Interview with Devan Johnson

What's the story behind your latest book?
Alone in the Dark was my first attempt at a real horror novel. I tried to think of what was popular at the time, and after sifting through literary tons of rediculous sparkling vampires and gory torture porn SAW spin offs I found... The Slender Man. As a parent of two young children myself, the most terrifying thing to me would simply be losing them. Now add a paranormal entity that lives in another demension and cant die, thousands of cases, no leads, and sightings world wide, that terrifies parents on a psychological level, breaking my generations norm of cheap B-rated jump scares and gory torture, and returning back to classic horror. So, what scares you?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started reading and writing at a very young age. Storytelling has always been a talent of mine. So with the help of my 5th grade buddies Istarted to put my first story to paper. That story changed and evolved over the next four in a half years, until finally freshman year my first novel, The Cleric's Choice was published in print a whopping 287 pages! The sequal, The Seductress's Heart, followed quickly, and book 3 in the midevil Arnstold trilogy is nearing completion.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me to get the marketing I needed, via E-Books and their premium catalogue.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I was young I had a very troubled childhood. From parents using drugs, to bullying at school from students and teachers, to child abuse, foster care, parents in and out of prison, my life was hell. Dante had it easier in Homer's Divine Comedy. Books allowed me to escape all the pain and hurt. When things got bad I'd go help Frodo get to Mordor, or help Rand unite the world in preparation of T'armageddon. And it worked, however by writing I made up the characters and the story, I could be whoever and Whatever I wanted. I dont see myself as an author, but a journalist, because when I write it's like the story writes itself and I'm simply there to observe and record, its truly amazing.
What are you working on next?
My wife and I have a few projects going as of now... I wont spoil too much but our list includes: a zombie novel staged in 2012 with basis on classic George A. Ramero's Dawn of the Dead zombie, a novel about an insane asylum giving classic and modern fairy tales a dark and gothic twist, and the long awaited conclusion to the Arnstold trilogy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkein would be the top, as a child I grew up on the 1980s animated Hobbit, I have to list Robert Jordan for the wheel of time and Conan, Mageret Weis and Tracy Hickman's dragonlance saga, R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms, also Anne Rice one of the few GOOD vampire authors, and the King of horror Mr. Steven King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and two beautiful children.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story read to me was Mrs. Tiddlemouse. My grandma, probably one of the most important and influential people in my life, would read it to me every night and that began my love for literature.
Published 2013-09-21.
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