Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Moonflower by EDC Johnson

“Even the way he spoke was unusual. Josie added the pieces together in her mind and concluded that either she had been mystically transported to a mysterious land or she was utterly, totally going insane."
After Josephine Woods’ father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth? - See more at: http://www.edcjohnson.com/reviews/#sthash.HGF6L0ws.dpuf

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After Josephine Wood’s father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth?
After Josephine Woods’ father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth? - See more at: http://www.edcjohnson.com/reviews/#sthash.HGF6L0ws.dpuf
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Author EDC Johnson
EDC Johnson grew up in the Midwest, graduating from Michigan State University with her BFA in Art Education and her MA in Art Education from Western Michigan University. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Palm Harbor, Florida. Her decade of experience as a public school art teacher has inspired her to write fiction novels that will entice young readers. You may see some of her illustrations in Renee Mallet's: Fairies, Mermaids, and Other Mystical Creatures.
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live with my husband and 14-month-old daughter in Palm Harbor, Florida.  I’m a transplant from Michigan, but relish in the sunny weather.  Before my daughter arrived my two dogs, a 5lb. Chihuahua and a 75lb. lab mix, had all of my attention.  After over a decade of teaching art in the public school system I have decided to stay home to raise my daughter, but I also work for my husband’s business as the Social Media Specialist and I co-run a blog with my friend, www.sciencefictionandsuch.com.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Deciding to stay home with my daughter was a big decision for me.  I had never expected to be a stay-at-home mother, but it has been a really rewarding experience.  I dedicate most of my time to her.  When we aren’t interacting directly I am usually working on the computer.  As an artist I often do crafting projects, usually for gifts, to entertain myself.  I don’t know about anyone else, but after having a child I find I don’t have much time to myself, so writing has become the thing I do when she is sleeping.


When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? 
I have enjoyed writing ever since I was in grade school (I even won a Young Author Award).  I was told I had a talent for it by teachers, but never really gave it any consideration as a career—until now.  And, of course, going through college to get my Bachelors and Masters degrees involved a great deal of writing.   Art theory is one of my favorite parts of what I do and expressing your ideas in writing is essential.  I pursued writing with the intention to publish starting almost 6 years ago and published Moonflower at the end of March in 2013.

I started with the intention to 
Well, I started with the intention to write for myself but soon felt like I had something, something that was unique and written well enough to share with others.  I didn’t intend to publish Moonflower at first but I am so glad I did.  It is an accomplishment that no one can ever take from me.

Do you ever experience writer's block?
Yes, during the writing of book two of the Moonflower series I had a serious halt to all work.  After quite some time, I began working on my new series and then came back to it.  Once I began writing again I had to push through the section I was having problems with, but like magic, inspiration hit.  I don’t even know what prompted it but new ideas for the book erupted and I’m pleased to think that the second book will be more exciting than the first.

How did you come up with the title?
It may seem cliche, but it came to me in a daydream.  Right before I was about to fall asleep I imagined this scenario and it began to play like a movie in my mind.  Then I incorporated my favorite necklace into the idea.  It is made of moonstone.  This then made me wonder if there was an actual moonflower. And, well, the rest is history.



Do you base your characters on people you know?
I loosely base some of the characters on people I know.  It gives me somewhere to start from and then I develop the character’s individual personality based on his/her desires and situation. 


If yes, do you tell them?
Both Lucius and Donovan are actually fashioned from different aspects of my husband.  It was funny how he actually caught onto it as he was reading along with my drafts.  He can be very sweet and generous like Lucius while at another moment he is serious and driven like Donovan, but almost always he is passionate about what he is doing.  You may see that passion in both of the brothers, just about different things that are important to that character.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I don’t expect everyone to like my book.  I have found that I often don’t like books that many other people have acclaimed, but the toughest criticism I have ever had was a person who reviewed my book by saying she hadn’t finished it.  This leaves so many unanswered questions like why didn’t she like it and how far did she get?  It is my belief that it is difficult to judge a book without reading its entirety.  I have read books that I didn’t finish myself and still gave them a fairly good review because it was well written, just not my cup-of-tea.
The best compliment I have ever gotten was when a mother read my book before allowing her child to read it.  She said she enjoyed the book herself but most of all that she thanked me for writing a book that had all the passion without the smut, so she felt comfortable to allow her daughter to read it.  Although I set out to make this a YA read I have found that my biggest readership is 25-45 year olds and that is also a great compliment to me.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

First of all I would like to genuinely thank all of you for having interest in my work.  You are a large part of the reason I write and it is fulfilling to share my work with others.  Also I would like to thank everyone for their support thus far.  Each email, each word of encouragement, helps to fuel my drive to continue writing.
Second, www.edcjohnson.com is where you can follow my updates.  I also have sites on other social media.  I’m EDC Johnson on facebook and @EDCJohnson on twitter and instagram.  I would love for my readers to follow me, and to feel free to ask me questions.


 
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Chocolate

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Night

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Rain

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Mac

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Tea

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Dogs

Morning Person or Night Owl? 
Night Owl all the way!

  

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