5 Minutes Alone… With S.R. Johannes

S.R. Johannes‘ debut, UNTRACEABLE, charmed even the oft-curmudgeonly Kirkus reviewers to the very last page. YA suspense is a hot genre and to be hot in one of the most lively sectors of the industry is a fine thing indeed. And now we get to hear more on how it came to be, from the author herself.

We’d like to thank her for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.

AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?

S.R. Johannes (Shelli): This is my debut unless you count the Glee essay I had accepted for 50$

AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.

Shelli: UNTRACEABLE is a young adult wilderness thriller with a missing person, a kick butt heroine, unexpected twists, and of course – 2 hot boys

Grace grew up in the woods. When her forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, Grace is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. It will take more than a compass and motorcycle for this tough heroine to save all she loves.

AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who (or what) else do you feel has contributed to your success?

Shelli: My writing friends/partners. Without their candid feedback, my book would not be very good.

My husband’s support – even when I wanted to give up – he would not let me. No matter what rejections came in or who turned their back on me – he always stuck by me firm.

AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?

Shelli: Any time I get a break from kids, laundry, cooking, errands, PTA, brownies, soccer, cleaning, sleeping… Yeah that’s it.

AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?

Shelli: Don’t give up! This business is hard and only the ones who keep pushing forward make it – eventually.

Think of it this way – if you give up – you will never make it.

If you keep trying, it’s always possible.


Hit Amazon.com for a bound or electronic copy of UNTRACEABLE today. S.R. Johannes also runs a lovely website. Just make a wish and click. She offers plenty of access via her social media page, and for more up-to-the-minute updates on Shelli and UNTRACEABLE, be sure to check out her blog.

3 Responses to “5 Minutes Alone… With S.R. Johannes”

  1. Renee Pace Says:

    Love the sounds of this book and can’t wait to read it.

  2. Natalie Aguirre Says:

    Great interview. Love Shelli’s advice to debut authors. I loved her book. It was a great setting and action packed mystery.

  3. shelli Says:

    Thanks guys :) Natalie are you following me? ;)

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