Tell us a little bit about you outside of being an author.
Outside being an author, I’m a mother and a wife. I also work as an Event Specialist, hosting mostly political teleconferences. I get to talk and listen to lots of Congressmen and Senators.
What is your earliest writing memory?
Possibly when I was about ten years old. At least that’s when I remember that English was my favorite subject. At that point I took an interest in reading various books and soon took an interest in writing poetry.
What feelings do you experience once you are satisfied with your completed manuscript(s)?
I feel a huge sense of relief and accomplishment. I feel like I’m in heaven or something. I smile just as wide, because every time I finish a piece of writing, I know I’m living my passion and dreams.
In your upcoming release or newly released book, how did you come up with the idea of your main character(s)?
In my novel, Searchable Whereabouts, Rahkel Williams is my main character. Since I knew I wanted to make this novel a murder mystery, I concluded that I’ll make her have several problems and issues to deal with on top of solving the mystery of her beloved uncle’s death.
Tell us a little bit about your work in progress and/or your upcoming release.
Searchable Whereabouts is the story of Rahkel Williams who’s trying to unravel the mysterious murder of her beloved uncle. However, after his death, she finds out her uncle may have been living a double life. She sets out to find the truth along with the police and private investigator Darrin Miller. But soon finds she’s in over her head when a horrific family secret is revealed, which lead to her uncles murder.
I also have an upcoming release that I collaborated on with two other authors - Linda R. Herman and Allyson M. Deese. The name of the book is Somebody Prayed For Me. It’s a collection of short stories, poems and letters. It’s an inspirational book filled with so much emotion. I really enjoyed working on this project. It is dear to my heart
I’m a big believer that word of mouth creates more sales than advertisements. Let’s say I’ve never read any of your books before, how would you pitch the idea of your latest release to me?
What would you do if your loved one was murdered, and later found out they were living a double life, which carried on a horrific family secret for several years? That’s what happened to Rahkel Williams in the mystery novel, Searchable Whereabouts by Tinisha Nicole Johnson. Someone doesn’t want her to know the truth about her beloved uncle’s murder, and will even attempt to kill her to stop her from learning the truth.
I consider myself a tough critic when reviewing books. What do or would you do when you receive a mediocre or less than average rating from a reviewer or reader?
Take it as it is, and yes, sometimes it may hurt, but I have to believe in myself. I realize not everyone’s going to like what I write and that’s okay. But at the same time, I learn and continue to always perfect my writing. I can’t take everything what people say or write about me so personal to the extent that I forget that as long as I’m living my passion, that's good enough for me.
What authors influence your writing dreams, goals and aspirations?
Stephen King, Zane, Eric Jerome Dickey, James Patterson. I’m big on self-help and non-fiction. Some of those authors are: Cynthia Kersey, Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins and Bob Proctor.
What books would you recommend on writing?
My bookshelf is filled with books on writing, but two that come to my mind that I’ve recently referred to are: On Writing Well by William Zinsser and Writing for Story by Jon Franklin
If you could change one thing you did during your road to publication, what would it be and what would you have done different?
I would have hired an editor, and I also would have tried longer to find an agent.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Persistence; Believe in yourself; Never listen to anyone who says it can’t be done, Constantly read and write.
Where can readers learn more about you and your books?
Tinisha, thank you for taking the time to share a little with us. Many blessings to you in all your future endeavors.