Interview with Brett Johnson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When a friend suggested I write a book my first thought was, "There are already too many books out there..." It took four years to write Convergence, my first book.
What is your writing process?
It depends on the topic. The non-fiction books are written around a hypothesis that comes from observing people and life. The exception was a novel called Cycles, a journey to purpose. The characters in Cycles appeared, and often surprised me, as I wrote.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach my talented nephew who, conveniently, is also named Brett Johnson.
What do you read for pleasure?
History, biographies and books on trends... I like to imagine the future before it arrives.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An iPad with iBooks. (I wrote one of my books, X-Ordinary, using iBooks Author, which was fun.
Describe your desk
Right now it is 4 AM. I am leaving for the airport in two hours. This is not the first time, and I suspect not the last, where I am finishing a book before flying overseas. I have a Macbook Pro, an extra monitor, a reading lamp, and To Do list at hand.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in South Africa. Back then it was a rather British educational system with its pros and cons. When I moved to the US in 1986 I had to learn to speak American English, which I have partially done. I refuse to say "baaath" and "wodder" and the like.
When did you first start writing?
I debated at school, wrote a poem or two, then wrote the most boring love letters to my (now) wife while doing military service... sometimes 30+ pages a day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Singleness is an epidemic, one reason being that men don't know how to take initiative, and women don't know that they are often unapproachable.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process of conveying inconvenient truth in liberating ways, making the profound clear, and the complex simple.
Published 2016-05-17.
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Books by This Author

The Availability Index
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
The Availability Index is written for many thousands of single women who long to be married but are seldom approached by men. Why is this? The idea behind this book is simple: women have a near-visible sign on their foreheads that either encourages or discourages men. This composite of about 20 sub-indices aggregate together to send signals to men about how approachable one is... & how to fix it.
The Initiative Index
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 11,640. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
What women wish men knew about the signals men send. The book helps men think through what they can do to up their "initiative" in relationships. The singles phenomenon is widespread in cities across the globe; meanwhile, millions of very eligible singles yearn to be married, but have trouble connecting. Dating apps won't fix the problem if the dial on your head stops you getting to the 2nd date.