When independent writer Madison Johns began writing at the age of forty-four, she never imagined she’d have two books in her Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths mystery series make it onto the USA Today Bestsellers list. Sure, these books are Amazon bestsellers, but USA Today?
Although sleep-deprived from working third shift, she knew if she used what she had learned while caring for senior citizens to good use, it would result in something quite unique. The Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths mystery series has forever changed Madison’s life, with each of the books making it onto the Amazon bestseller’s list for cozy mystery and humor.
Madison is now able to do what she loves best and work from home as a full-time writer. She has two children and four dogs to keep her company while she churns out more Agnes Barton stories with a few others brewing in the pot.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
That it’s a learning process and continues to be that way. It took a long time before it was at the level where I felt I could share it with the world.
How has this helped you as a writer?
It helped me to be patient even when I didn’t want to be.
Mac or PC?
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
I use both, but Scrivener for the writing. The ability to track my characters and setting has helped speed up my process. I use word for editing and proofing.
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
No, all my notes are put into Scrivener.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I prefer to write when I don’t have any distractions, or long after everyone is in bed. I listen to my music and have a drink and get lost in my story.
Do you start by writing or researching first?
I like to research first, but I find myself stopping to fact check along the way.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
In my office now that I have one. I used to write in the dining room and enjoyed looking out the window to see the traffic go past.
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
I write in my office, but love to take my laptop outside and write in the backyard with my dogs running around.