***Author Spotlight*** Charlene Johnson
Charlene lives in Sacramento, California. She is married and has a son, a daughter and four grandchildren. She graduated cum laude from Waynesburg College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.
Books have always been her passion. She started reading at an early age and progressed to full-length books by age nine. The first supernatural book series she read was Dark Shadows, and it sparked her interest in all things paranormal, with a spicy touch of romance mixed in for good measure. She also started writing poetry in grade school and continues to do so today. Being an avid reader, the consummate daydreamer and an incurable romantic with a Cinderella complex, she started creating her own characters and storylines because she realized she had her own stories to tell. She’s traveled the world, crossed galaxies, traveled through time and explored history on the pages of books.
Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys photography, travel, music, and great movies.
I love all things paranormal and that’s where it all starts. Sometimes ideas just come to me and I write them down. I read a lot of paranormal romance books and really try to write something that’s different, and unique.
I’m an outliner. It’s particularly crucial because I’m writing a series and the storylines and details have to be consistent.
Time. Getting the time to sit down and write as much as I want. When you juggle a family, a household and a job, it can be challenging.
I really haven’t had that issue very much but when I do, I step away from writing for a little while and focus on something else. That usually gets my imagine flowing again and I can go back to writing.
No. I mainly write Paranormal Romance but I have a contemporary romantic thriller I’m also curently working on.
I initially self-published my first in January 2018. It was called Shattered, Book 1 in my Circle of the Red Scorpion series. Since then, I signed with Kingston Publishing in May of this year and re-released Shattered with a new cover and series logo.
J. R. Ward. She has a quirky way of telling her stories and she has created a unique world that appeals to me. I love book series and big sexy vampiresand got hooked on hers.
One unpublished prequel novella and three partially written books
I do a lot of research since part of my series spans multiple time periods. I like to my stories to be historically accurate for time periods I’m dealing with. Some research happens before so that I can set the tone and some research happens as I write.
I don’t have many issues with writing characters of the opposite sex. In my 33 year career in the corporate world, I’ve spent most of my time working with men and that has helped me write my male characters.
An hour or two a day during the week if time allows. Five hour or more on the weekends and my off Fridays. I have a day job so my time during the week is limited.
Yes, I have read my reviews but I haven’t had that many so far and the ones I’ve been were good.
I have secrets to enhance the suspense and they may be hard to find at first but will be revealed somewhere down the line in the plot. It could be the secret is not revealed until the next book.
Fight scenes. It’s something I’m still trying to master.
Lately, I been listening to light Pop instrumentals on Pandora. Very relaxing and opens up my mind.
Fruit, extra sharp cheddar cheese and sourdough bread.
I write what I Iike to read. So far, my readers’ interest and mine are similar. If I got some feedback as to what readers would like to see, I would consider it if it fit into the series or book I’m writing. I read alot so I’m know what readers are reading in my genre.
Don’t let fear dictate whether you publish or not. Get a second opinion if you need to but put yourself out there. Believe in yourself. You will learn as you go and grow as a result.
Shattered – Book 1
Shattered is an erotic paranormal thriller that weaves an intricate web of events involving a playboy pop singer, a romance writer, and an unrelenting vampire. It features an unquenchable thirst for blood, an obsession that spans two decades and love beyond measure.
Drake Devereaux was haunted by a tragedy in his past until Ebony Jordan.
Drake and Ebony meet by chance and forge an unforgettable connection. As their relationship heats up, Drake realizes he’s falling in love. Instead of embracing it, he allows his fear to drive him away from the one woman who can heal him. After months of being apart, Ebony’s attempt to reach out to Drake ends with a heartbreaking discovery and an unexpected accident that nearly ends her life. Faced with another tragedy, Drake finds out what is truly important.
As Drake and Ebony plan a life together, Solomon Blackwell, a Rogue vampire plots to possess her and shatter their love forever.
Avenged – Book 2
Avenged is the shocking conclusion of Drake and Ebony’s story.
Drake and Ebony are living the life they both dreamed of until Ebony vanishes.
As Solomon initiates his daring plan, Drake, his father Broderick and the Circle of the Red Scorpion race against time to find Ebony and stop the Rogue vampire from destroying Drake’s life.
A fierce battle between the two factions comes to a surprising end, and the shocking conclusion of Avenged brings Broderick to his knees. Can his team help him stop the new menace threatening to destroy the world?
Dawned – Book 3
Dawned is the love story that started it all and is the prequel to the Circle of the Red Scorpion series.
Deep in the forest, Broderick Devereaux found her so unexpectedly and was instantly mesmerized.
He was the dark, handsome stranger Elise Munro dreamed of but never thought she’d find.
Despite their differences, Broderick and Elise started a life together and thought they had it all. But internal demons and secrets threatened to destroy their happiness.
Putting Solomon in prison became Broderick’s obsession as his relationship with his wife imploded. Was Solomon behind the chasm that separated them?
Broderick and Elise loved each other but was their love enough?
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