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Kim Johnson Interview

By • Aug 15th, 2009 • Category: Interviews

Goin’ Back to Ohio – The Kim Johnson Interview

I first met Kim Johnson through one of her Halloween Specials at Omniverse. I was one of the lucky ones to answer the call for writers and my story got chosen. Well, I think they all did, but I was lucky because I got to know Kim. We corresponded for a time, and eventually I talked Kim into becoming the Assistant Editor at JLU: 2001, which was one of the best decisions I ever made. Kim is not only a truly dazzling person with a sparkling wit and personality, she knows her business and is not afraid to Edit or Critique. Last year when I was going through hard times she stepped right up (with Jae Lizhini) and kept JLU going, and for that, and many other things I am grateful. Kim is a good person and friend. Take a moment and get to know her.

To start, tell us a bit about yourself; family, job, things like that. Whatever you would like to comfortably share.

My immediate family consists of my husband of 14 years, one hyperactive dog, and five attention demanding cats. To quell any fears that I’m in the early stages of being the crazy lady with a house full of cats who talks to herself – for years, we only had two cats and then picked up the third cat one winter as a stray. She was in the snow, crying at our door. Earlier this spring, we got the last two when my dad died.

What Sites are you currently writing for? We all know of your great work as EIC of Omniverse, so tell us about what’s happening there as well.

Thank you but great work or not, I couldn’t get any writers interested in writing for it. I’ve passed Omniverse back Gregory Hernandez with intention of closing it down. I believe he intends to finish some of his titles and then is planning a major event for Omniverse’s end. I have a preference for writing. not obscure characters really but underused characters. I’ve started writing Hellcat for Doug Bookey at his great site Altered Visions. Patsy is a lighthearted woman who sees the absurdity of her reality – vampires, mad world conquerors, and giant robots from space. After being married to the Son of Satan and coming back from Hell, nothing surprises her. The next title I’m writing is at JLU: 2001 – Owl Woman. She was the Native American woman in the Global Guardians. I decided to take a more mystic path with the character that was never explored by DC.

You know I’m looking forward to that. Do you write for any Sites outside of Fanfic, or our group of Fanfic Sites, i.e. other types of Fanfic, Writing Clubs, etc.?

Matt Pierce asked me to join a superhero role-play board. Unfortunately, the administrators had real-life conflicts and the board had to close before I had a chance to play. I really enjoyed the role playing that some of us did with Meri’s extremely creative Cougar Ridge and wanted something like that again. Someone else from the defunct role-play board and I decided to start our own RP board. We’re currently creating the world and fine-tuning the character creation system.

Would you like to write professionally, or is this just for fun- a hobby?

For me, it’s just a hobby. I’d like to improve my writing, each story being better than the previous one but unfortunately, the amount of feedback I’ve received can be counted on one hand. I think I was improving with my Clockwork Chronicle stories before Meri’s site was closed. That was a harsh blow. Perhaps I can someday find a place for those stories and continue them.

Definitely contact Mike RAZbury. How did you find our Fanfic community? What led you here?

It was Omniverse. The site came up doing a search and I read one of Gregory Hernandez’s stories and was hooked. We talked and I ended up taking over Omniverse. Actually ‘how’ I was roped into it is a mystery; it could be that Gregory worked some mojo on me. So, without having written a single fanfic story, I became the editor of the site. In retrospect, I think that was a mistake.

We assume that you enjoy the writing and Fanfic, but are there things you would like to see done differently or changed in Fanfic?

Yes. But I think the vast majority of people are too entrenched in the way things are and resist any change. When there have been people who tried to change things, their enthusiasm burns out quickly when they realize that people would rather bitch and moan than help.

What other things do you do in your spare time? Any special hobbies or interests you care to share?

Video games. I play a lot of video games. I’m particularly drawn to the games that have an in-depth story and not merely level after level of killing hordes enemies. My favorite games (Elder Scrolls, Thief, Neverwinter Nights) are capable of using and creating mods, the video game equivalent of fanfic. In a more artistic vein, drawing is close to my heart. I hope to be good at it someday.

What’s your favorite color? Green Outside of Fanfic, what are your reading habits? Who’s your favorite author or series, or book?

I prefer listening to stories rather than reading; I can do other things such as cooking dinner or fall asleep while enjoying the story at the same time. I mostly look for: Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Pratchett, Rex Stout, and P.G. Wodehouse.

How about in comics- do you have a favorite Title, author or artist?

I like the dark humor and occult flavor of Steve Nile’s Cal MacDonald and Mike Mignola’s B.P.R.D. series and the richness of Kurt Busiek’s Astro City.

Do you like to listen to music as you write? If so, what and which, or some other background noise, like the television or DVD’s? Or maybe you prefer silence when writing?

I’ve tried to write with background noise playing but I find it too distracting. I also have to turn off my Instant Messenger; the interruptions keep me from getting into the flow on the story. What book are you reading now? I’m listening to Rex Stout’s League of Frightened Men. What’s your favorite reading genre? I think it depends on the writer. I love Stephen King’s horror but I can’t say that I would like another writer’s work just because it might be horror too, that said, I generally like horror and detective/mystery stories.

How long have you been writing stories- Fanfic or otherwise?

About a year and a half

What Title/ Site was your first in Fanfic?

It was Constantine at Omniverse.

Where about do you live? Be as specific as you like or as vague: town, state, time zone, continent, etc.

I’ve lived in Ohio for the last 6 years. Before that, I spent most of my life in Oklahoma. Of the two, I prefer Ohio.

Any dream assignments in Fanfic that you would love to tackle like a massive crossover or reinventing a character?

No, not particularly. One of the best things about being an editor is that I could do any title or project I want. More often, it comes down to the time and motivation to simply do it. I think the third element is encouragement, hearing from other people that your words aren’t merely disappearing into the void.

Give us a closing. Now’s the time for final words and pimping! Go for it! With the imminent closing of Omniverse,

I hope to start two new series very soon: Hellcat on Doug Bookey’s Altered Visions and Owl Woman at Curt’s great site JLU: 2001.

Thanks, Kim, for everything! You’re the best!

is a 32 year old happily married man who loves comics and the characters associated with them so much he writers Fan Fiction based on them. Currently He is the Editor in Chief of Altered Visions, Marvel Reborn, and Ultimate DC.
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