IndieView with Sai Marie Johnson, author of Embracing His Empire

About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Do you have a target reader? For this particular book, Embracing His Empire, it was professionally created. If you haven’t finished the book, focus on that, and then work up from there. I have and sometimes I still do. I have created some of my own book covers, however, and will likely be continuing to do so in the future. I do like to have music go and a free space without distractions though. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I revise as I write and then do three other edit run-throughs before I submit to my editor. When did you start writing the book? I want to influence young generations to love reading and to provide stories for all ages of life to enjoy. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? How long did it take you to write it? Eugene, Oregon, Duck Central, Track Town U.S.A. The tension between Xenocrates and Caecelia’s relationship. I had some trouble making sure all the names and places lined up at first but once I got into the story it was easy to keep it going. It takes having a written manuscript to go anywhere else. If so can you please describe it? What came easily? I was born in Oregon and lived there until I was 11 years of age. About the book
What is the book about? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I’m always looking to find ways to engage and converse with the people who read my stories and hope to keep making them smile in every way possible. I did not like moving to the South and upon growing up made a plan to move back to my home state as soon as possible. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Where did you get the idea from? I want to say yes but I truly am a multi-genre author who is looking to reach all readers. About You
Where did you grow up? Anne Rice and Stephen King inspired me abundantly. So far it has worked pretty well. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Yes. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? First, finish your book. I began writing the draft of this story in Spring 2008. Where do you live now? So, my target audience is everyone who is looking to be entertained. It took me about four years because I started it and then closeted it promptly. What would you like readers to know about you? Then I moved to the South, Tennessee specifically. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Typically, I create a soundtrack to write to picking music that I feel relates to the story itself. I do both. So, my target audience is everyone who is looking to be entertained. A young woman on a fictional planet who is captured by an enemy invader learns her life as she knows it is one huge and epic lie and her actual people are the ones who have stolen her from the place she was raised. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) In the process, will she learn to love the man she was destined to spend her life with? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I initially went Indie because I wanted to see my work published and didn’t want to deal with rejections from traditional publishers. I got the image of a woman trying to fight off an abductor, dressed in strange Roman-like garb and went with it. My characters are entirely fictitious in this particular story but in some of my stories the characters are based off people I know or experiences I have had with other people. So, it really changes depending on what I am writing at the time. Did you hire a professional editor? I want to influence young generations to love reading and to provide stories for all ages of life to enjoy. It just sprung into my head. I have a marketing plan for this book. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Yes, I do listen to music while I write. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Sai Marie Johnson – 30 November 2018
The Back Flap
Caecelia of House Servili was born and bred to be a powerful woman with an education and the life of splendor as a senator’s daughter, but when a foreign enemy sieges their estate, killing her family and abducting her, her entire world changes. Now the captive of a strong and dominant king from the enemy kingdom, she learns truths about her past that will challenge everything she imagined for her future. I began reading their stories long before I was old enough to and it was because of Anne and Stephen that I decided to take the dive into becoming a published writer. Not really, I just delve into what I am doing. Do you listen to music while you write? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I love interacting with my readers and have a reader group I would love to invite them to join. It was a gradual process but once I got ready to do it I dived right in and had my first book out within two weeks. Readers are welcome to join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saimariejohnson
Or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/LadySai
Or by navigating to my official site at http://www.saimariejohnson.wordpress.com
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