Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Suspense Sisters Welcomes Johnnie Alexander

by Patricia Bradley




Today I want to welcome Johnnie Alexander to The Suspense Sisters! I "met" Johnnie in 2010 through the ACFW Critique groups and we've been friends ever since. I will admit to being a little envious of her lyrical writing--I get so caught up in her stories, I've been known to burn the beans.  
So without further ado, heeeerres Johnnie!


Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.
  1. I can seldom eat the last bite of any sandwich.
  2. On not one but two occasions I accidentally took medication meant for my dog.
  3. Last October, my sister and I traveled around Europe by train without a plan. (And it was so much fun!)

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?
My debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is historical fiction, and that genre touches a deep place in my heart. But when God opened the door to writing a contemporary romance series, I jumped headfirst into that opportunity. I jumped again when the door opened to writing two cozy mysteries and an Amish romance.
Genre-jumping may go against the conventional wisdom, yet I felt God’s promise to set my feet in a spacious place while I waited for my first contract. I didn’t expect that to mean multiple genres, but I’ve loved the challenges.

I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants writer than a plotter, but the cozy mystery publisher requires a chapter summary as part of the proposal. Through that process, I learned that plotting didn’t mean the characters still wouldn’t surprise me with their antics. The summary also helps the actual writing go much faster.
Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?
Great question. My pet project has a dual timeline, one set during WWII and the other set in the mid-1990s. I’m excited about getting it out into the world. I’d also like to write something whimsical. Though at this moment I don’t have a clue what I mean by that.
If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?
I would have written fiction instead of just reading about writing fiction. Fear paralyzed me for too many years.
What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?
We don’t have to be defined by our pasts but can smile at the future God provides for us.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?
Three Cs: join a critique group, enter contests, attend conferences.
Thanks, Johnnie, for a very interesting interview!
And guess what?? One lucky commenter will win a copy of Where Treasure Hides. (Print copy for US addresses and digital elsewhere) 
Comment Question: Johnnie talks about fear paralyzing her. Have you ever let fear keep you from doing something you wanted to? OR Have you ever taken medicine meant for your pet?
Johnnie Alexander imagines heart-tugging stories in multiple genres wherever she happens to be at the moment. Her CBA best-selling and award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian.
She’s also the author of the Misty Willow Series: Where She BelongsWhen Hope Arrives, and What Hope Remembers. Since talking about writing is so much fun, Johnnie hosts Novelists Unwind, which features videotaped interviews with inspirational authors, and Writers Chat, a weekly online show. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy.


Johnnie serves on the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference Executive Committee. She is a founding member and past president of both the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Memphis and Central Florida chapters.
Sharing Johnnie’s vagabond life are Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her on her website, her Facebook Author Page, Twitter, GoodReads, and her Amazon Author Page.



Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again.

She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles.

While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike.

But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

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45 comments:

  1. I've always loved the cover of Where Treasure Lies and I enjoy historical fiction. I think that many people have allowed fear of failure prevent them from ever trying something unknown! Thanks for your giveaway.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Connie and thanks for stopping by. Johnnie may not respond until later as she's On the Road Again (cue Willie Nelson). She's traveling to Oklahoma!

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    2. Hi, Connie! Whenever I go on a road trip I send my kids my emoji version of On the Road Again--music notes/car/music notes. I made it to Oklahoma yesterday afternoon and have so much unpacking to do. But I already love it here.

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  2. I have such a fear of driving on the roads with that I get physically sick. It stops from doing anything or going anywhere. I used to do fine with it. Then, several years ago someone hit me from behind while creeping down a n icy and snowy hill. Since then I've had that fear.
    I don't have a pet so I have never taken meant for a pet.

    duellonlysis(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Beverly, that would make me fearful of driving! Just a note-Johnnie is on her way to Oklahoma! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Oh, Beverly, I'm so sorry you had that experience. I do not like driving in ice and snow. It's scary! Thanks for sharing. Prayers!

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  3. I have never taken the dog's medicine, but who knows...lol. I am trying to think of something that I have been just to afraid to try, but I can't remember anything at this time. However, I'm quite sure I would not cross a river on one of those rope bridges you see in pictures! I don't think I would walk on that glass walkway they have in China either.
    I love the cover and look forward to reading this story! Thanks for the giveaway :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Neither would I Betti! Just thinking about it gives me the shivers! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Betti, I wouldn't walk on one of those things either. Or ride in a cable car. At least those medications were for small dogs so taking the pills didn't matter that much!

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  4. I’ve never had a pet so never had the opportunity to take its medication. Fear can clearly be paralyzing but I don’t think it has prevented me from doing something I wanted to.

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    1. Mindy, what you don't want to do is put the dog pill in the same little bowl where you also have candy. I can't even tell you now why I did that, but I did!

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  5. Mindy, I've rarely let fear stop me from doing what I want to do, either. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I've taken medicine meant for horses(shh🙊) , never hurt me nothing though. Fear? Trekking through the jungle in the dark makes me jumpy. Florencebarkman(at)gmail.com

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    1. Oh, my daughter does that all the time! I forgot about that. :-) Thanks for stopping by, Florence!

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    2. Florence, you are my new bestie!! LOL! Truly, you're the first person I've met who also has taken meds meant for their animals. Now I don't feel so alone! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    3. Ok so I feared in vain you'd wipe my name off the giveaway chance list if I told the whole truth!😂😂😂 LOL😂

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  7. I really don't like snakes and I refuse to go into the reptile house at the zoo. I have never taken any medicine that I had in the house for my cats.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I had some calming drops for a feral cat and I actually tried it once. Didn't seem to make me any calmer, though, Dianne! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Hi, Dianne. I don't like snakes either, but I like the reptile house. It's eerie in a fun way. :) Pat, you never told me you took those drops! All these years and I found out something new about you. LOL!

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  8. I haven’t taken medicine meant for a pet. No pet right now. I don’t remember having a paralyzing fear. A disgusting fear of bugs and mice etc. but nothing really paralyzing. Thanks for the chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. The only paralyzing fear I can remember is the first time I was ever on TV. My mouth literally stuck to the roof of my mouth! Thanks for stopping by, Paula.

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    2. Mice are horrid little creatures. I agree with you, Paula. I don't like them at all. Pat, now you're a pro at TV appearances. And thanks to you, so am I! LOL!

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  9. I don't have a paralyzing fear. I keep pressing on in site of circumstances.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. Caryl, I did the same thing when I was on TV the first time...my face finally unfroze and I was able to smile.

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    2. Hey, Caryl! So glad to see you here! I love what you said about pressing on. My writing fear came from a deep place--as long as I didn't try I could dream about someday. But then I faced that fear and I'm so glad I did. Hugs!

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  10. I have never taken medicine that was meant for my leg THAT I KNOW OF. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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    1. LOL! The first time it happened, I was taking some kind of supplement and got it out of the bottle the same time I got my dog's kidney medicine out of the bottle. As soon as I took the wrong one, I realized my mistake and I called Poison Control. The guy tried to be sympathetic but I could tell he was trying not to laugh. He called me back later, though, to be sure I was okay. And we both laughed about it!

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  11. Jan, I know what you mean. I did eat a doggy biscuit once that didn't look like a doggy biscuit...

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  12. Patricia, thank you so much for having me as your guest! I loved the interview, and I'm so glad to be showcasing Where Treasure Hides. These characters are so real to me, and I just love them. Thanks to everyone for your comments. I love meeting all of you!

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  13. I sympathize with the fear of writing a novel. I'm stuck in the middle of mine partly because of fear.

    Another fear is stepping away from God's will for me as a wife/mother by getting too entrenched in my writing goals, so that's the other reason I'm still not finished with the novel!

    Wonderful interview. Thanks, both of you!

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    1. Wishing you the best on your writing journey, Rebekah! It's a fine line we walk sometimes. You kids will only be kids once, so I totally understand.

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    2. Oh, Rebekah, you're not alone in those fears. I know it's hard for young moms to find that balance between following dreams and being available to your children. (For me, the dream was getting my bachelor's then master's degrees.) I think your acknowledgement of that fear shows you're sensitive to that balance. You are a blessing!

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  14. We don’t have any pets with the exception of backyard hens, so I’ve never taken the animals medicine. I love the storyline of the book and would enjoy reading it.
    perrianne(DOT)askew(At)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne

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    1. I love this story, Perrianne! What kind of hens do you have? We had winedot chickens once.

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    2. Hi, Perranne! We used to have chickens--I never took their medicine but that may be because they never had any. LOL! My favorite chickens were the cute, round, little Danvers.

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  15. Hi Johnnie, you are missed! Have I ever let fear overtake me? I have often wanted to write a children's book, and although the idea is there, the story just won't gel. However, I have a very good friend who inspired me with his amazing drawing abilities and stories of his childhood . . . I encouraged him and he is ready to publish. I count that as success. A kids' book that may never have come about if I had not been the constant nagger to "get it done"! I will let you know when it is ready.

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    1. That's great, Deb, that your encouragement inspired your friend to do his book! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Deb! I miss you, too. I'm so glad I got to see you when I was in Florida. I got to Oklahoma on Tuesday and still unpacking. Now you know my embarrassing moments! LOL! Oh, yes, that is definitely a success. Encouragement is always appreciated!

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  16. I do not like to be in front of a crowd. My first piano recital was a disaster. I thought we had to perform without our music (have it memorized). When it was my turn I sat down at the piano and forgot my piece. Embarrassing! But my teacher sat down with me and we figured it out and I played. I got lots of sympathy congrats when it was over.
    Gail Hollingsworth
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Gail what a wonderful teacher you had! Being in front of a crowd doesn't bother me, but playing the piano in front of others would terrify me!

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    2. Gail, that is such a sweet story. I love your teacher's compassion. During my first and only piano recital I lost my place and played a few measures twice. I am so not musical! LOL!

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  17. This new book looks so good. Thanks for the interview and the Chance at the giveaway.

    Faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, Faith. Thanks for stopping by! This is one of my favorite stories but of course I'm prejudiced! Glad you're here!

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  18. And the winner of Johnnie's book is...Florence! Johnnie will contact you for your address.

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