Interview with Sai Marie Johnson

Q: Introduce yourself! What experience do you have with writing?

Hey! It’s my pleasure to introduce myself: I’m Sai Marie, am a hybrid author; which means I am both represented by a publisher (Blushing Books) and have an indie imprint and production company, InfinityxCreations that I release other books from, as well.

I have been published since July 2013 and have 11 titles available. (I had fourteen but three novellas got condensed and released as one complete novel, so that brought the number down.)

I have an MFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and write in multiple genres such as fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, romantic suspense, romance and poetry. I also write adaptations for screenplays and scripts, so my writing expertise is quite diverse.

Q: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

I am Bilingual and I learned the value of language at an early age. When I first encountered another language being spoken in grade school I was upset that I couldn’t communicate with the people speaking.

People who seemed intriguing and fascinating and possibly could become my friends. I felt a draw to the Hispanic culture from a young age due to this and approached many non-English speakers until I finally bridged the gap by learning Spanish.

Q: What is the first book that made you cry?

That is going to be an odd answer, but I have to admit it was the Bible. I began reading it at a small age because of the fantastic battles and middle eastern influence that the Bible speaks about.

The first story I read that made me cry was the story of Esther, also known as Haddassah, who married the King of Persia and broke protocol to save her people from genocide. I think what Esther did in the story speaks leaps and bounds because she was in love with the King and could have been killed for going against the kingdom’s laws in order to save her people, a people that the Persians disliked and Esther had to hide from her husband. Since, he didn’t know she was actually a Hebrew she outed herself at the risk of death and her people still being annihilated. I was about ten when I read that and it truly brought me to tears.

Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

I really love this one story I read with my sister entitled, Whispers from the Grave by Leslie Rule.

It’s really incredible and slightly futuristic. The mystery as it unravels is incredible and I’ve re-read the book so many times yet find very few others who have also read it. I highly recommend it to those who love family mysteries with a sci-fi twist.

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Approximately twenty, though this question is a little hard for me to answer. I have full franchise concepts that I’ve only just begun writing the first book for. I also have a full-length novel that is presently about 15k from being finished but a rough estimate would be 20 books in various stages.

Q: Do you believe in writer’s block?

Yes and no. I’ve experienced it and trained myself over years of self-discipline on how to keep writing and make it happen. I will say, however, that words that come on their own are much more intriguing than those squeezed from the fruit of one’s imagination. That doesn’t mean the juice is any less satisfying, however, just a bit more laborious to acquire.

Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I became much more serious about my passion and talent once I became published and had a brand and actual readers to service. Like most aspiring authors, I didn’t take my writing as seriously prior to becoming a truly published author. Now, that I am no longer aspiring and have obtained my goal, I must meet and produce content and quality stories to keep my audience engaged. So, becoming published made me more professional and career-minded about my stories.

Q: What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Disbelief and laziness. What I mean by that is this, if you know you have the best story possible or the next big thing, and you write half of it but never get to the finish line you will never become more than an aspiring writer. If you do not believe in your work nobody else will. It’s a simple fact, that confidence sells so believing your story IS the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter or Fifty Shades of Grey is what keeps you motivated and others believing that it is that next big thing.

Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

DON’T BUY INTO THE BULLCRAP! It’s not just a hobby. You were born to write. That’s why your English teacher told you so at the age of fifteen. Believe it. You are a natural-born writer.

Q: Where can readers learn more about you?

Readers can find me at on Amazon or Facebook.

 

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