Friday, June 28, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Eric R Johnston

Author Eric R. Johnston stopped by and answered a few intimate questions. Welcome Eric.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
Children of Time is a dark fantasy/science fiction novel that is a wild ride, taking place both in the “real” world and a dark, hellish realm. This book is intended as a stand-alone novel, but it can also be considered a third part in a series also comprising of my novels An Inner Darkness and A Light in the Dark. In Children of Time, readers will experience with the characters what it is like to all but lose one’s mind. What is real? What isn’t? Suspense is the name of the game as the reader will be gripping their e-readers so tightly their fingers become embedded in the plastic (or in the cover, assuming one is still reading actual books). Children of Time also takes up the ambiguous fate of the villain from An Inner Darkness and A Light in the Dark to offer readers of those novels an opportunity to see what happens to him, while also offering an entry point for readers unfamiliar with my work.
Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?
As stated above, I place this book in two different genres, dark fantasy and science fiction. I enjoy mixing genres. My first novel, Harvester: Ascension, is a science fiction thriller, and my next two—An Inner Darkness and A Light in the Dark—are urban fantasy. My fourth, 9111 Sharp Road, is YA horror. With this one, I decided to go much darker than before. I was going for something that had the strangeness of Ray Bradbury with the darkness of Stephen King. Having said that, I believe even if dark novels aren’t necessarily 
Author Eric R. Johnston
your thing, you may find yourself enjoying it immensely. Paranormal romance writer Kathi S. Barton recently read Children of Time and described it as “A book that isn't my usual cup of tea but had me staying up way past my bedtime…. I've never been so drawn in and so captivated by a book in my life.”
When did you start writing toward publication?
My first effort toward writing a publishable novel started in October of 2009 when my friend Andrew Utley and I outlined the idea for what eventually became Harvester: Ascension. While searching for a publisher for that book, I wrote An Inner Darkness.
Why have you become a published author?
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be an author. Not only was writing in the family—Ruth White, author of Belle Prater’s Boy, Sweet Creek Holler, and Little Audrey, among others, is my aunt—but creating stories was something I obsessed over as a kid. I always played stories out in my head, imagining all kinds of interesting scenarios. It also didn’t hurt that I developed a love of reading at young age, getting my first exposure to horror and science fiction from R.L. Stine, Bruce Coville, and Christopher Pike before the age of ten.  
What is your writing routine like?
For most of my books, I handwrite a draft, or portions of a draft, not caring about consistency, grammar, or anything else that can bog you down in this initial effort. Usually during this process, ideas come to me that hadn’t previously, so by the time I’m ready to sit down and type, I have a better idea of where I’m going and what I’m doing. That is when I worry about consistency, grammar, etc. I do my best thinking with a pen and a notebook. Once I have a typed draft, I go over it at least four or five times, usually more, adding in the nuances that make novels fun to read, while fixing any issues.
Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
I have a twin brother; in high school I could run a mile in 4 minutes, 20 seconds; I’ve read every novel Stephen King has published.
A twin? Fabulous. A nearly 4 minute mile? Congrats. One of my sons read all SK's books (too scary for me)! What’s next for you?
My current work in progress is called In the Pale Moonlight, a continuation of the YA horror series I started with 9111 Sharp Road. In this story, readers will learn more about the town of Orchard Hills and how it became overrun with vampires and ghosts, as well as getting more background on just what is up with the house at 9111 Sharp Road.
Shawna McCullough is enjoying a quiet evening with a book when her six-year-old daughter, Alexis, awakens and talks of dreaming about her own death, describing it in vivid detail. They fall asleep next to each other, but when Shawna wakes up just after midnight, instead of her daughter, she discovers a strange man in her bed. She also now has two daughters, neither of them Alexis, and she’s nine months pregnant.
This is only the beginning of the strangeness as she discovers the man is just as confused as she is. He is Mark LaValley, a police officer who claims to have been killed in this same house years earlier while answering a domestic dispute between her and her husband, a dispute that led to his death. Except in this reality, he is no longer a police officer but a substitute teacher.

It isn’t long before Shawna and Mark realize they have been entrusted with guarding “the children of time,” as a demon known as Zuriz Falcon, who has been exiled to another realm, sends his henchman to kidnap the girls, including the one she’s pregnant with. Only with the powers of these three “children” and that of a collection of unique books can Falcon be released from the dark realm to unleash his evil upon the world.


Eric R. Johnston received a degree in History and English from University of Michigan. He is the author of An Inner Darkness, A Light in the Dark, Harvester: Ascension, 9111 Sharp Road, and Children of Time. When he isn't writing, he is editing and teaching at local high schools and middle schools. He also enjoys running and weight lifting. He lives in Imlay City, Michigan, with his fiancé, daughter, and two step-daughters.

How can my readers buy your book?
AMAZON and Readers can go to the publisher’s HOME PAGE
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