Authors are Rockstars: A Chat with Christine Johnson

Posted August 30, 2013 by Melissa in Promo Post | 2 Comments

I am thrilled to be hosting Christine Johnson today for the Authors are Rockstars Tour! Christine is definitely a rockstar! To be honest anyone who has the guts to put her heart and soul out there for the world to read is a rockstar in my book!! Christine is fearless when it comes to taking age old tales like werewolves and putting her own unique twist on them.  She listens to NPR and is turned on by physics …

Plus she loves animals especially cats!!  Enough Said!  

The Interview

1. Can you tell me a little bit about your book and what inspired it?

THE GATHERING DARK was inspired by a story on NPR about the Large Hadron Collider and dark matter. I’d had an idea percolating for awhile about a girl who realized she was part of an alternate universe, but it wasn’t until I heard that story that everything clicked. I spent the next year or so researching dark matter, and it inspired a real passion for physics, along with the idea for the book.

2. I find it interesting to know what environment authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?

I can write anywhere as long as I have earbuds in and music on. I don’t care if I’m in an airport terminal, a coffee shop, or my living room. I can look past any kind of visual “noise” and focus on what’s on my screen, but give me a chance to eavesdrop, and I’m not writing anymore. I’m listening. It’s a habit that is both awesome and terrible at the same time. Obviously, since I like to write wherever and whenever I can, my laptop is a critical piece of equipment. I don’t like to be tied down to a desk!

3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have lots of hobbies, and I’m always trying to find time to pursue more. I practice yoga and study kung fu. I love to read. I love to cook and bake. I like running. I love movies, especially documentaries. The world is a very interesting place, and the more I do, the more interesting it becomes, and the more stories I find I have to tell. If I ever feel uninspired to write, I often find it means I’m not doing enough other interesting stuff. You gotta fill the well, you know?

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Read. Write. Read. Write. Do stuff. Write about it. Read about it. Do more stuff. Repeat. There’s no magic to writing. There’s magic IN it, but not TO it. You get better by doing it, and the magic finds you while you’re writing, not before. The myth of the muse is the quickest path to being the sort of person who wants to write, rather than being the sort of person who is a writer. Do it first. Get inspired next.

5. Do any animals share your life? Please tell us about them.

Yep. I have a Newfoundland named Bailiff. She’s been described variously as a bear, a muppet, and a pony. She weighs as much as I do, and she’s got more black fur than you can imagine. She’s also incredibly sweet. In addition, I have a fantastic cat name Schrodinger (yes, after Schrodinger’s cat. I told you I became a physics geek!) I think Schrodinger may actually be a dog in a cat’s body. He loves everyone, “talks” all the time, and is generally hilarious. He, like Bailiff, is black. If you ever come to my house, don’t wear white. Just a warning.

And now for a little bit of fun:) This or That?

Coffee or Tea? Yes.
Sweet or Salty? Hrmph. Sweet.
Beach or Lake? Beach.
Winter or Summer? Summer. I don’t understand why this is a question. Also, I don’t trust anyone who picks winter.
Cats or Dogs? Cats. They look like they know all the secrets.  (That is because they do!!)
Zombies or Vampires? Vampires.
Country or City? Hrmph again. Depends? City if I have to choose. Preferably mid-sized. Is that too picky?
Shower or Bath? Shower
Morning or Evening? Evening
M&Ms or Skittles? M&Ms. The orange ones are my favorite. (Yes, I think they all taste different!)
Trains or Planes? Planes. I love getting on a plane and going somewhere!
Comedy or Drama? Comedy.

Her Books

Title: The Gathering Dark
Author: Christine Johnson
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Pages: 512
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781442439030
Publication Date: February 12th 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book
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A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.

Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.

Title: Claire de Lune
Series: Claire de Lune #1
Author: Christine Johnson
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781416991823
Publication Date: May 18th 2010
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book, Audio
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Torn between two destinies…
Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and her crush keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she’s the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: She’s a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she finds her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart. Burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, she will be forced to make a choice that will change her life forever…

Title: Nocturne
Series: Claire de Lune #2
Author: Christine Johnson
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 355
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781442407763
Publication Date: August 23rd 2011
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book, Audio
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In the sequel to Claire de Lune, a teen girl struggling with her werewolf identity discovers that some secrets are too dangerous to share….After the tragic events of the summer, Claire is looking forward to a new school year. All she wants to worry about is finding the most gorgeous dress to wear to the Autumn Ball with her perfect boyfriend.
But as Claire knows all too well, the life of a werewolf is never that simple, or that sweet. When Claire’s human and wolf lives start to collide, her worst nightmares come true. She’s hurting her best friend. She’s caught lying. And then the unthinkable happens: Someone discovers Claire’s secret.

If Claire’s werewolf identity is exposed, everyone she knows will be put at risk. And the pack’s response comes at a cost higher than Claire can imagine. Claire will be forced to determine just how far she is willing to go to protect her family, her identity, and her life, before she loses it all…

The Author

I grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. While I was in the “away” part of that adventure, I was living in Chicago, Illinois, where I went to DePaul University and met my husband. I majored in Political Science. For the record, Political Science is a totally useless degree. But it’s also totally fascinating and I loved studying it. I fall into that trap a lot. I graduated with about nine million extra credit hours because I was forever taking classes that seemed “interesting” instead of classes that I needed to fill requirements.

After college, I lived in Chicago for several more years with my husband. I had a string of jobs – some I liked, some I hated, but none of them ever stuck with me as a career. Writing is different. For this job, I could be a workaholic! Anyway, after several more years in Chicago, my husband and I moved back to Indianapolis. (We got tired of constantly looking for street parking in Lakeview.)

Now, I live in an old house in an old neighborhood with my husband and kids. I have too many books and a weakness for anything sweet. I love yoga and cooking, but I’m not much of a movie person. I like watching soccer, and always look forward to the first sweater-worthy days in the fall. But mostly, I like making things up and writing them down and having people read them. So, that’s what I do, and I’m very, very lucky to be doing it!

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