Author Feature with Urban Christian Author Lakisha Johnson

 

LaKisha Johnson is a girl after God’s own heart, boldly handling one part of her purpose … the writing.

Lakisha has been writing since 2012 as has penned more then seventeen novels, devotionals and journals. You can find topics of faith, abuse, marriage, love, loss, grief, losing hope etc. on the pages of her many books.

Her latest series, When the Vows Break and Shattered have ranked among Amazon’s top 100 Best Selling of the African American Christian Fiction Genre on Amazon.

In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 21 years, mother of 2, Co-Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger, the product of a large family from Memphis, TN. and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.

LaKisha writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader. This is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does because if you were to strip away everything; you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetic ally and gladly loves and works for God.

Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, it’s ministry.”

 

“With every book, I want to leave readers knowing there is hope in their situation. Not all of my books end in the happily ever after because I’m realistic and I know not everything we go through ends like this”.

 

 

·        BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE:  How did your journey as an author began?

  LAKISHA JOHNSON: It actually started out as something interesting to do. I’d just come home from a girl’s weekend and decided to write a book. It was called A Secret Worth Keeping about six friends and I wrote in within 30 days, self published it first before being signed to a publisher. After that, I grew to love writing or it grew to love me; either way, we’re stuck with each other.

·         BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue? Who motivated you?

LAKISHA: No! Never in any of my thinking was writer listed or planned. I’d always had a knack to write things for church, poems etc. but never books. However, God had other planned and I’m thankful His are so much better than mine. As for motivation, at first, I wasn’t looking at writing as part of my career but now, I’m motivated by the readers who continue to support me. Their words of how my books helps them pushes me.

·         BLAQVERSITY: What are some of your favorite authors out right now?

 LAKISHA: I love reading and this is hard to narrow down but to name a few; Stacey Covington Lee, Khara Campbell, Author K.K. Harris, BM Hardin, B Love, Wynta Tyme, Alexandria House … this list can go on.

·         BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?

LAKISHA: Marketing has always been my biggest challenge. Trying to stay up on the ever-changing social media scene, trying to get your books in the hands of new readers across the world; yeah, most definitely the biggest challenge. However, I research and study, daily to ensure I’m not allowing this to defeat me.

·         BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written? What is your genre?

 

           LAKISHA: I’ve written 17 total, mostly Christian Fiction novels but also journals and devotional books.

·         BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

LAKISHA: There is always hope. With every book, I want to leave readers knowing there is hope in their situation. Not all of my books end in the happily ever after because I’m realistic and I know not everything we go through ends like this. Sometimes death happens, the test is positive for cancer, your husband or wife may not keep your vows or you’re going through pure hell. But in the end, hope. I try to instill this in every book. Also, therapy is good when it’s needed. Most of my books have scenes with therapy because I believe in it.

·         BLAQVERSITY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?

LAKISHA: I tell anybody who asks me how to start writing … WRITE. Sounds crazy but the only way you can become an author, you have to write. Sit down and write, don’t worry about editing or format, get something written to paper. You can always go back to format and edit. Another thing I tell them, write for purpose and not profit. Writing doesn’t start off profitable at first but don’t stop writing. I’ve been writing since 2012 and didn’t see a return until 2018. Yet, had I given up then, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

·         BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?

LAKISHA: Yes. I released a new book March 19th titled Covet and I’m currently working on another project but there’s no release day set yet.

·        BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?

  LAKISHA: It means purpose and God’s plan. In 2012 when I started that first book, I had no idea this is where I’d be eight years later. It began as something to do and now it’s something I can’t do without because it’s part of God’s purpose for me. This is why I say, it’s more than just writing, it’s ministry because it is. Publishing a book is as gratifying (and scary) as preaching a sermon because it allows me to reach people, getting them to see Jesus in their situation by any means necessary. Being an author means I’m fulfilling my vow to God.

·         BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 LAKISHA: To be honest, I don’t know. I haven’t mapped out a 5-year plan because God is my CEO and many times my plans are not His plans. I hope to still be writing, helping authors, running a bookstore and shining light on more self-published authors. Check back in 5 years to see if this was God’s plan. LOL.

·        BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?

 LAKISHA: No, as this isn’t a goal of mine. I love writing but right now, I like how things are.

·        BLAQVERSITY: If you could co-author with any author in the world, who would it be and why?

LAKISHA: Um, this is a hard question, but I don’t know. Co-Authoring is hard because you have to have a relationship with the author, know their writing style and how they are as an author.  Although, I have co-authored with my twin sister LaQuisha and Author Khara Campbell. But, if I had to choose one person, it’d be Kimberla Lawson Roby because she’s a Christian Fiction giant.

·        BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?

LAKISHA: Definitely challenging. I use social media promoters, a lot because social media is the biggest and farther-reaching marketing tool there is. I also use sites like AllAuthor, Fussy Librarian, Top Shelf, Fiverr, Facebook, Instagram and Amazon Ads

·        BLAQVERSITY:  How can readers connect with you and support you?

LAKISHA: They can connect with me on any social media platform. I try to be as active as I can on social media and most times, if you reach out, I reply. Readers can support by purchasing, reviewing and recommending my work. Above all else, sharing my books with their family, friends and network is the biggest support an author can receive.

 

You can visit her at

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLakisha | http://www.twitter.com @_kishajohnson

instagram.com/kishajohnson | http://www.authorlakishajohnson.com

http://www.kishasdailydevotional.com

 

This interview was brought to you by Blaqversity Magazine. If you are interested in being featured, please email theriverzgurlbrand@outlook.com

 

 

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