Searchable Whereabouts Mystery Novel – Author Interview

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Paperback Writer is pleased to welcome the debut author Tinisha Johnson. Tinish is the author of Searchable Whereabouts a mystery novel,

Tinisha N. Johnson is an author, writer and poet. Her newest book, Searchable Whereabouts, a mystery novel is due to be released Feb 1, 2008. Tinisha resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two children. She writes for a local urban magazine called Denver’s Finest Underground. Tinisha’s passion for writing began at the early age of eleven. It has always been her hobby and pass-time and at the age of twenty-one, after her son was born, eight-years ago, she took her writing seriously and began pursuing it as a career

 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,  Welcome to Paperback Writer  

 Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?  

Well, I knew I wanted to write a mystery, cause I love reading and watching them, I knew I wanted murder involved and I knew I wanted the main character to be a woman. Other than that, as I was writing ideas down, Searchable Whereabouts evolved.  

 Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

It actually comes to me as I write, but for my next book I’m working on, I am going off of an outline.  

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

For Searchable Whereabouts, no I did not. I struggled with the ending, that’s why it took me nearly 3 years to write it, but with my next book I do know the ending.  

Do you have a process for developing your characters?

I do a lot of sketches and I find old newspaper articles/stories, that help me with ideas.  

It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

Well maybe a feeling here or a feeling there, an action here or an action there, but I really try to distinguish the characters I write, and not tie too much of me into them. I fantasize a lot when I create my characters.   

What is your most favorite part about this book?

Well honestly, the favorite part about my book is that I finished it and it’s published. But also the ending of the story, I worked so hard on it, I feel as though I did a pretty good job.  

 When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

Yes I did, I sent out queries when I was about 70% finished with my book.   

What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

It took a year from the date I finished my book until I found a publisher. I was met with a lot of rejection letters. But, I never gave up. 

What has been the best part about being published?

The recognition – somebody believes in you, readers finding your book interesting. And also the book signings are probably the best part. I love doing book signings, because you get to meet a lot of people and sale books at the same time. 

 What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

I want people to think that Searchable Whereabouts was well written, they were entertained, and that they did not see the ending coming at all.  

Do you have plans to write another book?

Oh yes definitely, I’m working on my next book right now.  

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

So far it’s been really great. I had no idea how informed and involved I would be. I have been recommending Pump Up Your Book Promotion to all my author friends, and my actual tour hasn’t even begun yet. I feel like they really do care about your book and that’s important. (Rebecca thank you for the work you’ve put into this. It is appreciated.) 

Where can readers find a copy of your book?

Readers can order Searchable Whereabouts online at Barnes & Noble, at any bookstore and my website: They can also read an excerpt and watch the book trailer on my site as well. 

Do you have a website for readers to go to?  

Thank you, Tinisha Nicole Johnson for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have a very successful virtual book tour.    

SEARCHABLE WHEREABOUTS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08  officially begins on March 1, 2008 and will 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!
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3 thoughts on “Searchable Whereabouts Mystery Novel – Author Interview”

  1. Awesome interview ladies! I don’t know if Tinisha will be checking in here today, but I have a question. There don’t seem to be a lot of African American mystery writers out there. Would you care to share your opinions on that and if you see this changing over the next 5 to 10 years?

    Thanks. Your book sounds wonderful!


  2. Yes Cheryl, I definitely see this changing, actually little by little I’m hearing about more African American mystery authors in the literary world.

    However, when I first knew I wanted to write a mystery novel, I was really surprised to see that there was only a small amount African American mystery books that I could purchase. But then again, there weren’t a lot of African American mystery shows and movies either. I believe novels and movies go hand in hand as far as the subject matter and the authors and producers behind them.

    But, I believe there is a need for more African American mystery authors and in 5-10 years I sure hope that need is met.

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