I am honored to have on my blog today
and her book Run
About the Author
Becky Johnson’s first novel was published in June. She has degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. Becky’s writing tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history, why. Becky wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel.
When Becky is not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, running and cooking. She makes a pretty mean chili.
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About the Book
by Becky Johnson
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published June 11th 2014
A decades old mystery and a deadly game of cat and mouse will change Charlotte Marshall forever.
Charlotte has a good life: friends, family, a successful career. Her perfect life is destroyed when research for a book and a connection from her past plunges her into the middle of her worst nightmare.
On the run, with no one to trust, Charlotte begins to unravel the work of a sadistic murderer. Afraid and alone, she will learn the meaning of trust and just when to run.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I am the youngest of three children. I have always been a reader, to the point that I used to get in trouble for reading! I have Master’s degrees in Social Work and American History, and I am a hospital social worker by day. When I am not reading or writing I love yoga, running, and crochet.
Tell us about your book?
Run is a short mystery/suspense novel. It was inspired by a news story that I remember as a child. I remembered this story of a girl in my neighborhood who was murdered. The killer was never caught. The story evolved from there. I kept thinking to myself what would happen next and the story just grew.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book?
The main character Charlotte is an author whose research puts her in the middle of a mystery. She is obsessive, stubborn, smart, and at times a little crazy. She has a dog and cat that go just about everywhere with her. There is also an FBI agent, a serial killer, a difficult mother, and a dead girl.
Do you have a favorite character from your book?
Max the dog. He is awesome. I really want a dog like him.
How do you come up with the names of characters for your book?
I keep a book of first names that I flip through to get some ideas. Mostly though my characters name themselves. I find a name that just fits, and they tell me when I get it right.
What made you want to write a book?
I have always been a writer, but this story wrote itself. Once I had the idea I had to get it down on paper.
How long does/did it take you to write a/this book?
I tend to just write and get the story all out while my muse is talking. The first draft was done pretty quickly in about 3 months. The first draft was pretty rough and in some parts bare bones. The second draft I refined it and fleshed out the details. Then it went to my beta reader. Back to me for any additional changes before I sent it to my editor. In all I would say it took about 6 months start to finish.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Believe in yourself. Learn every day.
Do you have a specific time during the day that you find better to write?
Since I work full time I don’t really have a choice when I write. It is pretty much always in the evening.
Where do the ideas come from?
Everything. I get inspiration from all around me – people I meet, places I see, or a conversation with a friend. Usually it goes through a lot of changes but everything ends up in a book!
When you read what format do you prefer? ereader
I read so many books that paperbacks and hardbacks just cost too much and take up too much room.
What are your thoughts on good/bad review?
There is no such thing as a bad review. Even if someone doesn’t like my book I can still learn from the things a reader has to say.
How do you relax?
I have become a yoga lover. I am not necessarily good at it but I really enjoy it. I also love, as you can probably guess, reading a good book with my cat on my lap. There is nothing more soothing than a purring cat.
Can you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?
I named my cat after a Lord of the Rings character, I once had a car catch on fire – while I was driving it, I am a huge Civil War nerd, I went skydiving and didn’t know I was supposed to pull the rip cord – fortunately the instructor I was in a tandem dive with pulled the cord!, I make a mean chili.
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