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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Author Interview: Paulette Harper Johnson

Who is Paulette Harper Johnson?

Paulette Harper Johnson is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, speaker and child of God. I am the visionary behind “Write Now” releasing the word in you literary workshops. Workshops designed to coach aspirating authors in the areas of creativity, development and publication of Christian books.

Can you tell us what your latest book, Completely Whole, is all about and what you hope readers will take away from it?

Completely Whole brings to light those issues that have blocked our path to total wholeness. Everyone desires to be whole and embedded within Completely Whole are keys that will assist the reader in identifying, facing and eventually conquering those places that have kept them from walking in wholeness--areas that have been a constant struggle for one to obtain victory, be it forgiveness, substance abuse, divorce. Completely Whole deals with the whole man spirit, soul and body.
3 John reads “The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We're the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!” It is the desire of God that we prosper spirit, soul and body.

What I want readers to take away when they read Completely Whole?

My focus in writing is to enrich the lives of my readers. I had a reader make this comment about Completely Whole, “It speaks” and that’s what I want it to do. I want them to come away knowing that they have the ability to live a full enriched life.
I want to make several impacts on readers: First I write non-fiction inspirational books so this means my books should have a lasting effect on a person’s spirit. I desire to inspire and encourage them to pursue with passion a better fulfilled life. I want my writings to give strength, encouragement in the time of need. As they read Completely Whole, I want my writings to engage, stimulate and edify them spiritually.

If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be, and why?

WOW that’s a hard question. I like the title “A life preserved” I pick this title because this is exactly what God has done in my life. He has preserved me for the season I’m living in right now. Years ago, going through one of the most challenging times, I felt my life was pretty much over. I faced great insurmountable odds of every kind--recovering from the loss of family, ministry and close friends. Yet God in His infinite wisdom knows how to pick up a shattered life and bring one to a place of restoration. When all hope was gone and life became unbearable, God stepped in and not only intervened but has totally transformed my life better than I could have ever imagined. A life preserved for such a time as this.

What 3 nuggets of wisdom would you offer an aspiring writer?

Three things I would give new authors: First is to be patient. Connecting with your audience and branding yourself will take time. Especially for new writers, the market is flooded with books for readers to choose from so by keeping this in mind you must be able to patiently wait your time to shine.

Secondly: I would suggest promote, promote, promote. I can’t stress that enough. Your book/books will stay alive as long as you keep them if front of your audience. No one is best suited than you to promote and market your products. If writing is your passion you will continue promoting and marketing your books even when it appears no one is buying.

Thirdly: Use social networks to connect with readers. By joining social networks it presents a platform for you to share with your readers your events or next book release. Readers must be able to find you either on your website or any social network you have joined.

Had you not followed your dream/answered your call and become a writer, what career path do you think you would have taken?

Right now I’m living in my purpose. I’m a minister, inspirational speaker and life coach. Had I not answered the call to write, I believe a void would have been in my life. Actually my writing was birthed from the personal pain I went through years ago. My first book That Was Then, This Is Now came out of going through a devastating divorce.

What has been your most memorable encounter with a reader so far?

The most memorable encounter with a reader was when I received an email telling me how my first book That Was Then, This is Now brought her comfort. She had been going through some hard times and my book brought her encouragement amidst her difficulties.

Has a review or profile ever changed your perspective on your work?

Not at all. Actually when I hear how my writing has made an impact on someone’s life, that is so rewarding to me. These types of testimonies keep me wanting to put more quality books in the market.

Can you tell us who or what you read for inspiration and encouragement?

I generally read books written by other inspirational speakers such as TD Jakes, Joyce Meyers, Miles Monroe just to name a few. I’ve grown to enjoy some Christian fiction, those stories that have a restoration message will get my attention.

What is your HIGHEST HOPE for your writing career/ministry?

My highest hope for my writing career is to write full time. I would love to devote all my energy to writing and speaking through workshops, seminars and conferences.

What else do you want readers to know?

On a personal note: I enjoy jazz and gospel music. I love playing cards especially spades. I love traveling. I am also a licensed and ordained minister.
Literary speaking: I would love to do a book discussion with your book club and or women’s group. I am available for a phone chat and teleconferences. Visit my website for all events, speaking engagements, workshops and book signings (I might be in your area) I’d love to meet those who have embraced my writing without them there is absolutely no reason to continue writing.
What’s next for Paulette?
I have started writing my first Christian Fiction series. The first book in the series is titled The Sanctuary. I will be released in 2012.

How can readers reach you and find out more about your books (e-mail, website,etc)
There are excerpts and reviews of my books on my website:
www.pauletteharper.com and I’m on Facebook under Paulette Harper-Johnson
And via e-mail: info@pauletteharper.com
I also have a blog Empowered to Proper which I am a blog tour host: www.pauletteharper.blogspot.com