Friday, April 14, 2017
Meet author K.F. Johnson and become acquainted with her sexy, action-packed stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat! ~ Happy reading! Tumika
1. Tell us about your newest work and what inspired you to write it.
“What I’d Do For Love” is my most recent release. It’s about a woman who discovers her husband is cheating on her, so she kills him and frames the mistress. Now she’s looking for new love, and she’s willing to do whatever is necessary to maintain it.
2. Tell us about yourself. Be sure to include facts about yourself when you are not writing.
I’m a mother, wife and a native Queens New Yorker, but I live in Georgia. I’m a move buff. Especially horror movies, and I love to travel and do adventurous things. I’m a big animal lover, so if you have a dog, I’m liable to pay more attention to it, than to you if your dog is friendly.
3. Is there a general theme present in your work? If so, what is it?
Yes. Be authentic or risk the potentially dangerous consequences and repercussions of your actions.
4. Who would you say is your target audience?
I would say adult, African American readers who enjoy deadly stories about family and relationship dysfunction.
5. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I just want to thoroughly entertain my readers and make them feel an excitement about the drama they’ve read.
6. What is one thing you wish you had known about this industry that would have made your journey easier? I wish I would’ve understood the importance of marketing and putting out your best work first when I first started.
7. What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Research. Don’t rely or depend on others to hold your hand through the process because in the end, you’ll discover and retain the most information if you look into it yourself.
8. If there was one message you could get across to your readers from your most recent book, what would it be?
If you’re unhappy in your relationship, do what you can to work on it within that relationship, or get out of it. You never know how someone will react to betrayal.
9. What is your writing background?
I’ve been writing since childhood, won a poetry contest in elementary school and took writing classes in college. I’ve always written as a hobby and a creative outlet.
10. Who are your favorite writers? What are your favorite books?
Omar Tyree, Carl Weber, Stephen King, Judy Blume, Terry McMillian. Some of my favorite books are Misery, The Family Business, and Disappearing Acts.
11. Tell us about your journey to becoming a published author.
I always wrote as a hobby and I had an unfinished story I’d been writing that my husband (then boyfriend) knew about. In 2012, I was hitting a landmark age and wanted to tie up things in life I left unfinished. He suggested I publish what I’d written. I decided to just do it for my friends and family, but didn’t see how I could upload a PDF on Facebook, so I Googled it and found I could publish my book on kindle. I made a cover on Powerpoint myself, named it “Behind Closed Doors”, published it and told my friends and family. It went viral to my surprise, and the rest is history. If I could do it all again, I would’ve named it something unique though!
12. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Tell us about it.
Yes. I was 13 and I still have it. It was a story about me and the lead singer of New Edition, Ralph Tresvant. It was an entire story about us dating, falling in love and getting married.
13. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that people are reading and enjoying the fruits of my imagination makes me happy and validates for me that I have a talent.
14. What books have you written?
Behind Closed Doors, Liar’s Ball, When I’m Bad I’m Better, What I’d Do For Love and An Unscrupulous Mind
15. How has your life changed the most since becoming an author?
My family and friends seem to have a new found respect for me and appreciation for not only my work, but my tenacity in marketing and getting my work recognized.
16. What makes this book special?
It’s the first book I’ve written that focuses on a singular character, and I think this is the most psychologically challenged character I’ve written so far.
17. How long did it take you to write this book?
Eight months, which is actually a record for me because I’m a slow writer.
18. What is your next book project? When can we expect it? I’m working on the sequel to “When I’m Bad I’m Better”. I’m hoping to have it out in April.
19. How do you handle negative reviews? Is it ever okay for an author to lash out at readers for an unflattering review? Some I soak in if the reviewer makes valid points or has a critique I feel can drive me to be a better author. Some negative reviews I just see as a point of opinion. Everything isn’t for everybody. Even number one best sellers will have people who hate the book and/or writing style of the author.
20. How do you find the time to write in the midst of a very full and active life?
I find that very difficult, and when I do, I’m not always in the right head space to be creative. This is probably where I struggle the most.
A woman scorned is a dangerous woman. Greer Patterson always felt like an outsider. Loathed by her step mother and half siblings as the green-eyed product of her father's interracial affair, she’s never trusted the love of anyone except her father and her husband Michael. Devastated after discovering Michael’s infidelity, Greer murders him and frames his mistress for the deed. Now, Greer is in search of a new love… and nothing better get in her way!
Excerpt from “WHAT I’D DO FOR LOVE”
The man I considered to be my best friend. The man I would’ve done almost anything for. The man I shared my love, secrets and bed with, was willing to trade me in for frequent sex with a random bitch at work who hadn’t sacrificed or suffered through anything with him before.
What hurt the most, is that despite knowing about the hellish treatment I suffered from being the product of my father’s infidelity, he’d risked our marriage. I always made it very clear that cheating is the only infraction I’d find unforgivable. I guess he didn’t really give a shit because here he was betraying me...in my own bed.
Plastic stuck to my naked flesh and crinkled beneath my feet as I wiped sweat from my brow. I’d fully encased myself in black garbage bags from the neck down with oversized trashcan rubber bands securing them in place around my ankles, thighs, wrists, waist and biceps as soon as the action began.
Besides my head, only my hands were exposed and I wore 2 coats of surgical gloves on each as a precaution. I’d been swaddled in plastic for nearly 40 minutes while they fornicated in my marital bed and I prepared to make them pay for it. I was hot as hell physically and mentally!
They finally finished and lay sprawled out beside each other breathing heavily and caressing each other’s moist skin. He stroked a strand of hair away from her face and said something that made her laugh and made me fume even more.
The video stream transmitted via the camera inside of the alarm clock on my bedside table didn’t transmit sound, but I didn’t really need it anyway. I was breathing so heavily through my nostrils in anticipation that I probably wouldn’t have heard anything they said. Besides, I already knew everything that I needed to know from watching videos of their prior rendezvous to ensure my plan would work.
“Go on bitch,” I coached her image through clenched teeth.
As if on cue, she pecked him on the lips and got up from the bed disappearing from the camera’s view. The sound of water running through the basement pipes indicated the start of the bathroom shower. Michael remained on the bed stretching out his pecan toned limbs and rolled over looking up at the ceiling as though he was reminiscing on their bad acts.
Watching him marinating on the sex soaked sheets that he wouldn’t have had the decency to change before I got home, coupled with his blissful expression just added to my rage. I rubbed the fingers on my free hand against each other in frustration and exhaled deeply. They needed to hurry up so I could do what I came to do.
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Interviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain
Thursday, March 16, 2017
What I’d Do For Love
By: K.F. Johnson
Greer is the product of an affair and has been paying the price for that all throughout her life. She has decided to take things into her own hands after her husband cheats on her with a co-worker. Greer has had enough and will not allow anyone to get away with hurting her in any form or fashion and administers justice in her own twisted way. Greer is definitely a woman that takes no $!?#. Do not cross this woman or it could mean your life! She will definitely get even. In the midst of all that is going on, Greer learns a family secret that could tear her world further apart.
Johnson does an excellent job portraying an “angry” woman. What I’d Do For Love was full of events that will have a reader saying, “Say What!” Just when I thought it was all over I’d find out that it wasn’t over yet! I did not want the book to end. I truly hope that the story continues and look forward to reading a sequel.
4.5 Stars – Great read!
Reviewed by: Kei
Dangerous Consequences by Lisa Renee Johnson
Meet Sydney, Donovan, Tony, Tyrese, Joy, and Payton. They are fine, fit, financially savvy, and living life on the ball. Behind the exterior of their ‘perfect’ lives lies deception, dysfunction, and discontent. They are all living a lie.
Sydney is the sexy, straight-laced neurosurgeon married to Donovan “The Sex Doctor” James. His local celebrity status frequently places them on the A-list of all that is happening. It’s a place they are comfortable with. Sydney knows her man is fine, sexy, and is all that along with a bag of chips. And he’s all hers….right?
Donovan has it made. A sexy, successful wife who loves everything about her man and who makes him her priority. He’s got the job, the girl, the money, and the respect of his peers, as well as a few other perks to brighten his already sparkly world. Things couldn’t be better. Then enters Austyn.
Tyrese is just that guy. Former NBA player turned sports commentator. He’s used to the high life, the women, and the glamour. He has money, prestige, a devoted wife and two precious children. Trouble is, he can’t seem to stay monogamous to save his life….or his marriage.
Joi has toed the line, giving in to whatever her husband desires. She loves him. Always has. For her, he is a dream come true. And the lifestyle he has provided her with certainly doesn’t hurt either. She grew up poor and knows that being rich is definitely better! She’ll do whatever it takes to maintain the life she’s become accustomed to. Trouble is, she can’t seem to make her heart not feel the pain of her husband’s frequent indiscretions.
Tony is a cool laidback cat with much swagger. Women just love him, but he has a lot on his plate with caring for a dying loved one. Then he crosses paths with one woman willing to make him give his heart. But are her issues too much for a stable guy like him to handle?
Payton is self-absorbed, narcissistic, and out to get hers at any cost. She doesn’t care who she screws….literally. Anything she wants is fair game, even if she has to step all over the next person to get it. Unresolved issues from her past has turned her into this cold, calculating woman. But will she run away the one man who loves her with no strings attached?
This group of friends are having quite a time of keeping up with appearances when all of their unresolved issues land right in their laps, begging to be addressed. The tight knit group could really use the strength and support of each other, but how are they supposed to be help when their own lives are crumbling at their feet? When the dust settles who will remain standing? Will their pack remain in place?
Lisa Renee Johnson has written quite a story. From the starting words until the last, she has brought the intensity, the passion, the fire. Sit back and read the engaging Dangerous Consequences to see how these characters get out of the tangled webs they’ve weaved. It’s an action-packed, rollercoaster of read!
Review copy provided by publisher
Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain