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Mar 15 2015

Writing Superheroes: Sarah Johnson

This superhero insists upon a cape!  Read on and find out more…

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If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

I do still have some of my earlier writing tragedies, but luckily not online. I lost the earliest versions when my computer crashed a few years ago. We have since gotten Dropbox. My current big project though is turning my first long story into a five-part book series, so I am constantly finding ways to edit the old parts to make them sound much better.

 

All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.SarahJohnson-AuthorImage-1

Hmmm – I am always the one at the back of the party that just fades into the wall. I don’t like to be in the thick of things. So even if I told you who my secret identity was, I doubt you would remember me, as it is always my goal to be forgettable!

 

Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?

My supporting team has changed over time, but I would be remiss to forget the earlier ones that helped me start this journey. Those two would be – Linnea Eileen, and Anita. They both taught me so much, and when life’s business made us all part ways it was a sad day. However, I have other friends that have stepped in to help now, and it is turning out to be a fun team. My betas for my current project are: Zoe Burton and Rose Fairbanks, and Eileen Brown is always there to lend an ear to my plot issues. Their superpowers….hmmmm…I would have to say Kathy’s is not making me feel bad that I still get apostrophes in the wrong place every single time, and Rose’s is that she is a schemer at heart! She has the most amazing ability to pick apart the plot and make me step up to the plate on every tiny detail.

 

Where do you get your superpowers from?

I come from a family of authors, so we just call it a family trait – or rather a family talent…which is only a joke cause my maiden name was Tallent… as in “full of” with two L’s (as my dad used to say!).

 

Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?

What a fun question! We actually live in a very small house, and we have six kids and homeschool, so my corner is cluttered with various school curricula, projects in the works, many spiral bound notebooks, and shelves. I go to a much nicer place—though only in my mind—when I put my noise deafening ear muffs on. One day I would love to have a much nicer closet where tuning out the household noises would be easier.

 

Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?

Hmmmm – I have a feeling Edna from ‘The Incredibles’ would not like my costume, as I would definitely require a cape. There is just something about that one article of clothing that says “superhero” to me! Perhaps mine would be blue velvet, lined with fur for those long and cold Derbyshire winters in a large manor. Perhaps. I don’t want to give too much away though!

 

What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?

Apostrophes are my nemesis. My poor betas have to fix just about every one in my stories. Just when I think I have it figured out, I get all confused again.

 

What was the supervillian that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?

My latest was one that was a complete whirlwind of activity! The plot came, the story was written, and it was a published book all within 6 weeks. Crazy timeline! Luckily nothing got in the way.

 

What important lessons have you learned along the way?

Oh so many – one of the biggest I think is to step out of my shell every once in a while, even if it is in the written word.

 

What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

Meeting some of the most fabulous friends!

 

If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

I don’t think I would change anything, because even the speed bumps in the road are lessons we learn that lead us to where we are now and who we are now.

 

What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.

Change what you can, and don’t worry about the rest – leave it up to God.

 

Tell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.

lol – My newest release is a novella, called Whispered Kisses. It is a break in between my writing the Leaving Bennet Behind series (of which, book #3 should be out in the next two months!!). In Whispered Kisses, Elizabeth Bennet begins receiving flowers from an anonymous benefactor – of course we know who that is! The sweet tale unfolds as flowers and smiles are exchanged, and lives are enriched and changed. The reviews have been awesome, and the one word that keeps coming up over and over again is – Charming! So that is how I would describe it – a charming, short tale that will leave you happy for ODC.

 

What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?

I am currently working on Leaving Bennet Behind book #3 – called Pursued. For those that have followed the series, this is Mary’s time to shine! It chronicles the time during our story when Mary learns to accept the love that is freely being given to her by a certain special someone! This book should be finished and out by mid April or so – no specific date, but unless life slows down the timeline, it should be ready by then.

 

 

 You can find Sarah at:

Website~Amazon~~Facebook~GoodReads ~Twitter @SarahJohnsonPL

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  1. Deborah

    I enjoyed the interview with Sarah. Homeschooling 6 children and writing….wow! Does Sarah ever sleep? It is so nice getting to know her better. I am looking forward to the release of Leaving Bennet Behind Vol.3.

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks, Deborah! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Zoe Burton

    Great interview! I enjoy working with you, Sarah. You are a great friend and a wonderful writer! Keep up the good work!! ~Zoe

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks for coming by Zoe!

  3. Jadie

    I enjoyed this interview. I have just finished reading the first two Leaving Bennet Behind books as well as Whispered Kisses. I’m very much looking forward to the next LBB book in the series. I love your Mary and wish her happiness.

    1. Maria Grace

      Thank, Jadie!

  4. junewilliams7

    I’m just impressed that you can write anything at the same time you home-school six kids! I hope you can learn to use apostrophes, so you can teach your kids. Thanks for the fun interview!

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks for coming by June!

  5. Anji

    Ah, apostrophes! I think they’re Kryptonite to more than just Sarah. I like to think I’ve just about got them nailed down, though, and I find it really quite irritating when I see an inappropriate one on a display sign somewhere, such as in a shop window or similar situation. Once in a while, though, I’ll be writing something and trip myself over several times, taking one out, putting it back in, taking it out again!

    I’e really enjoyed everything of Sarah’s that I’ve read so far: Snow Storms (especially the audio version), Just to Hear ‘I Love You” and Whispered Kisses. Haven’t read any of the LBB tales yet, though. Is there a chance that they might be published as a box set once the series is complete?

    Wow, six children AND home schooling? If I had a hat on, I’d be doffing it right now!

    1. Maria Grace

      Thanks for coming by Anji!

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