Thursday, 1 October 2015

Author Interview : Michelle Johnson

Synopsis from Goodreads
What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life was a lie?
Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki must face overwhelming truths about her family when she meets Zander Black, a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about her family’s past changes everything, and as her relationship and feelings for Zander deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate and face the true reality of who and what she is. Even if that means giving up everything, including being human.
Hi Michelle! Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thank you for giving me this opportunity! My background is in marketing and graphic design. I've been within the industry for about nine years but have always had a love for writing
 So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Oleah Chronicles: Truth is my debut novel. So it's my first book which is exciting and scary at the same time.
 Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
The book can be purchased through my website within the "get the books" tab. There you'll find a list of all the online sites it can be ordered through for both the ebook and paperback. --->!get-the-books/c1cy3
 When did you decide to become a writer?
Originally, I had wanted to pursue journalism in university but circumstances didn't allow me to follow that dream back then. I've always kept a diary and have enjoyed writing over the years. This story was not something that was planned, I just started writing an idea I had in my mind and once it was about three chapters in, I decided that it was something I wanted to see through to the end.
 Why do you write?
Writing is a form of creative expression for me. It's always been a stress reliever and something I could turn to when I needed to release whatever ideas or energies were bombarding my mind.
 What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
 I had this idea in my head and just started to write it out one day. I never intended to take it seriously, but once I was far enough in, the story kind of took over me. I fell in love with these characters I'd created and the more I wrote, the more ideas kept springing forward of where I could take it. It definitely took on a life of its own after a while, I had no choice but to continue.
 Do you write full-time or part-time?
   I do work full time so I try to write daily for a couple hours when I get home in the evenings.
 Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I don't set a schedule because each day could be so different with traffic or other events that may change my schedule. I more so tell myself to dedicate at least an hour each day to sit down and write. Anything else is just too much pressure.
 Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I love to read! I've always been a reader and have found that since I've become an author I've read so much more! It helps feed my mind, especially on days that I find it hard to write. My favourite authors include Stephanie Meyer, Jeaniene Frost and T.M. Frazier.
 For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I don't mind either. I have more copies of physical books at home, but found I've been downloading a lot of ebooks as well.
 What book/s are you reading at present?
 I'm currently just finishing up this NA Romance called The Affair.
How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
 I'm currently self-published but am actively looking for a publisher. Self-publishing can become quite costly and time consuming as all marketing and sales rely on the author. I had chosen to pursue this route because of my background in design. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to see first hand how my story was absorbed by readers and get as much insight as I can to improve.
 What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Self-publishing is great because it puts the author in full control of everything from pricing, to book cover, to formatting, editing, marketing, etc. However, that's also the disadvantage as well because you have to be able to dedicate the time in every single day to market and get your book out to the public.
 Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Yes, I would like to invite everyone to take a risk and try something new! Many self-published authors get a bad rep but you'd be surprised how many amazing stories are out there waiting to be read! Be open!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
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Thanks so much!
Thank you Michelle😇❤