Author Interview with Johanna Compton
Hi Johanna, We’re really excited to be interviewing you today! So to jump right in, go ahead and tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m eighteen and live on a 335-acre property. I love the adventures that come with living on a farm—there’s always something going on around here.
Have you always loved writing? What motivates you to keep writing?
Yes!!! I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. In the past I’ve written because I liked it. Now I still write because I like it . . . but most importantly, now I write because I believe God’s given me that talent to use for His glory and to further His kingdom.
The things we read shape our worldview. It should be exciting to see people’s bookshelves filled with books, right? Wrong, that is, unless they’re filled with wholesome, God-honouring books. So often I see shelves crammed with books. But sadly they are books that discourage family unity and good character qualities and instead encourage the things of the world.
Tell us about a favourite childhood memory that involves reading.
This one has three answers 🙂 1) Snuggling up beside Mummy and listening to her read aloud to us. A tradition that is still continued when I’m snuggled in bed some nights. 2) Daddy reading aloud. I loved to choose stories that made him laugh. He always made the stories extra interesting by putting on different voices for the characters 😛 3) Reading aloud books with and to my siblings.
How many books have you published?
Three. A Year on our Australian Hobby Farm, A Year on our Little Australian Farm, and I co-authored The Attic Treasure with my two sisters.
Well, I’m almost finished my newest book Gift of God. It’s in the final stages before release! It’s due out in September, but is available for pre-order now. I also have some other stories in the pipe works that are waiting to be edited and then sent to an illustrator.
So tell us about Gift of God. Who do you think will enjoy it?
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
It’s so important to do what is right.
Learn what God tells us about children—that they are a blessing, that God formed them in the womb, that His ways are right— in Gift of God.
Who do I think will enjoy it? That is one of those funny questions for an author! I hope children of all ages can enjoy and learn from it. It’s probably best suited for twelve and under though.
What do your younger siblings think of your books?
They like them! The books make my younger brothers laugh, and they’ve asked me to read my stories aloud to them. They’re always willing to listen, and I enjoy seeing what they think.
– The Men of Grit series by John J. Horn
– The Baker Family Adventures by C.R Hedgecock
– Alone yet not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven
What’s something you love to do in your spare time?
Make music with my family! I play the piano, violin, and recorder. I also love to read, cook, sew, and help my family with the farm.
Do you have any advice for young writers?
First of all, pray! God will help you write for Him—just ask.
Secondly, do your best and keep trying; don’t give up!
Thirdly, don’t be too proud to accept the advice of your family. I’ve found that my family has wonderful suggestions and advice!
And last of all show, don’t tell:
Tells: Tom had been eating lots of lollies.
Shows: Tom’s hands were sticky, and a ring of red outlined his lips. His eyes shone with anticipation as he popped open the wrapper of his third lolly.
Do you have any closing thoughts?
I want to tell you about another important gift—the gift of eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. We all need a saviour. Someone to bear all the wicked things we’ve done. Jesus did that. He died the death we deserve on the cross.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
My friend, if you have not already done so, accept God’s gift of eternal life. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved.
Thanks for sharing with our readers a bit about yourself. We’re looking forward to what you come up with next!