Leap Books Monster Backlist Bash! Media Spotlight: Elana Johnson

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Elana is the author of the Possession series, which includes full-length novels POSSESSION and SURRENDER, and short stories REGRET (ebook only) and RESIST (free here!). Her newest novel, a YA contemporary in verse, titled ELEVATED, just came out in February. Learn how to spell and say her name.

Elana wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

Using her boring human powers, she graduated from Southern Utah University with Summa Cum Laude honors in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics. She started her teaching career as an upper grade music and art specialist. After a four-year stint in 3rd grade, she is currently the technology specialist.

In her world, Oreos and bacon would be the only food groups. Everyone would drive 10 over the speed limit. Winter would be eliminated as a season, and Jeff Probst would be President. As it is, she lives with her husband and two kids in central Utah, gets cited when she drives too fast and eats Oreos only on special occasions.

She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query.

She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog, a regular contributor to The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a co-organizer of WriteOnCon. She is a member of SCBWI, ANWA, and LDStorymakers.  Website | Facebook | Twitter

What do you look for in a creepy book or what makes a good paranormal?

I am actually a big wimp! I'm not a huge horror fan--at least in movies. There's something about SEEING them that make them feel so real! But for me, in a creepy book, I'm looking for the psychological blow. I love that sort of "mind game" that makes me think things are worse than they really are.

Favorite creepy titles?

TEN by Gretchen McNeil is one of my favorites. You just don't know where it's going to go next!

Real life places near you that are spooky or places you'd like to visit and why?

As I said, I'm a big baby, so I'm not sure I'd like to visit anywhere that's too spooky! But I do live near the mountains, and there's just something a little freaky about being in the woods at night... There's no sound out there. The sky is so wide open. Anything could be behind that tree... So yeah. When I go camping, I like to pretend that my flimsy canvas tent can protect me.

The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.

But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.



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