Interview with Brock Johnsen

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember creating my first stories when I was about four or five. The only way I could communicate them was verbally, because I didn't know how to read or write yet. Surprisingly, my parents told me I was able to tell my stories almost word for word each time I shared them.
What is your writing process?
My process starts with an idea for a character and a situation they are facing. The writing tends to be impromptu. Being an actor I play the role of each character. When one character does something it makes the other character react thus creating dialogue, plot direction, and additional characters. I usually have a general idea for the ending, but the characters often surprise me with there decisions, actions and dialogue.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave that to someone else.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading mystery and suspense. No surprise there. I also like stories dealing with social issues. Being a filmmaker I read a lot of technical books on the latest equipment, new production techniques, and etc.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
There are a lot of great devices available today, I don't really have a favorite.
Describe your desk
The best way to describe my desk comes from an old saying, "Behind a clean desk sits a sick mind." While my desk can get cluttered with all that is going on I always know where everything can be found. Writing for me is like being in a battle zone. Everything happens fast and furiously. When the battle is over I clean up and can pass any inspection.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a place where everyone could be trusted and all people were treated with respect and as equals. As I grew older I soon found out the rest of the world was different. In several of my films I've been able to tell stories that show the importance of respect for all people. I have a couple of books that I'm planning to write that will address social issues.
What's the story behind your latest book?
While my book is a suspense thriller, it is also a book about a young woman making her way in life, having to fight harder to earn respect because she is a woman It also deals with the problems women have dealing with abusive ex husbands while trying to do her jobs and live their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simply, I love to write. The digital age is an exciting time for writers, filmmakers, and other artists to be read, seen, and share their creations.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've just launched my book. The fact that Smashwords will make my book available in so many markets will be very beneficial.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing the first draft and proofing the last page of the last re-write.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every fan makes all the days and hours put into writing the book worthwhile. Fans are everything.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on three projects. A mixed genre drama comedy crime story, and two books dealing with social issues.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To write, to work, to enjoy the sunshine.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to paddle my kayak and fish.
Published 2014-07-19.
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