Name Shakuita Johnson
Where are you from
Born in Mississippi, grew up in Missouri
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m the oldest of 5 brothers/stepbrothers. I have a BA in Psychology and an AA in Logistics. I served 8 years in the United States Air Force. I like to read, watch TV series that are usually supernatural in origin. I’m a One Tree Hill fanatic. I used to read around 10-20 books a week before I started writing and publishing myself. I’m a constant day dreamer.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is I’m preparing for my 3rd book in my Dark Indiscretions Series to be released Aug. 15th. I am also starting a spin off of that same series called Dark Indiscretions Chronicles with the first book hopefully coming out Oct 2014.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written since I was in middle school. Mostly poems. There is no why I write I just do. I enjoy it and it makes me happy to get lost in the words and places writing takes me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
From the moment I started writing poems in middle school.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My best friend Gavin, I wrote Dark Indiscretions for him. He was the first to read it and the first to fall in love with it. Had he not loved it so much no one would have ever know it existed.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
No, not at all, I just write and take notes and reread what I’ve written before to make sure it matches up and nothing that won’t eventually make sense is there.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My book is darker in nature and there are some questionable goings ons in them so Dark Indiscretions was perfect.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Be who you are no matter who/what wants you to be someone else. You can’t please everyone but you can do the things that make you happy. No matter how they make others feel. Sometimes it’s okay to be selfish and at the end of the day the only person’s opinion of you that should matter is your own.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
None it’s paranormal/urban fantasy with a dark edge.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not at the moment with this particular series. I have a contemporary romance that I keep going back and forth between if I’m going to write it. It will be loosely based on some of my feelings of relationships. It won’t be a happy/sappy story by any means but a real, raw, and gritty truth of heartbreak and trying to not let someone else crawl inside your heart so firmly that when they aren’t interested in the same outcomes as you, you aren’t completely devastated in their wake.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I read A LOT. I love A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins, A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice, The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison, and many, many more.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Kalona’s Fall by PC Cast and Kristin Cast, Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews, and I have Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead that I’m about to start. They all released on July 29th
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes a few…Kimber S. Dawn, M. Robinson, Cristy Rey, and NL Hoffmann to name a few.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Ha, well my Dark Indiscretions Series as I have 4 more books in that series. I have 4 planned in my Dark Indiscretions Chronicles Series that I will be working on as I’m working on Dark Indiscretions and I have a few more in the works that I will start working on in 2015 and more on those when I have firm guidelines for them.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is fun and I enjoy it and I have no intention of not doing it. I also want to work with children once my Psychology knowledge is better. As long as I enjoy doing something I will do it so I don’t really think in terms of career… If I barely sold any books I would still write and publish because someone besides me wants to know how the story ends.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not in my latest release in April. I went exactly where I wanted to go… now my first book yes as it was my first book and I had no idea what I was doing. I just had an idea and I wrote it. I would have liked to add more details in certain places in the book to flesh it out a bit more for upcoming ones but at the time I had no intention of writing past it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No I just have always written.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My currently work is Callisto Carvanis: And A Legacy Was Born. She appears briefly in Dark Indiscretions: A Prequel and I couldn’t let that be all of her story. I had to go back and show why she was who she was.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Keeping track of my every growing world.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many favorites but I one day hope to write a book as beautifully written as Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. The storytelling in that novel was amazing and the legends were original and well thought out.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not at the moment.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Daria Brennan designed all of the Dark Indiscretions Covers besides Rumspringa. Willow Raven Illustration and Design did that one.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Deciding what to reveal and what not to reveal yet. Dark Indiscretions has one story arc over 7 books. I might have had a character say he would explain something in one book but it might not get explained until a different book. I didn’t forget to explain it, it just isn’t time yet to reveal it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I enjoy making up new words and species.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Research for yourself always.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really…probably something Dr. Seuss related or something like that in head start or elementary school. I just know I wanted that free pizza from Pizza Hut every month.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Watching TV shows, going to the movies, cruising book stores, reading, sometimes cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Supernatural, One Tree Hill, Charmed, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Secret Circle, Hemlock Grove, all the Underworlds, Resident Evil, to name a few.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Red/All music except most rap/Chinese, pizza, tacos.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I want to be a Child Psychologist
Dark Indiscretions: A Prequel (can be read before or after book one…I suggest after) coming Aug 15
Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed
Dark Indiscretions: Seer Destined coming soon
Rumspringa coming soon
Dark Indiscretions (Book One)
Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed (Book Two)