I’m sure Sharon and Elias will be happy this Interview has come to an end. For their questions alone the Interview was 13 pages long. Yes I wanted this one to be different. I wanted to start asking the follow up questions sooner rather then later so Elias and Sharon got to be my guinea pigs. I hope your guys have enjoyed the long ass interview.
PART 5!!! LETTERS AWAY INTERVIEW
T: Do you think Letters will change your readers as it has changed you guy?
S: I think this story will bring tears and smiles to a lot of people. Not only will they fall in love with Belle and Jacob, but I believe they’ll also learn some things about the Korean war as well. The feedback from our beta readers has all been wonderful and I can’t wait for everyone to read this beautifully written book of love letters
E: I would hope that it leaves a lasting memory and a emotional imprint on the readers. I know that
T: Who designed the cover?
S: Elias has designed our cover and it’s amazing. Kendall Black and Riley Edwards did the actual final cover.
E: Yes, I worked a mockup of the cover idea in my head and was able to construct it and send it to Sharon. I thought and she concurred, that it captured the essence of the novel perfectly.
T: How is this going to be different than anything you’ve written so far?
S: Well, first of all, I’ve only written novels alone, never with another author. Usually you have a plot line and you come up with characters, as you move along in the story. With every letter, Elias and I, are writing in the first person from each of our character’s perspective; where as in most books, you usually only see the characters from one author’s viewpoint. It’s very freeing. We shadow each other in our letters. There are parts of each letter, where we need to match up for a particular time frame or event.
E: I’ve done live writing on and off for years. I think the way intimacy and love are conveyed in letters and the entire world during that time period, was so different then now. The first person perspective, casting a lens over the entire story and feeling what they feel, seeing it and smelling it. It’s really all there, but it also captures two people still on the cusp of innocence, right before they move forward into adulthood.
T: Will this change how you guys write during your Live Writes?
S: It’s possible. I love learning and evolving and with each new experience, and as the “Live Writes” continue to gain popularity and we bring in more authors, we’ll be writing with different partners who all have different writing styles and genres.
E: I’m not sure. I think my style has always been consistent. Go big or go home. Whenever I write, I give it all I have and try to tell a story that is both compelling and mesmerizing. I think for me; it won’t change how I write, since I change every live write anyway.
T: Well, Sharon & Elias that’s all I have for you today? Until next time thanks again for joining me, now get back to work and write your next book.
E: Teresa thank you so much for the opportunity to interview for you and your blog “Wicked Cool Flight”.
S: Teresa, thank you so much for taking the time to put all of these wonderful questions together, but also taking the time to sit down with us, helping to get the word out about this very special story.
Stay tuned for Belle & Jacob’s Interview tomorrow and this weekend starts the Live Interviews. You don’t want to miss those!
About the Authors:
From the time Sharon Johnson learned to write, she had one dream, to become a writer and author. Writing has always been the one constant through every moment, both good and bad, in her life. She started with basic Haiku and rhyming poems; then later, she started writing simple one to two page stories. She’s always kept journals documenting her life and those of her children. Through every poem, story and journaled event, she never stopped looking for what she calls her ‘Charmed’ book. Year after year the book never came, until the summer of 2013, when a two to three page idea max, turned into ten then twenty pages and kept growing from there. It became clear within a very short time, her characters had much more to say and their story was far from over. And that’s how ‘The Chat Room’ was born. Eighteen months and a lifetime later, her dream finally became a reality in August 2015. There’s a saying she’s created as a part of her daily mantra; “Never stop looking for your happy ending, because your story isn’t finished yet…
Elias Raven was born and raised in Los Angeles. He’s an avid reader with a lifelong passion for writing. He’s a storyteller, a poet and a talented musician with an amazing voice. Oh, and let’s not forget an amazing cook!
As a young boy he spent many summers reading classics such as “The Adventures of Sherlock Homes” and “The White Company” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His creativity was constantly being pushed as he learned more and more about the world around him. His taste in literature spanned from classics to science fiction/fantasy. He expanded his taste devouring everything from William Blake to Milton, Dante, Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, T.S. Elliot, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Khalil Gibran, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Paul Verlaine, Walt Whitman, Alan Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Carl Sandburg, Dylan Thomas, and Jim Morrison. These inspirations and his sheer love for reading had him take pen to paper around the age of 20.
Did I mention he’s a Musician? …You can often find him playing his guitars (both electric and acoustic) and keyboards and singing (4 octave ranges) in his home studio. He’s a classically trained music aficionado -trained early on by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Hayden, Liszt, as well as Big Band, Jazz and Rag Time. Spending time with his father at the Los Angeles Philharmonic; experiencing his first orchestra concert at the age of 9.
Elias the Gourmet Cook…Oh My!…His Japanese mother and grandmother trained him very well in fine culinary skills both in cooking and food appreciation from all over the world such as Italian, Indian, Moroccan, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hawaiian, Pilipino, Greek, and Polish.
When Elias is not reading, writing, composing music or cooking…he can be found listening to music, playing games, hanging out with his kids. He enjoys going to concerts, going on culinary adventures, sightseeing, spending the day at the beach or in the mountains…just doing something adventurous!