Meet V. Morley Johnson

This week’s debut author (yes, I’m a few days late, but I won’t tell if you won’t…) is V. Morley Johson, a fourth grade teacher who wrote her debut novel so that her students could finally see a girl be the hero of a story. That’s actually one of the reasons I wrote my own debut novel, Baby Grand. Hooray for heroines!
Name:
V. Morley Johnson
Name of book: Daughters of Pahol and the Battle for the Book of Light
Book genre:
Fantasy
Date published: November 2011
Publisher: JGroup Publishing
What is your day job? Fourth grade teacher
What is your book about? The Daughters of Pahol have always walked in the light, with the Book of Light, and the Sword of Light as the source of their power. The Daughters of Pahol have protected this Book, the Sword, and the kingdom for generations… until Queen Anriel falls under the power of the Rephaim. The Rephaim are witches who walk in the power of darkness, with a plan to take the throne, and all of its secrets. The exiled youngest Daughter of Pahol is the key to stopping the Rephaim. And the battle for the Book of Light begins…
Why did you want to write this book?
I wanted to write a book with a girl as the hero. As a teacher I have read many stories where the boy saves the day all the time. I want girls to grow up knowing that they can be heroes too.
What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book? The most challenging part is finishing it. The beginning is always easy. It took me about two years to find the time to finish it.
Did you conduct any kind of research in order to write this book (visit certain locales, etc.)?
Yes, I researched the names of the characters. I wanted the characters’ names to have special meaning in relation to the story.
What motivates you to write?
I like the creativity in writing. I like the feeling of creating something that didn’t exist before.
Did you experience writer’s block?
I don’t think I have ever experienced writer’s block. I more so have time constraints that keep me from writing consistently every day.
How long did it take you to write this book? About two years.
How did you go about finding a publisher? I decided to self publish and create my own publishing company.
Why? I researched the traditional versus self-publishing road, and the self-publishing road seemed like it would be the most rewarding for first time authors.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about writing a book?
That it is easy and anyone could do it. It takes time to develop a book idea and write it, then rewrite it over and over again.
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? Discovering who the characters are as they develop throughout the course of the story.
What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? What advice would you give to writers regarding promotion? I started a blog where I write about my journey as a debut author. I have an author page at Amazon.com, and making connections in the writing community on Twitter. I would advise writers to make as many connections via social media as they could to promote their books.
Do you plan on writing another book? Yes, the Daughters of Pahol is a three-book series. I am beginning to work on the second in the series.
My favorite last question: Oprah once famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer? I would agree. A wise teacher once told me that preparation is everything in life, and over the years I have found it to be true.

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