Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have the pleasure of Author Dwon D. Johnson (Moss). Welcome Dwon to my blog.
Queenie, Thank you so much for this opportunity to interview with you.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Marine Corps Veteran, AALBC Best Selling Author, 2017 Black Pearls Literary Excellence Award Nominee, writer, story teller, entrepreneur, mentor, vacation Bible school teacher and motivational speaker. Former Co-Host of Truth Heals Hurt Radio, DJ Grady Baby/Crazy Grady Radio and Magazine Contributor of Real Life/Real Faith.
I’ve co-authored the anthologies, “The Ex-Chronicles”, “Single Mama Dating Drama” and “All I Want for Christmas”, published by Brown Girl Books and the “Black Girl Magic” Anthology, and published by MBP Publications. My solo novel, Beautiful Mistake, made its debut in 2018, with great reviews.
I launched my soy bath and beauty line, SassiSoul Soy, in the mid 2000’s. In addition to SassiSoul Soy, I have my own greeting card line, SassiSentiments.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I read, read and read some more. I also make candles when I’m not writing. It calms me down. Puts me in a Zen zone.
Do you have a day job as well?
I don’t. I’m blessed to be a full time author.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve been writing since I was able to read. My writing started with keeping a diary.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I chose to write women fiction because I wanted to tell stories of who and what I could relate to. Beautiful Mistake could also be labeled as a little erotica, but it’s in very good taste and the story is real and raw. Sex, scandal, sin, murder and redemption.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas come from my experiences, my friends and family experiences and people watching. I also find myself ease dropping a little. I love pulling from strangers conversations and writing about how I THINK their lives or situations plays out.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I sure do. It drives me crazy.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I outline. If I didn’t, I would be all over the place. I most definitely respect pansters.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
As a child, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret written by Judy Blume.
I can’t even name just one author who has influenced me as an adult. There are too many. I’m blessed, once more, to be among a wonderful circle of talented authors.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My first three works were a part of anthologies published with Brown Girls Books. The only challenge I had with the anthologies was learning how to edit within word. I was totally lost. However, the challenges I had with Beautiful Mistake was doubting myself, which caused me to procrastinate. I also didn’t pay close attention to the process, which caused Beautiful Mistake to be a Beautiful Mistake. Thank God, I was able to correct the issue and still get positive reviews.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Absolutely. I would learn EVERY aspect of writing and publishing.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I am active on social media, email blasts, book signings, etc. I have a bag that I carry my books in. It reads, Read My Book and has the cover of the book in the Center. It’s a great conversation starter, resulting in sales. I’m in the process of having my books put in bookstores.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
I have. I was planning to release it next, but my readers are asking for the continuation of Beautiful Mistake, which is, Beautiful Disaster.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Beautiful Disaster will go more in depth of the Jurni and Aaron story. It will also touch on Ms. Lynne issues and how they have affected and still affecting Aaron. It will also show how Jurni is shaken when she realizes that the marriage between her parents is not what she and the rest of the world thought it was. The readers were left with a huge WHAT at the end of Beautiful Mistake. Questions will be answered.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Definitely real life experiences of mine, my friends and associates life. I wanted to tell a story of the daily life of a woman who lives with the mental illness, bipolar. Mental illness Issues are misunderstood and it’s important to start getting rid of the stigma associated with it.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The entire book was thrilling to write. I can’t pin point a favorite chapter.
How did you come up with the title?
Keri Hilson sings a song titled, Beautiful Mistake. It caused me to think of unhealthy love. Love isn’t always enough and sometimes, we fall in love with the wrong people. The love is fun while it lasted, but it was a mistake. It should have never happened.
What project are you working on now?
I’m working on Beautiful Disaster, while studying the craft of writing.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes. Beautiful Disaster will be published early summer of 2019.
Beautiful Mistake can be ordered by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org for autographed copy. PayPal and CashApp ($DwonJohnson) accepted
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