Interview with Sharon Johnson

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was about seven. I started writing poetry and short stories based on characters I loved on TV. Growing up in NYC I spent a lot of time at my local bookstore which had a small after school workshop with the Police Athletic League. It was a great place for kids to hang out after school and the off duty Police officers really inspired my love of reading and storytelling.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
For me it’s always the plot. It will come sometimes at the most inconvenient time but I just jot down my notes and build from there.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on book 2 of 4 in my Gentlemen’s League Series. The team is slowly working their way to the mole. There is a new main pairing plus a look at the two MC’s from the first book.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Ask all the questions! Go out meet other authors don’t be afraid to join groups and ask everything that comes to mind. And find an editor. I have gone through a few but you have to find people you work well with and just get out there and go for it. When it comes to careers half of the people go to college to pursue something and fail at it so it’s always a risk. So why not take that chance doing something you love.
How do you do research for your books?
For my military series I used my personal experience as a former Marine and years as a federal employee as my basis. With careful redaction to make sure everything I mentioned was readily available on the internet. With the world at your fingertips there is very few subjects you can’t learn about. When it came to my paranormal series? Lets just say I have a very interesting search history.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read just about everything. Reading has always been my go to past time. So when I am not writing or doing things with the family, I am reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Published 2017-07-27.
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