About the Author
Shakuita Johnson is currently finishing up her Master’s degree. When she isn’t in school she enjoys watching Japanese Anime, eating, and relaxing. She published her first book Dark Indiscretions (Dark Indiscretions Series, #1) in Dec. 2013, which is permafree on all online outlets for ebook.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I like writing the darker side of romance. The side no one wants to talk about and pretend doesn't exist.
Tell us about how you write:
I rarely outline. I've had about two outlines done for me and I've outlined one myself but I find it harder to let the story carry me away when I have an outline. Even though I can veer from it I feel bad for doing so and it ends up messing up the entire outline and I start to freak out. I also enjoy using Scrivener because it's easy to move chapters and things around. It also has the character sketches. Even though I don't have formal character sketches and I just write. But I do like to color code things and I have a notebook that has all my little notes and things that I add on to and use when I can't remember what I wrote in a previous book of the series.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Ha, I try to ignore them. Some have more to say than others. Sometimes they even surprise me. I keep thinking I have a handle on what they'll do and the connections but then something will come out of left field and I keep worried and have to look at the books before to make sure I don't contradict myself. Luckily no major consistency issues have popped up yet! Ha
What advice would you give other writers?
Write without fear of judgement.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like to be in control of things. But I'd tell others to do what feels right and make sure you research whichever avenue you wish to go with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it's moving away from a place of joy and excitement. To one of drama and pettiness. Readers enjoy reading more than one author and genre but instead of lifting each other up, we are seeing more author tear each other down. It's more and more competition and less support of each other.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, Dark Romance, Urban Fantasy, Poetry, Sci Fi, Erotica
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print