Monday, March 3, 2008

Searchable Whereabouts - Author Interview

Mystery novelist Tinisha Nicole Johnson joins here at Valley Girl Musings to talk about her debut novel and her journey to publication.

Searchable Whereabouts Synopsis:

Searchable Whereabouts is the story of woman - Rahkel Williams, who's trying to unravel the mysterious death of her beloved uncle. However, after finding clues into his life, she wonders if he was really the man she knew. She requests the services of private investigator, Darrin Miller and it's not long before things get personal between the two. Soon, strange things begin to happen, including people of interest in the case who turn up murdered. Rahkel doesn't know who to trust, and the truth of who murdered her uncle could either save her or kill her. But at all costs, she must find the truth.

Hi Tinisha,

When did you know that you wanted to write a book?

In my late teens. Searchable Whereabouts is actually my third book, but first to be published. I finished writing my first book by age of 23.

Had you done any other writings before your beginning your book, short stories or contests? If yes, what were they and list any awards won.

Yes. My first passion was poetry. I wrote a lot of poems. And a lot of my poetry is published on various online sites. Shortly after, I started writing short stores. My short story entitled, “Mother and Son Moment” was published in the Chicken Soup for the African American Soul in 2004. I also collaborated with some other poets, in a poetry anthology entitled, Step Up To The Mic: A Poetic Explosion. That book was released September 2007.

Why did you decide to write a mystery, was it what you like to watch on TV or read as a child?

I’ve always been a fan of watching mystery shows and movies. The problem solving, clues and guessing whodunit is what I liked the most. So I took up the challenge and decided to write a mystery novel.

Did you read mystery books as a kid, any Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys mysteries or other mystery books?

As a kid I really didn’t read much mystery. I did read one book by Nancy Drew. But as a kid I was really into Judy Blume books.

Was it hard to write a mystery?

It was at first, but I was determined to write one. So I just kept watching mysteries and reading other mystery authors books and the inspiration finally came for me to finish my novel, Searchable Whereabouts.

What method did you use to keep track of all the angles and characters in the novel?
I had notes that I jotted down about each character or locations.

Do you have plans to write another book?

Yes I do. The first book I ever wrote is a contemporary /mainstream novel about the fictional biography of a young woman and the challenges in her life. It was never published so, I’m bringing it back to life and currently updating and editing it. It will be released in early 2009.

Will it be another mystery or will you concentrate on another genre?

No, it’s contemporary/mainstream. However, I am also working on another book, which I’m halfway through and that book will definitely be a Thriller/Suspense novel.

How long did it take to write this book?

It took me about 3 years to write my mystery novel, Searchable Whereabouts. Mostly due to procrastination more than anything.

How many revisions did you have to go through on the road to publication?

I’d say two.

What insight have you gained from having your book published that will make it easier the second time?

The fact that I will definitely take advantage of using a more structured outline.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Join writers groups and set aside a schedule for your writing. Also read a lot. For me personally, since I’ve been reading more, I’ve also been writing more as well. Reading for me provides me with more creativity.

Where can we get a copy of your book?

Searchable Whereabouts can be purchased on, Barnes & and it can be ordered at any book store.

Do you have a website for readers to go to?

Yes, my website is:

Tinisha, thank you for stopping by Valley Girl Musings and I wish you continued success on your virtual book tour and the sales of your novel.

Thank you,

SEARCHABLE WHEREABOUTS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '08 will officially begin on March 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Tinisha's tour, visit in March. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of her tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this blog on March 31!


Cheryl said...

Nice interview ladies. Tinisha, I loved Judy Blume. My favorite has to be, "Are You there God? It's Me, Margaret." Care to share your favorite and why you liked it.

Hope you're having fun with the tour.


Tinisha N. Johnson said...

Thanks for having me on Valley Girl Musings.

I look forward to interested readers stopping by my site. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Tinisha N. Johnson said...

Cheryl this is one of my favorites as well – “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.” I loved this one a lot because it was about being a young girl, going through adolescent and the fears and drama’s we have in our pre-teens. And then there’s the boys… I related so well to this book growing up and I was about the same age as the character. Judy Blume’s description and feelings in the story were right on from beginning to end.