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Friday, May 24, 2013

Author Interview – Rick Johnson

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What is your favourite color? I like them all…

What is your favourite food? I like a lot of different foods but what I love is to savour it, share it, and make an experience of it with loved ones.

What’s your favourite place in the entire world? In a hug, especially my wife’s. Geographically, I really enjoyed southern Japan when I lived there for a few months, but I think my home in Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, Canada, is my favourite place to be.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I think, profoundly. I am one of eight children in a very poor and struggling family. Thankfully, we had a very loving, accepting, non-judging mother and a perpetually committed and hard working father. The sibling competition made me strive for attention, which I achieved through academic achievement above all my siblings (at least formally-speaking). I took solace early on in a love of reading and writing, and I also saw how different personalities (my brothers and sisters) experienced life and wanted to understand everyone and explain the world to them, so I wrote down my thoughts a lot in trying to figure things out for myself and then to be able to share and help others close to me. Still do….

Being in love and full of anticipation of a great life does not shield young couples from unfair and unexpected challenges and trauma. This book is a true story about a couple that continued to put one foot in front of the other when they would rather have given up; it’s about love and faith and standing fast against adversity.

The Way Life Is takes readers into the home of a young couple trying to accommodate their own needs, desires and demons while coping with the special needs of their children: Sara, born with a rare and life threatening disability known as Prader-Willi Syndrome; Gina, who arrived needing open-heart surgery in order to survive; and Andrew, an active and exceptionally healthy little boy stuck in the middle.

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Genre – Self-Help / Mental Health

Rating – PG

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