Google+ Reading Teen: Interview with Elana Johnson, Author of Possession

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Interview with Elana Johnson, Author of Possession

As part of the Cornucopia of Dystopia event, we are bringing you an interview with Elana Johnson, the author of the upcoming Dystopia POSSESSION!

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

• Describe your book to us in five words.
Control or be controlled.

• What made you decide to write a dystopian novel?
I read Scott Westerfeld’s UGLIES. And I was fascinated by the whole concept of writing a
novel with a different future. See, I’d never read any dystopian before that. And I thought, “I want to write a book like that.” So I did.

• What sets your book apart from the other dystopians that are out there right now?
I think POSSESSION is a lot of things. I also think a lot of those things aren’t immediatelyapparent. But in the words of my publisher, POSSESSION has a mix of science fiction, dystopian, and paranormal, and that’s what makes it new and exciting.

• I really love the cover! Did you get any say in how it looked?
I did! I was shown an early mock-up with the image and fonts. The image is stunning, and I remember losing my ability to breathe. I thought, “PERFECT.” The fonts were a bit on the stuffy side, and with the help of my agent I was able to give valuable input to get them more like what I thought matched both my personality and the book.

• How much did your own life experiences affect your writing?
I think the emotion in my novels comes from deep within myself. If there’s a loss in the book, I can use the loss I’ve experience in my life to (hopefully) make the scene as emotion-tastic as possible. So every life experience I’ve had that’s allowed me to feel is used in my writing.

• Are you working on anything now? Can you tell us about it?
At the time of answering this, I am working on nothing. Sad, I know. I have this crazy pent-up energy inside, and I’m waiting to pour it into a project. What that project is is the problem. I don’t know what it is. It’s eluding me at the moment…

Thanks, Elana, for taking the time to talk with us!

Possession releases June 7!


  1. Great interview, I am psyched for Possession!

  2. Good interview :)
    I so have to read this book :) It`s on my wishlist :)

  3. Oh My Goodness!!!! So excited to read this book! Nice interview by the way.

  4. Wow, that first question is a tough one. Well done, Elana.

    I've seen/heard/read a lot of great buzz about POSSESSION and can't wait to read it.

    Great interview.

  5. I'm so excited to read this! It sounds amazing and has such a pretty cover. I love when authors get input on things like that, it always makes a difference. Great interview!

  6. Possession's cover always reminds me of Matched. So beautiful!


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