Thursday, June 20, 2013

Moonflower by EDC Johnson: Interview, Special Vlog Excerpt


How did you start your writing career?

Well, it was really a two part process.  It started by reading Twilight with my husband at a friend’s recommendation.  If I am completely honest, at the risk of upsetting Twilighters, it became a running joke with my husband how many times Stephenie Meyer used the word dazzling.  I still enjoyed the book and read the rest of the series but I came to the conclusion that it was a good entertaining book without Pulitzer Prize winning writing.  I thought to myself I can do that! 

As the Twilight craze continued I noticed a few of my students were reading the book.  During discussion with a group of girls some had admitted that they would wait for the movie rather than read the thick YA novel.  Later that week I saw a girl thumbing through a book she was debating to read.  She decided to check it out of the library when she saw the illustrations.  This made me decide that I wanted to write a book that would be appealing to young readers yet still challenge them as budding readers.  As an art teacher my artistic skills would be put to good use in drawing my own chapter header illustrations.  It was my hope that young readers would be less intimidated to read novels while growing their vocabulary and ability for sustained reading.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Actually, no.  When I was growing up I really wanted to be a veterinarian.  I mean I really wanted to do it.  Sadly, when I began taking my college courses I hated them.  I guess at the time I lost my passion for it.  I still wanted to help people though so I pondered how I could while doing something I enjoyed.  Viola — art teacher! 

I did however win a state young author contest when I was in the fourth grade.  Who knew that is what I would be pursuing now?!

How did you come up with the idea to write Moonflower?

It may seem cliche but it came to me in a day dream.  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 a moonflower, and, well, the rest is history.

Is that how you write?  Do you see your story like a movie in your head?

Yes, at least that is how I generate the majority of my ideas.  I see it like small pieces of a movie.  The scene can play over and over again, until I get it right.  Right down to what the people are wearing, how they move and what they say.  I guess that is why I like to do most of my writing at night.  My imagination can wander the best then.  Once I have the important scenes created the natural flow of the writing connects them with logical actions the characters would do to get to the next plot point.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Well, I am an artist and as an artist I have a passion for creating.  My mind is driven to imagine and my body to manifest it.  There is nothing more joyful than to share your passion with others.  I especially like to hear that people have enjoyed reading my book, but even more I like hearing what they have taken away from reading it.  What their impressions were about the characters and plot.  I really intended this book for young readers to interpret, develop their own opinions and hopefully discuss the book.

Ok, I have to fit in a fun question before you go.  What would we find under your bed right now?

Probably a wayward Kleenex, lots of dust bunnies, one or two pairs of shoes, maybe a pencil or pen and a bra or something.  Oh, and a ninja sword.  No, really.  My husband is a martial arts school owner.  Just don’t come over in the middle of the night unannounced.

Last question.  Use no more than two sentences.  Why should we read your book?

It has something for everyone: action, drama, romance and it will appeal to all ages.  The characters draw you into a storyline with familiar charm, but offer surprises and a unique twist.

Thank you so much Laurie for having me here today.


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?

Author Vlog - Reading a special  excerpt from Moonflower

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 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.

Other fun facts:

  • EDC Johnson is madly deeply in love with her two dogs a 5lb. Chihuahua and an 75lb. lab mix
  • She has found a new meaning to love with the birth of her daughter March 2013
  • She has an overly active obsession with anime and manga for a woman her age ;)
  • She starts her morning every day with a cup of green tea
  • She loves pop/soda with a passion,  regular caffeinated all the way.  Coke or Pepsi it doesn’t really matter
  • She enjoys nature, gardening and animals but she has major outdoor allergies (sad face).  She likes to garden anyway!

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moe77099 said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds interesting and I kinda have a thing for shifters

Charii Skelton said...

I can't even begin to describe how much I relate to this author, lol. As an aspiring artist, and writer, it is very inspiring to read about an author like this. I too spend my nights laying awake, just dreaming up story plots, and my days painting to my hearts desire. I hope one day to finish a novel. In the meantime I look forward to taking in the knowledge of other authors by spending my free time reading their books. This one is definitely on my reading list. (may be targeted for teens, but I'm still young at heart, lol)

EDC Johnson said...

Thank you for commenting moe77099 I wish you luck for the giveaway and hope you enjoy the book. Keep your eyes open for the sequel to come (even more shifters!)

Charli Skelton, I'm so flattered that my interview resonates with you. Comments like that give me fuel to keep writing!

LhasaLuma said...

I love hearing about great mother daughter relationships, and the excerpt sounds awesome! Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway

EDC Johnson said...

Thank you LhasaLuma. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I saw Charii took advantage of my Goodreads giveaway. You can follow me there for more info on events I do.

Courtney_Elena said...

REally cool cant wait to read!!

Valerie R said...

Its awesome getting to know the authors more personally... and how they come up with their plots. ;)

vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

ErinC said...

Awesome interview! I can't wait to read the book. I know the author since we were in kindergarden, and I can't wait to read how creative her book is! :) It is so awesome to see someone follow their dreams and seeing it come true! I look forward to doing the same one day! :)

EDC Johnson said...

Congratulations to the winners Christina W. and Donna R. who will receive a paperback copy of Moonflower. If you didn't win don't be sad, you can enter another giveaway I am running on Goodreads. I appreciate everyone's support and wonderful comments. It was a great experience for me as a writer and I hope you continue to follow as I cultivate my writing career. Thank you bunches!