Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Author Interview: Torin Johnson
Author Torin Michael Johnson was born and raised outside of Southwest Philadelphia. He has always been recognized for his uncanny imagination. Being an avid reader of comic books and graphic novels. Torin often enjoys writing adventures of superheroes and supervillains of his own creation. One thing Torin loves to expose in his work is the very human strengths (and weaknesses) that encompass his superhuman characters. Hero or villain, Torin's characters are confronted with troubling, often traumatic situations or lifetime circumstances, which presents them with a "fork-in-the-road" that truly defines whether they'll fight for good or for evil.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I like to plan everything chapter by chapter, and then change or alter whatever I need afterwords.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Yes, they each have a very compelling personality that stirs a lot of interest in them.
What is your favourite food?
Sushi. My sister and I could eat a mountain of it.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I get a lot of my writing done in the night. I drink a few Snapples to keep me awake and then I go at it for hours on end.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I'd love to go to Germany. I've always wanted to go and explore the fine buildings and beers.
Do distant places feature in your books?
In the first novel, everything takes place in Philadelphia, my hometown. But in future books, the setting will definitely expand.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Oh absolutely! When I write fight scenes, I like to listen to intense rock or a good rap. And during the slow impacting scenes, I listen to Bach or Beethoven. So my playlist varies.
My first novel A Hero Reborn is about a young man whose father is a superhero. The father is killed by the leader of a gang. It is up to the son to take his father's place and to fight the gang. But he needs to learn that it takes more than powers to make a superhero.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
It is NOT easy. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance. There are a lot of tricks to promotion that I wish I knew in the beginning, but hey, better late than never.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Nope. I've learned a lot and achieved a lot. And even at such an early stage in my writing career, I feel like I have a lot to be proud of.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
I would say F. Scott Fitzgerald is an influence. His novel The Great Gatsby inspired me to make a novel and seek out a publisher.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Never stop writing. The best way to become a successful author is to always write whenever you have the time. Also to never give up. It may sound corny, but it got me through some rough patches.
What are three words that describe you?
Eccentric, earnest and outgoing.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
My favorite writer of all time is the late F. Scott Fitzgerald. My favorite living writer is Alex Irving, who wrote Transformers Exodus and Transformers Exiles.
"Whether it's justice or revenge, when you seek retribution, you only get death."
Those wise words present the inner-conflict that bears down on Tyrone Williams. After he witnessed the death of his superhero father at the hands of the vile leader of a gang that's hell bent on taking over the city, Tyrone not only struggles to obtain the exclusive power of his father, but to also eliminate the gang and its powerful hold on the city. But with his personal, indomitable anger towards his nemesis as well as his vast inexperience with crime fighting, Tyrone will have to learn that it takes far more than powers to make a hero.
My book can be found on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and is available on the Kindle and Nook.
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
-I'm on facebook and I have a website http://aheroreborn.weebly.com/
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