Interview & Giveaway: Marc Johnson (What Once Was One)
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Marc Johnson: I’m a bit of a geek, which probably goes with the territory of writing, fantasy, and writing fantasy. I love gaming, be it video, board, or card. I’m always down to play a new game. I also love Transformers and Star Trek, but I’m not sure which one I love more. I probably lean towards Star Trek since I’m currently in the middle of watching all of it on Netflix.
Your second book What Once Was One is out now. What is the series about?
I like to describe The Passage of Hellsfire as a romantic, coming of age, young adult, fantasy series. While it consists of wizards and dragons, at its core, it’s about growing up and finding your way in the world, while also trying to be responsible with the gift you were given. What your background is, responsibilities are, or what you can do can have profound effects on the relationships around you and even the world.
Could you maybe share a little teaser with us?
Now that the set up of the first book’s out of the way, I can open up the world more. What Once Was One shows a more mature Hellsfire as he’s now a wizard, but there’s still a dark part of his power that he doesn’t fully understand and fears. He has to deal with the pressures and responsibilities of being a wizard and in trying to have a relationship with the princess who may be unattainable to him.
What has been the hardest thing about writing so far?
Editing. It’s the stuff people never see, and a lot of work goes into it, at least for me. It has far more to do than not having typos or grammatical errors. I’m not one of those great writers that can bang out an almost perfect manuscript. I spend a ton of time crafting it until it’s readable and hopefully, enjoyable.
Do you have a certain writing routine or do you just write whenever you have time?
Much like exercise, I believe you should have a routine. Otherwise, you’ll never get it done. I write after work, and if I’m home on the weekends, I write in spats. Now that’s it football season, I write at halftime, replays, and commercial breaks.
Do you still find time to read yourself? And if so, which books have you recently enjoyed?
Before I got laid off, I normally read 3-5 books at once. When I got laid off, my reading oddly went way down. That might be why I got laid off.
I do still read, but these days it’s a lot more magazines and comics. Those count, right?
The last book to grab me was Before I Die. It’s a very emotional book even though you know how it’s going to end. You can read always my reviews and what I’m reading at Goodreads. I’m currently reading The Emperor’s Edge, which I’m enjoying and it’s free on Amazon.
Thank you for answering my questions! (:
Thanks for having me!