With a desire to tell stories like the best Storyteller, Myra Johnson has been writing for children for years, and now her creativity has expanded to the adult realm with two novels released in 2009.
Not only is she creating beautifully memorable stories, but with her gifted organizational skills, she offers her helpful charts for aspiring authors. A link to her ‘writer’s helps’ is here: http://www.myrajohnson.com/Myra_Langley_Johnson,_Writer/Writing_Helps.html
To add icing on the cake, Myra is one of fifteen fabulous ladies of Seekerville, an online group of published and aspiring authors, who encourage, educate, and entertain (3 Es) those of us who want to learn the craft of writing…and desperately need those 3 Es 🙂
To find out more about the Seekers, and some other fabulous authors like, Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Camy Tang, and Missy Tippens, check out: http://seekerville.blogspot.com
For more about Myra, check out her website at:
Now for a little Q & A.
Who are your favorite characters you’ve ever written?
Healy Ferguson and Valerie Bishop, my hero and heroine from Autumn Rains, will always have a special place in my heart.
What is the behind-the-scenes story of those characters?
Healy is loosely based on a real-life ex-con who passed through Houston several years ago on his way to a fresh start. He stowed all his things in a bus station locker (back when bus stations still had lockers) and then lost the combination. Running low on cash, he asked around for where he might find assistance and then either hitchhiked or walked the 25-30 miles to our church where I used to live in northwest Houston. My pastor/brother-in-law and a church council member were still at church after an evening meeting, so they gave him some money and drove him to where he could catch another bus. On the way, they nonchalantly asked what his crime was, and when he said manslaughter, they got a wee bit nervous. But the story had a happy ending, because my brother-in-law later heard from the man with news that he reached his destination, found a job, and began a new life.
As for Valerie, I needed a heroine whose struggle somehow mirrored Healy’s, so I created a situation that would make her a prisoner in her own home. A personal tragedy has resulted in a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and her relationship with Healy has the potential either to drive her deeper into her fears or finally bring healing to both of them.
Thanks for inviting me to participate, Pepper!
My pleasure, Myra.
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Character Creation Tip of the Day:
Stranger than Fiction? Actually, sometimes the most inspiring stories and characters come from the most unlikely places – we just have to learn to pay attention. A character on a movie, a picture from a book, a magazine or newspaper article, a family member’s story…
All it takes is a listening ear, an observant eye, and an overzealous imagination, right Myra?
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