Monday, September 21, 2015

Author Interview & Giveaway: Marc Johnson

*Giveaway has ended.  *
Congratulations to Brigman, you are the winner!

Please welcome author Marc Johnson to Fantasy Book Chick 

Marc is the author of one of my favorite fantasy series:
The Passage of Hellsfire

Author Interview Questions

Tell us a little about yourself...

I’m a man who can barely keep up with his own thoughts and whose mind is never in the present.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

I read a lot, watch way too much TV and movies, and I also spend a lot of time gaming—board and card gaming mostly. Every weekend, I seem to be a tournament of some sort. While I’m not as good as I used to be because I’m old now, I do enjoy the social aspect of playing games with friends, and I love competing and winning!

When did you begin writing?

I was about 7 or 8 when I began writing. One of my earliest stories was basically The Adventures of Milo & Otis except it was about my turtle who had ran away. Long, sad story.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?

Sometimes I’ll listen to music when I’m writing. More often than not, I’m watching TV while I write. And by watching, I mean, listening. And by listening, I mean, it’s on in the background and only if it’s a good or interesting show do I actually pay attention to it.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Not very long. Maybe two to four months. Of course, editing is what takes me forever. I have to get it right. You should see the early drafts of some of my books. They’re terrible. But I’ll take as long as needed to get the story right. That’s all that matters to me.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Dreams. All my story ideas come from the dreams I have, which considering stories I’ve written, and plan to write, seems a bit strange. I have an uncanny ability to retain my dreams and control them if I want to. Thanks Kruger for terrorizing me when I was a kid!

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?

One of the books I’m currently reading is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. It’s good, although I much prefer the first book more, and his other works like the Mistborn trilogy and Warbreaker are much better.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

In no particular order, Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Jim Butcher, Sophie Kinsella. I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Why did you choose to write this genre?

I never think about the genre I choose to write in. I have an idea for a story and then I write. It’s only afterwards do I try to think about the genre it can fit in.

Do you design your own book covers or is there someone that designs them for you?

I currently use Deranged Doctor Design for the covers of my book. I recently went to them after my former cover artist quit doing covers. I completely revamped the covers of my books when I did so. I give them ideas and have the power of veto but it’s all them.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

I don’t know if it’s a supernatural talent, but if I could, I would have the power of flight. Whether it be with wings, some kind of anti-gravity force, magnetic pushing, or telekinesis, it doesn’t matter to me. It would be the most fun thing I could do and it’s the only ability I could have that wouldn’t corrupt me.

Tell us a little bit about your book or books…

My main work is a young adult, fantasy series called The Passage of Hellsfire. It’s an adventure with magic, romance, and destiny.

Can you tell us a little about the main character or characters in your latest book?

In my latest book, Reawakening, Hellsfire is juggling multiple things. He’s trying to find a cure for the princess, defeat his old enemy, and work together with the wizard council so that there isn’t another war. It’s a lot of responsibility for a young man to handle, and it’s beginning to take its toll on him. Luckily, he’s not alone.

What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?

As I usually do after writing a The Passage of Hellsfire novel, I’m going to take a break and write another short story/novella. It’s about a young woman who can slip inside bodies and take control of them. She has a bit of fun and some good intentions, but things start to turn ugly.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...

If they want to go on an adventure full of wonder, magic, fun, hope, romance, and determination, they will enjoy it, and be in for quite a ride.

Where can readers purchase your book or books from?

They can purchase it from whatever’s easiest for them.






Are you on social media?  If so where can readers connect with you and your books?

I’m in the air, everywhere!


 Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, #1)What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire, #2)Reawakening (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 3)

One winner will receive the first three books (e-books) in the series.
**Open internationally**

One winner will receive the first two books (print books) in the series.
**Open to the Unites States Only**

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment.  Please include your email address and if you live in the United States or International.   

The winners will be chosen and an email will be sent to notify the winners that they have won.  The author Marc Johnson will contact the winners for any additional information  (where to send e-books or print books). 

*Giveaway ends September 28, 2015*


  1. Marc is a talented and insightful writer whose prose brings life to universal themes of youth and rights of passage. I'm also pretty sure he's a Cardassian.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway. You are the winner, congratulations!