Interview with Katie Lynn Johnson

When did you first start writing?
When I was six. I used to write cheesy poems about hummingbirds, and short stories about puppies and kittens.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote "The Cursed Existence of Jessalyn Bell" (to be published November 1st, 2013) because I fell victim to a streak of bad luck, and wanted to create a character with worse luck than mine. Poor Jessalyn.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After a solid year of querying agencies and being met with nothing but rejection, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It's actually better this way, I've come to find out, because I'm a control freak and I like being able to make decisions regarding editing, book design, and marketing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting so immersed in a story that my surroundings disappear, and I love connecting with my characters in a way that allows me to feel their emotions (I've gotten tears in my eyes while writing something traumatic that involves my protagonists).
What are you working on next?
For the next several months I will be focusing on completing "Amulet of Destiny," the third and final installment of "The Lost Amulet Chronicles Trilogy."
Who are your favorite authors?
Karen Traviss, who writes sci-fi books with page-turning action and relatable characters. I'm also a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, and JK Rowling, of course.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids, my husband, my job, and my books. In that order.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was about three kittens, and it was about forty words long. I was in first grade, and I was really proud of it.
What is your writing process?
I write obsessively about anything and everything I can think of relating to a story, in no particular order. When I reach about 30,000 words, I organize what I have chronologically. Then I expand on the different parts, and when I reach about 50,000 words I fill in the gaps from beginning to end.
How do you approach cover design?
As I'm writing a book, I start formulating ideas for the cover. By the time the story is finished, I usually have a solid idea that I run with.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of YA fantasy and a few Chick Lit novels with the occasional adult novel thrown in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle Fire is my best friend.
Published 2013-10-03.
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