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Johanna Lindsey Revealed

What is your birthdate?
Previous occupations:
Writing was my first occupation, begun at age 23.
Favorite job:
Umm, writing?
High school and/or college:
Kailua High School in Hawaii
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
I don’t actually listen to much music since I need quiet to work. But I would say Queen (group) from way back.
Favorite movie:
I don’t have a favorite. If it makes me laugh, I like it.
Favorite television show:
That would have to be Scrubs. I think I’ve bought all Seasons they have available so far.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Currently, peaceful and full of laughter. Overall–amazing.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I don’t think anything that broad in scope can be described. It’s one of those ‘to each his own’. For me it’s rather simple–sharing my life with someone I love.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Loss of loved ones.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Where I am.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Cool. Yeah, it’s outdated, but it’s a rare day you’ll catch me saying ‘awesome.’

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I used to paint with oils. Didn’t have much talent for it, and I don’t have the patience to actually acquire some skill for it, but if I could, that would be–cool.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. That all of my books have made the New York Times list, including four in the #1 spot.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. That I smoke.

Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My will-power, when I choose to let it work.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. This question doesn’t relate to me, since I’ve never wished to be anything other than what I am.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My sense of humor.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. James Malory

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Villains are meant to be hated. I have no favorites.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Are you kidding me? Being a writer, what could top that?

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Trust, dependability, a good sense of humor.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Not thinking about my eternal diet, I’m going to say pizza.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. What you Give-Tesla. Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good-Nickelback. Overkill-Colin Hay. Feeling Good–Nina Simone. As a Judgement–Ennio Morricone.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. I would have to say Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers who started this wonderful genre.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Wolf and the Dove, Sweet Savage Love, The Clan of the Cave Bear, and two of my own, Tender Rebel and Warrior’s Woman.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Don’t laugh, but I like to reread my own books. A few can make me cry again, and most of them can make me laugh again.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Put your heart into what you’re writing. If you can’t laugh at your own characters, or shed a tear for them, or even get angry at one of them, no one else will either.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. That they love the Malorys.  So do I.

Q. How did you come to write Rogue of My Own?
A. In a word–Rupert. He was created near the end of a prior book, The Devil who Tamed Her, and he ended up being too handsome, so I toned that down by making him seem somewhat effeminate. But after that book was finished, I couldn’t stop thinking about him, or kicking myself for giving him that stigma, so I came up with a reason for it, a ruse, an attitude he fostered specifically for his mother. Then suddenly I had the makings of a hero in him, so I gave him his own book to share his unusual motives with my readers.

From Simon & Schuster
Thanks to Viking Princess.

Amazon’s Interview

History in the Making: Johanna Lindsey Speaks

With the publication of Joining , a historical romance set in King John’s England of 1214, Johanna Lindsey adds novel number 35 to her long list of New York Times bestsellers. Beloved by readers and critics alike, the prolific author is a trailblazer of sorts: not only has she been one of the first authors to find overwhelming success with her historical romances but she’s also been instrumental in establishing the incredible popularity of the genre. We corresponded with Lindsey via e-mail about her highly successful career, her approach to writing, and the latest historical that has everybody talking. When did you decide that writing would be your life’s work? Did you ever have any doubts?

Johanna Lindsey: After writing my first book, I figured I might have one more book in me, so I began another. It wasn’t until after the second book that I knew I could continue writing indefinitely. You have consistently produced at least one book per year for more than 20 years. Do you have a set writing schedule?

Lindsey: When I’m working, I tend to work seven days a week. My schedule has slowed down in recent years, to allow some time for myself. Previously, I would work 12 to 16 hours a day–I’ve cut that down to a normal 8 hours a day. You have successfully set novels in a variety of eras and locales, including the American West, medieval England, Regency England, Regency Arabia, and future worlds. To what do you attribute the unusual ease with which you move from era to era, setting to setting?

Lindsey: Most of the eras and settings I write about I really enjoy getting into, so it’s always a pleasure to get back to one of these. The futuristic books were pure fun, so I will be writing at least one more book in that series. But it’s not so much an “ease of settings” as it is an immersion in each book that I write. Your new historical, Joining , provides an interesting, personal view of Prince John and his reign. Why did you choose him, specifically, as a character for this novel?

Lindsey: I needed a king for the story who was known to be less than honorable in his dealings with his subjects. King John fit rather perfectly. How much of your own perceptions can be found in Wulfric and Milisant, the hero and heroine of Joining ?

Lindsey: I suppose my own perceptions and morals always sneak into my characters in one way or another. I have to like the people I write about, and it’s easy to like them if they share some of my views. What do you feel is unique about Wulfric de Thorpe and Milisant Crispin’s relationship?

Lindsey: The childhood incident–a less-than-ideal first meeting in which both are injured–that sets this couple at odds continues to strongly influence their adult emotions and the evolution of their relationship, though their slowly falling in love overcomes this long before they resolve that old issue. The affectionate relationship between Milisant and her twin sister, Jhone, and their very different responses to having been raised without a mother provide an interesting twist to Joining . Did their relationship arise from a personal observation that caused you to explore the effects of the loss of a same-sex parent?

Lindsey: No. I present situations and relationships for my characters and let them deal with them their own way. With one twin bold and the other timid, they would both naturally react to things differently. What would you hope readers would take away from reading Joining ?

Lindsey: A smile. Are you working on a new book right now, and if so, would you give us a sneak peek?

Lindsey: My next book will present a Scots hero with two grandfathers, one on the English side of the border, who both lack an heir other than the hero. Since they can’t manage to share him, they mean to see him married and begetting more heirs to solve their lack. The hero isn’t opposed to marriage, just the hasty marriage being arranged for him, which is where the fun will begin….

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