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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for FIBERS by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson, a science fiction book available soon from Broken Publications.



Fiber
by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson

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GENRE: Science Fiction

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BLURB:


Anna Reynolds is caught up in the middle of a secret interdimensional government agreement... and she doesn't even know it.

There's a medical anomaly loosely dubbed Morgellons disease afflicting a number of people. Symptoms include open sores that produce colorful string-like fibers, fatigue, and nightmarish visions of shadowy figures. No one knows where it came from. No one knows what causes it. There is no cure.

When Anna begins having nightmares and waking hallucinations of the shadow people, her uneasiness about her condition grows. Enlisting the help of her doctor and some friends, Anna is determined to find out what's really going on and why Morgellons is such a mystery.

With her health declining and doubts about whom she can trust, is Anna doomed to become a slave to her condition? Or will she and her unlikely group of would-be heroes come through, saving her... and, ultimately, the world?



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EXCERPT:



Standing slowly with her palm pressed to her eye, she spotted a tiny clump on the counter not far from the tweezers. It looked like balled up blue and red string wrapped in eye goo. But when she touched it gingerly with her fingertip, it felt hard, similar to rock or crystals. She turned off the water.

Not wanting to leave this cluster of strange unattended, she picked up the tweezers again and pinched the whole mess between the tips. Cupping her left hand underneath, she took it to a kitchen counter and turned on the overhead light.

Squinting her hazel eyes, she poked at the tiny mass with the tip of the tweezers, suddenly wishing she had another pair.

“What the hell are you...?” she muttered under her breath, trying to keep her breathing shallow so she wouldn’t accidentally exhale it away and lose it. She noted that her eye felt perfectly fine. A little sore, but not bad. She decided to get a toothpick from the silverware drawer and pinched the balled up fibers in the tips of the tweezers again. Just in case.

As she loosened the tweezers and brought the toothpick closer to the tear duct excretion, she watched the blue string she had pulled on stretch itself slowly toward the wood.

“No way,” she muttered, moving the wooden toothpick closer. She moved it left, then right... each time she moved it, the tiny string followed. She saw the red one poking out from the tangled mass, too, and she dropped the tweezers and the toothpick, stepping back and taking a deep breath as she cupped her hand over her mouth.

What is that?


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INTERVIEW:


First, I’d like to say thank you so much for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts with you! I hope you’re enjoying your week so far and that you love the concept of the Infiltration Trilogy and its first segment, Fibers =).



How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

It was originally supposed to be a standalone novel, but after getting back into writing it last year (I was stuck for a while at about 30k words) and finding someone to brainstorm ideas with, it became clear that the story is way too big to fit into a single novel. I chose the title Fibers because of Morgellons disease and the mysterious strings it creates seemingly from nothing within wounds on the skin. I chose the Infiltration Trilogy because it is equal parts appropriate and misleading… but I won’t say anything more than that because I don’t want to give too much away =).



Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?




The cover art is based on a collaboration with two friends and my oldest daughter. The idea came up in discussion because of one of the earlier scenes in the novel where Anna pulls a tangle of fibers from her tear duct, which is disturbing enough to communicate the creepy/thriller vibe of the novel while also being strange enough to make sci-fi the obvious genre. As soon as I wrote the scene, I knew it was the one for the cover… and then it was just a matter of figuring out how to make it happen.

Luckily, I have a friend who studied special effects makeup and another friend who is a photographer, so my daughter modeled and my friends turned my living room into a studio for a day =). After that it was just a matter of finding the perfect font and putting the cover together in Photoshop.



Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book:

There is definitely one very interesting fun fact about this book… it actually weirded me out when it happened because it was such a strange coincidence, but I have a tendency to take things like that as signs pointing me in the right direction, anyway ;).

One night I was thinking about who my main character really is because I was having one heck of a time with character development, seeing my characters as real people instead of characters in a book, if that makes sense. So I asked myself, “Who is Anna Reynolds?” and created a rough character sketch with some basic facts about who she is and what she looks like.

The next morning I still wasn’t 100% certain of my character, but I started my day going through my emails and was shocked to see an email from an Anna Reynolds. The kicker? The subject line read, “Allow me to introduce myself!”



How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I would absolutely love to hear from you! There are a number of places you can find me online including Facebook, Twitter, or my website, which links to both social media sites: www.JenniferCrystalJohnson.com. There you can also find my blog and information about all of the books I’ve written and published. My website is the central location for everything, so you can find everything else from there =).


What can we expect from you in the future?

I have some big plans for stories and series, so you can expect many more novels from me, mostly sci-fi and/or thrillers. Of course my top priority is to finish the Infiltration Trilogy, but after that I already have another series planned that was inspired by a dream I had and will be epic =).


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Word of mouth is still the best promotion, so recommend it if you love it =). Also, book reviews are extremely important and most book reviewers tend to be overloaded with books they still have to read, making that a tedious process. If you read the book and like it, please leave a review – I made it a point to include a link to the product page at the end of the book so it’s easy to click through and leave a review quickly.


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

For readers – and I don’t know how much this applies to other authors’ books, but it definitely applies to mine – pay attention. I’m a slow reader because I don’t want to miss anything, but I know a lot of people who are not that way. There were a couple of things in Fibers that I thought were completely covered and pull the story together well, but people often miss subtlety, so it helps to fully read the book, not just skim through it.

For writers – write like crazy and get feedback. I know writing feels like a very lonely profession, and in some ways it is because it can be so personal. However, when you’re working on a book you want to see published, getting feedback is extremely important to make your work the absolute best it can be. However, you probably want to make sure you’ve finished your own revision process before asking for feedback. You can only make it your absolute best after you’ve already revised the things you’ve found during the first, second, or third (or more) pass. For Fibers, I did about nine or ten revisions before sending it for feedback, then I did two or three more, plus editing. The point is, you definitely want to be confident in your work while also not freaking yourself out after submitting or publishing. It’s a challenge, but it can be done =). And yes, you can feel amazing about the entire process.


In closing, I’d like to thank you all again for taking the time to read about my book, the writing process, and the adventures along the way =). If you think it sounds like an awesome story, please buy the book or borrow it for free through Kindle Unlimited and leave a review if you love it =). I look forward to hearing any thoughts you’d like to share with me, too! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and thanks again.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Jennifer-Crystal Johnson is originally from Germany, but was raised an Army brat. She has published one novella under her former last name, The Outside Girl: Perception is Reality (Publish America, 2005 - out of print as of 2013), a poetry book, Napkin Poetry (Broken Publications, 2010), and a collection of poetry, art, and prose called Strangers with Familiar Faces (Broken Publications, 2011). She's also published a collection of short creature horror stories called If You're Human Don't Open the Door (Broken Publications, 2012), a personal development book called The Ten Pillars of a Happy Relationship (Broken Publications, 2014), and a collection of more horror stories (no creatures this time, just people) called Our Capacity for Evil (Broken Publications, 2015). She has several poems and short stories published on Every Writer's Resource and has recently published a science fiction novel called Fibers, the first book in the Infiltration Trilogy.

Jen owns and operates Broken Publications (www.BrokenPublications.com) and publishes an annual anthology to raise awareness about domestic violence called Soul Vomit (www.SoulVomit.com). When she isn't writing or editing, she enjoys playing games with her three kids, watching crime shows on Netflix, or reading. She lives in WA State with her three children, three cats, and a crazy puppy named Thor.





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