Rick Johnson has been writing for five years. I met him on Facebook and neither of us can remember how and when. The start of a beautiful friendship.
More than likely he asked for friendship; I saw he was an author and accepted. The reason I have enjoyed connecting with him is 1. He loves his dog 2. He has a quirky sense of humor. But it was his loving his dog that got him on my page.
Imagine my surprise when he said no one knew him on google. Totally hard to believe unless one has not done too much in the way of advertising. I know that life gets in the way of promotion, not so much the writing because the voices never shut up until their story is told.
I grabbed one of Rick Johnson’s books – the free preview chapters of Trailer Trash because he is working on volume two and I wanted to see what his fans were raving about.
Well, I needed to go and buy the rest of the book because he reminds me of Evanovich – taking a straightforward story and making it highly amusing. He’s got another fan.
When I asked him if he was willing to give me an interview, he said, “Sure but don’t look for typical author answers though, lol.”
I said, “I don’t, that’s why I offered.”
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When my neighbors threatened to call the police on me if I didn’t quit peeking in their windows at night, I decided I needed a hobby. Thus, the writing began. I’m only joking about peeking at the neighbors. Seriously, have you seen them?
How long does it take you to write a book? It generally takes me a few months and in some cases up to a year to write a book.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? My writing schedule is scheduled around my dog’s naps.
What would you say is your interesting writer’s quirk? That I’m barely intelligent enough to write a book.
How do books get published? I’ve done traditional and self-publishing
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? The voices in my head. Don’t worry. We’re friends.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? My first book came out in 2013 when I was younger than I am now.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Hang with my dog
What does your family think of your writing? They were excited at first and thought I would become a wealthy, famous writer, move to Hollywood, and hang with Mel Gibson and Miley Cyrus. Now, they’re just like, “Dude, since you go to Walmart all the time do you mind snagging me some four-ply toilet paper?”
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That I still have an active imagination. You know. Those wild teenage years. Loss of brain cells and stuff.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I’ve have written six of my own books and two others with a co-author. It’s hard to pick out a favorite because each is so different from the others.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? Never listen to negativity.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I do. They usually say things like, “I really enjoyed the book, but, dude, you ain’t right.”
Do you like to create books for adults? I do.
What do you think makes a good story? Interesting characters and thinking outside the box.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? A responsible adult, but when that failed miserably, I became a writer.
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