1) My Writing Journey
I started Eternal Darkness when I was 15 years old. I published it at the age of 22. It took me seven years to get it ready! I used to attend a very tough school, and therefore, didn’t have much time to write as I was always studying, so I would always have to find time out of my busy schedule to sit down and write. When I was 18, I moved to the UK, to study at university there, and that’s when I properly sat down to work on my book as I had a lot more free time on my hands. During university, I wrote, rewrote and polished the book. At the age of 21, when I finished university, I spent a year preparing the book for publication (getting editors, designers, etc), and at age 22 I finally published it!
2) How I came up with the idea for my novel?
To be honest, it was such a long time ago (I was fifteen years old and now I’m 23) that I can’t even remember. I think the characters just began to materialize in my head, wanting someone to tell their story and so I just let them, and began my journey!
3) The best writing advice I ever got and I used it to get me to where I am today
No matter what anyone says about you or your writing, never give up. The world is full of different opinions, which makes it so interesting. A bad critic doesn’t mean you should give up, or believe that your work is bad. How do we learn? From our mistakes. Take the negative reviews and learn from them, grow with them and you’ll be a better writer than those that only have positive reviews.
4) My book promotion experiences thus far and which strategies are more effective
The journey has been hard but extremely gratifying! I’ve met so many interesting people! I use social media to get to meet booklovers that would like to read my book
5) A Day in my Life
I wake up at 7 in the morning, have breakfast and get dressed. I get into my car and drive to the train station, then grab the underground with the rest of sleepy humans going to work. I go to classes all morning, then rush home to eat. I take my dog out for a walk after lunch, and then rush to go to work. I usually go to the gym directly after work and then, when I get home around 10 o’clock, I sit down and start to write.
6) What is most important to me and why
Apart from my family, friends and pets… I’d say writing is the most important. It has seriously helped me through tough moments, it has made me happy and it has allowed me to make incredible new friends and meet people from all around the world!
7) A page in the diary of [Character in your novel]
Sam is out in the damn garden again. I seriously don’t get this weird obsession of his. He’s never going to fix it, the garden looks like a monster came and puked around the house. I’m sure this is all Scarface’s fault. She’s making Sam go crazy and do stupid things like make him believe he can actually do something about the garden. It’s ridiculous! Ever since she arrived, she’s brought nothing but trouble. I can’t wait for her to leave. I hope it’s soon.
Oh great, now Eric is here. I wonder why? I honestly don’t understand this bizarre infatuation he has with Scarface. Look at her! She’s so pale and those eyes are way too big for that head of hers. Why is everyone so annoying? I hate them, I hate the whole lot of them!
About Eternal Darkness
by J.F. Johns
Publication Date: January 11th 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian
The world is divided between humans and cyborgs.
Scarlet Lock is neither.
She is a soldier created to kill on command. But her memory has been erased and when she awakens in a government facility she soon discovers that this new world is a dangerous place, full of government secrets and cruel experiments performed in the name of progress.
With the help of a group of cyborgs, Scarlet will fight to uncover the truth and transform the future of the new world she now lives in.
Eternal Darkness is full of suspense, action and romance and will make readers question what it means to be human.
Buy Link: Amazon
About the Author
J.F.Johns is 23 years old and was born and raised in Spain. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at ARU in Cambridge, UK.
She’s an animal lover, and spends her free time playing with her newly adopted puppy, drinking too much coffee and posting book photos on her Instagram.
She believes in the art of dramatic sighing and eye rolling. She works as a ninja, but has been told several times that she’s not very good at her job.
Eternal Darkness is her debut novel, and is the first book in the Eternal Darkness Trilogy.
If anyone is interested in a free ebook copy of Eternal Darkness, please feel free to message me your email!