Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author Interview - Shakuita Johnson, author of Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed

What would you do if the one fate chose for you vanished into thin air? What would you give up? Who would you become to stay with that person?

Krista Bell finally knows what it’s like to be free. The torture she endured at the hands of her psychotic father have unleashed the monster her mother tried so hard to help her suppress. The only thing she wants to do is be the shadow in the night that everyone is afraid of.

Taser is barely holding it together. He lost Kris once to her father and now he’s losing her to the monster she is becoming. He’s also barely containing his own monster since Krista decided she didn’t need her mates anymore. Nathan is still near but he may not be enough.

Nathan is on the verge of losing not one but both of his mates. One vanished without a trace. The other is avoiding him. He has run out of patience with them both.

But when the monster that Krista has become comes to them with a proposal will they take her up on it and possibly lose themselves or will they try to talk her down and get the beast to put back on her chain?

Adult Content Warning: This book contains M/M, M/F/F, and M/F/M scenes, and is not intended for anyone under the age of 18.

Title: Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed

Author: Shakuita Johnson

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Length: 262 Pages

Publish Date: December 31, 2013

Twisted Book Junkie interviews author Shakuita Johnson, author of Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed, for the Dark Indiscretions Blog Tour.

Shakuita, tell us a little about yourself, your work, and how you got into writing.
I'm 29 years old. I'm majoring in Psychology. I want to work with children. I love to read and write. I started out with poetry very young and would write notebooks full of it. I took creative writing when I was a high school senior and wrote my first two short stories. I’ve always loved writing and reading and one day I just decided to try for a book and I did. I was lucky to have a best friend who encouraged me every chapter of the way and now I have this whole new world inside my head that takes up most of my waking and some of my sleeping time. I still love poetry best though but now I have all these ideas in my head for books and I’m just trying to keep up.

What five words best describe you?
Introvert, blunt, quiet, smart, loyal.

Are there any critiques or reviews in particular that you just can't seem to shake?
There are a few. I try to let it slide off but when you put your soul out for the world to see and they attack it (not constructive criticism but attack) it gets to you. Especially when it’s obvious they never read the book by comments they made and little facts they don’t get right. It’s one thing not to like a book (there are some I don’t like) but there is a difference between that and just mean and rude.

How do you decide on character names in your books?
Some of the names are my close friends’ names. The personalities are different but the names are theirs. They know who they are. The rest just clicked. I didn’t have to think of them, they just came out as I typed.

Do you laugh at your own jokes as you write them?
Ha. Sometimes. Even when I go back to do a read though I have these moments where sometimes I forget I even wrote it and I’m like man that’s good. It’s just like reading any other book I’ve read that I didn’t write. I get lost in the story and then I realize, hey you are supposed to be making sure everything makes sense and spelled right.

Do you write full-time or do you keep a day job?
I have a day job and I go to school half time right now. In a few months I will be going to school full-time while working part-time and still working on my writing.

What do you do when you are not writing?
I read or think about writing. I day dream a lot about books I’ve read. I imagine them in my head and try to continue them. I watch Supernatural and other supernatural/paranormal TV shows or movies. Sometimes I just sit in the quiet and skate the place between sleep and awake, if that makes sense. It’s relaxing.

Do you have a new project in the works?
I have several in the works. Some are further along than others. Some require more attention than others. For now I’m trying to focus on the series idea I have that has at least 7 books in it. I have an idea for an Urban Fantasy, I think it might be, and some other ideas for books not related to my current series Dark Indiscretions.

What kinds of challenges did you face when you were writing the series?
Making sure I get details from earlier books right in the next ones. My series is a continuation of a long story. Even though the focus couples change, the other characters are still a big part of the series. Some more so than others, but they do make an appearance in each book. I had two different eye colors for one character and caught it thankfully before I published. It’s a long process with lots of notes and character profiles and making sure by the time the series ends all my bases are covered and every hole plugged up. I don’t want there to be any questions besides are you sure you don’t have another book for the series.

What kind of research did you do when you were working on this series?
For the beginning of my Dark Indiscretions Series, none. I already knew so much about a lot of paranormal creatures that I just wrote out what was in my head first with my own twists and turns. Then, later I did some research on different abilities like reading minds, remembering everything a person reads, etc. I did some research on mixing potions and a few spells but 95% of it all was just in my head, which some people might not believe. I didn’t want to do any research really but as I go on in the series I’m doing more research of my
own to make the series better. The Urban Fantasy I have an idea for requires lots of research and character building and it’s a lot of work. It’s going to take me months just to compile information before I can even start writing anything since I’m building a whole new world. It’s a whole new planet with different rules and species. I’m excited about it though. 

What is your biggest fear?
Never finding someone who loves as hard as I do.

Do you have a favorite TV show?
Yes, a few. But One Tree Hill is my go-to.

What is the first item on your bucket list?
Love like it's the first time, every time.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
To stop time. There is never enough.

If you could meet anyone in history - past or present - who would it be?
Anne Rice.

How would your friends describe you in three words?
Loyal, honest, and kind.

Do you have a quirk that annoys your spouse/friends?
I have slight OCD when it comes to my stuff.

What is one thing that you can't live without (other than food, water, and oxygen)?

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Ignorance. There is no excuse for it.

What is your worst job ever?
Casino Hostess. I hated it.
Shakuita Johnson is a 29-year-old Psychology major. When she isn’t going to school or working, she is doing what she loves most. Writing. She started writing in middle school. Starting with poetry. Then short stories in a creative writing course her senior year. Her love for paranormal and supernatural started with R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and TV show, Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, and Christopher Pike books. She is an avid reader with over 100 books on her bookshelf and 1000 plus on her iPad. This is her second novel. Visit her online and read her poems and one attempt at songwriting on her blog.