Emily Glossner Johnson stops by with a giveaway from and sale at MUSA Press ~ Interview by Marc

I had a fun interview with Emily Glossner Johnson and it was so nice of her to take the time to answer a few questions. I wasn’t very familiar with her work before, but it was great getting to know her better and I hope you enjoy it as well and will check out her work 😉
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Hi Emily, great to have you on the blog 😉 I love to discover new authors and their distinct voices. I really enjoyed your writing style and would love to know since when you write and how you discovered this genre.
Thank you for enjoying my writing style! I’ve been writing all my life. My first ever complete story was told in pictures because I was only four and couldn’t write yet. I discovered LGBT romance because I have a great interest in LGBT literature and LGBT studies in general. I had ideas for romances and was honored to have “Honeymoon” and “Arthur Cleary” published by Musa Publishing.
Can you tell our readers a little about “Honeymoon” and how you got the idea for the story?
“Honeymoon” is the story of Lee, a man who knows deep down that he’s gay and leaves his fiancée on their wedding day. He retreats to their planned honeymoon location to figure things out. He meets Sanders, the owner of the bed and breakfast inn where he’s staying, and the two feel an immediate attraction. This leads to a night of passion, despite the fact that Sanders is married, albeit very unhappily. Nevertheless, Lee and Sanders decide that they want to be together and must overcome their obstacles to do so. I got the idea for “Honeymoon” because I love the many bed and breakfast inns in the Finger Lakes region of New York where I live. I wondered what would happen if someone were to come to such an inn alone. What would his story be, and how would it end up?
Do you keep an idea file and what was the craziest/most unusual idea you ever had for a story?
I keep many notes about ideas both on my computer and on paper. One unusual idea I’ve had resulted in a literary story I had published in Dinosaur Bees called “Vladimir Lenin Grown Weary” in which Vladimir Lenin shaves off his iconic beard. Another odd idea resulted in a literary story entitled “Mr. Gribbles Eats a Beetle” that I had published in Literary Brushstrokes that’s about a cat who talks to a washed-up rock star.
Do you usual start a story with a character, a scene, a sentence, … how do you begin your writing process?
I begin my writing process all different ways. Something it’ll be a sentence I write that catches my fancy. Sometimes it’ll be a well-planned outline. Often it’s just free writing I do that evolves into a story.
What is the most difficult aspect for you about writing a novel?
The most difficult aspect for me about writing a novel is the rewriting–the revision process. Curiously enough, I love it because I love to make my work the best I’m able to make it, but I’m a perfectionist and sometimes drive myself crazy with revisions!
Are there any other genres you would like to explore in the future and do your personal reading habits differ from the stories you write?
I primarily write literary fiction, and often LGBT literature. I’m also working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I would love to try my hand at writing horror stories at some point since I love reading and watching horror. My reading habits are vast and varied. I love both fiction and nonfiction. I read mostly literary fiction, classics, and LGBT romance. In nonfiction, I read science, history, literary theory, LGBT studies, religion, mental health, memoir, and philosophy. I also enjoy reading humor when I feel a need to lighten the mood!
Do you think the main emphasis should be on the main protagonists or are secondary characters just as important for a story, in your opinion?
I believe that protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters are all important and should be well drawn. There should be no cardboard cut-outs of people in a good story.
Who is your literary idol and what aspect of their writing do you inspire the most?
My literary idol is Shirley Jackson. She’s perhaps best known for her short story “The Lottery”, but her novels and other stories are excellent as well. I love her well-chosen details and descriptions and the atmosphere, often eerie, of the worlds she creates. I love the surrealism and darkness with which she imbues many of her novels and stories.
What new releases and future projects do you have planned ?
I have a short story coming out this winter in the anthology Postscripts to Darkness. It’s a story I’m very fond of called “The Pattersons”. The anthology will be available on Amazon. If you’re a fan of Twilight Zone, you may very much enjoy this story! I also have a story called “The Escape” that just came out in Lost Coast Review, Volume 5, Number 2, Winter 2014. This is also available on Amazon. This is a very dark story, but I hope intriguing.
Do you have any message to your fans or potential new fans? Anything our readers should know about you, anything interesting you would like to share?
Hmm… anything interesting I’d like to share. I guess it would be that I write a variety of works which, when published, I announce on my blog and Twitter and Facebook. I’d love to have readers check out my work, both my LGBT romances and my other stories!
About the author: I have two stories published by Musa Publishing in their Erato (LGBT) imprint. I have stories published in Lynx Eye, Literary Brushstrokes, The Linnet’s Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, Dinosaur Bees, The Round Up Writer’s Zine, and Lost Coast Review.  I have a story forthcoming in the anthology Postscripts to Darkness. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I’ve written a literary novel that I’m in the process of submitting to publishers and agents. I’m the Organizer of a wonderful writers group called the Central New York Creative Writers Café.
Please follow my blog at emilyglossnerjohnson.blogspot.com, follow me on Twitter @EmDotJ, and/or message me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/emilyglossnerjohnson.

Buy Links

You can find “Honeymoon” and “Arthur Cleary” on the Musa Publishing website  or on Amazon.

On February 13th, Musa will put “Honeymoon” on sale, so you can safe 30% on ONLY that day 😉 Check out Caroline’s review of the book 😉

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Giveaway

MUSA Publishing  has graciously agreed to give 1 commenter an e book copy of “Honeymoon”, put the book for sale on the day the interview is published and enter any commenter for a $10 gift certificate! 😉

Contest ends 18 Feb 2014 at 11:59 pm, must be 18 or older to win, void where prohibited, etc.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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14 thoughts on “Emily Glossner Johnson stops by with a giveaway from and sale at MUSA Press ~ Interview by Marc

  1. I read this only this week (so dont put me in the giveaway!) – i did enjoy it, it was a very thoughtful short story and I’d really like to see what happened after the end!

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