Meet the Author
Q & A
Meet Jacqueline Johnson
My interview with Jacqueline Johnson – The Author of “Ember and the Sins” and “Shadow Kissed”: A Touch of Darkness- genre Fantasy
Tell me a little about yourself and your background as an author.
I’ve only been writing about two years now and I love it. It's also rewarding to get your ideas down and have it sitting in front of you to see.
How many books have you written, and do you want to write more?
I’ve written two books. And I’m working on two more. I’m currently working on the sequel to the first book I wrote.
What inspired you to write fantasy fiction?
I love fantasy books and movies so when I decided to write, it was a given that I would lean towards fantasy.
What other Authors have influenced you and your style of writing?
My favorite author Sherilyn Kenyon is a big inspiration, I love her work.
Tell me about some of the characters from your novels.
The main character is Ryn. She is a half-breed elf who goes on a journey to find her mother and instead finds out who she truly is.
Do they come with real inspirations?
No, they come straight from my imagination, No real-world inspirations.
How do you approach character development?
Character development is hard. You have to find a good balance between writing and imagination. You have to give enough details to make the character come to life but not too many or it feels forced.
Can you describe your writing process?
My writing process is simple really, I just listen to music and let the story flow out of me.
What were your challenges? Can you share your journey?
The challenge of writing is writer's block. I think every writer has gone through it at least once. I hit a few snags along the way but luckily had good people to bounce ideas off of to help me get by.
What genre do you read?
I read fantasy. There’s nothing like losing yourself in a good book no matter what genre it is.
Have you received any constructive feedback?
I haven’t had any constructive feedback on my books but would love some.
What advice would you give writers to improve their craft?
Just keep at it. It gets easier the more you write. You learn from your mistakes and learn about your writing techniques.
How do you balance writing and your personal life?
It's hard to balance personal life and writing but my boyfriend is super supportive of my writing so he understands when I’m on my computer he doesn’t bother me.
If you could create a new genre, what would it be?
I don’t know if I’d create a new genre. I think the ones we have are pretty amazing as it is. I don’t see that they need improvement.
What do you think about ChatGPT or AI?
I love the concept of Al. It’s amazing what they’re capable of creating.
Is there anything that you would like to share with readers or potential fans?
The only thing I can share is if you read my book, I hope you enjoy it. I didn’t write it to become famous or make money I wrote it because I had a story to tell. I hope anyone who reads it will love it as much as I do.
Ryn is a half breed Elf, the only one of her kind and no one can know of her existence. Both her parents sacrificed themselves for her to stay alive and fulfill a 3,000-year-old prophecy that has been lost to time. She is the future of the kingdoms, for she is living proof that there can be peace between the Aerliem and UnSula; the two races that go back to the beginning and the first Surge that started it all. But with a king who wants her dead to keep his stolen throne, new enemies that lurk around every corner, and the shadows calling out to her, can she survive the coming fight?
Will the help of her newfound family, an unlikely ally, and a voice from the past be enough to win the brutal fight that is to come? While Ryn and her friends head home to reunite the kingdoms, her enemy has other plans. It’s now a race against the clock to see who will be victorious.