Interview with Australian Author – Angela Johnson
“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Angela – I’m a proud Tasmanian who had the great fortune of being born into an amazing family at Westerway heading west from Hobart. My grandfather was a farmer, hops, small fruits. My grandmother was just amazing and was proud that her ancestors were Rum smugglers from the Cornwall coast. I’m a Barista part-time and love making a great coffee for my customers. It’s humbling to have someone tell me that they read my book and loved it.
Most people who know me see this bubbly happy smiling woman who loves life. That is me, annoyingly happy, but people don’t see me on my bad days when I’m not smiling for a customer, days when I am sad or angry. But then I don’t let most people see me on those days.
“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?
Angela – I’ve always written, my mum tells people I was always spending my pocket money on pads and pencils than pens as I grew older. I have always immersed myself in books and they written word. I need to put pen to paper, it’s my passion.
“Australian Authors” – What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Angela – Life. Customers. Friends. Jason Momoa. Everything. I can’t single out one single thing. I get inspired by the people, and nature around me. The view from my front window, the mad friend who runs a bakers shop. Life truly inspires me.
“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?
Angela – Yes, I have self-published 4 books and am currently working on my 5th.
The first 4 are
Azore’s Quest (book 1 in the Azore’s Quest series),
Jiana’s Curse (Book 2 in the Azore’s Quest Series), it is an Adults only series.
Witches (book 1 in the Chronicles of #10 series) Ages 12+ and Leaving, not running! a stand-alone romantic thriller.
My current work in progress is a stand-alone with the central characters being ex-military, MMA fighters who do mercenary work without using guns. It follows their lives and the ones they love.
“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?
Angela – I will write anything the voices tell me too!
I started with erotic fantasy because of letters and stories I would write for my girlfriends. But like I said I will write anything. I’m not stuck in one particular genre.
“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Angela – Well…
E-books are amazing, they have allowed me to find authors that would have remained hidden from me. It’s so handy being able to take 1000 books with me in my bag but I will always love the feel and smell of a paperback. I am a very tactile person and love to hold and turn the pages. But I still have my kindle.
“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?
Angela – I just write. I find the hardest part is getting the first sentence down. Once that’s done it all seems to flow along. I flesh out my characters as I meet them. AS an example I’m very close to writing the end of my WIP but I’ve just been introduced to a new character. So I just write.
“Australian Authors” – Pen or type writer or computer?
Angela – My first 3 books were written using a fountain pen and notebooks. I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 7-I’m now 53- and can’t use a PC or typewriter for more than 20 minutes at a time otherwise my hands die on me.
But then I found a beaut little tool called a Neo2. It’s a small perfectly shaped word processor. It fits my hands perfectly. I can write for hours and my hands still feel good.
So no more pens.
“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?
Angela – Oh, my characters definitely hijack the story. They start talking and basically take over. The strongest story and characters push to the front and not until they have been satisfied will they shut up and let the next one step up.
“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?
Angela – The characters in ‘Witches, Book 1 The Chronicles of #10’ are based on true people.
I sit and write in a small cafe owned by a girlfriend. The cafe is called ‘#10’. My friend and her staff (with their permission) are the main characters, a retired local police officer is a star as are the people I work with.
“Australian Authors” – Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?
Angela – No, can’t say I have. I have enough voices of my own without adding another.
“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?
Angela – Enid Blyton started me as a child, then Tolkien, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Barbara Erskine, Sherlyn Kenyon, S. Nelson, S.E. Rise, Lisa Kessler, Michael Bray, Steven Alten, Greig Beck… So very many!
“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?
Angela – On Writing- Just write! Don’t talk about it or wonder, pick up a pen and write that first word, that first sentence. Follow it and see where it takes you.
On publishing and Marketing_ That I’m still figuring out myself!