Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Spotlight: Moonflower by E.D.C. Johnson

I reviewed this book last September. You can read my review here. This book will be on sale January 30-February 5. Purchase it early to get the best price. Keep reading for my interview with the author!

Title: Moonflower

Author: E. D. C. Johnson

Published: March 29th, 2013

Word Count: approx. 73,500

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Recommended Age: 12+

Synopsis: 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?

Author Interview

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have been writing since I was young, winning a Young Author Award in grade 4, but would not have considered myself a writer. Writing was just another creative outlet and also a necessity as you continue your education and theorizing becomes an integral part of your profession. I didn’t truly feel like a full-fledged writer until I published my first book though I did refer to myself as a writer during the long arduous process leading up to it.

What inspired you to write Moonflower?
It may seem cliché, 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 have a name for book 2 and a scheduled release date?
I do have a name for book two but I will be saving it for a special cover release. I hope to release it sometime in late summer or fall but as a new mother my obligations have been a challenge to gauging my timeline.

What are some of your favorite books and what book are you reading now?
I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When I need to clean my mind of contemporary writing I’ll go back to reading it. I finished the City of Ash by Cassandra Clare and began reading The Infernal Devices trilogy. I like her use of simile and metaphor.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Well, my life has changed quite a bit over the last year with the birth of my first child, a daughter. She takes up much of my time which I don’t mind giving. I also work for my husband as his social media specialist, but I see that more as a job than fun. In the rare chance that I have free time I try to do things just for me such as: get a hair cut, pedicure, watch a movie or go out to eat with friends. Actually spending time with friends is probably what I like to do the most since I don’t have much adult conversation these days. Friends are the best stress reliever!

If you couldn't be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I have been an art teacher for the last decade. It really is an ideal occupation for me. I get to help young people learn new things while guiding them in self-expression. How cool is that? In the last couple of years I have found the world of educators to be extremely politically charged and the joy I once had for teaching is not quite the same. Without going into a downward spiral I will conclude that I am happy to take time to be with my daughter and lead her toward being a good person and hope that my passion for teaching will be refreshed by the time the “education crisis” is somewhat resolved. One can hope at least.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Just do it! Write it down and get it out there. Finishing something is half the battle. There are numerous resources to get help whether you join a writing group, find an editor, or contact a publisher, but you are the only one in control of your creative flow. If you don’t put your thoughts into writing it will never be shared with the world.

Is there anything 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, I would like to ask all of you for your help, not only for myself but for all writers, in sharing my book with others. Independent writers rely on you, the fans, to post about our new exciting books with your family and friends. We wish so desperately for the world to know we are here and to give us a chance. So, once again, I wish to thank you in advance for your support in sharing about Moonflower on your social media sites. Your word of mouth and reviews make a HUGE difference.

About the Author:

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.


Katie W said...

I love that cover!! Great interview.

Unknown said...

I love that interview! I absolutely LOVE that cover!

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