Author Helen Johnston Shares Their Story
About the Author
Helen Johnston grew up in her home county of Hampshire, England. Her childhood dreams filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child she was never alone, her years spent entertained with her vivid imagination. She met and married her husband not long after leaving school and soon after their son was born, their family is made complete with Helen’s two cats who are spoiled rotten which results in them often thinking they rule the home.
Her life consisting of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry her vivid imagination refused to stay quiet and combined with her love of erotica and all things vampire she decided to try her hand at writing and has never looked back.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I wanted to write a book that firstly I found sexy and fun and hard to put down. I have had a passion for vampires since an early teen and decided to write a book for myself.
Tell us about how you write:
I’m without a doubt, a seat of the pants type of writer, I do like to have all my characters (the main ones anyway) all set up. I keep them all in a file so I can return to make sure all the details are correct, because I’ve been known to add inches to peoples height or their eye colour changes. After you’ve written about one hundred thousand words, you would think you would know your own characters inside out, but no, I still make mistakes…
I use Office Word to write it with lots of post it notes stuck around the place. I start at the beginning and go with the flow. I don’t plan, or research until the story demands it.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Will it make me seem mad if I do? lol, yes I’ve had Blake’s voice in my head for about seven years now. he can be extremely bossy at times…
What advice would you give other writers?
To read, read, read in your genre. I’ve read so much in the last seven years I’ve hardly had a break between books. I love to read people who are more established in this field than myself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn’t write my books to publish them. they were something I had to get out of my head. I wrote them firstly for myself. Then a few friends read them, and they encouraged me to get them out there any way I could.
I self published the first two books in the Journeys of Innocence series, Book one: Innocence Lost and Book Two: Innocence Reclaimed, using Amazon’s KDP format, and recently I’ve been signed to a publisher, who will release them both and the third one Innocence Reborn in all formats including paperback.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think people will always love to hold a book, especially if its one of their favourites. But I think ebooks are the future. Less storage space, easy for holidays and you can carry thousands of books in your handbag with an e reader.
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