Today I welcome author Maggie Spence to my blog. Her second novel, The Johnson Project, came out March. (You can buy it on Amazon.)
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a mom in a northern suburb of Chicago with three active kids and a wonderful husband. I’ve been writing since I can remember and my imagination takes me to crazy places which end up in a Word document which ultimately turns into a book.
Please tell us about your current release.
It’s about a doctor who is frustrated with unplanned pregnancies and worldwide child abuse. He finds himself in a position to do something about it and makes that choice. I think we’ve all read the heartbreaking stories of child abuse and wondered why some people are allowed to procreate. I started thinking about what the world would look like if pregnancy could never be an accident, it had to be planned by two willing people. The Johnson Project was born. No pun intended.
What kind of research did you do for this story?
Tons! I learned so much about human rights around the world. I should say the LACK of human rights especially when it comes to children. The research was difficult to absorb and discouraging. I first intended to keep the story in the United States but was moved to go international by what I learned from the research. As an American, I’m pretty cocooned in my first world life.
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
The whole crazy Johnson family are my favorites and I wish they were real so I could hang out with them. That would be a party! Except Penny because she’s horrible.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I am working on a cozy hometown kind of mystery not nearly as intense as The Johnson Project.
If you could pick two authors to meet, who would it be and why?
Easy. Stephen King and Anne Rice. I admire both of them so much, not just for their incredible talent but for their encouragement to hacks like me.
It’s 2017 and the Aqar virus has infected every female on the planet and left only one lasting consequence: Infertility. No more babies. The end of the human race is imminent until a renowned fertility specialist finds the cure but he’s not ready to let just anybody become a parent. Ted Johnson and his family have formed a team to decide which couples have earned the right to be called mommy and daddy. Their expectations are steep. Their motives are questioned. Their lives are threatened. The Johnsons never considered procreation a right, rather, a privilege. The world fights back.
About the Author
Maggie Spence is an award winning author from Libertyville, IL where she resides with her husband and three children.
You can find out more about her on Facebook.