Who’s afraid of Virginia Lee Johnson?
Virginia is a mom to two beautiful children and resides in Minnesota. Any spare time is spent watching TV, reading, facebooking and spending time with friends. She’s married to Thai Preyer PA 😉, yet owned by Kyle Perkins as his PA. *these two run my life*
A love for reading and writing is a new concept for Virginia. Before the Twilight rave and a need to know the ending after Eclipse was released in theaters, Virginia preferred to watch the movie or convince a friend to read the book for her. Needing to know the story of a random homeless man that she encountered on a freeway exit ramp, was the only reason she began writing in the first place. Soulless Nights spawned from the unknown story and a dare from her friends.
Virginia has expanded her love for books by planning and hosting The Tampa Indie Author Book Convention. As a co-owner of The Indie Book Channel on YouTube, the opportunity to help others experience books and events that they otherwise couldn’t has helped her to share her passion for the Indie Community.
She has had the pleasure of working with some of her favorite authors. Street teams, beta reading and cover modeling were what led her to the world of writing.
She currently PA’s for Kyle Perkins
Currently she has released Soulless Nights, Revenge; a short story within the anthology Doctrine of Indecency: 18 Coveted Tales of Lust, Vindicate, Seraphine’s ( With Julia Clare ) and Bound by an Echo ( With Julia Clare ), Expiate, Humanity’s Ark: Kepler (Kyle Perkins), Always; Never and a few funny books.
Secondary Silence, Freeing Olivia (Ellen Wilder), and Soulless Days are current WIP’s, soon to be released.
=Nikki K get’s the skinny on Ginni=
I met Virginia, or Ginni as she is called, a few months back through some author friends. I didn’t know anything about her or her books but I was joining a group she was a part of and decided I needed to read one of her books. I picked Soulless Nights and was totally blown away. First it was a tad bit darker than I am used to but the storyline was something I had not read before and the twists were like, WOW! Any who, we began talking and I quickly decided that this chick was one of the funniest most irreverent people I’d met in a long time. She may also sleep less than me and be one of the hardest working people in the book world. Not only does she PA, Write, work a day job and she’s a mom, but she is also one of the first people to lend a hand to support others. The long and short of it, I became a fan of not only her writing but of the person behind the pen as well.
Q. First things first, if we’re meeting somewhere to conduct this interview, where would it be? (A park, bar, restaurant, your home, my home)
A. Your hot tub, filled with ice… cause it’s hot as fuck where you live.
Q. What would be your drink of choice? I’m a vodka or Jameson gal myself.
A. Mike’s Black Cherry Lemonade. I don’t drink often so buying a bottle would age. Not just age, my great grand kids would ask to use it for a history class artifact. (But when she does drink, bahaha. Let’s just say I have seen video!)
Q. If there’s food involved, what type would it be?
A. Steak. No, boiled peanuts. And chocolate, not dark. The aftertaste is awful.
Q. Why do you write? What inspired you?
A. Honestly, I wrote my first book because I spent an hour of time, that I’ll never get back, reading a book. I thought the plot was good, characters had potential but the execution was piss-poor to say it nicely. My inspiration was friends that were indie authors.
Q. Why did you start writing in the genre you chose?
A. I love me a dark read. There is nothing like diving head first into a world that you want to believe doesn’t exist, with characters that couldn’t get away with their actions and twists that make you second guess humanity. I knew I belonged there – dark anything.
Q. How did becoming a published author change you or your life?
A. I’ve made the best friends, traveled and have been able to share my imagination with the world. I mean, that’s kinda cool.
Q. Your books tend to lean towards the dark side (yes I’m being polite). What inspires you to write about the topics you do?
A. Reality and reflection. The reality is that the world is dark. Bad things happen all of the time. Reflection on what would you do about it, if given the chance? I wrote that story.
Q. In Souless Nights you deal with the topic of Sex trafficking/slavery. Where did that idea come from?
A. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why he was homeless. Cardboard sign and all, begging for money, I couldn’t get him out of my mind. In short, I decided that he was a detective, searching for the love of his life that he had met 5 years earlier, while homeless. This inadvertently brought me to sex trafficking and the real existence of it. Save the girl or lose everything.
Q. What are you working on now?
A. My priority is Secondary Silence, a paranormal romance. I really wanted to avoid the stigma of paranormal but a vampire was necessary. Don’t worry, no glittery facade or super speed. Lol. Like, really? Anyways… Ashley is a ghost, assigned to assist Thad (the vamp). I know it’s pnr, but I’ve graphically killed soooooo many people already, it may need to find itself in a horror genre. We shall see😉
Q. Which of your books/series was your most fun to write?
A. F*CK, SH*T and M**ST
Is this even a for real question? Maybe this isn’t a for real answer. Lol. They were fun to write tho.
Kepler: Humanity’s Arc was another fun one. My co author kept me on my toes and the edge of my seat with every chapter. Twas fun!
Q. Is there a recurring theme that runs through your books? Why is this important to your writing?
A. My female characters grow into their strengths through the story. Aspen is my only character that was a badass to begin with, a force to be reckoned with. Vindicate showcased the inner beauty of a strong woman that knew what she wanted. Vindicate was a very easy book to write.
Q. If you were interviewing your favorite character from your book what’s the one question you would like to ask them? What would the answer be?
A. To Ethan from Vindicate and Expiate –
Me : “Will you die already?”
Him : “No.”
Q. What genre would you love to write but don’t think that you would do it justice?
A. Contemporary Romance. Lol.
I tried. It was painful to bang out Bound by an Echo.i love the book, readers LOVE the book. Writing a romance was exhausting. I can’t do it.
Q. What is the one thing you would like readers to know about you?
A. All of my characters are a piece of myself, my friends and my fans. No character is an unknown entity, developed from pixie dust and suddenly appears. Someone in my life created a character, without knowing it.
Q. What is your writing process? Do you have scheduled times you sit down and just start writing? Or is it more like when inspiration strikes you pick up a pen or keyboard?
A. Inspiration strikes. 9/10 I stare at the screen until I realize I’ve typed enough random words to make a sentence. It’s bad.
Q. Do you write longhand or do you prefer a computer?
A. Always my computer. I’m lazy AF. Doing the same job twice would be the death of me.
Q. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would you pick.
A. Thoughtless by SC Stephens.
Q. Can you share a fun/funny story about being a writer? Maybe an interaction with a fan or a mishap while writing?
A. Eh… I fell asleep on my keyboard once. Had 48 pages of k’s.
I wrote a book with Kyle Perkins. It’s about the planet, Kepler. Mind you, we have been talking about this book for a year when we started writing it in full force. Finally, one day near chapter 7 or so, he tells me, “You know the sky would be more red than blue, right?”
I reply with, “Does it matter? We’re writing a book.”
I was so pissed when I found out KEPLER IS A REAL PLANET! I had rules to follow. He thought it was hilarious and that I was an idiot, but still. It was pretty funny.
Q. Why did you decide to self published, instead of reaching out to traditional publishers?
A. I don’t follow rules well. I kill to many people, thrust into someone too many times, blood splatter was too wide… yeah, I had a character use a (removed) cock as a paintbrush. I am not the publishers dream candidate. Maybe someday.
Q. What is the hardest part about being an author?
A. Conformity. I’ll never be like everyone else. I’ve tried the things that work for others and they don’t work for me. It’s hard to be yourself in this world.
Q. Have you ever thought about giving up writing? If so why?
A. Yes. Why? Sometimes you want to disappear as if your story has been told. Then, as if they were stalking you, a fan or fellow author sends that much needed message, asking for the rest of a story. That’s when I know my story is just beginning.
Q. We often hear the writers barely break even on their books. If this is true, why do it?
A. It’s absolutely true. No question. Being an indie author isn’t a money making gig. It’s not a get rich fast technique and the fact that people think we have spending money from this, blows my mind. This is why indie authors are disappointed in those that don’t take the art seriously. Few of us are lucky enough to have a cover designer, editor, graphic designer, formatter and marketing on call. All of that costs a fortune. No joke. Hundreds of dollars before you buy it for $0.99. In short, we need you sell 1500 copies at $0.99 to break even at a $500 cost. Unfortunately, most indie authors sell 5-10 books in a good week.
Why do I do it?
I do it for me. I’m proud of accomplishing something that I had never dreamed of. I look at a finished book and think, I did this. Just as quickly I think, What’s next?
It’s a vicious circle that has little monetary gain.
For shits and giggles.
Q. What is your favorite word?
Q. What is your favorite dirty word.
Q. What is your least favorite word?
A. M**st…. Not even spelling it. Lolol
Q. Is there a world we will NEVER find in your writing?
A. Historical. Not happening.
Q. What is your favorite naughty toy?
A. Time. Lol
Q. Which of your books would you like to be real so you could live in it? And why?
A. Kepler: Humanity’s Ark – wouldn’t it be cool as fuck to live on another planet that is capable of sustaining human life? I wanna see that. The world Kyle developed and created in the book sounds beautiful.
Q. I know you have a male writing partner, would you ever consider writing a M/F HEA with him?
A. Kepler was written M/F. We had discussed, soon after Kepler released, possibly doing an Urban Fantasy. That might be capable of a HEA.
Who knows. He’s more capable of writing it than I am. Although, he doesn’t have many HEA’s either.
=Solo Books from Ginni=
WARNING: This book contains sex scenes of a graphic nature.
*Contains material that may be sensitive to some readers*
Deep in the city, where we’ve been taught to avoid the dark corners and alleys, monsters lurk within the fragile cracks of our human emotions, waiting for the chance to break in.
With the loss of his grandfather, William runs to the streets without family or the knowledge of wealth he’s left behind. Spending years begging for food and money, William has learned the secrets that the city keeps hidden, making him one of the most versatile detectives the department has ever seen.
Losing the love of his life, with nothing more than a letter saying she’s sorry and spending five years tracking her, William has learned that she has entered the world where sex and money can make you very successful or may very well kill you in the process.
Kathryn has spent seven years on the streets, leaving behind her addicted, abusive mother and her sexual predator boyfriends. William proves to be the light she’s been longing for but when darkness shadows the truth she’s left to return to the streets in hiding with fear of the lies she’s faced with.
Kathryn must decide, work for Xander and sell her soul for sex, or face the demons of her past and hope William understands she has never forgotten him.
Free on KU
Vindicate on Amazon
Aspen Young is a girl with a past and an inner demon to feed.
Ethan West has been a playboy since his first wet dream but nothing could prepare him for Aspen.
In Revenge, Aspen and Ethan collide in an erotic tale of mending the weak and awakening the strength within a woman. When the weak aren’t strong enough to survive, Aspen ends the pain and suffering of lost love and a pathetic heart, the only way she knows how.
In Vindicate, Aspen is tested with decisions that will help her continue to right the wrongs that have plagued women for centuries or destroy her as she falls into the same wreckage her victims are subjected to.
When Ethan proves to be stronger and smarter than the hunted failures of Aspen’s past, she is forced to make a decision that will ultimately change the life she has created for herself. Take revenge on those who constantly choose to relive the horror of their decisions and take their lives, one bloody heart at a time or end the lives of the people responsible for her need to vindicate her actions.
“Blinking would bring a moment of darkness that I couldn’t afford.”
Darkness shadows those that are marked, but the light of a soul may be stronger than the depths of the Never.
I was sent to collect what was rightfully mine. Avery belonged to me as many of the marks before her. She fought harder than the others, stayed stronger through the fear and she made herself an easy target.
Finding her was never an issue.
Killing her was always the plan.
Losing her was no longer an option.
🔪Time is nothing more than the illusion that you have buried your skeletons deeper than the next person. The mistake that is most commonly made is forgetting one thing; Aspen doesn’t care how deep the bodies are buried – she will find you and she will kill you. The only question that they should be asking themselves is, ‘When?”
🔪Blinding emotion is the one thing that separates Aspen from her victims. She has given them a choice; a chance to make it right. She has rules, she has boundaries and now, she is running out of time.
🔪After allowing Ethan to escape with a new set of rules, Aspen finds herself caught between finishing what she started and starting what needs to be finished.
❈ Tracy created a monster.
❈ Preston follows no rules.
❈ Ethan is pissed and ready to fight.
🔪Three different men with three different reasons to die.
They will pay for the mistakes that they made and Aspen will collect… when she is ready.
Bad Words Made Funny Series
From Book 1: ***TRIGGER WARNING***
Not intended for underage viewers
Adult supervision is advised!
***This book is a sarcastic educational and (probably) inaccurate reference guide ONLY!!***
It is not intended to provide you with any sort of value or brain power. Actually, I can almost guarantee you that it will do the exact opposite.
Have you ever sat back and thought to yourself, “Well, I wonder how to say, “F*CK” in dutch? No? Well, that’s too bad, cause I have. What I found was that there is absolutely no reason for me to ever need to know that, but I am humored to know that I have given you a book that will help you do just that! There are a total of 40 ways to read it within the pages of this disaster.
Trust me when I say… ENJOY!
=Collaborations with Ginni and her friends=
By Virginia Lee Johnson and Julia Clare
Which room holds your dirty desire?
***THIS IS YOUR TRIGGER WARNING*
*There are scenes that may be sensitive to some readers. Please be advised*
Can Seraphine break the walls down surrounding Ivy? Will Ivy succumb to her expected fate?
What neither of them anticipated was a reservation, one that could destroy them all.
Are you #TeamJulian or #TeamJasper?
Bound by an Echo
By Julia Clare and Virginia Johnson
Laurel escaped her past and the horror that threatened to plague her future. With her dream job, fame and friends, there was always something standing in her way. She was happy but she knew a piece of her was missing; that piece came with a price and an echo.
Rory never did leave; he stayed exactly where she could find him. The girl that got away would return, eventually. What he didn’t expect was for her to walk through the door of his bar days before an echo of their past was to boom through the mountains and mirror the moment that tore them apart.
Twenty years ago;
That was the last busy day in Crater City. It was the last time laughter was heard through the mountains. It was also the last day that The Crater City Carnival had ever opened.
Now, twenty years later, the carnival will reopen for one week only, bringing two lost loves back together and a mystery they both tried to forget will be brought back to life.
Will Rory and Laurel survive… again?
✨ •••• 🌓KEPLER: Humanity’s Ark 🌓 •••• ✨
Kyle Perkins and Virginia Johnson
Kepler on Amazon
Orrin was born for the mission ahead of him; his team has nothing to lose and a livable planet to gain. Built for the elements and prepared for the worst, Orrin is Earth’s last chance for survival and he is determined to save humanity no matter the cost.
As the daughter of the Vaklarn Elite, Aya was adorned with every amenity available but she craved a life of freedom and independence. Betrothed to the man of her father’s choice, her chance at love was taken from her in the name of her ancestors until she comes face to face with the biggest threat her people have ever encountered; Orrin.
When two worlds collide, more than a fight for a home is on the line. Both have an objection; both have something to lose; both bend the bind that threatens to break in the name of strength, power, life and love.
Doctrine of Indecency: 18 Coveted Tales of Lust
Doctrine of Indecency (Forever Free)
Have you gotten your copy of Doctrine of Indecency : 18 Coveted Tales of Lust? It’s packed with 18 amazing authors short stories and it’s free!
Go get it if you haven’t already!
*This is an adult romance short story collection containing explicit content only suitable for adults.*
Dare yourself to explore eighteen very different tales of lust by eighteen wickedly imaginative authors that love to spin a sexy story. Get lost in the pages composed by minds trained to tempt and tease the senses to satisfaction while leaving you wanting so much more…
☠ ❤ Twist Me Anthology ❤ ☠
Twist Me: A Dark Romance Anthology of love, lust, desires, murder, mystery and more
12 authors brings you 12 original short stories of when good boys want to meet you and bad boys want blood. Voices need to be heard and secrets stay burried for only so long. Feel the whip of a dominatrix and you might become a dark princess. Where lessons are learned the hard way of internet dating. Never fall for the enemy and till death do you really part. Take a walk in the sand and watch love burn like wildfire to create a cataclysmic effect.
*All proceeds go to ASPCA*
Elizabeth Cash – Taking You Home
Destiny Hawkins – The Man in the Dark
Reagan Hollow – Aaron’s Undoing
Virgina Lee Johnson – Blind Capture
Erin Lee – Acquiring August
Emery LeeAnn – Cataclysmic
Carissa Lynch – Loves Me Not
P. Mattern – The Girl in the Sand
Alana Melos – Strange Bedfellows
Ellie Midwood – The Iron Cross
Yolanda Olson – Wildfire
Erin M. Trejo – Dark Princess