Getting to Know Shanae Johnson
Shanae Johnson was raised by Saturday Morning cartoons and Afterschool Specials. She still doesn’t understand why there isn’t a life lesson that ties the issues of the day together just before bedtime. While she’s still waiting for the meaning of it all, she writes stories to try and figure it all out. She writes for the Mommy's Little Matchmakers series. You can learn more about Shanae and her book here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland a few miles from the Navy School. I would often go crabbing at the Annapolis Bridge using a jump rope and a piece of chicken to catch blue crabs.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
They say the true test of a chef is their ability to make a soup. It appears simple, but there’s a lot of complexity to the simplicity. Sweet romance is the same. Authors can distract with action scenes or steamy love scenes. Getting two people to fall in love based on their personality and the choices they make, and not necessarily on how they look or if they sock the villain and save the day.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My daddy is a musician. I can remember him playing a game with me and my siblings where he’d play different chords of a song on different instruments and have us identify the song. His aim was to teach us that there were different parts that made up music and that when they came together doing their individual parts it created harmony. This stuck with me, mainly that there was a story buried in each song. This is how I approach my stories, weaving together different strands to make something harmonious that brings joy.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
Teaching. I believe I have a knack for explaining things. I’d still use metaphors and similes in my teaching though!
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I have a rescue turtle who likes to flip his water filter so that it pours down on his head like a waterfall. I also have a rescue cat who often walks across my keyboard and types his additions to my stories.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I have yet to find my own HEA. It’s largely because I’m always looking down at the computer screen typing up something from my imagination. My dream guy would be a writer who would understand this addiction and support it. I would be so hot if we could co-write together!
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
I love Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. In today’s social media culture we get lost trying to do or one up what we see others do. The book inspired me to always try my best, and only my best and not someone else’s.