Mesmerizing Mondays – Helen Johnston – Interview


Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in my family’s home in the County of Hampshire, England. My childhood dreams were filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child, but I was never alone, my years were spent entertained with my vivid imagination. I met and married my husband not long after leaving school and soon after our son was born. My family is made complete with my two cats who are spoiled rotten, which results in them often thinking they rule the home.

My life consisted of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry and my vivid imagination refused to stay quiet. So combined with my love of erotica and all things vampire I decided to try my hand at writing and has never looked back.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Silence and chocolate.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

Seven years ago.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

My “hero” has to be tall dark and handsome, and be good with animals.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

The favourite character from my books is Blake. He is in my, Journeys of Innocence Series, book one to three. I write a full profile bio of each character, down to weight, eye colour and every little detail about them then come up with a name that suits them.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

I found the sex scenes easy to write, the dialogue was harder for me.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

I wouldn’t say influenced as I didn’t read any books in my genre until a few years after I had started to write.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

There are so many! Just one? Can’t I have more? Ok one… It would have to be Wrath in the Black Daggerhood books by J R Ward.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Lmao! I would love to go to a BDSM club, I was invited to go, but who was taking me got sick and we couldn’t go. But one day…

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I think both are great. My Siobhan is a little bit damsel, but by the end of book three of the series, I’d say she is a kick ass kind.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

It would have to be when I was quite young and my best friend and I had agreed to meet up with these two boys that were in our classes at school. We didn’t have any money and neither did they, we ended up all night sat on a wall and not talking very much. We didn’t see them again.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
(you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

If my husband wasn’t there then, a never ending supply of batteries and a good sex toy… A lot of good sexy books to keep my mind amused and an mp3 player with good music on.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Buying handbags and shoes and eating far too much chocolate.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

To see my books on sale in my local Waterstones. (huge book shop chain in England)

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

I was away on an all girls weekend a few years ago, dancing and singing along to Kings of Leon, your sex is on fire. I was jumping and dancing and turned to the man by the side of me and sang, well shouted, to him the chorus “your sex is on fire” to my horror it was Gil Birmingham who played Billy Black in the Twilight films. To say I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me up is an understatement.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Black, because it’s the colour of night and I prefer night to day.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

I don’t think one person has, I think as you grow up and older you learn that love grows and matures with you. It’s human nature for you to perceive love different at different stages of your life.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

Well I hope my husband, my son and my two cats…
Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs?
Coffee or Tea?
Neither as I’m allergic to caffeine…
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
Tall dark and handsome
Hairy chest or smooth?
Slight hairs.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Mix them up and have both
Kinky or Sweet?
Depends on my mood
Fast or slow?
Again depends on my mood
Public or private?
Hmmm in my head public.
Top or bottom?

How did you get interested in writing about BDSM?

I was very very naïve when I set out to write my Journeys of Innocence and for me I kind of fell into a world I had no idea even existed.

Have you ever been to a BDSM club?

No, I was invited to one in London, but the person fell sick and we couldn’t go. But one day I hope to go, only to observe.

What about that lifestyle interests you?

The whole trust issues, for me are fascinating and the fact that love has no bounds.

Would you say you were a Domme/Dom or a submissive?

I’m not really any of them, I just write about it I don’t partake in the lifestyle myself.

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Thank you both for your time. XOXO


Welcome to Innocence Lost.

Get sucked into the Journey that is Innocence Lost. Impossibilities and heartaches, wonder if love prevails all. Join us as we follow the story of Siobhan and Blake as they battle through the trials and tribulations of two very different worlds.
Blake is an Elder Vampire, over four hundred years old, dark, mysterious, bold, tall, and extremely gorgeous, as only a vampire as he could be. Centuries of feeling incomplete, knowing there’s a part of him that is missing, a part he yearns to be complete. Never knowing he would find this in the oddest way. A chance meeting with a gypsy fortune teller has him intrigued when she foretold of when and where he could find his Queen.

But he is warned there would be many brutal obstacles to be overcome before any kind of happy ever after could be accomplished, before his Queen, the missing link to his soul, the woman whom would complete him, would be safe in his arms.
Siobhan, pronounced (Ser-bi-on) is a beautiful young woman, an innocent, on holiday with her friends when she unexpectedly meets a tall charismatic man who completely and utterly sweeps her off her feet. She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He’s so sexually dominant, taking his time to initiate her, step by slow step, patiently and completely too all the carnal pleasures, her body could endure. What he made her feel…
But unbeknown to either of them, a dark and evil presence from Blake’s past has been observing them, planning to shred their worlds apart, and sooner rather than later. Siobhan is cruelly ripped from his embrace and is thrust into a world beyond anything she has ever dreamt of or could ever have imagined existed.
Follow us as Blake has to battle with forces he’s not sure he can defeat all to bring home the one and only woman he would ever have, love and desire with all that he is.

Here is the link to book one, in the Journeys of Innocence, Innocence Lost::

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