Interview with Author Natalie Johanson!


Shadow’s Voice is the fanciful tale of a young woman searching for her place in the world and an identity. Rose Trewin finds herself pulled into the intrigue of court when she gets pulled into the middle of an assassination plot against the king.

Rose has no mind for the plots of court, no desire for the attention of that comes from that world. She has a magic she doesn’t understand; an ability to travel through shadows, to disappear into the darkness.

Rose wants nothing more disappear quietly disappear from the world and live a quiet life, but when her shadows start forming wolves, talking to her, pushing her toward some greater cause, a quiet life is the last thing Rose is headed for.

Rose must face a king who wants her secrets, a mage who already seems to know them, assassins, and a magic that is growing and changing. All while trying to stop a coup.  


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Author of Shadow's Voice, Natalie Johanson


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It really depends on the day or what I’m writing. There are some days when the muse is singing and the words are flowing. It’s exhilarating. All I want to do is write the story that’s screaming to get out of my head. Then there are the days, or scenes, that I struggle to get the words out, let alone out in a way that makes sense. Those days are exhausting. A scene that needs to be written, any exposition scene for example, I struggle with. I know they are important, but I had reading them, hate writing them, and they exhaust me when I write them.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I think it hurts. This industry is brutal and doesn’t have time to tread carefully around your feel goods. If you can’t take criticism, from an agent, an editor, your publisher, your readers, you’ll never be open to or able to change your manuscript for the better. No matter how great a writer you are…you’re going to need editing. You’re going to need someone to point out your plot holes. And if you can’t hear that, you’ll never make your book as great as it can be.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Yes! I call this my book hole. It happens to me whenever I finish a REALLY GOOD I fall into a book hole. I spend hours at B&N looking for a book just similar enough to what I finished but can never find something that quite hits the spot. I usually have to decompress from my really good books for a week or two before I can read something again.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Editing. Editing. Editing. A good editor will take your good book and make it better. A great editor will take your good book and polish it into a masterpiece. I can’t speak enough for how important your editor is.   

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Oh, a dragon, for sure. Intelligent, strong, majestic creatures  who are also capable of some major bad ass-ery. Who wouldn’t want that?

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Many. So many. Some are the beginnings of sequels to Shadow’s Voice. Others are just dribbles. Others I hope to someday turn into other books. Always keep writing, even if  it’s just for yourself.


What did you edit out of this book?

A lot of things. I also added a lot of things. Mostly scenes involving other minor characters and other point of views. In the end, taking them out made for a more streamlined plot.


Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do. I like to know what people are thinking about my work. I like so see what is working and what isn’t. If there is something that isn’t being liked, why? Is it because what I was trying to say didn’t get conveyed the way I wanted? Or is it a preference issue? How do I deal with the bad ones? I read them, try to take what I can from it, if I need to, and move on. If you let yourself dwell you’ll drive yourself to madness. Not everyone can be pleased.


Natalie Johanson was born and raised in Utah. She attended Alta High School where she was on the staff of the literary magazine Euphony. Euphony is a nationally recognized literary magazine on the High School level and has been recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association in Albuquerque, N.M.

After high school, Natalie attended Westminster College and studied English with a Creative Writing Emphasis for a year and a half before deciding to pursue her desire to work in Law Enforcement.

When asked about books and reading, Natalie says,”books have always been a thing I love. The escape into a new world. The adventure they bring. The people I can meet. When I read, I have no self- control and tend to binge read. If I’m into a book, I’ll read it straight through if time permits.

When she’s not reading, writing, or chasing her ferret around the house, Johanson likes running races or camping. Her favorite camping is in the beautiful mountains around Oakley (Utah’s best kept secret). She also enjoys listening to records and drinking tea while playing board games.

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