Give a warm welcome to S. R. Johannes!
What would you like for readers to take away from your novel/novels?
Thank you for asking this. I don’t think anyone has asked this before.
I always loved reading James Hall and James Patterson when I was younger. Thrillers in today’s world. I don’t think YA has a ton of those. So I wanted to create a thriller genre for YA.
That you can make a difference in nature. While I want people to be entertained, I weave in conservation messages about bears, wolves, and nature. Even in this day and age, there is still a lot of horror bring done to animals. Grace represents the teen that can make a difference in this world.
What part of your first novel did you find hardest to write?
My book started out about Jihad terrorists so that should give you an idea of where I started thank goodness agents rejected that and gave great feedback.
Was there ever a moment when you wouldn’t trade what you do as an author for the world? What was that moment for you?
The release day of Untraceable last year. I had no expectations so when I started getting great reviews and my book sold tons of copies and shot up Amazon’s bestseller’s list, I realized why I write. To touch people. But more importantly, the support of the writing and blogging community solidified it for me. I will always be a writer – in spirit, at heart, and in my life.
What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book?
When I can’t put it down. Usually it is a fast paced book with endearing characters. I love books like Hunger Games – thrilling, emotional, literary.
Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing, but on you personally?
James Hall’s Gone Wild. It is a thrilling story that touches on the plight of orangutans and the murder of a conversationalist. It is thrilling, touching, I learned a lot – that is what I want to write.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you!
Gosh, I really don’t have any secrets. I hate to cook. I’m an awful speller, and I LOVE to organize. I’m an overachiever. I talk to myself – a lot. But I think people know this about me. I think I come across cold or strong – but I am very shy and sensitive. I hate asking for help but love to give it. What can I say – I’m an open book.
Thank you S. R. for stopping The Writers Voice!