The Zebra Blog Party is still going strong and today I welcome the lovely Sophia Johnson!
Please tell us about your books.
The books we’re talking about today are from the Blackthorn Castle Trilogy.
Always Mine began the tales and is a time travel with a twist.
A mystic calls a woman’s soul back from modern days to relive her life as Brianna Sinclair, a ward of William the Conqueror. Only her soul travels back, so it was a lot of fun to write. Can you imagine waking up after lightning has knocked you off your feet and you’ve hit your head, only to find yourself in medieval times surrounded by strange things? And to look at your arms and legs and realize they’re not the same? Oh, yeah. It’s nice to see you’re nice and firm, no cellulite, but your body is totally unfamiliar to you? Hm. Come to think of it, I could stand that!
What inspired the story?
What inspired the story? My Dad. One day, when I was very small, he asked me what I’d think if I went to sleep that night and woke up the next morning a totally different girl. A different body. Different skin. In a completely strange place. I used to daydream about things like that. His question has been the catalyst of every book I’ve written.
Which of your characters is most like you?
Most like me? Really? Huh! None of them. My characters are all women that I’d like to be. Strong. Decisive. Fascinating. Brave. You think of a great adjective, and that’s how I’d like to be.
Which of your characters would you like to switch places with? For how long? What would you do?
What’s an easy one. Meghan in Risk Everything. I’d love to bedevil Rolf and set him on his ears. Now if I were Meghan, I’d do exactly what she did. Flipped him off and escaped back to Blackthorn and made him grovel his knees off before I’d marry him. Only I’d wait for the baby to cry before I’d say “I do.”
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
I love preparing for a new story. Picking out my characters, deciding what they look like, their personalities, where they live, their back-story and finding the perfect name for the person I have in mind. Then I’d hunt through pictures until I found someone who resembles them. The whole process of starting a tale is fun for me.
My least favorite? *snort* Waiting for someone to buy it, of course. No one likes rejection, and writer’s take it personally…like the editor had said something terrible about someone you love.
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
Not genre. I want to eventually write the Mystic Bleddyn’s story. This will be a hard tale to tell because he’s immortal. I want him to have his happily-ever-after story with the love his life, Alana.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Many wonderful authors. Teresa Medeiros, Julie Garwood, Virginia Henley, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Elizabeth Lowell, Johanna Lindsey, Iris Johansen…
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
People will get tired of me saying this, but I’d tell them to take my favorite quote and paste it to their pc screen: “You have to have confidence in your ability and then be tough enough to follow through,” by Rosalyn Carter. It’s what gets you through the rejections and the waiting.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Quiet. Loving. A dreamer.
If you could save one book from destruction, what would it be?
What is next for you?
I’m writing a four volume series about the people connected to Raptor Castle on the southern borders of Scotland, twelfth century. I’ve finished the first tale and am near done with the second. Can’t wait to start the third and fourth!
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
When you pick up a historical romance novel, do you want to read a book about medieval times written as a “modern-voiced” historical? Very little, if any, dialect?
Or, do you want to get a flavor of the hero or heroine’s ancestry in their dialogs and a hint of the language of the day? A frazzled mind wants to know!
Thank you Sophia for that wonderful interview!
You can learn more about Sophia and her books by visiting her website at: http://www.sophiajohnson.net/
So, readers, how about answering Sophia’s questions…
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