Jan 18, 2012

{Author Guest Post} with S.R. Johannes of Untraceable

Today on Seeing Night Reviews we have a special guest author as a part of The Teen Book Scene book tour for her new novel Untraceable! Please welcome S.R. Johannes!

Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, #1)

SNR: Can you tell us a little bit in your own words about Untraceable?
S.R.: Untraceable is a new teen wilderness thriller. It is a contemporary book with no paranormal (I’ll pause for the screams of disbelief (: ) Grace grew up in the woods. When her forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, Grace is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. It will take more than a compass and motorcycle for this tough heroine to save all she loves.

 SNR: What type of research did you have to do for this type of storyline or what inspired you?
 S.R.: One day my hubby came home and was talking about how deep he was in the woods when he camped. He said, “I was so deep in, anything illegal could go on out there and no one would ever know.” I’ve also been to Cherokee NC a few times and hiking with my hubby in the Smoky/Blue Ridge Mountains. I have taken survival courses, self-defense classes, and learned how to flyfish so I could get a feel of Grace.

SNR: Do you have any interesting quirks when writing? Ex. Listening to certain music for inspiration, watching television, writing outside, etc.

S.R.: Besides writing with my feet?? Kidding. I listen to music when I am writing a first draft. I have a song for each chapter that relates to that chapter. I also have to talk dialogue out loud and type it as I talk. Hence coffee shops, libraries, or bookstores do not welcome me. :)

SNR: What was your favorite experience in writing this book?
S.R.: You mean, besides Mo??? Highlighting the horrific bear pits in NC and talking about a tough subject like poaching that people don’t really think still goes on.

SNR: Why name Grace’s motorcycle Lucifer?
S.R.: Have you ever had a clunker? They are so frustrating when you depend on them. My first car was like this. I had to put in a quart of oil every morning. I also had to pump the pedal to get the engine to catch. It is annoying but even today, I miss that crappy car. Lucifer seemed to fit.

SNR: Who are some of your favorite writers?
S.R.: Classic? John Steinbeck Traditional authors? Kimberly Derting, Carrie Ryan, and James Patterson. Indie? Addison Moore, Katie Klein, Amanda Hocking.

SNR: If you could be any one of your characters who would it be and why?
S.R.: It would want to be Grace. I love how she is so connected to nature in a technological world and doesn’t care about trivial things. I also panic in a crisis – especially if my kids are involved - so I love how she keeps a level head in the face of danger. Mostly, I adore her loyalty and determination and how she stays true to what she believes no matter what other people say.

SNR: Can you tell us what your working on next?
S.R.: My next book is a tween angel story. It’s a humorous story where I tried to mix death, humor, and adventure. It comes out on eBook Jan 31st as an experiment to see if tweens are reading eBooks.
I have an Anthology with a bunch of indie authors coming out on Valentines Day called “In His Eyes”. It is short stories from a male perspective.
I have Book 2, called Uncontrollable, coming next summer. 
Yeah, I’m busy :)

Thank you S.R. Johannes for visiting Seeing Night Reviews, don't forget to follow the book tour for Unrtaceable with The Teen Book Scene.

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