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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 20 July 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – MANLY MAN BLITZ AUTHOR MINI-INTERVIEW – WARREN JOHNSON

 

CHAT THURSDAY – MANLY MAN BLITZ AUTHOR INTERVIEW – WARREN JOHNSON

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Warren Johnson.

FAST FAVES

Cookout—chicken or brats:  chicken

Beer in a bottle or a can: can

Dogs or Cats: both

Eggs and Pancakes: both 

Fishing or hunting: Fish don’t know who I am. I can hunt, small game in particular; recurve archery is fun

Vacation: mountains or beach: beach

 

rem:  Hullo Warren, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

WARREN:  Born in the western Finger Lakes area of NY, south of Rochester, Steuben County where the Corning Glass center makes Steuben Crystal. At age of four left town with my parents as dad went to work for construction companies as an operating engineer (crane operator). Six years on the road and we moved three times one year and the longest in one place was one and a half years. Graduated NYS Regents high school diploma and went to the NYS Forest Ranger School in Wanakena, NY. Navy Vet. Most of my early years’ income came from surveying and I also became an Emergency Medical Technician (Nationally Registered in 1974), EMT Instructor by 1977, Paramedic by 1978. Went on to work in land investment as an acquisition agent and manager for a company, then moved to manufacturing healthcare training aids like CPR manikins and full body simulators. I worked with a bunch of dummies there… Retired after sixteen years of that. Now live in South Carolina where my two daughters live with their families. My son lives in Melbourne, Fl. I’ve lived in NY, IN, KY, TN, now SC.

rem:  And I know one of your delightful daughters!  Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

WARREN:  I have a side business called Haversack History where I discuss early US history. II Chronicles 7:14—if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land—is an important message for Christians to know and act on in this day and age.

rem:  We surely need that now more than ever! What is your favourite quotation and why?

WARREN:  If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft, and two loaves alone to you are left; sell one, and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed your soul. Especially in today’s mixed up world, we need to get off the push to have material things, even a meal or two, in order to get back to the purpose God made us for; worshipping Him. I need to do more of it, and this little poem draws me to it.

rem:  I’ve never heard that quote before, but what a simple and powerful message.  What’s the most random thing in your car or on your desk?

WARREN:  Me, or the trash I tuck into the car door slot until I empty it…

rem:  LOL Wait, isn’t that what the door slot is for… What do you munch on while you write?

WARREN:  Nothing. Sometimes a decaf coffee (caffeine medically prohibited), but I hate cold coffee and it gets that way before I finish it when I write.

 

rem:  Meh, I can drink my coffee (cinnamon hazelnut) no matter the temperature. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being an author impacted your relationship with Christ?

WARREN:  The old saying goes something like, “You may be the only Bible a person sees.” (rem: YESSS!!!)  So goes our writing. I’m on the edge of submitting a book proposal for devotions. My editor has it for tweaking and off it will go. The devotions I write must reflect Jesus. The only way for that to happen is to get closer to Him so I know what He wants me to do.

rem:  Oh yes! Whenever we draw closer to Him, He is reflected in us, in whatever we do.  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

WARREN:  I started reading Christian fiction when all that was on the market was Historical Romance by Gilbert Morris, in particular, the series on the Hawaiian shipping family. Almost all my secular fiction reading is done with authors like Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffith, and the like. Because of my association with DiAnn Mills and Lynette Eason, (rem: love those ladies! Amazing authors, both of them.) I read theirs, too, along with a few other Christian writers. I most often read for recreation rather than some larger picture thing, so if I can get past the first six chapters, I’ll likely finish it. If I don’t get past those because of poor writing or lack of action, that would break it. My pet peeve is mundane descriptions. If you tell me the scene is in Cairo, Egypt, I’ll skip over the three paragraphs trying to tell me about the sand and palm trees.

rem:  You are so right. Good description puts the reader right IN the scene, even to forgetting they’re reading and not actually there. What are you reading now?

WARREN:  The 2nd Amendment Primer by Les Adams.

 

rem:  A little light reading, I see… Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

WARREN:  I mentioned the devotion book. I’m also working on a series called the Pheromone Chronicles, although I think the whole chronicles thing is overused. I must think of another context for the three-book-wip. Book 1 is The Affair, book 2 is the Affect, and book 3 is the Affirmation. Book one: If she survives the assassins, Audrey must determine if a WWII pheromone still exists, and if so, to stop its production, or all Israel will die. Book 2: The only way Jenna can stop the Patron’s thirst for world domination is to trust the woman she’s been hired to kill. Book three is about one third done and I don’t have the hook set yet.

rem:  Well, I’m certainly intrigued! Tell us about why you wrote this book. Why should we read it?

WARREN:  It’s a long story, but the short version is a friend told me about a movie he was going to make then said, “We’ll never make the movie. Somebody ought to write the book.” The construction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem sets the era. What I found as it developed reflects the growth of Jenna beyond what I intended for Audrey’s story. It’s an action/intrigue novel with Biblical implications.

rem:  My favorite kind. Please give us the first page of the book.

WARREN:

CHAPTER ONE

Jenna Tomaras jerked the transmission of the black, luxury Citroen down a gear, raced the engine, and never thought about the screech the tires made in downtown Moscow. The police sirens filled her ears. She hit the clutch and slammed the shift lever into high gear. Jenna revved the engine at full power. Two dozen kilometers later, the taillights of a similar car disappeared around a curve. “Good timing, Jenna,” she said. She cranked the wheel and cut into the drive of her rented country home. The barn entrance stood open, and the car slid to a stop on the hay residue inside. She jumped out and tugged, first one, then the other of the large gate-like doors. The last banged shut as the sirens’ noise broke out of the distant woods. 

Jenna twisted around and braced her back against the door. Her feet splayed when she slipped on the hay chaff-covered floor. She closed her eyes and tilted her head against the door. The panic in her stomach rose to her throat. Her chest heaved, calling for more air. She fought the urge to crack the door as she sucked air into her lungs to control the intensity of the attack. She lifted her wrist and squinted at her watch. It showed 3:10. Three minutes passed before her panic eased enough for her to focus on the outside noises.

Convinced the police followed a false trail, she strode into the house to pack. If she waited any longer, prison in Russia became a real possibility.     

Three Months Later

The early spring warmth added to the heat in her French apartment, even at five in the morning. Her headband kept most of the moisture out of Jenna’s eyes, but the heavy, sweat-laden, curly black hair clung to her shoulders. She grunted again from the exertion of double stair stepping. Any other day she would ease up. Not today.

rem:  Well that is certainly an intense opening! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

WARREN:  Audrey’s Christian contentment and peace changes the heart of an assassin. Our faith should be so strong!

rem:  If I wasn’t sure before (I was) then I’d definitely have to read it now. Anything you’d like to add?

WARREN:  Listen to what God’s saying to you and act on it. I waited too long before believing my writing had value. It may not have been good writing, but that’s why action is required.

rem:  Ah, yes, that leap of faith. The step out of the boat. Methinks we all dally, but oh! when we take that step what marvelous things do behold. Warren, thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

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