Welcome to BookEnds, J.O. Johnson!
- By: Jessica Faust | Date: Feb 22 2019
Tell us a bit about your writing process. Where do you write, and how often?
I rarely ever write outside of my home. I try to write every day or at least read about the craft of writing. When I have a manuscript idea that really jolts me, I aim for 3,000 words a day to engross myself in the story. I usually end up with a lot of editing work afterwards (Jessica can account for that!)
Do you have any writing rituals? (e.g. burning a candle if you’re having trouble getting started at the computer or writing longhand first if you’re feeling uninspired.)
I have a bit of a quirky pre-writing process. I need my desk to be entirely swept and polished. Isolation is always a plus. When I start writing the ending scenes and action scenes, I spice it up with music.
What do you love about writing?
I love the power it gives you to create worlds, seen and unseen. I make my characters real, life-like, and it’s the greatest feeling when I learn something from someone I’ve imagined.
Why did you choose the genre you’ve chosen?
Being a resident psychiatrist, and having gained experience in the field throughout medical school and afterwards, I’ve always found a deep-seated curiosity about the mind and how it functions. Psychological suspense came with the territory. I love delving into the psyche of my characters, finding what makes them tick…if anything does.
What is the hardest part about writing?
I think starting a new book. Sometimes, you’re still stuck on your last one.
Do you get inspiration from any TV shows or movies? If so, which ones?
I’ve always been a fan of 90’s movies. Some of my favorite movies (I won’t name them out of fear of embarrassment) give off this vibe that is hard to replicate in this era.
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
California. Cross my fingers. I’ll be moving there soon.
Do you belong to any writing organizations?
No, not at this time. But I have written and published medical articles in the past.