Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years-a soldier history will call Bloody Mary.
Hi, I’m Jean Johnson, author of the bestselling Sons of Destiny fantasy romance series, starting with The Sword, and author of the new military science fiction series, Theirs Not To Reason Why, A Soldier’s Duty. Wait…what did I say? Fantasy romance, and military science fiction? Well, I’ve answered this one in a few different ways elsewhere, but it’s always been the short version. With your indulgence, I’ll explain how it really went down…
When I was in the first grade, my teacher couldn’t get me to read for the first half of the year. She finally hit upon making a contest of it against my best friend at the time. Alas, at first it was boring. I mean, I was reading “See Jane. See the red ball. See Jane pick up the…” and at that point I was bored and wanted to put the book down, but my teacher patiently explained there were other stories waiting to be discovered. She motivated me to go find them, so I learned to read because I wanted to find anything better than “See Jane pick up the red ball.”
Hoo, boy, did I find them! By the time I finished the 6th grade, I had devoured half of the elementary school’s fiction section and even explored some of the non-fiction stuff. Now, somewhere around the 2nd grade, when I was 8 or so, I read an okay story but didn’t like the ending of it. I don’t even remember what story it was, but I sat down and I wrote my own ending. It was crap, and I knew it was crap…but I discovered something: Oh, how fun it was to write a story myself!
So I wrote stories all the way into junior high, where there were so many more fascinating fiction stories to be read in junior high. I read a wide variety of them, but eventually, I discovered two magical genres that really hooked my attention: “Fantasy” and “Science Fiction.” I suppose the science fiction was easy enough to explain, considering how religiously my father, sister, and I watched Star Trek on television, heh…but Fantasy was right up there, too. And then one day, when I was about 15, my mother’s best friend snuck me a Harlequin Romance novel. I read it…and I was hooked on Romance, too. So I added it to the list: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance.
Alas, the more I read, the more I realized that, while the world was filled with wonderful tales…and mediocre tales, and outstanding tales…there were stories out there which I wanted to read, but nobody else was writing them. So, giving up on looking, I sat myself down and started telling them myself—you’ll note it took me twenty-plus years to actually get good at telling them, of course; it definitely didn’t happen overnight.
I built up story after story, world after world…broke them down, revised them, finished some, left others languishing…and received rejection letter after rejection letter, after rejection letter. It happens. It didn’t stop me from writing though; I didn’t want to stop.
And then, one day, something magical happened: I got invited to submit a story, rather than rejected. Admittedly in women’s fiction, which includes romance, but I was invited! So, skipping over the plain fantasies and the science fictions backlogged on my computer, I grabbed a finished fantasy romance manuscript, polished it off, and submitted it: The Sword.
I merely got published first in fantasy romance. So, if you think my romances are good—or my science fiction—I’ve put the same effort into everything else, I promise.
Jean Johnson lives in the Pacific Northwest, somewhere north of Seattle, in a house with zone heating, decent plumbing, internet access and a middle-aged cat. Alas, she is a very long ways from getting her own castle–but a lady can always dream, right? She is still writing so much that she has little time for anything beyond research reading, but promises to produce books that are worth reading.
Want to purchase Jean’s novel?
Sons of Destiny
- The Sword at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Wolf at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Master at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Song at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Cat at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Storm at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Flame at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Mage at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Finding Destiny at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Shifting Plains at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Shifter (2012)
Contest Time! Jean is giving away copies of A Soldier’s Duty and The Flame to one lucky winner. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Do you remember which novel made you jump into the PNR/UF genre? What was it? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until August 15th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.