Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fiber by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway


Fiber
by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson

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GENRE: Science Fiction

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BLURB:

Anna Reynolds is caught up in the middle of a secret interdimensional government agreement... and she doesn't even know it.

There's a medical anomaly loosely dubbed Morgellons disease afflicting a number of people. Symptoms include open sores that produce colorful string-like fibers, fatigue, and nightmarish visions of shadowy figures. No one knows where it came from. No one knows what causes it. There is no cure.

When Anna begins having nightmares and waking hallucinations of the shadow people, her uneasiness about her condition grows. Enlisting the help of her doctor and some friends, Anna is determined to find out what's really going on and why Morgellons is such a mystery.

With her health declining and doubts about whom she can trust, is Anna doomed to become a slave to her condition? Or will she and her unlikely group of would-be heroes come through, saving her... and, ultimately, the world?

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Excerpt One:

As Anna walked home through the glistening streets of Deeplake, Washington, she adjusted her scarf and wrapped her coat around herself tightly, her breath fogging up the air in front of her. After a brief glance over her shoulder, she quickened her pace, her bag of groceries teetering in her arms momentarily as she readjusted her grip.

She’d been feeling like someone was watching or following her for weeks. At first she just shrugged it off as her own overactive imagination, but the other day, she could’ve sworn she saw a shadow out of the corner of her eye. When she looked, there was nothing there. That wasn’t the first time she had seen shadows. They were always there, just out of sight, their existence never confirmed by a direct glance. But every time it happened, she got goosebumps and the hair on the back of her neck stood on end like it does when you know someone is watching you.

Her left eye began to feel itchy and grainy as she walked, and she cursed herself for not driving. She blinked several times, but after a few moments her eye felt like it had sand in it again. This was accompanied by an unpleasant tickling sensation, which became annoying very quickly.

Her thoughts wandered as her eye got worse. She felt guilty but justified for not mentioning her problems to Casey, who had more than enough on her plate already. She also didn’t want to come across as crazy; Anna was certain she wasn’t. Some of the recent events in her life were crazy, but she was definitely sane.

Do crazy people think they’re sane?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Jennifer-Crystal Johnson is originally from Germany, but was raised an Army brat. She has published one novella under her former last name, The Outside Girl: Perception is Reality (Publish America, 2005 - out of print as of 2013), a poetry book, Napkin Poetry (Broken Publications, 2010), and a collection of poetry, art, and prose called Strangers with Familiar Faces (Broken Publications, 2011). She's also published a collection of short creature horror stories called If You're Human Don't Open the Door (Broken Publications, 2012), a personal development book called The Ten Pillars of a Happy Relationship (Broken Publications, 2014), and a collection of more horror stories (no creatures this time, just people) called Our Capacity for Evil (Broken Publications, 2015). She has several poems and short stories published on Every Writer's Resource and has recently published a science fiction novel called Fibers, the first book in the Infiltration Trilogy. Jen owns and operates Broken Publications (www.BrokenPublications.com) and publishes an annual anthology to raise awareness about domestic violence called Soul Vomit (www.SoulVomit.com). When she isn't writing or editing, she enjoys playing games with her three kids, watching crime shows on Netflix, or reading. She lives in WA State with her three children, three cats, and a crazy puppy named Thor. You can connect with her at http://www.JenniferCrystalJohnson.com, http://www.twitter.com/brokenpoet, or www.Facebook.com/JenniferCrystalJohnson.


Video excerpts – watch the author read!


Interview, June 22nd, 2016
Jennifer-Crystal Johnson


Hello, and thank you so much for having me here! I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog tour, excerpts, and interviews so far, and that you continue to follow the tour as well as the Infiltration Trilogy’s first novel, Fibers.

Where are you from?
I was actually just joking with someone about being asked this question because it’s a kind of complicated answer… always has been, lol. I was born in Germany and raised in numerous different places including Germany, Missouri, Colorado, and Washington State. In my adult life, I have lived mostly in WA State but briefly lived in Tennessee/Kentucky where my ex-husband was stationed. Since I returned to WA, I’ve lived in the same town and the house I currently live in is actually the longest I’ve ever lived in one place… ever. A strange realization when you’ve been used to so much change throughout your life =).

Tell us your latest news?
The latest news is all crazy… there’s been a lot of stuff going on, some of which I can’t disclose, but I’ve been enjoying a new part-time job outside the home, which is the first time I’ve worked anywhere outside the home in almost 10 years. Of course I’m still freelancing and writing, but I needed a source of income that was more reliable as not all freelance projects or clients are created equal. In other news, I decided to put myself out there again after being single for about four years, so we’ll see what happens with that, lol.

When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve loved writing since I can remember, but the pivotal point for me was in about third or fourth grade when I had an idea for a book series that I thought was the coolest thing ever =). At the time, I was also learning to play the keyboard/piano and was very in touch with my creativity. When I was 13, I got my first freelance writing job online, which was awesome and paid really well; that job helped me to save up enough money to record a demo CD of my original music, which I then wrote about for the online teen site and got paid for as well. As for why I started writing… I have always loved it. Writing quite literally saved my life on several occasions and still helps me deal with things that are going on in my life, which is fantastic. I wish I had more hours a day to devote to writing; unfortunately being a single mom with two jobs makes that difficult at best. If you and your readers love my books and buy them, I’m one more step in the direction of my ultimate dreams coming true ;).

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I officially considered myself a writer when I managed to land that freelance job online at age 13. I was so excited – and flattered to be asked! It was a really fun job and encouraged me to write a lot more fiction, too. I won’t lie – most of those childhood stories remained unfinished, but I think all that writing gave me a solid foundation to be an excellent novelist.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was based on a dream I had that haunted me. Many of my ideas come from dreams I have (they get pretty crazy, lol), and I actually have a series I want to write after the Infiltration Trilogy based on a vivid dream I had about a year ago. My first book was called The Outside Girl: Perception is Reality and was written while I was pregnant with my younger daughter at 19 years old. Unfortunately it’s out of print now, but I have been toying with the idea of revising and expanding it, so we’ll see how that goes =). The Infiltration Trilogy is my priority though.

What would you like my readers to know?
That they’re awesome! Readers are the population keeping authors in business, so thank you all for enjoying good books. It helps authors’ dreams come true on a very regular basis, which is phenomenal. So… thank you =).


Thank you again for interviewing me on your blog! I hope you and your readers like sci-fi, and that you take some time to check out my novel, Fibers =). If you enjoy it, please tell your friends and leave a review on Amazon! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.







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GIVEAWAY 
The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


38 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  2. Congrats on the Blog Tour; the novel looks great, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. Good Morning! Have a terrific day and thank you for the chance to win

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  4. Great post - I enjoyed the interview.. sounds like the next time someone asks you where you're from you should throw out a "you should be asking where I'm NOT from" lol.

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  5. A fascinating excerpt. Sounds wonderful.

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  6. A fascinating excerpt. Sounds wonderful.

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

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  8. Thank you for sharing this book.

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  9. Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

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  10. Excellent interview! Excited to read this book!

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  11. I'm running late today but still wanting to stop by to thank you for the chance to win

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  12. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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  13. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to reading this book!

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  14. What is the name of your favorite restaurant?

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  15. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Looks like it will be an interesting read.

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  16. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway, the book sounds great.
    Have a great day

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  18. It is really cool you are from all those places, and been and lived in them, I live in colorado and have been all over too.

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  19. Good luck on your book tour!

    I liked reading the book blurb, the excerpt, the authors bio, and the authors Q&A. Fibers sounds like an exciting science fiction book that my husband and I would enjoy reading.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  20. Thank you for the giveaway!! The blurb is great and I look forward to reading this book soon!!!

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  21. What is the best joke that you have heard recently? Thanks for the giveaway. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  22. What are you future writing plans?

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  23. I enjoyed the interview, and have a great day :)

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  24. What is the most played song on your iPod/iPhone?

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  25. Hope you day goes as well as mine has!

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