Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an easily-obsessed YA writer who loves dollar-store shopping and opening Hatchimals. Though I have written many books, my first release comes in November of 2017, with hopefully many more to come!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Wonders: A Wanderer's Journey is inspired by on of my best friends, Courtnie. Courtnie is a sufferer of Scimitar Syndrome. Her symptoms are so rare she is literally the only person in the world with her particular affliction. Wonders is meant to be a reminder her son can hold in his hands that his mother has inspired magic, adventure, and beauty.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I keep bubbles on my desk and blow them to clear my head when I'm stuck on a scene. Other than that, I'm pretty typical: snacks, music, and fights with distractions occupy my writing time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Definitely JK Rowling, as far as books go. I think as far as Young Adult as a genre goes, I've been inspired more by movies than by books. (I know, stake me now.) I love the Hunger Games films, the Maze Runner, and almost any YA themed movie or show I come into contact with.
What are you working on now?
Wonders: A Wanderer's Discoveries is my NaNo project this year. I'm only a measly 3,000 words into it so far! I also have a Celestial God's series and an Underworld series that I really hope will be available within the next five years or so.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Paying someone else? Kidding…kind of. Honestly, I've been writing for a decade but I haven't found a sure method of successful promotion. I enjoy doing Thunderclap campaigns, I like to get groups of authors together to share and exchange information, and there are plenty of people on Facebook or at signings who are always willing to help. The Indie community is AMAZING, but without someone to help you, it's a hard world to navigate sometimes, too.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't respond to reviews but do take constructive criticism. Research your markets, research your subject material, research until your eyes bleed. Knowledge is your most important ally in this world. Speaking of allies, find many. Indie authors are accepting, loving, helpful, and amazing. Don't be afraid to reach out, because someone always has a hand out to take to help lift you up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If everyone you talk to loves it without criticism, you're not talking to enough honest people. You don't want a collection of people who will talk you up with false praise. You need people who will help you grow, even if they have to shoot down your hard work to foster that growth. Do not spit on constructive criticism, ever.
What are you reading now?
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monster. Absolutely love it so far and I know I need to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well (I adore the movie). I've also got a copy of Bound by J.M. Chalker I'm really looking forward to finishing so I can review!!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Learn, research, work hard, and get more books out there!!
What is your favorite book of all time?
Nora Roberts Key of Knowledge. Really, the whole Key series has my heart forever, but I relate to Dana as a character and love the storyline most of all.
Author Websites and Profiles
A.D. Johnson Amazon Profile
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