Today I have Author Terri Ann Johnson on my blog today. Please welcome Terri.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve always loved reading which turned into a desire to write. I’m a native of Washington, DC, where I reside with my son.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I love to travel with family and friends. I read and I love movies.
Do you have a day job as well?
I have a full-time job as an Accountant for the Federal Government.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I probably started writing, in journals, over ten years ago. But, I have motivated to submit a short story for a Christmas anthology in 2016 and I was selected as one of nineteen authors for the Christmas anthology, All I Want for Christmas. My first full novel was published in 2018, Faith Alone.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I love inspirational fiction and Christian fiction. I love to write what I love to read.
Where do you get your ideas?
Social media, real life experiences, news articles and just my imagination.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes. That’s when I read and do whatever I need to do to clear my mind. I think writer’s block occurs when your mind is cluttered and those things obstruct the creative juices.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I can’t write without an outline. It helps to keep me on track. But, I am not a slave to the outline. The characters begin to tell their own stories and they may differ from the outline.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Growing up, I read Judy Bloom (Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret?) and V.C. Andrews (The Flowers in the Attic). There weren’t many authors of color that wrote for teens when I was growing up. Then I was introduced to Toni Morrison through Sula and the Bluest Eye. Then Terry McMillian burst onto the scene. Then I fell in love with Christian fiction through Temptation by Victoria Christopher Murray.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I was blessed that my debut novel was published by the same company that published the Christmas anthology.
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?
Nope, not at all. I love my characters and their story.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I advertise on social media and I attend reader and author conferences. I’ve met with at least ten book clubs to discuss the novel.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My sophomore novel is a follow-up to the debut novel, Faith Alone. The main characters discover a baby switching scheme and it may be possible that their child, whom they thought had died, is actually alive. What will they uncover in the search to for their son?
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Both. I’m a single mom, so you’ll find that the dynamics of blended families is a theme that I like to write about. I take real life situations and add conflict and drama that are relatable to the everyday reader.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Almost half-way through the book I was inspired to create a character for the book that wasn’t in the original outline. I enjoyed that.
How did you come up with the title?
After writing the story, Faith Alone was the title that resonated the most and tells the story.
What project are you working on now?
I’m working on my sophomore novel.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I’m hoping Spring 2020.
How can your readers find you?