When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
I developed my first story while in college but I didn’t start writing until last year while traveling abroad. I always believed I didn’t have time to write, so my inspiration came from the realization that I wasn’t going to magically have time unless I made it. At that point, I started writing every opportunity I could find.
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
I always have a writing schedule which serves as a short term goal tracker. I mark my scenes by the date I expect to finish them and I usually finish within one to two days of my goal.
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
I usually seek inspiration from art, history, and my research. First I brainstorm ideas in a notebook, and then I draft a linked outline in Word. When it’s time to write, I complete scene by scene until I come to the end. Then I do revisions and self-edit before sending to beta readers and my editor.
Where did the desire to write M/M romance come from?
I’m not sure where my initial inspiration came from. I just loved the idea of two men falling in love. It was only after I published my first book that I discovered and started reading M/M romance.
How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
I’ve researched certain periods for years starting with my first classics course in college. So most of the time, I develop plots based on my pre-existing knowledge of history, mythology, and warfare. When the story extends into other locations, I’ll stop and research what I need in order to fill in those blanks.
What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?
I found a designer that is awesome, so the hardest part is coming up with a title.
“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
It depends on who’s asking. To people outside the rainbow sphere, I tell them I write gay romance. To people under the rainbow, I specify my genre which is Dark m/m erotic fantasy.
What does your family think of your writing?
My spouse is not fond of reading m/m, but he’s supportive and was my alpha reader for my first book.
Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.
I’m finalizing a novella, Drago Star, which I wrote for the “Bring Out Your Kink” writing event in the Goodreads BDSM group. I’m also outlining Dream God, which is the second book in the S-Gods series.
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
Publishing is not as difficult as it may seem at first. There are a lot of steps involved, but if you take it one step at a time to completion, the process becomes easy after that.
Now the fun stuff…
If you could travel forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?
I’m an anthropologist at heart, so I would love to travel to the dark periods in history, where our knowledge is limited. While there, I would gather information about the period and bring it back in order to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
We’ve all got a little voyeurism in us right? If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter between two characters, not your own, who would they be?
Well … I just read Yakuza Courage by HJ Brues and in this book they bug Ken and Shigure’s bedroom. That couple is so hot. I’m thinking their bedroom would be an awesome place to hang out.
If I were snooping around your kitchen and looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
I’m not into the processed foods thing, so right now there’s smoked pork, spinach, cheese, eggs, milk, flour, espresso beans, and a variety of condiments.
If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
That’s a hard question. If I had to choose, I would change places with Marduk. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with Akad. Plus, I think I’d have a lot of fun shooting lightening from my hands.
If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing, where would you go and what would the environment be like?
I would love to hang out in a cave-like coffee shop, preferably one with low ambient lights where I could write for hours without interruption.
What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
What internet site do you surf to the most?
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three author guests be and why?
The first authors I would invite would be Santino Hassell, Andrew Ashling, and PL Nunn. They all write different flavors of Dark M/M Fantasy, and it would be interesting to meet them and hear their stories.
When you got your very first manuscript acceptance letter, what was your initial reaction and who was the first person you told?
I was excited and shared the news with my spouse. However, since I self-published, the most memorable moment was holding the physical book in my hand for the first time.
Young and eager to join the social playground of the gods, Marduk enters his first day of college at the exotic mountain retreat at the Temple of Power. But he swiftly falls into the clutches of a secret order. Confronted by the powerful gods who wish to claim him, Marduk is defenseless. His only way out: to lure another virgin god into the Order.
Marduk finds refuge in the young god Anu-Akad. Delivering Akad to the order would earn Marduk his freedom, but Marduk struggles to keep his love affair hidden from the Order. Will his efforts be in vain? He failed to save himself. Is he strong enough to save his lover?
Advisory: Contains portrayals of m/m sex, violence, non-con, & abuse. Intended for mature readers
PUBLISHER: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2015
GENRE: M/M Dark Fantasy/Erotica
TAGS: Non/Dub Con / Dark / Slave / Graphic Violence
LENGTH: 222 Pages
- Johanis writes dark M/M fantasy and enjoys writing plots that are historical or myth-based.
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Other books by J. Johanis:
Siren’s Reckoning (Operation El #1)
Drago Star (Toy Soldier) – September 2015
Dream God (S-Gods #2) – November 2015