Monday, May 09, 2016

Interview with Victoria C. Johnson Author of Skin of a Goddess

What inspired you to become an author?

To tell you the truth, I had a difficult time reading when I was growing up. I was convinced that I knew what I was doing, but I was just making up stories instead of reading them. When it finally clicked for me, I couldn’t put books down. Soon I was no longer content just reading books, I wanted to write them too. I knew what kind of stories I was interested in reading, and instead of looking for them, I decided to write them. Since then, I haven’t stopped!

Do you write in different genres?

I only write romance, but sometimes it leans more toward fantasy than paranormal. I love taking elements of mythology or ancient culture and making them my own. My current series is mapped out to include at least eight books. I have been plotting a new series that is in an alternate world full of magic. My Goddess Ascension series is set in the real world, bringing Greek mythology and paranormal creatures to life.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I waited until after my book was complete to title it. I have a loose plot of how I want, or think, things should go in my books. When I actually get down to the writing part of things, the plot always deviates. I wanted to wait until I had a first draft completed to give it a name. I had to wait for the overall feeling of the book to pick a title that fit!

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Of course! I use different aspects of the people around me to help build realistic characters. Conversations I have inspire phrases and bits of dialogue in my book. If something strikes me as interesting or funny, I jot it down to sneak into different parts of my writing. Also, if my husband asks, any male leads in any of my books are inspired by him.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I am working on the fourth book in my Goddess Ascension series. I’m planning having it focus on Enyo, the Goddess of War. I think it will be a really interesting character to write about. She’s a total badass but so socially oblivious, you can’t help but adore her. Enyo is a hot mess, emphasis on hot.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I get too involved with my characters. If I’m feeling a certain kind of way, those emotions will bleed into my characters’ actions and feelings. Sometimes this doesn’t work for the plot or their particular personality. I often have to take a step back and look at things with a fresh perspective.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Deranged Doctor Design completed my latest book cover. I really enjoyed working with them and love how the cover turned out. I like the little touches of the scales showing on the man’s skin. Hunter, my leading male character, is a dragon shape shifter. I also really like the elements of gold on the cover. Peitho, my leading female character, has golden colored skin. As the Goddess of Persuasion and Seduction, this key physical trait helps allure those around her. Working with DDD was a great experience and resulted in a great cover.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up! Not everyone is going to like you’re writing. That’s fine and doesn’t mean you’re writing is bad. I always try to remind myself that I don’t instantly fall in love with every book that I pick up. It’s only natural for that to be the same regarding readers and my book. Just because a few people may not get your writing doesn’t negate the amount of people that will really enjoy it. Focus on the positive, ignore the negative, and write because you love it.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

If I could have one paranormal ability, it would definitely be teleportation. I hate flying, I’m afraid of heights, and I get motion sickness. Being able to travel anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye would be a relief.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

I would have a griffin. If the whole teleportation thing doesn’t work out, I could ride around on my vicious, protective griffin. Plus, I’ve always been fond of cats.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I would be spending the day with Julia Child, learning tasty cooking tricks and eating way too much food. I love eating, and my current pregnant state has nothing to do with my response. I think.

Skin of a Goddess
Goddess Ascension
Book One
Victoria C. Johnson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: April 18, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9973433-0-4

Number of pages: 253
Word Count: 78,311

Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Design

Book Description:

Goddesses just want to have fun, right?

Peitho’s first job as an Immortal Representative means slumming it at the Shifter Convention, where shifters and supernaturals will be meeting to discuss concerns and build relations. She’s sure it’s going to be boring—all they have to complain about is fleas and territory.

Wait . . . is that a dragon?

Obsessive is a strong word.

Hunter thinks Peitho would make a great addition to his hoard of treasure. Dragons are famously acquisitive; how is he supposed to ignore her? Everyone always says it’s bad to fight your nature.

When shifters begin disappearing from the convention, and bodies quickly appearing, Peitho and Hunter have no choice but to investigate. Will Hunter and Peitho manage to solve the crime while still keeping their hearts intact?

Available at Amazon

About the Author:

Victoria C. Johnson lives in Michigan with her supportive husband and amazing family. She became serious about her passion for writing shortly after having her daughter. As someone who strongly believes in doing what makes you happy, she decided to follow her own advice. She loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. Victoria adores happy endings, heartfelt characters, and extraordinary situations. She hopes to bring a little more of that to life every day.