© Daniel Johnson
ANNA ROSE JOHNSON
What motivates you as a writer?
My ultimate goal is to tell timeless stories that blend both heart and humor in an uplifting way. As a writer of middle grade novels, I'm motivated to tell the stories that are throwbacks to classic stories of the past - I want to give future readers the same kinds of books that I loved as a child!
What types of books do you like to read?
Definitely middle grade and women's fiction (which is what I write). I love the family-oriented novels of L.M. Montgomery, Noel Streatfeild, Elizabeth Enright, Maud Hart Lovelace, Jeanne Birdsall, and Amanda Dykes.
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing stories, but as I began to write more seriously, I started analyzing the writing craft as I read. Nowadays, when I read a book, I pay close attention to the aspects of characterization, setting, and plotting that I find compelling. I also take note of what didn't work as well. And of course, I'm always looking for those gorgeous lines of prose - usually a descriptive phrase - that make me sit up and take notice. Then I try to apply what I've learned from recent reads to my own writing!