Interview with A.S. Johnson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in third grade. It was called "The Good Knight" and I got an A+ for it. My mom still has it.
What is your writing process?
Oddly enough, all of my novels are based on vivid dreams I have and tend to have repeatedly. I start with the dream and go from there. Typically, I type up the first three chapters then stop and do a character sheet this way I can keep everyone straight. It also helps me to give better descriptives of people, places, and things.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I ever read was "Ice Castles." It pulled me in and took me away from the cold winter nights during school break for Christmas holiday. I read it and thought, "wow this is amazing I feel like I'm there watching the girl skate, feeling her emotions."
How do you approach cover design?
I try to tie the cover into the storyline.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything Romance!!!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My most effective marketing technique would have to be social media: twitter, facebook, myspace, and goodreads.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in third grade.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, I just finished writing it and sent it off to a publishers is: "The Bayou Vampires: Lily." It's my first full Erotica Paranormal Romance Series. Again, sparked from a wild dream of being chased by a sexy vampire with a cajun accent.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author after have two different novels published by small press publishers, both times left me unimpressed with the entire process as well as ripped off. Every author works for months writing a novel then are expected to promote and pay for it in order to even get noticed, unless you are already famous in which most of those aren't true authors, they pay a ghostwriter to write their novel for them and get all the credit. The publishers end up keeping huge chunks of royalties and doing little for it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is seeing my dreams, thoughts, and actual work in print. I still tear up everytime I get the first copy of a new novel I've written.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are awesome!! I get as excited to see them at book signing events as they do about seeing me.
What are you working on next?
I am currently writing another short novel, "Isabella A Spanish Love Story." It is a Western Historical sweetheart romance.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Amanda Ashley, and Sherrilyn Kenyon
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook, travel, read, write poetry, and spend time with family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
One of my older sisters is also an author and loves to read romance like I do, so she give me tons of recommendations.
Describe your desk
My desk is any place my laptop will fit!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born a Navy brat, so my family lived all over the U.S. and after my dad retired we lived in the mid-west: Texas & Oklahoma.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's helped me reach more readers I would have otherwise missed.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A good nights sleep!! hahahaha
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Where the Red Fern Grows: read it in jr high and loved the vivid details.
Ice Castles: it was my first book to ever read as a young child.
Ray Bradbury's 100 most celebrated tales: this is when I truly fell in love with reading. I'd read a story and be so pulled in by it that I'd forget I was even reading, the vivid details, quick paced storylines, and the writing style is like a warm blanket on a cold day. Perfect! (I think this counts as favorite books 3, 4, & 5.)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my laptop, no kidding. I haven't joined the tablet mainstream as of yet... maybe soon.
Published 2014-03-23.
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