Interview with Michelle D. Johnson

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2012 after I was robbed and kidnapped in my home. After surviving the robbery, I was determined to accomplish my goals. I have always wanted to be a published author. I dabbled in writing all through childhood but this tragic event motivated me to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I realized after the robbery that everyone like me had a story. I think its important for people to tell their stories because you never know how you can impact someone's life or instruct them on something. I did research on how writing a book is the new business card and wanted to share that with my readers. I have witnessed my peers write a book and their lives have changed for the better.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the fact that you can control your own destination. I love the writing and getting my book cover designed and working with my editor but the promotion is the hardest part.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing allows me to take my mind to a different world. It is freeing and it has opened up a different world for me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the book about being robbed and kidnapped. I am also going to turn it into a screenplay.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am speaking about my book and as a former realtor, I enjoy investing in real estate.
What is your writing process?
I write while watching CNN. I don't know how I can multi task but I find it interesting to listen to the news as well as write. With my children getting older, they go into their own corners of the house and I try to take at least two hours a day to do research and writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am a fan of Lisa Nichols. I have read, "Abundance Now", "No Matter What", "Beyond the Secret". I also enjoy Joyce Meyers books, "Me and My Big Mouth" and "Be Anxious For Nothing".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago and its a tough city and their is inspiration all around you. My father came from the south and he and my mother grew a successful Asphalt business in the inner city and they are my biggest influences on writing and my inspiration.
Published 2016-10-25.
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