~Spotlight: Lawful Claim by Marie Johnston~

MJ_Lawful_Claim_small Agent E wasn’t always an evil Sigma Agent. Even though evil had her claws in him, he couldn’t help but hang on to his past and watch over the family he lost, protecting them by staying dead to them. Until one night, he interfered.

When Ana Esposito’s life, and that of her son, was saved by the husband she had buried over a decade ago, she found her world irrevocably changed. Any chance of safety for her and her son lay with the hardened man that used to be the love of her life.

Where you can find Lawful Claim:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Lawful-Claim-Sigma-Menace-Book-ebook/dp/B015JEAL28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458280809&sr=8-1&keywords=lawful+claim

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lawful-claim-marie-johnston/1122668259?ean=9781517407292

Where you can find Marie:


Website:  mariejohnstonwriter.com

Twitter:  @mjohnstonwriter

Interview with Marie:

1.  Please tell me about your book and why you decided to write it.

Demetrius was a character who had a rich back story as soon as I wrote him. Each time he appeared in The Sigma Menace series, I was super excited because he was such a fun dude. It helped that he’s a vampire and I kinda wanted to start writing about fangers. When I finished Pure Claim, book five in The Sigma Menace, it felt like that was the end of an era. I didn’t want to give up on the world and so many characters who needed their story told, so I took it in a spin-off direction. Demetrius was the perfect character to begin the Unnatural Disorder series. All the books in this series will have names for titles; therefore, book 1 is Demetrius.

2.  Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

If I could grow up to be J.R. Ward, I’d be especially happy. I’ve been a fan of her work since Dark Lover and I’ve studied the reasons why her writing sets the bar so high in my mind. Following writers on social media made me admire Ward even more. She lets us catch a glimpse of her life and personality without spamming us with marketing. Ward also writes her posts herself, not her assistant. I achieved super fan status when I wrote a blog about what I learned about writing from her. It was meant to be only five things I learned from her, but it grew into 20. So I broke it up into four parts and tagged her on Twitter for each post. I felt like I was being nothing but a nuisance, but I respect her so damn much, you know? I wanted to share my gushing. Once the four parts were posted, she tweeted some of the nicest words of encouragement. It means a ton to newbies like me to get a shout out from the biggest names in the business.

3.  What do you hope to accomplish as a writer?

Did I mention I want to be J.R. Ward when I grow up? I want to be at the top of my chosen genre. I want to write novels that help people get lost and enjoy every minute. I think romance will always be my primary genre, but I do have a few other books in mind. There are two deeply emotional women’s lit books banging around in my head. Most dear to my heart are two historical fiction stories I want to write. Both are based are true stories, but I won’t be able to make them biographical.

4.  Preferences:  Night or Day?  Coffee or soda?  Camping or Resort?  Cats or Dogs?

My first born helped me turn back into the morning person I was born to be. I just don’t function as well as the day gets longer.

I wake up to my diet soda and sometimes need to supplement with coffee. Forty is on the horizon and I’ve only just started drinking coffee.

I want to be a camper so darn bad, but I can’t stand trying to keep my kids from falling into the campfire. I hate packing all my stuff to go set it in the dirt. If we camp, it’s very minimal and it includes either fishing or hiking. When the kids are older, it may be more enjoyable. Otherwise, it’s resort all the way.

Both, but I sway more towards cats. I love their finicky temperament, and they’re just so fluffy! I do love a big dog though. Someday, *sigh* we’ll get a place with some land so we can have a big dog or two.

5.  What would you like your readers to know about you?

I truly value every reader I have. I want to take something I really enjoy doing, and make it into a career. I can’t do that without readers and their support and encouragement.

6.  If you could give me one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

Patience. I used to think I was a patient person - until I got older. Now I’m relying heavily on patience to undo all the bad effects of my impulsiveness. Whether it’s money, career, school - make a flexible plan and have the patience to stick with it. Sometimes the change we want to see, that we are working hard on seeing, takes time. Easier said than done though.