About the author…
Born in the East End of London during the late 1960’s, to a fairly typical London family of that period. Yes, within the sound of Bow Bells, so yes I am authentic Cockney, though now living in Cornwall it is not somewhere that I miss, after all who wouldn’t swap the traffic hewn streets for the cold wintered coast?
Brought up in Cheshunt, Herts after my late father was made redundant in the early 70’s and work forced us to move, something that at the time I despised. My Great Uncle was the Head Master at the School in Brimsdown, Enfield that I had attended and one thing that I did not miss was standing outside his office in the hallway waiting for my next punishment!
I hated School after that, not a great time of my life, though I do still have many friends from that period of time.
Despite my dislike for the education system and those that ran it, I had a love even then for story telling and jokes. I had books of jokes that I read I in the papers, stories that I had written with 200 words per paragraph and no punctuation.
This was long before the advent of hundreds of channels, online films and TV programs, not forgetting video games of course. Summers were spent at my Nan’s whilst my parents worked, watching ‘Why don’t you’ or re-run after re-run of ‘Robinson Crusoe’.
I did try and write a book once before, about ten years or so ago, but it was awful, 900 pages of hand written durge and I threw it away. Now though, well I am a different person, my children are growing up fast and, I know it’s my fault, I find myself losing in bouts of banter. I have taught them far too well!
Age is not a kind companion, for 13 years I have suffered from Reiters Disease. This is a form of Arthritis, and for the last 5 to 6 years, from IBS as well.
I never let them get the better of me though; I have a dog, a Collie, Jess. She is the scattiest 7 year old dog I have ever seen and as loyal as you could wish for.
I am an avid record collector, though this is something that my dear wife would argue with… I am also an avid archer and air rifle enthusiast, plus I love my dirt/pit bike. Though, all of these are things that have to be done in moderation, pain allowing so to speak.
I have always been a keen science and science fiction fan, I think in everything I do I am a bit eclectic to say the least. My musical tastes are there for you to see, and often creep, or even gallop into my written work.
I don’t know many other Authors, being a self published Author does cut you off a little from others, but I really don’t think I am like many others.
A tattooed, eclectic, insane, anxious, OTT guy with an amazing and supportive family.
Currently toying with the idea of a Vegetarian Zombie Dinosaur called TREX for book three…
Now wondering if anyone will get that joke?
Interview with P Johnson
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have wanted to do this for a long time, in fact I tried my hand at it about ten years ago. But I hated it, 900 pages and I threw the lot away. This time it was different, I had a clearer picture of what I wanted and how to get to my goal.
Plus there are not many people writing this genre, and I am pretty damn awesome at it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Inventing things, coming up with the weird and wonderful worlds that the characters inhabit, the ludicrous names and seemingly impossible situations that they get themselves into. I love every moment of that. I still don’t get writers block and loath the day it happens.
I see situations and events for books and characters all the time, from facebook conversations to adverts and someone at the bus stop, ideas are everywhere, you need to see them.
What are you working on next?
Oh secrets… Currently working on book two, I have book three planed will be out about ten months after book two. There is a list on the website of all future works planed and believe it’s quite a list. Along with the science fiction there will be a supernatural thriller, a series of short obscure tales and new series of Steampunk books.
That being said there are around nine other books to come in the Panda Johnson series so any new ideas will have to be amazing to take me away from my current course.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh what a trick question, I hate them of course… who wrote this?
Seriously, without fans the work has no life, I could write the best book in the history of literature but if no one reads it then I will have failed. Its the fans that bring any work to life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Going to bed again each night, silly question.
Who are your favorite authors?
That’s hard, Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, James Herbert, Clive Barker, Gail Carriger, I could go on but I won’t.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Normally I am either thinking of ways to promote my work or listening to music, I have over five hundred records and am an avid vinyl collector. I spend my Fridays working on my pit bike and then Saturdays riding it. Sometimes I like to go shooting, I also like archery and have a few bows. I probably do too much lol
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest I have never read an e-book, I far prefer the paperback. But I know its a brilliant advance for how books are read and distributed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh hell I was about ten years old, if I remember correctly it was about aliens who tried to steal a forest lol I had the book until a few years ago but it was sadly lost in a house move.
What is your writing process?
Chapter plan, convert to full doc, notes under each chapter title and free write. I think it’s one of the easiest and most fulfilling things I have ever done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ever? wow, um, it was a series of kids Pirates books and as the impact, not a clue.
How do you approach cover design?
I like a good cover, but find that many are way too complicated, the idea is to convey a message about the story within, make the reader interested and curious. I like my covers simple, that’s why I tend to them myself. Not sure that a cover designer would get exactly what I want or the context.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Douglas Adams – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Sheer genius.
Weaveworld – Clive Barker – A book I could read over and over.
Moon – James Herbert – I started reading Herbert as a teen, Rats, Lair etc but this is my all time favourite.
Retromancer – Robert Rankin – This man always makes me laugh.
Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal – Joe R Lansdale – What to say about this book, so different, so good.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oddly mostly science magazines, since I have started writing near full time I find it hard to get into a new book, there are lots I would like to read but feel if I start one and get an idea I will put it down. So I stick to magazines or short stories.