Thursday, June 7, 2012

Elana Johnson: Surrender! Bacon! Awesomesauciness!!

I am so happy to welcome a long time blogger friend Elana Johnson. We've known each other way back from my Querytracker days and I think she might have actually invented the word "awesomesauce." Her newest book, Surrender, is out this week! *insert crazy Kermit dance*

All right, then. Let's get on our awesomesaucey way, shall we?

First, some questions! Because I always torture authors with my middling questions. That's what I do.

When during the course of writing/publishing Possession did you get the ideas that eventually became Surrender?
Oh, boy. See, POSSESSION was written and intended to be a stand-alone novel. It wasn’t until it went into copyedits that my agent and I discussed a possible sequel. And it’s not a real sequel, either, though some have said it is.
     I knew I couldn’t write from Vi’s POV again, and so I needed something else. I needed someONE else. In the end, I came up with two people, and their stories are intertwined throughout SURRENDER.
     I wrote an outline for SURRENDER for my agent—it took me three months. I seriously wanted to cry everyday. I then wrote the book in 25 days. I’ve learned that when my agent wants an outline, I can draft the book in less than a month, and then take a week to put together an outline. No matter what, it’ll take less than the three months of torture I put myself through to outline SURRENDER.

Do you think that writing Surrender and Insider Information was harder or easier than Possession? Why?
I definitely think it’s harder to write additions (sequels, companions, shorts) to stories that are already published. Because POSSESSION is printed. It’s solid, right there in black and white—it can’t be changed.
     The author has to make everything in the additions line up with what’s already in black and white. So that’s why SURRENDER and INSIDER INFORMATION were harder to write.

If you could tell Elana the Younger (by five years) a thing or two, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to fail at this. Oh, and there are going to be a lot of people who won’t like your book. That’s okay. Oh, and spend the bulk of your time writing new stories instead of obsessing over something that’s not working. Oh, and… Just kidding. But I’ve learned a lot in the past 5 years!

If all the bacon on the face of the earth suddenly disappeared, and in fact, all pork products suffered a mysterious disappearance, what new food vice would step up to that responsibility?
Holy mother of pork products. I do not want to live in that world! I think the next food vice after bacon would be cheese. There is little I wouldn’t do for a good piece of havarti with dill… Very. Little.

Thanks Elana! And now, here it is, Elana next book!

About SURRENDER: Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control… 


Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi. 

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....
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40 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

Congrats on your new release. It sounds most excellent. LOL I'd go for cheese too.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome interview Elana and Lydia. Lydia, I loved the bacon question. And Elana, you'd survive without it. Trust me.

So excited for Surrender. It's such an awesome book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

"A lot of people who won't like your book." We all wish we could go back and give ourselves a heads up on that fact.
Good stuff, Elana!

Old Kitty said...

Hi Lydia, hi Elana!! Another fun and fab interview! I love cheese - the smellier the better! Yay!!

Take care
x

Shelly said...

You've got mee hooked- I want to read these books. Very enjoyable interview (and it was just yesterday I saw someone posted a pic of a bacon cupcake on FB...)

Karen Lange said...

Enjoyed the interview, thanks ladies! Congrats to Elana on Surrender's release! :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Fun interview. One more book to finish and then I can start Surrender. Can't wait.

shelly said...

Excellent interview! And the book sounds cool.

Anita Saxena said...

I couldn't live without cheese either!

Angela Brown said...

What an awesomesauce-filled interview Lydia and Elana.

And about that bacon. May the world not suffer such a fate.

And thanks for the reminder that sometimes things don't go according to the master plan...that it is okay to fail. Just remember that saying down is NOT where awesomesauce is at.

Journaling Woman said...

Great interview. I can imagine that writing a sequel throws a wrench or two into the writing.

Will "they" love it as much as the first one?

Will they come back for #3?

Teresa

Liza said...

Congrats Elana. You remain amazing.

Casey L. Clark said...

Yay! The book sounds awesome...Totally worth that crazy kermit dance! Lol! You crack me up! :D

Meredith said...

Yay! Wonderful interview--I love the advice. And now I'm craving bacon. :)

laughingwolf said...

nicely done, lydia :)

grats, elana :)

lydia: google killed my old page, so i created a new one, click my name/avatar or go to: fancydat.blogspot.com

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

Ah, the cheese. Havarti is my favorite, too. So creamy and nice.

There's some great advice there. Thanks for the interview!

Christie Wright Wild said...

I like how you learned that you can write a ms in a month and THEN the outline in a week much faster than trying to come up with an outline in three months.

One question: How do you pronounce Vi? Vye(rye) or Vee(me)?

Lea said...

A world without bacon? Noooo. /brb, gotta go eat some bacon
oh, and read! :)

L.C. Frost said...

Congrats to Elana, and thanks for posting the interview, Lydia! It was *awesomesauce*. :-)

lbdiamond said...

Awesome interview, ladies and congrats to Elana!!!!

nutschell said...

Wohoo Elana! Congratulations! And what an awesome giveaway this is, Lydia--also, i love your new blog design:)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Daniela said...

My next food vice would be cheese too, but without pork I'll practically be dead. Congrats on the release!

kathleen said...

Love the cover of Surrender. Congratulations Elena! I can't wait to read Surrender!

Carrie Butler said...

I'm loving all the Surrender buzz this week. Great interview, ladies! :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Awesome interview! It was interesting to read the questions and answers.

Congratulations on the release of Surrender. :)

Amanda said...

A world without bacon... unimaginable!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay! 2 of my favourite people in the same place! :)

I may not like bacon (I know!) but I'm totally with you on the cheese!! :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

I squealed when SURRENDER popped onto my Kindle from the preorder. I am LOVING it. I must have a hoverboard. Can we never again discuss a world without bacon? I need anti-anxiety meds just thinking about it.

Vivien said...

BACON!!!!!!

I've had to force myself to cut back. I was eating it WAY too often.

But the thought of no Bacon, the HORROR!!!

Krispy said...

Congrats Elana! I've always suspected sequels to be difficult. Also cheese is a good pick for bacon substitute but definitely not the same.

molly.frenzel said...

Mmmm, bacon and cheese are two of my favorite things. Like bacon and sharp cheddar grilled cheese. Ok, now I'm hungry.

Veray said...

reading it now and I'm loving it!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats Elana on your book release. Wishing you lots of publishing success.

Tal said...

Excellent interview! Congrats Elana on your book release :D

Robert Guthrie said...

An excellent day - Lydia & Elana in one place!

Olga said...

I really enjoyed this post. I know I have a soft spot for writers of any kind. And for your blog specifically :)

MTeacress said...

The first time I heard "awesomesauce" was at a writers conference during one of Elana's presentations. I agree - she invented it.

Good luck with Surrender, Elana. :)

DL Hammons said...

YAY for Elana and best of luck for her book. I know I'll be doing my part! :)

Saumya said...

Congrats! What a great interview and best of luck!

Angela Ackerman said...

That is a scary world to contemplate...no bacon? Yikes, I can't even go there!

Huge congrats to Elana! I hope this book rocks the bookshelves!

Angela

 
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