Interview with Bill Johnson

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Describe your desk
Computer hutch, with many piles.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Portland, Oregon, lower blue collar family. Told myself stories.
When did you first start writing?
After reading a science fiction anthology and discovering stories spoke to the world I lived in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest play is about the death of Maleva Einstein.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My writing workbook published by a small press that went out of business. I did a few printings, then heard about ebooks and took the plunge. I'm also office manager for Willamette Writers, so I need to stay current with what's happening in the publishing world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Made it easy for me to expand distribution of my ebook.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing something, followed by an audience applauding one of my plays. Applause is one of the most addictive substances I've come across in my life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Gunter Grass, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Gene Wolf; I also enjoy reading science fiction anthologies for best of year short stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I enjoy meditation and exploring my inner world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Meditation, movies, dinner with friends
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon, Amazon Kindle authors, Twitter
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I'm a streak writer. I also will write after a long meditation and a conversation with my story characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A science fiction anthology of short stories woke me up to stories being about the world I lived in
How do you approach cover design?
With help from a friend who does graphics layout.
Published 2016-12-24.
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Books by This Author

Reading To Write, a Novel Way to Write a Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,440. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature
In his writing workbook A Story is a Promise, Bill Johnson teaches the mechanics of how to tell a story. The foundation of that process is that a story creates movement and the movement transports the audience. That is the intent of the storyteller, to transport his or her audience. Now, in Reading To Write, a Novel Way to Write a Novel, he uses detailed reviews of the opening pages of popular no
Kernels to Storytelling Mastery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,390. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Bill Johnson reviews popular movies like Groundhog Day, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard to set out principles of storytelling.
Mastering Story Structure - A guide for writing unforgettable plays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,110. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Nonfiction » Publishing » Playwriting
Bill Johnson uses reviews of Romeo and Juliet, The Heidi Chronicles, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and The Iceman Cometh to teach the art and craft of writing powerful plays. Using this guide, you'll be able to learn about writing plays from masters of the craft.
Deep Characterization
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,000. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Deep Characterization explores the difference between characters created to act out a story for an audience and characters created to act out a writer's internal dramas. A story written for an audience is a promise to take that audience on a story journey; a story written for the writer's own needs is a promise to transport him or her to the fulfillment of personal needs.
A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 65,890. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
A Story is a Promise offers writers a way to understand how popular novels, movies, and plays became successful stories. For writers considering self-publishing, this writing workbook offers techniques for revising a manuscript to achieve its full potential. For writers who feel 'stuck', this book offers insight into how that happens and what can be done about it.