A.S. Johnson

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 02, 2011

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Orion | Publisher: Strategic Book Group | Genre: Romance | Release Date: Dec. 1, 2010

In this galactic-size romance, Commander Susan Davis, pilot of the shuttle Orion, is on a space mission when she is struck by cupid's arrow. The widow isn't looking for love, but finds it anyway in Orion, an out-of-this-world novel. Astronaut Chance Walker has been waiting five years for a private moment to tell the woman he loves about his star-struck affections. On one special night, both their lives are changed forever.

The novel Orion takes a look at a woman's second chance at love. The story is filled with joy, passion, tears, as well as a near-death experience. This soul-searching journey travels to the limits to see if romance can be found in the stars.

Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.

I did chose the title of my novel "Orion". There's no scientific process for it. The title I went with for this novel came from my writing and the career of my main character Susan Davis whose is commander of the space shuttle Orion.

I really didn't want a complex or long title for my first novel.

What inspires your writing?

Inspiration for writing comes from various dreams I have. I've always had a detailed imagination and very complex dreams. I know I have something to write about when I dream about a topic or event I've never dreamed about before. I usually contact my mom or my sister Charlotte and tell them about my crazy dream I'd just had, at which time they tell me to write it down because "that would make a neat book to read." The moral support and encouragement I receive from my family also helps fuel my desire to write.

What are your hobbies?

I love to read romance novels, write poetry, cook, go sightseeing, travel, spend time with family, watch movies, hockey, and golf.

What has surprised you about being a published writer?

The biggest surprise about being a published writer is the amount of self-promoting one must do in order to get any kind of recognition. I had no clue how much effort an author puts into selling their own novels and themselves. I think we all dream about instant success, but reality shows us success if by the sweat of the brow and nothing is ever instant.

Please tell us your latest news!

I've been working on promoting my newly released novel "Orion". I just finished writing my second romance novel "The Traveling Teddy Bear", I'm in the early stages of proof-reading and revisions. I'm also working on a poetry compilation with my sisters called "A Sister's Poem". The second novel and the Poetry book should be out in mid to late 2011.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Ray Bradbury is my favorite author. He's really able to pull the reader in, consume you with the story line, characters, descriptions, and make you feel like you are in his story. You know the story and author is great when you close your eyes at night and start dreaming about what you've just read.

I think Ray Bradbury is an incredible writer.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice to other writers is to believe in yourself, surround yourself with positive people in your life who show support both verbal and physcially of your work. Pick up a few novels both old and new and read them to see what other published authors are writing. Write what you like and topics you enjoy writing about. Above all else live your dream, stop day dreaming about your life and get in there and start living it.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My family has been very supportive of my writing and my biggest fans. My ninty-one year old step-father has read "Orion", it was his first ever romance novel and he was honest, blunt sometimes, and to my joy, loved it. My mom, sisters, various nieces and nephews have read "Orion" or are currently reading it.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

My writing process tends to be a combination of fly by the seat of my pants followed with an outline. I tend to write several chapters out and then sit down write down each character, who they are, what they do, describe each one, and develop each one with greater detail, then go back to each chapter and revise where needed. It also helps me later to have a reference page when writing later chapters which then enables me to keep everyone straight and not confuse one character with another.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

My ritual when it comes to writing had developed into me sitting in the home office, on the PC, after everyone in the house is in bed and asleep, with a cold bottle of water, a few cookies, writing pen, and blank paper for notes. I get my writing program set up, have the last two chapters I've written printed out, a print out of my character list, along with various notes, and then I begin to type. Usually within three to four hours of writing and reading what I just wrote I finish another chapter. Save it and then finally around 3:00 a.m. I go to bed. Because I know if I don't get the ideas out of my head, written down, and then typed up I won't be able to sleep. It's a form of therapy, I think.

What main genre do you write in?


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