Intimate Conversation with RM Johnson
RM Johnson is the award-wining, bestselling author of 23 books. He holds an MFA in creative writing. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing and lives in Atlanta, GA where he is at work on his next novel.
BPM: Could you tell us something about your most recent work? Is this book available on Nook and Kindle?
RM Johnson: My new novel: The Million Dollar Destiny is available on both Amazon.com and BN.com and through direct order from Createspace.com. The Million Dollar Destiny is the final installment in my bestselling, The Million Dollar series, which includes the novels: The Million Dollar Divorce, The Million Dollar Deception and The Million Dollar Demise.
BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?
RM Johnson: Nate Kenny is a millionaire and man who will go to any length, illegally, immorally or otherwise to get what he wants. In this installment, his newly remarried wife, Monica Kenny tries to turn the tables on Nate, attempts to plot and connive as he so brilliantly does, but finds, nearly at the loss of everything she loves, that she is not the master manipulator she thought she was.
BPM: What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?
RM Johnson: The Million Dollar Destiny was a long time coming. Deceit and Devotion, which is a related book in the series, was released way back in 2011. I was looking forward to seeing what was going on with Nate and Monica Kenny, Lewis Waters, Tori Thomas and the rest of the Million Dollar characters. I also wanted to give my readers the satisfaction in knowing how their narratives end.
BPM: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
RM Johnson: Wrapping it up, I believe. I started writing the first novel in this series in 2002 or 2003. I love these folks, and I’ve enjoyed seeing how they changed, matured and how life has affected them. I’m happy they are all going off to a better place.
BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven? Why?
RM Johnson: I write both styles of books: plot and character driven novels. My ideas come from everywhere. If the story is interesting to me, and I believe my readers will find it as enjoyable, I’ll definitely write it!
BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
RM Johnson: Writing the novel is always a learning opportunity for me. I’ve been doing this professionally for 19 years: this is my 23 book. I learn more about myself, improve as a writer and novelist each time I go through the tortuous process of creating another work of fiction. If there is nothing else I learn during that process, I am reminded that writing is what I love.
BPM: What were your goals and intentions in writing this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
RM Johnson: My goal was to reintroduce my readers to friends they made in this series of books: to update them, to give them an opportunity to care for these people again, worry about them, and watch them grapple with issues that very well could cause them great pain and loss, then be allowed to see how the characters solve those problems—or not—and come out the other side.
BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?
RM Johnson: I actually have three projects I’m working on. Two are novels ideas, I’m very excited about, neither of which I can mention for top secret, special reasons. I say that jokingly. And the last, which I believe I’ll start today, is a one-man stage performance based on my novel, My Wife’s Baby.
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Visit me at: https://www.facebook.com/rmnovels
Or follow me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/marcusarts