Monday, September 12, 2016

A Bookish Conversation with Becky Johnson, author of 'Touching Death'




Books are Becky Johnson's passion and always have been. She used to get in trouble in school for reading during class!

Becky has Master's degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel.

When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!

Her latest book is the mystery/suspense, Touching Death.
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Rachel Angeletti knows things. She always has. With one touch she sees secrets, emotions, lies. Her gift helps her to be the best museum curator in Chicago. It also makes her personal relationships difficult.
Her life is complicated enough when a run in with her ex and an unanticipated vision sends her reeling. One touch and she sees death. One touch and she is thrown into the midst of killer’s dark fantasy. Now Rachel is in a fight for her life against a killer she knows too little about.

With danger stalking her around every turn Rachel is in a thrilling race against the clock. Can she catch a killer before he catches her?

Touching Death will take you on a riveting, page-turning, journey into the mind of a killer and the heart of a survivor.

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  • Touching Death is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read! A lot of my life revolves around books. For my day job I’m a social worker in a hospital. I definitely get a lot of inspiration at work!

When did you start writing?

I wrote my first short story in kindergarten. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. To be honest I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

When I got my first fan letter. The fact that someone was so affected by my writing that they took the time to write me a letter. It felt amazing. I would write even if no one ever read or liked it, but to have my work appreciated is fantastic.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

The Maldives. Not because the book would be set in Maldives, but because sitting in an over-the-water hut with my feet in the clear, blue water is about the most relaxing thing of which I can think. I feel like the stories would just pour out of me if I was that relaxed!

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Sleep. Isn’t that a sad answer! It’s true though. I’ve been so busy that a break would be a delightful thing, but a nap would make that break amazing.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

The French countryside. In a little cottage. Maybe an American woman moves to her grandmother’s cottage to open a B&B. Ohh the plot bunnies are multiplying.

Back to your present book, Touching Death, how did you publish it?

I chose to self-publish through Amazon. I thought a lot about my publishing options and self-publishing just seemed like the best fit for me.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Chicago. I wanted to get a feel for the city in which Touching Death was based.

Why was writing Touching Death so important to you?

It was a story that was living in my head for years. It had to be told!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my ideas from everywhere. Sometimes I don’t even know what causes an idea to pop into my head. At any given time, I probably have at least five stories bouncing around my head!

Any final words?

Thanks for having me. Happy reading!

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