Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
I live in Indy with my wife and four children. I've worked in the construction industry for most of my life. Outside of work and family, I'm a musician. Sometimes I'm an old school bmx rider when I can make the time. I put the old in old school.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
I have the first four books of the Monster of Earth series published. They are called Custodian, Angel, Monster, and Accursed. They are all available on Amazon. (Custodian, the first in the series, is available here.)
Do you have any current WIPs?
The fifth book of my series is still growing in my head. It will be called Mercy and I'll probably start it after the holidays. It's going to pick up right where the fourth left off. There may or may not be redneck supervillains involved. I also have a standalone novella called 12:23 that should be coming out in the next month or so. It's completely unrelated to my series.
What got you into writing?
I've always known I would end up writing books but I put it off because I knew I wouldn't be able to stop once I started. The idea for my first series has been in my head for a very long time. So much that I wrote the first three books pretty much all together and released them all at once. I'm a lifelong science fiction fan and I've read hundreds of books. My oldest daughter encouraged me to get busy.
What keeps you focused?
Focus is just there. I had a music room in my last house and I'd sit in there for hours trying to lay down tracks. Tuning out the outside world comes easy to me. My wife says it's because I'm oblivious.
What gives you inspiration?
I'd like to leave something behind for my children. I want them to be able to read my books later on and hear my voice in the words and laugh at the absurdities I sprinkle around just like I do in my daily life.
How do you battle writer’s block?
I don't really get writer's block. Since I only write after the kids are in bed, I've had all day to think about what gets written. The closest I really get to being blocked is getting stuck on phrasing. Pacing around the house usually helps with that.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
I decided to self publish because deep down inside I'm still punk rock. What I mean by that is I've dabbled in the music industry enough to be really tired of gatekeepers. Punk bands put out their own stuff and leave it to the fans to buy or reject it. Publishing has similar layers of gatekeeping. I won't get rich doing it this way but that's not really the point of writing for me. I'll keep writing as long as it's fun. Deadlines don't sound like much fun.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
More people realize I'm weird now. I've always been somewhat creative so this is just another avenue for that. I believe it's a form of art even though I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel. There is value in entertainment for its own sake whether it's a three minute song or a 100k word novel. Don't get me wrong, I do get happy every time I sell a book. I really hope the reader likes it. But my subject matter makes it easy for me to stay grounded. I haven't received any hate mail yet so that helps writing stay fun. Haha
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
I use Twitter ( https://twitter.com/Patrickfjohnson ) primarily for writer stuff. I see lots of folks using Instagram but I decided to keep mine dedicated to bmx for now. My Facebook is there to give me something to ignore. All of this is subject to change as I sometimes have crazy ideas when it comes to social media. Most of my content is questionable. Haha