Victoria C. Johnson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: April 18, 2016
Number of pages: 253
Word Count: 78,311
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Design
Goddesses just want to have fun, right?
Peitho’s first job as an Immortal Representative means slumming it at the Shifter Convention, where shifters and supernaturals will be meeting to discuss concerns and build relations. She’s sure it’s going to be boring—all they have to complain about is fleas and territory.
Wait . . . is that a dragon?
Obsessive is a strong word.
Hunter thinks Peitho would make a great addition to his hoard of treasure. Dragons are famously acquisitive; how is he supposed to ignore her? Everyone always says it’s bad to fight your nature.
When shifters begin disappearing from the convention, and bodies quickly appearing, Peitho and Hunter have no choice but to investigate. Will Hunter and Peitho manage to solve the crime while still keeping their hearts intact?
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Victoria C. Johnson lives in Michigan with her supportive husband and amazing family. She became serious about her passion for writing shortly after having her daughter. As someone who strongly believes in doing what makes you happy, she decided to follow her own advice. She loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. Victoria adores happy endings, heartfelt characters, and extraordinary situations. She hopes to bring a little more of that to life every day.
I get a lot of inspiration from my dreams and the people around me. Sometimes a conversation or image will strike me with an idea, and I’m quick to jot them down. I keep a document in my phone and constantly update it with weird and random thoughts. It’s the kind of document that I look back at and either strike gold or wonder what on earth I was thinking. I’m fortunate enough that I can generally make sense of it.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Peitho, my leading female character, is the goddess of persuasion and seduction. I would love to see her played by Blake Lively. I think that she’s very alluring and brings a natural sophistication to her roles. Hunter, my leading male character, is a dragon shape shifter. He’s gruff and sweet, so I can totally see Joe Manganiello portraying him.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I totally give into writer’s block. Personally, I think if I’m having a hard time writing something, I need to spend more time thinking and planning on how I want the book to go. I keep an intense document of character details and things that set my world apart. It’s hard to keep everything straight! I have a low key outline but don’t like to have it too structured. My first draft is generally longer than the finished product, and requires polishing instead of filling in. If I have a hard time writing, I spend more of my time on my background document. I research my characters and get more of a feel for who they are. If I try to force myself to write, it just doesn’t come out nicely. I end up scraping it at the end of the day. A lot of times I end up going in a different direction with the plot! Sometimes it also helps if I switch to a different project, and come back to the current one with fresh eyes.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
I love mythology and really wanted to bring some of those characters to life. I was really inspired by the idea of having a magical gift that sort of defines your nature or personality. I wanted to find a way to carve out characters where their magic definitely influences them but doesn’t define them. I loved the kind of inner struggle that created for the characters. I think it added so much depth to them instead of just having intense, otherworldly power. Peitho is the goddess of persuasion and seduction, and sometimes finds herself struggling to be taken seriously. I enjoy showing her as a strong, independent woman that doesn’t rely on the opinion of others.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being an author is not giving up. It takes time and commitment to write a novel. It’s easy to talk yourself out of the process if you don’t have a great support system. My family and friends are great at reinforcing the belief that my writing is important, not a waste of time, and is actually good. Writing is an intensely personal thing for me. My books are my thoughts and feelings. For those reasons, I find encouragement to be entirely necessary. I feel a drive to write, but the people around me inspire me to complete my books and share them with others.