Walnut Springs Press March Madness Sweet 16 Question--Dave Johnston

From the West comes the industrious  Dave Johnston

If you could be a character from any book, who would you be and why?
That's a tough question because so many great characters have to endure some very difficult things before they achieve success ... there's a lesson to be learned there, I suppose.  Maybe Atticus Finch.  A good dad and a great example of someone who stands up against evil when others won't. 

If you could co-write a book with any author who would you co-write it with?
I'd love to co-write a book with Sister Jo some day . . . maybe a travel guide!

How many hours do you spend on writing a day?
On average, I write 2-3 hours a day.

What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
Write a little bit every day, and write for yourself in words you like to hear, using good grammar of course.

How long did it take you to publish your first book after you started trying?
It took six months, but I think that's rare.

Is there a movie (gasp) that you prefer over the book version?
Yes.  A few, actually.   One of them is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I know the music is corny, but Gene Wilder 's performance is amazing.

Do you write in your PJ's?
Not very often.  I find that my best writing comes when I'm wearing a shirt and tie . . . perhaps it's just that I'm more focused when I'm dressed up.  (That's my advice for taking tests, by the way:  dress up; it makes a difference.)

Do you use a laptop or a desktop for writing?

What is your favorite cereal?
Quaker Oat Squares.

Do you prefer summer or winter?
Winter; I look forward to Christmas for 364 days. 

If you were a crayon what color would you be?
I'd be an orange crayon.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish this year?
Finish two more books!

The world would be a better place if . . .?
The world would be a better place if people took the troubles of others more seriously and their own troubles less seriously.

What is something you've always wanted to try?
Stunt driving :  pursuit and evasive escape manageress.  And I'd be good, too!

The Johnston family in the Christmas spirit.

The Johnston Family at Disneyland


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