Interview with fantasy author Natalie Johanson

author Natalie Johanson joins me
today to chat about her new novel, Shadow’s Voice.

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Natalie Johanson grew up and lives in the valley of
Salt Lake City surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Her days are spent
trying to herd her two cats, Holmes and Watson. Natalie’s summers are spent
camping with her fiancée or doing obstacle races with her best friend. She
usually spends her winters hiding from the snow. This is the first of what will
hopefully become a trilogy, but sometimes the characters do what they want.

Please share a little bit about your
current release.

Shadow’s Voice is about the heroine,
Rose Trewin, who has the magic to walk through shadows. This magic is something
she hates, and wishes she never had. Rose is on the run and is looking for
nothing more than a simple and quiet life. Instead she is pulled into a coup
and the workings of court. Shadow’s Voice is about how this young woman learns
to accept herself all while trying to save the king.

What inspired you to write this book?
I really wanted to write a story that had the ending I wanted. Then as I was
writing, I decided I wanted a story with characters that feel real. I wanted a
heroine that made stupid mistakes and was selfish, and sometimes you just want
to throttle. Because that’s how people are. No one is black and white. So, I
wrote that character.

Excerpt from Shadow’s Voice:
Nico, back in that small clearing, was limping backward with
his sword held defensively in front of him. A strange man paced back and forth
in front of Nico, a sword held in one hand and a dagger in the other.
It is not my problem, she thought to
herself and started to pull back, but stopped. When did she become this
callous? She’d done terrible things in her past, more to stay hidden from her
father but when did that make her soulless? She watched Nico struggle to stay
on his feet. He had been kind to her, had tried to help her, and Rose had been
about to leave him to his death. When had she become so cold?
Rose growled at herself and dropped
into the mists of her shadows. She would not let herself become that person.
Her head pounded, and Rose grit her teeth against the ache. It was a few quick
steps through the darkness and Rose was back in the clearing with Nico and the
mercenary. Rose stayed in the shadows, a shapeless form flowing in the
darkness, looking and waiting.
Two were following Nico but only one
was here. Where was the other?
“Where is it?”
Nico shook his head and adjusted the
grip on his blade.
“The information you stole, where is
it?” the man sneered. “I’m killing you either way, but if you could save me the
time of hunting down any partners you have…”
The man raised his sword, and Rose
saw her moment. She emerged from the shadows, saw stars as the pain in her head
exploded, and kicked out hard with her foot. The clearing echoed with the man’s
scream as her foot crashed into his knee.

What exciting story are you working on

I’m currently working on the sequel to Shadow’s Voice. It’ll pick up right
where Shadow’s Voice ends at and will some exciting new characters from Rose’s
past. This book will start to really address the true threat that is hinted at
in Shadow’s Voice.

When did you first consider yourself a

think I started calling myself a writer when I was working full force on
Shadow’s Voice with the intent to publish it.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

wish I had the time to write full time! I have a full time job that requires
more than full time hours of me a lot of the time. I try my best to write on
the weekends or in the evenings if I’m not too tired. Usually I binge write
several dozen pages in an eight hour period then don’t get a chance to write
again for days.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

don’t know if I’d call it a quirk, but if I can I love to hand write my pages
first before I type them into my word doc. I can type really fast. Really fast.
So, having a hand written page first, when I go to type the page I’m usually
able to do a decent amount of editing and expanding right there.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

wanted to be so many things. A teacher. Then a literary professor. Lawyer.
Barrel racer. Cop. So many things. I’m a detective now, so at least one of
those dreams happened.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

anything you can. And write anything you want. Even if it’s fanfic. Write
because you want to.


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