Phoenix Johnson is an Australian author who has always had the passion for the written word. She had her nose in at least one book ever since she could read and would even scrutinize the back of the cereal box every morning at breakfast. It was only natural she take up writing.
Phoenix has multiple works in progress, and her favorite writing genres are the same as her reading genres; erotica, romance, paranormal, thriller and a combination of these.
She currently lives on the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland, with her partner, their daughter, cat Flash and Cranky the Siamese Fighting Fish.
What inspires you to write?
It can be the strangest thing, actually. My inspiration comes from different places; sometimes a scene will just pop in to my head, or maybe a friend posts a picture on Facebook that triggers a story. My favorite story of inspiration, however, is what gave me the idea for Acapello’s Lady, a contemporary romance work in progress. I was doing Zumba with Cotton Eyed Joe on repeat, turned up full. The idea started teasing me. Then, hopping in the shower, the opening scene hit me. Letting the idea form and settle in to my mind, as soon as I was done I sprinted to the computer and typed it up just in case it disappeared from reach. Always makes me chuckle at how absurd that was.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually take a couple hours of a morning to just check in on my social media, post the day’s blog if there is one for the day, catch up on my Facebook games and then, once I’m awake and my mind is sufficiently clear, I’ll sit down and let the muse take over.
I’m also a pantser, so I don’t sit down and outline; I find my stories struggle if I outline. Not that I get to write much right now, unfortunately, but when I do get the writing bug, I can get a story moving along at a sprint by not outlining. I enjoy the twists that the muse throws at me, and believe that, if I didn’t see it coming until I am writing it, then hopefully the reader won’t see it coming until they’re reading it!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ll admit, while I was writing the Wolf Smitten trilogy, I did talk to Krissy and Derek. Usually, I’d be firmly telling them to get their act together and let me tell their story! I talk about them, at times, as though they’re real, too, because to me they are. They came from my mind, and are a part of me, so I’m very fond of them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get yourself a trust worthy beta reader. They will work with you to fix things that need fixing, and tell you, professionally, whether the story will work. Also, find your groove; figure out if you’re an outliner or a pantser, figure out if you need noise or complete quiet. Do you need a drink beside you at all times? Or maybe you need a particular snack. Find your groove, stick to it, and then get your beta reader to check it out.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It just seemed right. I had been reviewing some books for Naughty Nights Press, which was fairly new at the time. I knew Gina was a tough but fair lady, and if anyone could either give me that shot or let me know what needed tweaking to get out there, it was here. I couldn’t have asked for a better publisher. They’ve had bumps along the way, but no company has a bump-free beginning. The team at Naughty Nights Press have been great, and I am so happy that I went with them. They’re coming up on two years and are going strong. My editor, Annabelle, was great to work with, and eased my first-time nerves. Shane, who did the cover, works magic. Seriously. I cried when I saw my first cover. They’re an awesome team who recognise and encourage talent, and I’m proud to be publishing with them!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Although the digital era is taking firm hold, there will always be room for print, in my opinion. There will always be people who prefer the weight and smell of a brand new print book. The ereaders provide convenience when someone is on a trip or doesn’t have the space for hundreds of books lining the wall, but I know, personally, the sight of full bookcases lining a wall is heaven, and I can’t wait until the day my own books grace bookshelves! The digital publishing is great; it allows the shorter stories to stand by themselves. But I think it is the goal of (most) authors to be able to hold a hard copy of their own work. It makes everything, all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears seem so much more worthwhile, because an author can then hold the results of that dream in their hands.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, erotica, romance, thriller, contemporary romance, fantasy
What formats are your books in?
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