Interview with Marie Johnston

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Currently, I have the Nook. My mom's a techie so she gave me one for my birthday once, otherwise I may still not have one! But I love e-readers and how available literature has become.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
We lived out in the country with few neighbors and fewer relatives around. I had a lot of time to myself, in my own head. I started making up stories (a.k.a. daydreaming) as a young kid. It wasn't until I started telling people I'm writing that I realized from their comments that not everyone does that.
When did you first start writing?
I was a teenager when I wrote a couple of short stories and that was mostly all of the creative writing I did until my first book, Fever Claim. After that, I wrote scientific research papers, essays, procedures for school and work. I've always loved writing - ask anyone who's suffered long-winded emails from me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had heard some indie publishing stories and put "one day I'd like to write a book" and "what do I want to be when I grow up" together. I was at a point in my life where I wanted a career I was passionate about again, but with the flexibility to be around for my family. I've always loved writing and indie publishing has a lot of potential for me to build the career of my dreams.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling stories and with fiction, there is no limit.
What are you working on next?
While I'm working on books in The Sigma Menace, I'm planning to write contemporary short stories based on Navy men and women. I can't wait!
Who are your favorite authors?
I geek out to JR Ward, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, and Laura Wright. One day... one day... I will be included among their ranks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have four kids... practices, games, laundry, cooking etc... I love to be outside so if it's not -20 degrees, I try to get some fresh air.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
By fourth grade, I was bored with the school library's books so I raided my mom's David Eddings novel and that was the end of any books my age. I plowed through all of his series and fell into deep geekdom with fantasy books. Then came George RR Martin (thankfully, I was an adult by then!) and he blew me away. When he killed Ned off, I mean, daaaaannng...
What is your writing process?
Just write. Often, I begin with a scene in mind and build the characters and story from there. The scenes are inspired by real life, like a song or strong emotion. They pop into my head and then I start wondering what events brought that scene about and where it goes from there.
Published 2015-01-14.
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Books by This Author

Rancher Next Door
Pre-release—available July 22, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,050. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two years ago, Lucas’s high-school sweetheart divorced him for her boss, leaving him with nothing but a string of words like unreliable, disappointing, and failure. He hasn’t looked at another woman since—a failing farm and an ailing dad are all he has time for. But when an old friend moves back next door, he can’t help but notice she’s a woman.
The Walker Five Series
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 307,980. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Five cousins that farm and ranch together. Five women that twist them up inside. Five standalone novels. Modern western romance with a Midwest twist.
White Collar Rancher
Series: Part-Time Cowboys. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,930. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Justin used to rule the boardroom. Now he rules his own little plot of land, or he could if he weren’t a clueless single dad with a newborn. Desperate for help, he calls out an SOS to an old friend—the doctor who delivered his son. But the longer she’s around, the harder it is to ignore that a stunning intellect isn’t her only appeal.
Pale Moonlight Collection
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 231,480. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Four wolf-shifter standalone novels in one scintillating series.
Red Hot Rancher
Series: Part-Time Cowboys. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,710. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Full-time fireman and part-time rancher Caleb is living the bachelor’s dream and staying rent-free in his best friend’s place. Too bad it’s because he lost his house to a tornado and his best friend’s sister is the one that got away. But when her cheating fiancé kicks her out, she has no place to go except her brother’s suddenly too-crowded ranch house.
Demon Q
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,090. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Xan is used to going it alone. After all, there’s no one else to trust when you’re a demon in the underworld. But when the only two people she’s ever cared about are held to ensure her good behavior, she’ll do anything to get them back. So when she’s ordered to spy on a hideous, arrogant energy demon, she doesn’t blink until Quution starts to look less like the enemy and more like salvation.
Her Christmas Offer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,080. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Bunny’s high school crush has returned to town just in time for the holidays. Ethan, celebrity veterinarian to the stars, has even called her with an early Christmas present: his company wants to buy out her vet clinic. Sure, the clinic’s a little dated, the staff is clamoring for a raise, and the clientele is scattering, but she can’t trust a word out of Ethan’s perfectly chiseled mouth.
A Shifter's Claim
Series: Pale Moonlight. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,350. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
It’s been five years since Shilo’s mate walked out on her and she’s been just a little, tiny bit unstable, a feeling that isn’t helped by the impending fight with a neighboring colony. She might not be all there, but even a crazed shifter knows waking up in a stranger’s bed hours from home to find the contacts from her pack murdered means she’s in trouble.
Rancher in Training
Series: Part-Time Cowboys. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,440. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Deputy Farah James arrests bad boys, she doesn’t date them. So when an ex-con with a fiery past returns to town, she ignores the criminal things he does to her pulse. Behind bars, Jesse Rodriguez and his wicked looks were easy to dismiss, but as a free man with a life to reclaim, he’s never been more dangerous to her—or her job and the ranch that depends on her paycheck.
Highest Bidder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,520. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
As a millionaire, a workaholic, and one of the Twin Cities’ most eligible bachelors, Flynn Halstengard is happy to let his friends auction him off for charity. If the lucky lady who wins him wants a little action on the side, well, any sex is better than no sex, right? Unless the lady in question is the girl from high school he dubbed “Crazy J.”
Mail Order Farmer
Series: The Walker Five. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,880. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
To save them both from an isolated life on the family farm, Dalisay logs onto an international dating site in search of an American husband. Falling in love online is one thing, but leaving everything she knows—including her mom—is harder than Dalisay imagined. What happens when Aaron’s idyllic farm life is just like the one she was running from?
Guilt Ridden
Series: The Walker Five. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,340. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kami’s dream of opening her own business will have to collect dust like all the old junk in her dad’s barn. As a widow with a young daughter, she’ll have to use all her resources to turn a profit on the derelict ranch her parents used to run. But that's better than having it fall into Walker hands.
Based on Principal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,050. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
By day, Natalia is the strict principal of a private school with a staid, troubled legacy. By night, she’s a lithe, agile assassin with a penchant for latex. Or at least her cosplay character is. The two identities don’t mingle until she meets a handsome comic book shop owner at the local comic con. Now there’s a guy she’d be willing to peel her mask off for.
A Shifter's Second Chance
Series: Pale Moonlight. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,250. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Years after Gray had a complete mental breakdown that cost him everything, he’s clawed his way back to mental balance, a steady job, and a solid relationship with his grown and married daughter. Until a stunning woman busts down his back door and announces that there’s a secret world he doesn’t know about—and it’s hunting him.
The Seer
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,180. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
After so many years as a seer's bodyguard, Scurn discovers her missing, but finds her within minutes—only to be fired. Job or no job, he swore an oath and he’s not leaving her side. As they embark on a search and rescue mission together, the boundaries between them drop. Closer than ever, she and Scurn could make a formidable pair…if they can get past the traumatic history
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,500. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Together, Bastian and Ophelia must hunt the demons that threaten their race, but their class differences—and their dangerous chemistry—threaten to topple their partnership. If they can’t work together, the demons will conquer all, starting with Bastian’s innocent charge.
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,710. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Melody Campbell was abducted by vampires, rescued by vampires, and now she’s employed by vampires. Through it all, she kept her upbeat attitude and harbored a not-so-secret crush on Creed, one of her rescuers. But when she absorbs an evil demon’s powers, the girl who always looked on the bright side now has a dark side. And it’s more powerful than Creed could've imagined.
New Vampire Disorder Series: Books 1-3
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 180,860. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Demons are coming. And who better to fight the underworld than vampires? The New Vampire Disorder box set contains books 1-3.
Long Hard Fall
Series: The Walker Five. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,140. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Cash Walker always leaves a lady’s bed before morning—after all, he has a day full of chores waiting on his ranch. So when he wakes up one morning to his latest catch creeping out of the room, he figures he had it coming. Until later the same day, when she shows up in his barn. Turns out, she’s come to town to talk about the one subject Cash refuses to discuss with anyone.
Mustang Summer
Series: The Walker Five. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,470. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Brock and Josie are after the same collectible car, but a race for the win turns into a fight to beat the odds against them.
Conflict of Interest
Series: The Walker Five. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 62,910. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Dillon swaggers into Elle's office, she fully understands the appeal of a small town farmer. He’s handsome, charming, helps run his family’s successful farm and ranch, and he’s definitely interested in her. But she is more than gun-shy of someone like Dillon, the kind of guy who coasts along, convincing everyone that it's all good.
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,120. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The demon Stryke harbors a love so secret, not even the powerful vampire he’s bonded to knows about him. When a sadistic demoness targets Stryke for breeding, she uncovers his bond and orders a hit on his female.
Unmistaken Identity
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 53,260. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
On the prowl at his Minneapolis nightclub, Wesley Robson hits on an alluring woman, but he’s about to be knocked back on the heels of his Paul Andrews. Mara Baranski owns the comic book shop he's shutting down. He conjures up a fake name and asks her out, never considering deception runs both ways when it comes to secret identities.
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,670. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Bishop has to free himself of the bond a fiery demon tricked him into…and do it without exposing his own icy secrets to anyone, especially his team. But after he captures her and gets a dose of her combustible personality, suddenly breaking their bond isn't as appealing as it once was.
Ancient Ties
Series: Pale Moonlight. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,370. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
When two shifter Guardians have to partner for a mission, it brings them close enough to follow their attraction. Until one discovers a promise he made in the past may destroy their future.
The Sigma Menace Collection
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 287,240. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The entire series at a savings! The Sigma Menace Collection contains FIVE fast-paced books and also includes the short story Reclaim!! Lose yourself in sexy wolf shifters, fierce mates, and hot chemistry as the West Creek Guardians fight to save their world.
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,290. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Grace Otto lost both her birth parents and her adopted family to targeted killings. The one vampire linked to their murders is Rourke, and he and Grace will need to face the demons of their past to save their future.
Series: Pale Moonlight. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 55,860. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Porter Denlan’s home is in turmoil, his pack lives in fear of their cruel leader, but he knows one female whose birthright can govern them without question. Unfortunately, his nemesis is also searching for her—and it isn’t to bring her back to the home she was taken from. Except her birthright isn't what any of them thought.
Series: New Vampire Disorder. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 58,220. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
As if overthrowing the vampire government and implementing a new council to make vampires, shifters, and hybrids play nice wasn’t enough, Demetrius Devereux finds a bigger problem to deal with in an innocent, stubborn, and privileged beauty.
Pure Claim
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,510. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » General
Agent X is willing to sacrifice everything to carry out her vendetta, even her chance at happiness with her destined mate. Commander Rhys Fitzsimmons is willing to break all the rules to save her. Only the real threat to their relationship is bigger than either of them could have known.
Lawful Claim
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,810. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Agent E couldn't help but hang on to his past and watch over the family he lost, protecting them by staying dead to them. Until one night, he interfered. Ana Esposito's life is in danger and her only chance lies with the hardened man she had thought lost to her forever.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,870. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
After tragedy struck her family many years ago, Irina Bellamy has absorbed herself in her work, isolating herself from her pack, and especially from her mate. Master Dane Bellamy, former commander of the West Creek Guardians, struggles to honor his duty to his pack while trying to repair his broken relationship with Irina when he finds himself fighting for her life instead.
True Claim
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,880. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Over a century ago, Bennett Young lost the chance at spending his life with a mate. Spencer King is a woman in hiding, avoiding contact with all species, especially wolf-shifter Guardians like Bennett. When Bennett shows up on her doorstep, Spencer finds it difficult to ignore the chemistry between her and the imposing male, and keep her reason for hiding a secret.
Primal Claim
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 54,740. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(5.00 from 1 review)
After being selected by the Sigma Network to conceive a wolf-shifter's baby, Dani decides to run to save herself and her baby. Except the only people that can help her think she is the enemy. Can she convince loyal Guardian, Mercury, that she means his species no harm...and that he's her baby's father?
Fever Claim
Price: Free! Words: 53,130. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Cassie Stockwell's one night stand throws her into a world of wolf-shifters, their Guardians, and the menace out to destroy them all. It's up to Jace Miller to keep her safe and convince her he's worth more than one night - he's worth forever.