On episode 68 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Iris Johansen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of close to 100 books. This was an especially enjoyable interview for me because Iris and I quickly connected like old friends. We discussed:
- her transitions between genres over the last 30 years;
- writing canine characters;
- her latest Eve Duncan novel, SHADOW PLAY;
- the process of writing a trilogy;
- our shared love of minimal, tight prose.
I also asked her a series of questions that arose from the WRITER 2.0 Facebook Group:
- Day to day, year to year, how are you so productive?
- How do you know when a book is done?
- Do you listen to music when you write and, if so, what kind?
- How do you constantly find fresh ideas?
- What change in the publishing business over the last 30 years has most affected your career?
Plus, on “Today in Writing”–Churchill goes to South Africa.
About Our Guest:
IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn’t Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve,Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora’s Daughter, Quicksand,Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and more. And with her son Roy Johansen, she has coauthored The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.
Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.
Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.