Interview with Margaret K Johnson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was called Mickey The Money Spider, about an unfortunate spider who could never get where he wanted to go to as he was always getting picked up and thrown over peoples' shoulders in the hope of them receiving good luck.
What is your writing process?
When I start a novel, I know my characters, the beginning, the end and a few touchstones along the way. After I’ve written around 30,000 words, I have a brainstorming session, writing scenes onto post it notes and then arranging them in what seems like a good order. In this way I usually overcome that ‘middle slump’ feeling, and I can draw all the different strands of the story together. At this stage I’m also able to write a sentence that describes the theme of the book – I find this helps me enormously, as I can pin everything to that. For example, the theme sentence of both The Goddess Workshop and A Nightingale in Winter is: “You can’t move on your life and truly fulfil your potential until you have dealt with issues of the past,” while for Taming Tom Jones, it is: “The truth isn’t always what you think it is.”
After I’ve finished a first draft, I leave it to brew for a few weeks before reading through it again and making some changes. Then I send it off to my trusty beta readers, whose opinions I trust absolutely, since we’re on the same wavelength. A further draft follows, and then the manuscript is usually good to go.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like women's fiction that takes me on a roller-coaster of emotion - a bit like the books I write! I need to care about the characters and to want to read on with baited breath to see if things will work out for them. I also like books with several strands of story strands and enjoy seeing how these are all pulled together by the end.
Describe your desk
Cluttered and sometimes shamefully dusty.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing after finishing at Art College to support my career as an artist. Writing quickly replaced painting as my major passion, and these days my canvasses lay neglected in my studio.
Published 2015-09-14.
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Books by This Author

The Invitation
Price: Free! Words: 12,190. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
One sleepy morning, an exotic stranger roars into Shelthorpe-on-Sea on her motorbike. She is powerful and striking, drawing glances and promising local women a course that will give them ‘A Garden of Earthly Delights.’ Four very different women respond to her invitation. But do they know what they're getting into? A prequel to the novel The Goddess Worshop.