S.R.Claridge writes Mystery and Romantic Suspense novels. Her work has been said to have the energy of Dan Brown, the mystery of Mary Higgins Clark and the humor of Janet Evanovich. Claridge novels will take you to the edge of your seat, keep you guessing until the very end and ultimately warm your heart. It is on the pages of every S.R.Claridge novel that Mystery and Sensual Suspense collide.

For more information on bookings, interviews and upcoming releases, please visit the author website and Facebook fan page.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mystery We Write Blog Tour: Madison Johns

The writing bug bit Madison Johns at the age of 44 and she's written three books since then. As the publishing climate changed, she took a risk and decided to self-publish, including her first novel, Armed and Outrageous, which went to number one on Amazon’s bestsellers list during her free promo. Most recently, she’s hired and editor for her follow up to Armed and Outrageous, Grannies Guns and Ghosts.

Let’s begin the interview and learn more about Madison Johns:

When you were a child, what did you want to "be" when you grew up?
I don’t think I thought about that much. All I know was that I was quite a dreamer, my imagination took me to many places.

If we were to poll people from your high school years, how would they have described you? If we were to poll people in your life now, how would they describe you?
I had a hard go of it in high school, but I was fairly shy so that is how I’d probably be described.

At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to become a published author?
I’m an indie writer and knew four years ago that I wanted my book published it just took years for that right book to come along that was worthy, and Armed and Outrageous, was the book. It’s a great climate to be a writer now.

Tell us about one of your most embarrassing moments in life.
One?? I’m good at putting my foot in my mouth and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I’m a klutz and trip over everything — that is pretty embarrassing.

If you could have one last meal, what would it be?
Almond Boneless Chicken, it’s supposed to be Chinese, but I think it’s more of an American dish. Fried thin chicken breasts with tons of gravy, yum, yum.

Name three things on your bucket list.
Travel to London, get a big publishing deal, meet my fellow Mystery We Write Tour writers!

In what genre do you write? If you were to choose another genre, what would it be and why?
I primarily write mystery manly because I find mystery interesting. I love Criminal Minds and all those crime shows including the true story ones. I add a level of humor, which has more to do with my personality than anything else. Creating zany characters is something I enjoy. I also would like to dabble in romance and have written a quirky novella. I have always loved romance stories.

Describe yourself in only three words.
Unusual, funny, and zany.

What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
I went canoeing as a child and I thought we’d for sure die on the trip. My brother fell in and had to be saved by some college kid. It was a very interesting and scary adventure.

What made you choose to write the particular novel(s) you have written?
I have worked with senior citizens and wanted to portray them in a very different way.

What is something you wish you could do better?
Timelines are a real problem for me, I’d also like to be able to outline better.

If you could go back and live your life again, what would you do differently the second time around?
I can’t say I’d change anything other than go to college. I really feel that I had quite a journey and it made me who I am today.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received? Who gave you this advice?
To keep writing no matter what, many writers have encouraged me along the way, too many to count. I’m blessed that I have been supported in the writing community.

Who is one of your favorite authors?
I admire Janet Evanovich and it’s her that I came up with my writing style. She writes so simplistic that I said, “hey, I could do that.”

Where can readers buy Armed and Outrageous?
Armed and Outrageous is available on Amazon.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?


  1. Armed and Outrageous sounds great, Madison!

  2. Thanks Susan for allowing me to stop by.

  3. Oh, Madison, I so enjoyed learning more about you. I bet you're fun to sit down and just visit with. Would love to do that some day.

  4. Looking forward to meeting you one day, also, Madison. I'll look for the "Unusual, funny, and zany" author! And your smile is quite unique. Nice meeting another klutz--I'm one too.


  5. Thanks Madeline, we could have a klutz contest.


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