Ellie’s Insights: Sallyanne Johnson

Sallyanne is an Indie Author from Dudley; a small town in the middle of England. She has a young daughter, a full-time job and still managed to publish 3 books in ‘The Black Series’ in just 5 months!

You can follow her on the below socials.

Instagram: @sallyannejohnsonauthor

Facebook: Sallyanne Johnson Author

Twitter: @sajohnsonauthor

Tell us a little about your writing.

I write erotic romance, as that’s a genre I love to read. I published my first book, Dark Desires in January 2021. That’s the first book in The Black Series trilogy. The second book, Dark Heart was published in March and the final book, Dark Soul will be released in May.

I’m in the process of writing my next book, Out of Bounds. That will also be an erotic romance, but with a darker element to it. That book will also be part of a two-book series, that’s what I’ve planned, but the characters might make me squeeze a third book in! I’ll have to see!

Where can we find your work?

You can purchase all of my books in ebook and paperback format on Amazon. They’re also free on Kindle Unlimited too. 

When did you start writing?

I’ve always loved reading and writing from a very young age. I was forever making up short stories as a child and have loads of books and A4 notepads stashed in my parents loft containing all my scribblings from over the years. Writing a book was an idea I’d toyed with on and off for a few years. Then, last year, something clicked and I decided to go for it.

Tell us about your writing style.

I write in first person POV. The Black Series is written in single POV from the female MC, with the exception of some bonus content which shares a chapter from the leadings guys POV. However, my next series will be first POV from the POV’s of both the male and female MC. I personally feel writing in this POV helps you form an instant connection to the thoughts and emotions of the MC’s, and pulls you into the story. It’s my preferred reading POV too.

What is your biggest writing quirk?

I’m rather boring and don’t have many quirks. I do base my male MC’s on an actual real life guy, and put a subtle nod to the guy in my books. In The Black Series the leading guys birth name is the same as the real life guy I based him on, as well as his ethnic heritage.

What made you self-publish over traditional publishing?

Freedom. I think it’s very important to write what you enjoy. I get the impression with trad publishing, some agencies are looking for books that ‘tick’ certain boxes. I want to write, what I want to write.

What do you think are the pros and cons of self-publishing?

You have to do everything yourself. From identifying an editor and proofreader, to sorting out your book cover, to promoting your books and getting an ARC and Street Team together. Some of that takes money, all of that takes time. 

There are times when I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed with it all BUT, and here’s where the positives come in, I’ve met so many lovely, kind and supportive bookstgrammers, readers and fellow authors on Instagram, who are all so helpful. If I hadn’t have chosen the self-pub route, I doubt I would ever have crossed paths with some of the lovely people I’ve met. Also, I’m a bit of control freak so quite enjoy having a handle on everything. Lol!

What platform do you use to self-publish?

Amazon and Amazon KDP because it’s one of the largest online retailers worldwide. KDP also allows readers to read your book without buying it, and you do get some royalties back off that too. 

What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you started your writing journey?

You can’t do everything yourself. I didn’t even know what a Street Team was until a few weeks before I was due to publish my first book. Lol! So, I suppose, do a bit of research would be another good tip, unlike me 😂

Who is your favourite Indie Author and why?

There are so many, and it varies on the genre:

Reverse harem – Den of Vipers (or anything by  Katie Knight

Mafia romance – Unwanted Inheritance by L Forrest

Angsty YA – The Unstoppable Series by Danielle Hill

Contemporary Rom-Com – Love and London by Ellie White

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