|Author Paulette-Harper Johnson|
When did you start writing?
I started writing in 2007 with my first book "That Was Then, This Is Now" was released in 2008 and I’ve been writing ever since.
Can you tell our readers what genre that you write and why?
I’ve written two books and co-author two all in the Christian non-fiction genre. I’m currently working on my first Christian fiction book “The Sanctuary”
I absolutely love writing books to empower and inspire readers. I believe this is one of the reasons why I write non-fiction books. My goal as a non-fiction writer is to enrich the lives of readers and to challenge those readers to grow spiritually. I want the books that I write to be engaging while allowing the words that are written to change their hearts.
What is your writing routine?
Before doing anything, I make sure I’m in a quiet area, free from distractions. When I’m ready to write, I sit at my laptop and begin writing. Depending on the chapter I’m working on, that determines the direction I’ll go. I am able to write as long as there is a constant flow.
What inspired you to write?
I believe it was a decision that God made for me. Actually becoming an author was far from what I anticipated for my life. I didn’t wake up one day saying I’m going to be author nor did I grow up with the desire to write. It was through my personal experiences in life, which drew me into this profession. It was through my writing I found it to be a source of therapy. While writing my first book "That Was Then, This Is Now", I begin to see how God healed and restored my life and what He did for me I felt I needed to share with people. It was at that moment that I realized that God wanted my writing to be used as a ministry. The books that I write are focused on inspiration and encouragement. These books can be used as pathways and guides for the readers to grow spiritually.
As a writer what you say has been your greatest achievement in the industry?
Every one of my achievements has been just as great as the others. That Was Then, This Is Now and Completely Whole have won book awards which add creditability to me as a writer. I was one of the recipients of the 2010 AIM Literary Award. Presented by Bishop I.V. and Lady Bridget Hilliard on Oct 20, 2010 and the 2010 Jeweled Ministries Author of the year!
If someone wanted some advice about how to get started in writing what would you say to them?
There are many distractions that will continue to pull for our attention be it, home, ministry, family and/or job. For those aspiring authors there must be balance in your life, so you can prioritize those things that are important. It’s very important to follow your passion and don’t allow other things to take you off course.
As businesswoman and a career as a writer, how do you find the time to host virtual book tours, write books and work on websites is that hard to do all at once? Then what is your strategy?
Don’t know if I have a particular strategy or not but somehow everything that I need to do gets done. Of course my business is very important and my clients are at the top of my list. There are times in which I wish I had more hours in the day but if I devote quality time to each of my projects things do get completed.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Sure. My next book is my first Christian fiction book called "The Sanctuary". The Sanctuary will make you laugh, cry, and get caught up in the drama-filled lives of the saints in Trinity Lakes. The Sanctuary is book one of the "Trinity Lakes Series". It will be released later this year.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Actually with my first book I didn’t run into any challenges getting it published. My experience was great.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them at all , or let them influence your writing?
To be honest, I appreciate reviews. Knowing that reviews are the opinions of the readers, I don’t get offended when someone doesn’t see my books like I do. Of course every author believes their books are the “bomb” but understanding that everyone has different taste, I accept all reviews. I need to hear what people are saying about my books. Reviews make others who are on the fence decide if they are going to buy any of my books. Reviews are one of many ways to reach readers who are a little leery about investing in new and aspiring authors.
Where can your book(s) be purchased from?
Completely Whole: Amazon- Book http://tinyurl.com/425euh7
Completely Whole on Smash words: http://tinyurl.com/3bc36vd
Authors Manual on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/7krbwt4
That Was Then, This Is Now on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/3lxa5au
How can the readers reach you?
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/PauletteHarperAuthor
Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/pauletteharper/