Friday, July 19, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Anne Johnson

Hey, it's another Friday and I have another great author just for you.  Let's welcome Anne Johnson! 
Don't forget to check out the rest of the interview with my fellow BRoP hosts

Part 5 @ party at my house... um blog, I mean blog - Friday, July 19th

She's having a blog tour, check it out:

Drawing on her eclectic background, which includes degrees in classical languages and musicology, ANNE E. JOHNSON has published in a wide variety of topics and genres. She's written non-fiction books for children with the Rosen Group and feature articles for adults in serials such as The New York Times and Stagebill Magazine. As the author of nearly thirty published short stories, she has won writing prizes for both children's and adults' short fiction. Anne lives in Brooklyn with her husband, playwright Ken Munch. 
Section #5: Words of Wisdom

BRoP: Tell us about your route to success –how did you land your agent/publisher?

The publisher of the Webrid books is Candlemark & Gleam. I found them during a Twitter chat session about book marketing. I liked what they had to say (and their encouragement of me, an unknown and clueless author); I then went to their website and was very impressed with their presentation and philosophy. Fortunately, they loved what I submitted to them. Working with C&G is a delight, and I hope the relationship continues for a long time.

BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing?

The willingness to improve is the most important. Otherwise, I would say an ear for figurative language, an internal alarm set off by cliché, a rock-solid knowledge of grammar, and the nerve to experiment.

BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers?

This depends on the writer, so I can only answer for myself. I must have a large, ever-growing stack of nice, small notebooks. I prefer ones with animals or cute aliens on them. I use only Xeno ballpoint pens. A cup of coffee and a snack in the afternoon is essential, lest my energy flag. I need a computer for the editing and revising phases. A supportive spouse or significant other is a huge boon!

BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers?

It’s a hackneyed answer, but a true one: write every day, read every day (and read widely, not just in “your” genre), don’t give up, and learn to separate helpful criticism from nonsense.

BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)? I am polishing a YA science fiction adventure called Space Surfers and have started work on the third Webrid novel, Red Spawn Delivery.

BLUE DIAMOND DELIVERY: Webrid is a carter. He’s also the savior of the world. Is it so much to ask that he get a break, and get to enjoy the simple things in life – like booze and babes – without being asked to drop everything and save the day? Again.
But all the planets of the Raralt Circle will crack to pieces unless Webrid can complete one simple carting job. How hard could it be to save the world? After all, he’s done it before.
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BLUE DIAMOND DELIVERY is the sequel to GREEN LIGHT DELIVERY, and gives us another look into the wisecracking, noir-tinged worlds of the Raralt Planetary Circle and the lives of Webrid, Stravin, Zatell, and an interplanetary cast of weirdoes you can’t help but love.

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