Welcome Helen Johnston to the Author Showcase this week with her novel Innocence Lost, which has been released!
I grew up in my family’s home in the county of Hampshire, England. My childhood dreams were filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child, but I was never alone, my years were spent entertained with my vivid imagination. I met and married my husband not long after leaving school and soon after our son was born. My family is made complete with my two cats that are spoiled rotten, which results in them often thinking they rule the home.
My life consisted of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry, and my vivid imagination refused to stay quiet. So combined with my love of erotica and all things vampire I decided to try my hand at writing and have never looked back.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
It’s very boring I’m afraid, I work in retail. The one thing I’d love to do is leave and write full time. That’s what my dream is and what I’m working towards.
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
It sort of chose me, I didn’t set out to write erotica, I sort of just fell into it.
4) When did you start writing?
About seven years ago, so not to long really.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
I can’t say I’ve had influences as I hadn’t read anything in that genre when I first put pen to paper. Stupidly I didn’t think anyone would be interested in Paranormal Erotica, I’ve since learnt differently…
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
It’s all one hundred percent imagination; I only wish I lived an exciting life like my characters do. I’ve no idea where they all come from. I sit at my computer, and it all comes to life.
7) Planner or Panster?
Oh I’m such a panster! I love this expression, Id love to be a planner I really would, I think it would make life a little easier.
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The worst, I tend to look at any negative criticism as constructive, I turn it around and learn from it and use it to become better. The best is from my parents, telling me how proud they are, even if they won’t read them.
Blake is an Elder vampire, meaning he is born one. Not made by another vampire. Being an Elder he is one of the Council members that govern their world. His word is the law. He has been searching for his Queen all his life, and being over four hundred years old, that’s a pretty damn long time… He thinks the search is over, when he is foretold he will meet her, and they do meet, but she is cruelly snatched from his arms by his enemies.
Siobhan is kidnapped and kept in a secure and secret place. She is taught many things, the sensual pleasures she wanted only Blake to teach her. Her sexuality is awakened by strangers and she longs and craves for Blake to rescue her.
Blake is able to send in a couple of people from his Order to protect her while he is unable to. Unbeknown to him, his brother is still alive and where she is being kept, Blake thought he had died long ago. He has turned into a very mean and controlling vampire. But Blake’s love for her never dims.
After everything Siobhan has been through she is worried that he couldn’t love her still. Siobhan loves Blake and he is her only true love, as she is hers.
The story unfolds and continues in Book Two: Innocence Reclaimed and Book Three: Innocence Reborn.
The hardest thing I’ve had to overcome is I think my lack of education. I left school at the earliest I was allowed, and went straight into full time employment. No college or university for me.
The easiest, I love and thoroughly enjoy writing the love scenes. They are great fun to write.
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
To keep moving forward, write what you have to do and put it to bed. End the chapter, then re read and edit and add to. Don’t keep going over and over the same bit.
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Just thank you for taking the time to read them. I appreciate every single reader, and I will keep working hard to write better and more of what I love to do.
Links to the novel (s) that you would like to showcase:
Book one in the Journeys of Innocence: Innocence Lost