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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Author! Author! Interview with Johnny Ray

I want to take the opportunity to thank author Johnny Ray for allowing me to review Her Honor's Bodyguard, guest posting and for this interview. I really appreciate it.

Adria: Why write a romantic thriller? Was it planned or did it just happen by accident?
Johnny: I love to write romantic thrillers. I am working hard on building a reputation as the master of the romantic thriller. This genre is totally different from most novels. It involves having someone stopping something from happening, which is different form a mystery where the crime happened and you read to discover who did it. In other words, a thriller is about who might do it. The romantic angle is about what might happen in the future also, and it could be a happy ever after, or it could be just a happy for now.

Adria:
What would readers be surprised to find on your bookshelf?
Johnny:
The biggest surprise is my collection of old  Perry Mason novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Adria:
What would you say to someone who just wants to dismiss "Her Honor's Bodyguard" as nothing more than another romance novel?
Johnny:
Most romance novels don’t have the thriller element in them. This novel also doesn’t have the kind of preconceived ending that is common in most romances. This novel will keep you guessing until the very end as to what secrets are being hidden and why.

Adria:
What was the hardest part of writing "Her Honor's Bodyguard?"
Johnny:
The hardest part for me as a writer was holding back the secrets for long. I want the reader to see them, but had to wait to build up the suspense. This is the problem with most writers—the telling too soon can ruin a good thriller or suspense.

Adria:
How personal is your writing?
Johnny:
I get very involved in my writing. I do very heavy research and talk to a lot of people.

Adria:
In your opinion what are the most important elements of good writing?
Johnny:
I will always argue that plot is king. Without a good story, the words are all meaningless. In my novels, I want the reader to say at the ending, “I should have known that, but totally missed it, even with all of the clues that are placed inside the story.

Adria:
What has been the best part of being a published author? The worst?
Johnny:
The best part for me is the actual writing of the first draft, which I do on the beach every morning.
The worst part is rejections and bad reviews from someone who does not understand the genre, or maybe for some other reason, but that is life.

Adria:
Is there anything else you'd like readers to know either about you or your work?
Johnny:
I guess the most important thing is that I love my readers—I really do. I love engaging with them on a previous or a future work. I am extremely sociable, with over 75,000 followers on twitter for example. I also love to do radio, TV and blog interviews. Simple drop me a line at sirjohn@wwisp.com if you have any questions.

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