Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Guest Interview: Until Winter Breaks @ElanaJ #Romance #ASMSG



 
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Hello Romance Lovers,

On Guest Interview today, I have Author Elana Johnson here to chat with us and share her new release: Until Winter Breaks.

Please give Elana a warm welcome.

Blurb:
 
Following its prequel Until Summer Ends, Until Winter Breaks takes place in Jared Newton's estranged hometown, Redwood Bay, where he shacks up to escape his hurtful
breakup with his former girlfriend of three years, Carla. The breakup followed soon after Jared loses his job at his law firm due to a botched case that his senior partner pinned on him. Jared is left reeling and without any ties to the place he's called home for almost fifteen years. Upon entering his sister Sophie's house, Jared is welcomed in a not-so-friendly manner by Sophie's neighbor, Millie Larson, who has been watching the house while Sophie and her husband are away on vacation.
 
Although the first encounter is not very pleasant, Jared cannot help but notice Millie's beauty and the attraction between the two becomes quite obvious. As days turn into months, their attraction for each other transforms into deeper feelings and they fall madly in love with one another. But how can Millie allow herself to love again without guilt after losing her husband in a horrible cliff-diving accident? Will she surpass her demons and succumb to love or will Jared be left heartbroken and feeling lost once again?
 
Author Interview
 
 
 

         Hello Elana, welcome to Author Interview. Please tell us a bit about you, family and background.
My name is Elana Johnson. I’ve been teaching elementary school for 17 years, parenting for 18, being a wife for 20, and writing for 10.

         Elana, congratulations on your new release, UNTIL WINTER BREAKS. Why did you decide to publish a book?
My first published book was in 2011, and while it was in a completely different genre than my contemporary romances, I knew back then that I loved writing and I wanted to publish my writing to see if others would like my stories too. Since then, I’ve published, either with a traditional publisher or on my own, just over 2 dozen novels and novellas in a wide range of genres. My favorite by far is writing romance!
          Two dozen books! Elana, you have been busy. Please share the journey from conception to the publication of UNTIL WINTER BREAKS.
UNTIL WINTER BREAKS is the second book in my Redwood Bay Romance trilogy. The first book, UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, was my second attempt at an adult contemporary romance, and once I’d created the little town of Redwood Bay, just north of the Redwood National Forest on the California coastline, I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time there. The series will hopefully have 4 or 5 full-length novels, and UNTIL WINTER ENDS is just the second installment.

It features Jared Newton and his return to his hometown after about a dozen years away. Jared is the brother of the heroine from UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, so the books stand alone – they are each their own complete romance from beginning to end – but they’re part of the series because they’re tied to Redwood Bay and feature some of the same supporting cast from book to book.
        Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?
I just spend a week in Grand Cayman with 12 other adult family members, and one of them asked me this very question! I told them that I find it everywhere. In the guy standing in the security line at the airport. Why is he wearing that? Why did he choose that backpack? Those shoes? That hairstyle? Interesting people are everywhere and observation is free. So I make sure I get outside my walls and live life – because that’s where I find the most interesting characters. And romance is all about the characters (for me!) so I find inspiration for my novels in real people, from real life.
           What would be the best thing a reviewer will say about your new release?
“The perfect blend of romance and self-discovery!” But really, that’s what I try to do. I want my flawed, broken characters to be healed as they realize they’re really standing in their own way from being happy.
         So what’s your one sentence pitch for your book?
UNTIL WINTER ENDS: Can Jared Newton and Millie Larson navigate the obstacles between them to find a new happily-ever-after?
         What else are you passionate about? And name one thing you are bad at doing?
I am really not athletic. Like, at all. You would not want me on your soccer team. Or baseball team. Or basically anything that requires running at all.

One thing I’m passionate about is learning as much as I can about things that interest me. I want to be a good teacher, so I spend a lot of time reading and trying new things. I want to be a good writer, so I take classes and attend conferences. I love learning new things and getting better and better at them!
          Our readers are interested in your favourite food & drink. My favorite drink is hands down Welch’s grape soda. Sadly, I don’t think they make it anymore. So a close second is Cherry Limeade from Sonic. My favorite food is straight-up pepperoni pizza! If I can dip it in ranch dressing, I’m in heaven.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you have done?
Well, I’ve done a lot of embarrassing things, but one of my most recent was in the car. Where I live, the lights are all different. Sometimes the left turners get to go first, and sometimes one direction will turn left and go straight at the same time, then the other direction. It’s confusing, I’m sure.

So I was turning left, and I was waiting for oncoming traffic. The light turned yellow, and I thought I’d be able to turn left as the light turned red. But the cars coming the other direction didn’t stop. So I leaned on the horn, attracting all this attention from the college-age pedestrians nearby. And…I was the one who was wrong. The oncoming traffic still had a green light. But there I was, in the middle of the intersection, honking and causing general mayhem in front of lots of people. And I almost got hit to boot. It was really embarrassing.
        Finally Elana, please share your favourite quote with our readers. 
     “Never give up! Never surrender!” ~Galaxy Quest. I enjoy the movie Galaxy Quest on many levels, and I especially love this quote from it.


Author Bio:
 
A speculative fiction author under the name Elana Johnson and an inspirational adult romance author under the pen name of Liz Isaacson, her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), Elevated, the Elemental series, the Songs of Life fantasy series, the Redwood Bay romance series, and the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog (www.elanajohnson.com) or Twitter (@ElanaJ). She co-founded the Query Tracker blog and WriteOnCon, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog written by young adult science fiction and fantasy authors.


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