes from Faelorehn, told from Cade’s point of view. Cade MacRoich is Ehríad, a faelah bounty hunter. When he is compelled to deal with a collection of particularly nasty monsters in the mortal world, he stumbles upon a stream of Faelorehn magic that leads him to something astonishing.
Dolmarehn - Book Two of the Otherworld Trilogy
Series: Otherworld, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,490. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
A year ago, Meghan Elam learned that she was Faelorehn, a being of the Otherworld. Immortal. Now she must juggle her life in the mortal world with the one she has started to build in the Otherworld. But keeping her identity secret from her friends and family while trying to avoid a wrathful Celtic goddess is no easy task. Luckily, she has the intriguing Cade MacRoich to help her along the way.
Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy
Series: Otherworld, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,070. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(3.83 from 29 reviews)
Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.
Tales of Oescienne
Series: Oescienne. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,240. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Three short stories from the world of Ethoes . . . Conquer the Castle: Jahrra takes on her classmates in a challenging game of capture the flag. The Spirit Stone Ring: The Mystic Archedenaeh seeks the answers to a rumor, and finds only memories. Fire and Ice: The dragon Jaax is injured when facing off a daunting enemy, but the mishap leads to a lesson in pride and honor instead.
Conquer the Castle - A Legend of Oescienne Short Story
Series: Oescienne. Price: Free! Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jahrra and her friends are about to embark upon a very important mission: to steal the flag of their nemesis, Eydeth, in a city-wide game of Conquer the Castle. Will they be able to outwit and out-maneuver their other classmates in order to win the grand prize, a day off from school? Conquer the Castle is an adventurous, and sometimes humorous, short story from the world of Oescienne.
The Legend of Oescienne - The Beginning (Book Two)
Series: Oescienne, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 139,560. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(4.00 from 1 review)
Twelve years have passed since Jahrra arrived in Oescienne and became the responsibility of the old Korli dragon Hroombra; yet much can happen in twelve years. So far, Jahrra's life has been filled with adventure, danger, friendship and even loss. Despite what she has learned in school and what she has learned from life, she has no idea that she is, in fact, human . . .
The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding (Book One)
Series: Oescienne, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 121,380. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
When the dragon Jaax receives word that a human infant has been found in the province of Oescienne, he doesn't believe it. Humans have been extinct for centuries, trapped by a terrible curse and left to live out their existence in the form of dragons. Jaax assumes responsibility for the baby girl only to discover that what he has been seeking for so many years has finally been found . . .