C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.
What inspires you to write?
I really think a lot of things inspire me to write, but a lot of it comes from a desire to understand something or to share something. I like being opinionated, and I like being right even better, so it helps to examine different ideas for the best understanding possible.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not a very disciplined writer, in that I am always able to schedule myself to write and have projects done "on time." I wish I was a little different in that regard, but I am rewarded in that often times, even though I don't have a set schedule, the writing will be inspired and even better when it is finished.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are all different parts of me, and there are some less manageable parts of me than others. I like getting to listen to their arguments and voices, and sometimes it works in their favor, and other times it doesn't.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are C. S. Lewis, Andrew Klavan, Donald Miller, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Nora Roberts, J. K. Rowling, and quite a few others.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I work with both, but I am greatly encouraged to see more self-publishing options available. There is nothing that will give you an appreciation for books more than writing one, and I think the same goes for publishing when you learn how to do it on your own. I like working with both, and I have learned a lot from using both a publisher and publishing on my own.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is a cyclical sort of system; the old gatekeepers are starting to fall, but new ones will rise in their place. When I started out writing, things were much different than they are now. I expect change will happen more swiftly, but through the experimentation, we will find a more rigid system.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, romance, fairy tales, science fiction, historical fiction, contemporary, comics,
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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