Monday, 16 March 2015

Blog Tour: Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson

Today we're joining the RIDDLE OF FATE blog tour by chatting with author Tania Johansson. Come take a look at this young adult paranormal story and get to know more about the author.

Hi,Tania! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.  

Hi! Thank you so much for having me here. So, I am an author, of course, but writing is actually my hobby at the moment. I work full time as an optician. Writing is my absolute passion and I hope one day I’ll be able to do it full time. I’m married to an amazing Norwegian and I’m part of a fabulous Church. Just recently, I have taken the first steps in becoming involved with one of their charities called Restoring Hands and I will be helping out with activities for the elderly. I am really looking forward to getting stuck in with this!

Tell our readers a bit about RIDDLE OF FATE.

Being different is often not easy. Well, for Khaya it’s downright deadly. Employed by thesecretive Company, Khaya discovers she not only gets visions of the future, but she can also look inside objects, animals and even people, and manipulate the internal workings of her subject.

Having two abilities is rare. Very rare. Suddenly, the Company is treating her as if she is a disaster waiting to happen – in the form of losing her mind and going on a killing spree. Not only that, but it seems angels want her dead, too.

With danger closing in on all sides, she reluctantly puts her trust in Derrin. A mysterious stranger who seems to know more about what’s going on than she does. Is he worthy of her trust, though, or just someone else trying to manipulate and control her?

How did the idea of the story come to you?

This is a hard one to answer! I have a flow chart on my tablet called random ideas. These are things that occur to me while reading a book, watching a movie, recalling a dream, or even just walking to work. Whenever I am brainstorming a new story, I refer to my cache of ideas and pick a few that fit together. And once I start working on a project it tends to take on a life of its own. So, in fact, I can’t actually tell you exactly where this particular idea came from.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I find this is a sliding scale for me with each book being a bit different. With my first book, Book of Remembrance, I only knew where I was starting and where I wanted to end. The rest was a blank slate. My second book, Of Folly and Fear, I planned out chapter by chapter. This was not great for me though, as I felt constricted and suffocated by my so-called plan.

Since then, I’ve modified my techniques and try to have ‘road marks’ at various points through the story, but leave enough of it unexplored to keep me at my most engaged while writing.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing. Coming up with the story, watching it take on a will of its own and being taken along for the ride is so exciting! Looking for spelling mistakes, continuity errors, grammar mistakes, etc. is not. At least, not for me. I have a wonderful editor, though, Janet Philip, who mops up my mistakes and keeps me sane during these times.

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

A cup of tea. Or, on my day off when I go to my local coffee shop, a coffee. There’s something comforting and familiar about it. It just feels right!

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Mmm, tough one. In Brandon Sanderson’s series, Mistborn, some people are able to consume metal and ‘burn’ it. This gives them various abilities (it’s quite a complex magic system), one of them being that they can push off metallic objects and effectively fly, which would be so amazing.

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

There are probably a few strange ones, and some that can be misconstrued, like poisonous herbs. I would say, though, if we are talking on the weird scale that searching for sheep shearing in the middle ages must be one of them. Not something I would have thought I would ever read up on.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably

...staring into people’s eyes. That’s not as creepy as it sounds if you look back at my ‘about me’ question.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout 


Thank you so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog!

You're very welcome!

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for all her hard work in arranging this amazing tour. And also a big thanks to my editor, Janet Philip, without whom my novels would not be what they are and my husband who manages to peel me away from the screen from time to time.

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, ladies!

Tania Johansson said...

Thanks for being part of my tour. I had lots of fun answering your questions.