Interview with Peter Johnson

What do your fans mean to you?
Obviously they mean the world to me. After all, while most writers might say they write simply because they love the act of creation, what good is creation if nobody can see it? Even knowing that what I wrote made just one person happy -- other than myself -- is an exhilarating thrill. Completely incomparable.
What are you working on next?
I'm bouncing back and forth between two ideas -- both are pretty-well sketched out at this point and all that needs to be done is the writing.

One takes place in a hotel and follows the sexual escapades of the guests and staff over the course of one long night, with each chapter following a different character.

The other takes place in law school. This is the one that I have the best handle on and also the least -- if that's even possible.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually my lady tickling me! Haha.

Actually, it tends be to be the dog barking he needs to be let out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Who has time for anything other than writing?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely -- it was a shameless rip-off of a movie I'd seen and one I still adore. Sadly, I suspect the story has been lost to the sands of time, so I have no way of knowing if it were any good.
What is your writing process?
I used to write very much from the heart, without much thought for outlines or planning. Usually I knew in a general way where I was going and sometimes I got there and sometimes I didn't.

At some point, though, I discovered voice recognition software and so now I tend to outline what I'm working on, at least to a minimal degree, and then dictate the first draft. In that way, I can probably knock out a first draft in a week or two -- depending on how formed the story is in my head. The second draft usually contains additions and edits that are dictated in, but the third or fourth drafts after mainly for polishing and proofreading.

As to where ideas come from -- sometimes from a movie, sometimes from something I read. Those tend to pose little inspirations, much in the same way that the scene of the man borrowing a friends apartment to meet with his lover in A Brief Encounter inspired Billy Wilder's The Apartment.
How do you approach cover design?
Intuitively. Try to think of the elements of the story and work from there. For shorter works, it's easier, because their might be one single image that can be seized upon -- the hair-scrunchy for the cover of my story Mommy comes to mind. For longer work you're looking at something generic, yet specific to the story. Some sort of detail that will represent the whole.

Incidentally, I never really consider cover's finished -- I've changed many of them a few times before I've been even remotely satisfied with them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nexus with the Kindle reader app.
Describe your desk
Cluttered to the outsider; well-organized to the insider.
When did you first start writing?
When I was twelve or so -- don't really remember the reason, just started doing it. Ever since then, writing is what I do and at this point in my life, I can't remember not having done it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I initially tried to go the traditional publishing route, but that's such a slog and a laborious process that I couldn't really get my heart into it. You spend months and months and months waiting for somebody to give you a yes or no -- and it's usually a no -- and I just couldn't deal with that. I guess I figured if I was going to be rejected anyway, I might as well put my stuff out there myself. At least then I'd know it had a chance and I'd have something tangible I could look at as having accomplished.

It's funny -- I might not sell thousands or copies, or even a thousand copies at all -- but there's something so much more gratifying in being able to find my work for sale than just have it be a useless manuscript in a box. At least if it's out there, it's got a chance.
Published 2014-02-11.
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