Today we will be spending time with Elana Johnson. Not only is she the author of Elana is also a teacher (I heart teachers) and loves bacon and claims to drive too fast.
Here is my own Gossip Time Review of POSSESSION and below is a short description from Amazon:
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous—everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.
Yes, no spoilers! So I needed a new narrator. I’d tried and thought of many different things—all of them closely related to POSSESSION. After all, I wanted readers to know they were in the same world.
But everything I tried failed. It was all wrong, wrong, wrong. It was only when I stepped completely away from POSSESSION that I found SURRENDER. Yes, it’s a companion novel. Yes, it’s the same world. Yes, you’ll see many of the same characters.
But SURRENDER is it’s own book. There’s a new part of the Association, new characters, new problems, new relationships, new everything. It still maintains the feel of POSSESSION, but it really is a new novel. Not a continuation of a story that’s already done.
So that’s why I chose to write from Gunn and Raine’s POV. SURRENDER is their story.
A cache is a mental device that’s implanted at birth that allows people to communicate mentally. So Gunner can compose an e-comm—basically an email—and send it all with the cache, all inside his head. No computer required!
I need cool tech in the novels, because the society is futuristic and somewhat based on technology. Plus, I like inventing fun gadgets and using them—for good or bad! Because, hey, a cache feed can be monitored… and once you have something in writing, it’s hard to take back. So the cache isn’t always a good thing…
First, thank you! I can do what I do because my family is forgiving, my summers are free, and I’ve learned to operate on little to no sleep. I’m only sort of kidding about that last one. I have also been doing this for years, so I’ve learned what works for me and how to maximize the time I have.
My best piece of advice for those dealing with rejection—which published authors still get rejected too, so I still feel this pain from time to time—is a simple one: Write more.
You started writing because you love writing, right? SO WRITE.You didn’t start writing because you love PUBLISHING.
And there’s a difference between writing and publishing. One is something you do because it brings peace to your soul or helps you sort through the mess of your life or whatever. The other one is something that happens after you’ve gone completely insane and decided you want other people to read your work. I’m only sort of kidding about that last one. Ha!
But seriously. You didn’t start writing because you love publishing. You started writing because you love to write. So do that. You’ll get there.
If you could have a super human ability, what would it be?
I would like to fly.
SURRENDER is going to release on June 5, 2012. That's in less than FIVE DAYS!