Felicia Johnson began writing when she was six years old. Writing has been her saving grace and she is an avid advocate of journaling.
Using her own moving story of her survival from child abuse, homelessness as a teenager, and overcoming self-harm and depression, as well as her education in Psychology, Felicia raises awareness about mental health, self-harm, and abuse. She also promotes prevention of suicide by advocating for youth and friends and families of survivors.
Felicia is an active youth mentor at Youth Villages Inner Harbour and has been a volunteer with the Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN). Felicia is an avid reader and encourages aspiring writers to journal at least once a day. A few of her favorite things are ice cream, learning new languages, experiencing different cultures, and seeing her little sister, Laura, smile. Her close friends call her “Fee”. Actually, she prefers to be called by her nickname.
Felicia Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and best friend, Comedian Dee Marshall and their kitten named Eren Jaegar.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by other speakers and writers who create their work from things that they’ve experienced in real life. I’m often inspired by things I’ve seen and experienced. Realistic works from writers such as Maya Angelou and Charlotte Culin are also inspiring.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I’m writing for myself, I do not tend out outline. This is one of the reasons why the first draft is my favorite draft of a story because it’s the most raw. It’s just to get the story out of your system. I find that just writing a story out when it’s in me to write works better than planning every single detail.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes my characters take on lives of their own and just write the stories out for me. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
No matter what, keep on writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with a publisher, 8th Street Publishing, for my debut novel called “Her”. I took a chance and entered a writing contest for publishing. It was a wonderful experience because I had been entering writing contests since I was teenager. This was the first time I had entered a full length novel into a writing contest and won. I encourage other new authors to try what their inspired to try when publishing. It’s all a learning experience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self publishing is becoming more popular these days. It’s good to know that there are more opportunities opening up for those who want to become published authors.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA, Realistic Fiction, Psychology
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print