Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Skin of a Goddess by Victoria C. Johnson Interview

Skin of a Goddess
Goddess Ascension
Book One
Victoria C. Johnson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: April 18, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9973433-0-4

Number of pages: 253
Word Count: 78,311

Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Design

Book Description:

Goddesses just want to have fun, right?

Peitho’s first job as an Immortal Representative means slumming it at the Shifter Convention, where shifters and supernaturals will be meeting to discuss concerns and build relations. She’s sure it’s going to be boring—all they have to complain about is fleas and territory.

Wait . . . is that a dragon?

Obsessive is a strong word.

Hunter thinks Peitho would make a great addition to his hoard of treasure. Dragons are famously acquisitive; how is he supposed to ignore her? Everyone always says it’s bad to fight your nature.

When shifters begin disappearing from the convention, and bodies quickly appearing, Peitho and Hunter have no choice but to investigate. Will Hunter and Peitho manage to solve the crime while still keeping their hearts intact?

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About the Author:

Victoria C. Johnson lives in Michigan with her supportive husband and amazing family. She became serious about her passion for writing shortly after having her daughter. As someone who strongly believes in doing what makes you happy, she decided to follow her own advice. She loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. Victoria adores happy endings, heartfelt characters, and extraordinary situations. She hopes to bring a little more of that to life every day.

Where are you from?
I am from Kalamzoo, Michigan.
Tell us your latest news?
I have been working on drafting my fourth book in my Goddess Ascension series.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was in Middle School. I loved reading, but I was having a hard time finding the type of book that I wanted to read. I was hoping for intense excitement, crazy situations, and happily ever afters. Instead of trying to continue find this type of book, I decided to write one.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I was a teenager and had a short story published in a teen magazine. It gave me the confidence to realize writing was more than just a hobby for me.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired by the interactions people have with one another. I love exploring different types of relationships, their growth, and their struggles. I wanted to take these mundane, completely realistic situations and add a bit of magic to them.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write how I speak! I include a ton of humor, sass, and fun in my writing.
How did you come up with the title?
My leading female, Peitho, has gold skin. This is a very prominent physical characteristic that she has always identified with. Her skin is used as a physical defense as well as a way to allure others. When I was thinking of a title for the book, I decided to highlight this aspect of the character.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Peitho is the Goddess of Seduction and Persuasion. She sometimes seems to have a love/hate relationship with who she is. Peitho’s friends accept her for who she is without making judgements or trying to change her. I want my readers to realize that it’s ok to be who you are regardless of the opinion of others.
How much of the book is realistic?
Very little, but that’s the fun part!
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Of course! I use my experiences and relationships as inspiration. I’ll have conversations with those around me and jot down amusing comments or crazy circumstances. I won’t use exact conversations or situations, but I’ll try to duplicate the feeling.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I loved everything by Tamora Pierce when I was a teenager. She’s the first author I read for pleasure instead of necessity.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I consider any author that I read a mentor. When I’m excited by a book and completely drawn in, it encourages me to focus on my own projects. If I need a break from what I’m working on, I can always count on my favorite authors to keep me entertained.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I am rereading Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. I think her books are quirky and a ton of fun.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A new author, for me, is Suzanne Wright. I recently read her the first book in her Deep in Your Veins series. It was a sassy read, which I really like!
What are your current projects?
I am working on the fourth book in my Goddess Ascension series. I’m planning having it focus on Enyo, the Goddess of War. I think it will be a really interesting character to write about. She’s a total badass but so socially oblivious, you can’t help but adore her. Enyo is a hot mess, emphasis on hot.
What would you like my readers to know?
I want my readers to know I appreciate them taking the time to read my writing. Your support and kind words mean a lot to me! I love sharing my writing with you all.

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