5 Questions With…Kenya G. Johnson of Live Laugh Blog 19 comments


It has been a pleasure to connect with today’s featured person for 5 Questions With… Kenya G. Johnson is a talented author, freelance writer, blogger, mother, and wife. We exchange ideas via various forms of social media because she and I have so much in common. We wear the same aforementioned hats, are close in age, love mobile apps, live in the South, and we both have an only son who is never at a loss for words.

 

Kenya G. Johnson of Live Laugh Blog

 

 

Kenya has been very generous in sharing tips with me regarding self-publishing, promoting, and marketing books. Her blog, Live Laugh Blog, expresses her love for writing, her family, great stories, and techie tips for mobile devices and blog posts. 

 

1. Thanks so much for being my latest feature for my interview series, Kenya. So your son Christopher inspired you to write The Christopher Chronicles. Tell my BAW readers all about it.

When telling people what kind of book The Christopher Chronicles is, I refer to the show “Kids say the Darndest Things.” This book is filled with things he said when he was five years old. He wasn’t purposely funny, but the words that came out of his mouth were funny and worth sharing. Originally I posted his sayings, which I call “Christopherisms” on Facebook. While Christopher is the inspiration behind the book, I actually never intended to publish the Christopherisms. I’m so glad I did. It’s a feel good book for adults. If it weren’t for the encouragement of friends and relatives via Facebook, I may not have been so diligent in listening for and keeping up with them.

 

The Christopher Chronicles by Kenya G. Johnson

 

2. What are your plans for the next edition of the book now that Christopher is older?

Well the good news is that these books write themselves really. The age 6 Christopherisms were already written by the time I published the first book. Now I have ages six, seven and eight! Age 6 will be a stand-alone book like the first one. Ages seven, eight and nine will probably be a compilation. I have a lot of ideas, just none set in stone yet.

 

3. You assist your husband with his photography business as well. Are you a photographer too?

I wouldn’t call myself a photographer. The technical side of it stresses me out. This isn’t a business I could/would carry on without my husband. We’ve had events where we had two stations and I was the other photographer. He set everything up; all I had to do was pose my people and then push the shutter button. I’ve had to do one event by myself and I was a nervous wreck. This definitely isn’t my line of work. For the most part, I am his behind the scenes admin; when he needs me for an event I’m there.

 

4. How do you balance life as an author, freelance editor, blogger, mother, and wife?

That’s a hard question. Only because the answer is, “I don’t.” I’m a multi-tasking fool when it comes to domestic stuff (everything that falls under the umbrella of mom and photographer’s wife), but my writing needs a special place, space and quiet time that for the life of me cannot find. I get it in for my stuff that has deadlines, maybe that’s what I need to do for myself – give myself a deadline.

 

Kenya G. Johnson

 

5. With so much business activity on your plate, how do you relax and unwind?

We have down time. I just have to look forward to it and take advantage of it when the time comes. At a days end, I relax and unwind by playing a mindless game on my phone or reading a book. I usually last about ten minutes before I nod off.

 

Again, thank you, Kenya. As always it is great chatting with you. I’m sure we’ll be talking again soon on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy your week!

 

You can order Kenya G. Johnson’s book at http://www.kenyagjohnson.com/the-christopher-chronicles

Connect with Kenya J. Johnson on social media: FacebookTwitter and Google+.

 

Do you have any additional questions for Kenya? 

How do you balance your work time, family time, and personal time?

 

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5 Questions With…is a Being A Wordsmith interview series geared toward sharing insight from people who are embracing happier, healthier, and wiser lifestyles.

Linking to: Turn It Up Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday, That’s Fresh Friday

 


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19 thoughts on “5 Questions With…Kenya G. Johnson of Live Laugh Blog

  • Shana Manuel

    So enjoyed reading this article as I’m in the process of publishing a book. I’ll definitely have to follow Kenya to get tips on how to do this as a newbie. Still in the research and writing phase. It’s great to read about others who are multitasking and running their own business.

  • Kenya G. Johnson

    I read Alli’s comment the other day. I totally used your idea to do something similar. I haven’t been linking up to much of anything because my blog was acting funny if I put too much in the sidebar. Great idea – buttons in a slide show. While I was at it, I changed my template – no more funkies. I hope no one notices because I have changed my blog a million times. I think I made a bet that I would make it through November. I hope it just looks like I put stuff in the sidebar. LOL 😉

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Your button slideshow looks great. I’m going to spruce up my page for my book. Yours looks so good!

  • Alli

    I always love your interviews and this was no exception. I need to find the Christopherism book!

    Also, I’m loving your sidebar. Is the “Participating In” a plugin? If so, what plugin? 🙂

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Awww, thanks Alli. You can use the Christopher Chronicles link in the post to buy Kenya’s book on Amazon. I bought the Kindle edition yesterday. Yes, that is a WordPress plugin on my sidebar. Huge space saver! It’s called image horizontal reel scroll slideshow. I also use the image vertical reel scroll slideshow in my footer.

  • Dana

    Kenya is one of my favorites! I can’t find the time and space to write either – I feel like it happens when everything else is done. That needs to change, but I haven’t been able to do that yet. Let me know when you figure that out Kenya!

  • Kristi Campbell

    I love Kenya! And I really enjoyed The Christopher Chronicles as well and look forward to the next ones. I think I read the first one in just two days it was so entertaining. Sigh to the balancing life, writing, and life. If anybody figures it out, will one of you please tell me what the answer was?

    • Kenya G. Johnson

      Awww sweet thanks Kristi! I think the secret to balancing life is to pause the rest of the world while you keep working. But of course, there’s no such thing 😉

  • Launna

    I have been following Kenya for close to a year and I really enjoy all her posts… I have yet to read Christopherisms… I will have to get this book eventually as I am sure it is funny… so great for a laugh 🙂

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Glad to do it, Kenya. I have enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate your support and helpful tips.