Interview with Michelle L. Johnson

HeadshotTell us about your publishing journey…What do you love about being an author?

The road to DIVINITY… sounds like a book title, doesn’t it? I’ve always written and had stories floating around me like little faeries buzzing by my ears. Every diary and journal I’ve ever had frustrated me and I inevitably would write something along the lines of “I just really want to write a BOOK.”

DIVINITY actually came about because of a memoir workshop I had enrolled in. When I came up with the first line for that memoir it immediately made me think “what if that weren’t sarcasm?” and that sent me tumbling into the world of Julia and the Archangels.

The line was: “My mother is a raving lunatic and my father is the Archangel Gabriel. Please pass the potatoes.”

I talk about this at great length in a guest post on September 16th on What the Cat Read blog if you’re interested in hearing more.

My favorite part of being an author is that moment when you hear from a reader that your book has affected them in some way – given them a story they can relate to on a personal level. It is my hope not only to entertain, but to reach people and make them feel like someone out there gets it.

 If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

This question made my head swirl with characters. Too many to choose! Perhaps, though, I might choose Hermione. Because Hermione. And I’d probably just order whatever she did so I could just listen to what she was saying and not have to bother with the distraction of choosing something.

Of course if she ordered something horrific, I’d probably go for a salad.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

There are so many incredible actors, this one is so tough! I had thought Evangeline Lily would make a great Julia, but then, so would Jennifer Lawrence. And for the Archangel Michael… Someone who can be badass, heartbreaking, and funny. Taye Diggs or Shemar Moore.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?Divinity_high

BOTH. Vampires for me have always been this combination of lethal and charming. Very much like a metaphor for addiction of any kind.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I would MUCH rather go forward! Especially as a woman who is used to having the ability to do as she pleases, and you know… vote and stuff. There are eras that fascinate me like the Middle Ages, but I definitely wouldn’t want to go there as a woman. Unless I was a queen, of course. I’d be a great queen.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Honestly, none. The better question for me would be what advice do I wish I had been willing to listen to sooner. But then I think that everything in my life happened when and where it was supposed to, else I wouldn’t be who I am today.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

An angel from DIVINITY’s world. Because I know the system and the rules and how to find all the loopholes.

Where do you write best?

Inside my bubble – and this is a thing that can happen on a plane, in a car, on my couch, at my desk… but when I pick up the scent of the story the bubble lowers and all sound and activity disappear and then it is only me and the words. One of my favorite scenes I wrote in the middle of a shopping mall during Christmas season while I sat on a bench waiting for someone. Another I wrote on my couch in complete silence at 4 am.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Being a literary agent, most of the books I read are not published yet, as is the case with the last book I read. But I’ll tell you, because it will be published… FEARLESS, the third book in the CHARMING series by my client Elliott James. As for my thoughts on it – I think he is a brilliant writer. Intelligent humor, amazing characters, intriguing stories based on well-researched myths all delivered with terrific timing. And I LOVE his action scenes. So visceral.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Definitely Mystery – Detective/Police Procedurals. Because the psychology of humans is so fascinating to me, and this is the genre that really delves into that with a lot of action and drama. Actually my first book was a mystery, THE FOOTLOOSE KILLER. Something satisfying about putting the bad guys away.

Where can fans find you online?

I have a Facebook Author Page here: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleL.Johnson

A Twitter account (though I use it for Agent AND Author) here: https://twitter.com/MJsRetweet

My Author Website here: http://www.michelleljohnson.us/

Buy links:

Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/37782440

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/divinity-michelle-johnson/1119325816

BooksAMillion: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Divinity/Michelle-L-Johnson/Q31990271

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Divinity-Michelle-Johnson/9781939392350

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Divinity-Michelle-L-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00MK3MJO0/

And here is the link to Indie Bound that will help you find the book in your neighborhood so you can buy local: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781939392350

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