Jeremy’s Christmas Journey by Scott A. Johnson – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson spent most of his childhood in Orem, Utah, where he gained a love for creative writing. Recognizing his potential at a young age, his teachers and family encouraged him to explore his developing writing talents.
Scott continued to craft imaginative and original stories through his teenage years and served as a yearbook writer and photographer in High School. He published his first book, Nutrition: A Word of Wisdom, in 2009, and has published more than 175 editorial pieces in various online publications.
Scott, his wife and four children reside in Utah County where they enjoy the mountains and outdoors. Scott is regularly asked by his children to share an original story, which he gladly obliges.

Website:
http://optimallifecoaching.wix.com/authorscott
http://www.facebook.com/JeremysChristmasJourney
https://twitter.com/DocScottJohnson

Interview
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peanut butter and chocolate, especially chocolate ice cream with lots of peanut butter swirled in it.

Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely an early bird. I don’t like to sleep in because it makes me feel tired the rest of the day. And I agree with the old adage that early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read my book because it draws you closer to Jesus Christ and helps you understand how He can succor you during adversity.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
My most rewarding experience has been the messages I have received from readers’ who suggest my book positively impacted their lives. Especially when people say I was inspired to write this story based on how they felt when they read the book.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I liked The Hungry Caterpillar when I was very young and The Count of Monte Cristo when I was older. Today I really enjoy fantasy, anything related to health, young adult fiction, and Christmas stories.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
My book includes a musical CD that allows many of the main characters to have their own theme song. I believe the music allows the reader a deeper understanding of and connection with the characters.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t get discouraged. The publishing industry is a tough business and rejection is almost guaranteed. Keep working toward your dream and explore all alternatives to make it happen. The only limits we have are those we place on ourselves.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien and Brandon Mull

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I am excited to see The Hobbit on the big screen. Tolkien has done a marvelous job creating a vivid and thrilling world in his books surrounding Middle Earth. I loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy and look forward to seeing the prequel to them.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer, because I don’t like to be cold. But I do like the Fall leaves and the Spring flowers.

Favorite places to travel?
Hawaii and Great Basin National Park.

Favorite sport?
Football, though basketball is a close second.

Print or Ebook?
I guess I am old fashioned because I still enjoy a physical copy of books, particularly hardbacks. Hardbacks last longer and make a nice addition to the bookshelf. My preference for physical copies is also influenced by the fact that I spend so many hours each day in front of a computer, making reading and unwinding on a couch a great escape.

Regular or Diet?
I am very health conscious so neither. I rarely drink soda of any kind.

City or Country?
I enjoy small cities where stores and things are so close and accessible, but you don’t feel like you are part of a cattle herd like in some of the big cities. But I also enjoy getting away to the seclusion and clean air of the country occasionally.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Definitely Harry Potter! I have read and own all the books and watched and own all the movies. I tried to read Twilight but couldn’t finish it. The story was interesting, particularly the antagonism between the werewolves and vampires, but the love story was the main focus of the story and it just didn’t interest me.

Jeremy’s Christmas Journey

For Jeremy, Christmas is just another reminder that he’ll never be able to enjoy the things that come so easily to other children. Then one night he has a dream that will change everything. Accompanied by stirring music, this story of finding faith and discovering the power of the Master Healer is sure to be cherished at Christmastime and all year long.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Jeremy’s Christmas Journey
Open to US only
Ends 11/30/12

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