7 Questions

7 Questions with Clarissa Johal

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Clarissa Johal. If you’re not quite acquainted with Clarissa, let’s take a moment to get to know her better…

Clarissa Johal headshotClarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Welcome Clarissa! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

I’ll leave you with my tagline for STRUCK.

The shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

Very intriguing! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Nothing Else Matters by Apocalyptica. It has that dark, gothic feel and the music is beautiful. It’s a nice blend of longing and fury.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

Tim Burton is my favorite director, hands-down. Johnny Depp could play me…haha. Okay, that came out wrong. I would like Meryl Streep to play me. She’s a wonderful actress.

Oh I love Meryl! What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

Initially, I’m a panster. I will do a straight write-through from beginning to end to “channel” my characters and story. Then, I go back and do the research and editing. And I have to use my computer Word program—my handwriting is awful, even I can’t read it.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

I would tell myself to focus on a writing career earlier! I started working in the veterinary field, which I loved, and wrote on the side for many years. It didn’t occur to me that writing could become a career until after my daughter was born. I wanted to be able to stay home with her and started writing my first book, PRADEE. Though I’ve changed genres since then (fantasy to paranormal and gothic horror) I’m SO happy I pursued writing.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

There were so many of them. The first that come to mind are; Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock, Krampus: The Yule Lord by BROM and The Shining by Stephen King

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee—always coffee. Gevalia French roast to be exact
  • Cats or dogs? I love both, but cats especially. I like their independence.
  • Snow or sun? Snow. I don’t like hot weather.
  • Print books or eReader? Both, it depends on how impatient I’m feeling.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Neither
  • Baked or fried? Baked
  • Candy or chocolate? Neither. Well…unless it’s Red Hot Tamales.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? I’m a European history geek, so we’ll go with Old World.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy food.
  • Comfort or Speed? Speed. I like to get things done, plus I’m a stickler for deadlines.

Thank you Clarissa! If you’d like to keep up with what Clarissa is up to, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, her website, or her blog.

Now let’s take a look at STRUCK… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

STRUCK book cover

The shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift–one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister… for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.


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