Interview with Cassandra Johnson

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Through some of the most difficult period of my life I fell into some of my favorite books to help me escape from the troubles that were going on in my own life. If my book helped just one person who reads it escape for a little while then I feel very satisfied with myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
While I can't speak for others, the greatest joy of writing for myself is seeing new worlds come to life. I don't just write because I think that I will make any money off of the stories themselves. I honestly don't mind if I never make a single cent off of my writing, but the excitement that spreads through my soul when I am writing is like nothing I can compare. I publish my writing because I want others to find the same enjoyment that I did while writing them and perhaps for the duration of time that they are reading they can escape from the real world for a little while and see things through a completely different set of eyes.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having a fan base is important, for myself as a writer I am in constant need of validation that what I am putting out is being seen and whether people love or hate it I still crave that attention, so when someone reads one of my books I am completely overjoyed even if they didn't like the book, it inspires me to keep growing as a writer.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer and Janet Evanovich
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up each day knowing that anything can happen, a single event or thought can completely change not just myself but the world that I live in. I look for one positive thing to remember and hold onto in that day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, there are days when I need a little alone time so I shut off my brain and listen to music and just let myself recharge.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually discovery new e-books simply by browsing, normally things randomly catch my eye since I enjoy reading many different genres.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe that the first story I ever wrote was poorly misspelled and on construction paper. When I was a little girl I loved the Disney film Pocahontas and I think it was a sort of fan-fiction.
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure if I have a writing process at all. For me, there is a story in my head and I have to get it out before I lose it. I can't really plan out my stories otherwise I fall into an endless cycle of planning and then I never get around to the actual writing itself. I like to write like it is an adventure and even I myself don't know what will happen or how the story will end until I actually write it, then I put the book away. I walk away from it for a couple of weeks or sometimes months, I try to let the story rest and then I go back and read it. Afterwards is when all the extra work comes in, adding this or that, changing scenes, replacing meaningless drabble when I can see I started to repeat the same thought process or explained a situation to death.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I actually can't remember the first story that I ever read, but I can remember the first story that was ever read to me. My mother from a very young age tried to instill a love of reading in me because as a girl she loved to read. It was a form of escapism for her. Needless to say I have a very difficult time learning to read, but once I did there was no stopping me.
How do you approach cover design?
For my first complete novel, LRR Hood I approached cover design a little hesitantly. While I wouldn't consider myself a slouch when it comes to photoshop I'm not a professional either. I wanted something that would convey some of the story that I had written without completely giving away the plot as well as something that was eye catching. I suppose when I sit down to consider what I want the cover of my book to look like, I try to think of what I myself as a consumer would like to see and I go from there.
Published 2017-02-08.
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