Featured Interview With Johanna Aldridge
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Some days, I will just sit down with a cup of Ristretto, stare out into my garden and start typing whatever comes into my head. Sometimes it will be the groundwork for a story, sometimes it’s a short poem, or Songspell as one of my main Forest Realm characters calls it.
My garden has become a bit like a very small piece of the forest in my head; early morning, when the birds are singing and the sun is rising, it provides a certain, essential kind of peace and calm.
It’s also fun to watch the magpies and the pigeons squabbling over the bird table!
On top of this, I also do a lot of reading, and I watch a lot of fantasy and science fiction. I consider this essential for a sort of ‘writer’s meditation’. It allows me to focus my creative ‘intentions’ nicely, with the added bonus of all the inspiration it provides; for example, I might have found that I’ve written a character into an almost impossible situation, so watching or reading other people’s work can suggest solutions for that character.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I loved writing tales of adventure and/or magic when I was a child, but it wasn’t until much later on in life that I began to write on regular basis. It was the CW series Supernatural that inspired me to actually start writing as an adult, and it just went from there.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
The Lord of the Rings, Watership Down, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, all of the Discworld series and any book based on Supernatural.
Tolkien, Richard Adams, C.S. Lewis, Sir Terry Pratchett, Enid Blyton, Wilbur Smith, Stephen King, John Connelly, Harlan Coben.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Forest Realm became my safe place when I was a child, though I didn’t know it as that back then. A few years ago a close friend of mine was suffering from severe depression. She had helped me so much in the past when I was dealing with my own depression that I started writing short stories based on my old childhood safe haven to try and help her. One of the main characters, Anita the Forest Witch, is based on this lady and they even share the same name. She enjoyed the few that I’d sent to her, and she suggested that I put them together in a children’s book and try to get them published. My husband had been making the same noises for a while by that point, so I carried on writing about the Forest Realm… and two years later, here we are!
Connect with the Author on their Websites and Social media profiles