JoHannah Reardon grew up in rural Illinois, the youngest of five. At various times in her adult life she has lived in Indiana, North Carolina, and now resides once again in Illinois. She has spent time in England, China, Mexico, Canada, and the Philippines. For fun, she likes to read and write (and take long walks)! She also loves teasing her husband, annoying her children, and playing with her grandkids.
JoHannah was the managing editor of ChristianBibleStudies.com, the online Christianity Today Bible study site. She is currently a contributing editor for Today’s Christian Woman and GiftedForLeadership.com. She has also published numerous novels, a family devotional guide, a children’s fairy tale, and an adult devotional. She has written content for the Couples’ Devotional Bible, and The Everyday Matters Bible for Women.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! Since I write fiction, I am constantly turning everyday events into stories. No matter what I’m doing or observe, I wonder how I would write about it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get my ideas down as quickly as possible and write like mad until I can’t think of anymore words to put down. Then I go back and clean it all up and reorganize it. After reading it and rewriting a third time, I ask someone else to read it and give me feedback. Finally, I send it to a professional editor to catch any mistakes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. There are times I think the story will go one way, but suddenly I realize that’s not at all what this character would do or say. So my characters tell me the story rather than the other way around.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep at it until you have finished the story. It’s easy to give up because it becomes hard after the beginning, which is the fun part. The middle and end are much trickier, so don’t be surprised if it gets tough and you want to quit. But don’t. Just step back for a bit and try again. If you do that enough times, you’ll have a book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried sending my books out to publishers at first, but it was so much work and so slow. I wrote them faster than anyone could publish them, and I knew they were good. So, I self-published through Amazon. It has been a great way for me to go. I like having control of the covers, the length, and the flow of the books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will become bigger and bigger. It’s like cable TV. It allows everyone to gravitate toward what they really love and not what a publisher thinks they will love. It also allows a lot more creativity and experimentation. I think it’s a great trend.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
mystery, romance, Christian fiction, fantasy, devotionals
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print