Off the Beaten Path – blog tour day 5, Debra R Johnson is in the hot seat

IMG430highbwToday I’m pleased to welcome a new friend to the blog, Debra R Johnson, one of my Off the Beaten Path fellow contributors. Debra’s story, ‘To Darkness I Fall’ is a ‘different spin on seething romance…. a darker, bloodier tale’.

Debra answered a few questions about her story and her other current writing projects, so it’s over to Debra…

What other works do you have available?

Currently, my only other book out right now is the first installment  of The Phoenix Curse: After – Part One. You can download it for free on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble,  and a few other sites as well.

Here is the link to Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/After-Part-Phoenix-Curse-ebook/dp/B00D3B1C6Y

What other projects or events do you have coming up?

I am releasing After – Part Two later this month. Very  exciting for me. I actually pushed back the release date a couple weeks  due to the release of OTBP so I could fully dedicate myself to promoting  both books without crossing my wires.

What was your inspiration  for ‘To Darkness I Fall’?

‘To Darkness I Fall’, was not premeditated  at all. I had a vivid dream one Friday night, woke up Saturday morning  and started writing it down. I do this a lot with my dreams – get down  a sketch so I can have a story prompt for later – but Darkness became a full story that weekend.  I just couldn’t let it go.

Also, the main character got her name because my husband was playing  the latest Tomb Raider that weekend, and I kept hearing that name over  and over. It stuck!

Why do  you write? Do you have any encouraging words for other indies?

I have always had a very active imagination and have been able to  weave a story quite quickly out of nothing at all. When I was young,  I thought I wanted to be a writer someday, but I never received much  support from my friends and family, so the dream was intangible.

Then, years later, my daughter started writing. I supported her and  decided to start editing her work and, in doing so, it revived something  inside me. The indie author boom had just happened, so I started doing  some internet searches and stumbled across NaNoWriMo.

50k words in one month? Me? I took me a decade to write 20k on one  story. There’s no way I could possibly accomplish 50k in one month!

But it was still mid-October when all that was going through my mind,  so I pulled out an old file, dusted it off and got to writing. It was  a short story I had started nearly 20 years ago and it only had 5k words.  Within those last 2 weeks of October, I finished the story at a little  over 20k. Not the longest story ever, but it was just a test to see  if I could do it. And I passed.

When I wrote the final words to that story, I actually cried. Now,  looking back, it seems like such a little thing, but it was life-changing  at the time. That happened one year ago this October.

I entered NaNoWriMo the following month and also won that with 5 whole  days to spare. Not only that, but I actually finished that book I started  then and it became my first published novel.

So much has changed in this past year; the way I look at things and  what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it. I’m hoping this is just  the tip of the iceberg and I can’t wait to see where I’m at next  year in my budding writing career!

My advice to fellow indies and NaNoWriMos, don’t give up! Just keep  writing. You owe the story that much. Also, not to scare anyone, but  writing is the easy part. It’s the editing that’s  the bitch!

Find Debra at these places:

Facebook

Twitter

The Pheonix Curse website

Goodreads

Website

 

 

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