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 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.
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.
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
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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.