Bad things happen in life, so my stories aren't sweet and sappy. There is violence in my writings and I sometimes tackle tough subjects that some people may find disturbing - abuse, rape, prostitution, sex trafficking, etc... Although all my stories are works of fiction, there are some truths inside each of the stories I tell.
One thing most of my books have in common is a strong heroine. Call it a pet peeve, but I hate seeing females being portrayed as weak and fragile. I also like to write about what I know. Since I work in the criminal defense field, I see a lot of dark and gritty in real life. I've spent many days inside a pod at the jail interviewing murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and abusers. I've gotten up close and personal with some of the most sadistic people I've never wanted to meet and tried to crawl inside their minds to better understand why they did what they did.
I've seen women overcome the unthinkable and become a true survivor. I have friends who have lived through unimaginable circumstances and it made them stronger in the long run. And yes, some of those people are true to life bikers. So to put it simply, I get inspiration from life itself.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a lot of works in progress! In the near future, I'll be releasing Defeated: Satan's Rebels MC Book 6. This will be Bethany's story and the final installment in the Satan's Rebels MC Series. Also in the works is Desolate Hearts: Forgotten Souls MC Book 2, which will be Deuce's story. Last but not least, I've been working on a new series which will be unlike anything I've written so far. I'm not giving anything else away until the first book in the series is complete, but I can promise that it will be darker and grittier than anything you've seen from me yet.
Where do you gain inspiration for your stories?
What upcoming releases can we expect from Kira Johns?
At the top of my list (and in no particular order) are Madeline Sheehan, A.C. Bextor, L.A. Fiore, Katy Evans, Mia Sheridan, Jamie Begley, and of course Kristen Ashley. I'm honored that each of them has also donated to my Authors for the Birds Auction Events and proud to call them friends.
What made you decide to become an author?
It wasn't a decision, really. It just sort of happened and I did it on a dare! Long story short, a very good friend of mine bet me that I didn't have the balls to self-publish a story I had been sitting on for some time. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that anyone would actually read it, let alone fall in love with it! That was the beginning of my journey into becoming an author and although it's been rough at times, it's one bet I'm glad I lost!
When someone asks me this question, I actually cringe. Writing is a creative process. Sometimes I'll write an entire chapter and decide I hate it, forcing me to start over. Other times, I'll be working on one project and get stuck, so I move onto another story in the works.
Then there's life. I'm not a stay at home mom that can spend all day, every day, working on my next release. I can't stay up all hours of the night working on a particular scene. I have a job, a husband, children, pets, and I'm also a volunteer. Free time is something I'm limited on, but when I do have it, I dedicate the time to writing a story I am happy with and one I think my readers will enjoy. If that means there's a delay in releasing my story, then so be it.
Who is Kira Johns?
What was the hardest story for you to write?
Without a doubt, Destined. I poured my heart and soul into writing Destined and it was emotionally draining. I shed many tears writing one scene in particular and it literally ripped my heart out.
Why is it taking so long for you to release your next book?
By day, I'm a mild-mannered paralegal working in the criminal defense field. OK, maybe not so mild mannered but it sounded good. By night, I'm a wife, mother, housekeeper, personal chef, tutor and everything in between. Oh and I dabble in writing dark, gritty romance with lots of emotion. On the weekends, you might find me volunteering at my favorite non-profit rescue, Feathered Friends Forever. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
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