Marie Johnston: Based on Principal

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Author Interview

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book? I started writing what I read, which is paranormal and contemporary romance, and I usually like my reads on the steamy side. So I write what I’d like to read. Based on Principal is from my series take on the billionaire romance. Only, since I know nothing about what it’s like to be rich, I put a geeky twist on it. And the heroine has the loaded pockets in this book.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? My brother is nearly six years older than me, so I was the youngest, but for many years after my brother moved out, I was like an only child. It helped me be independent, both in my personality and the freedoms my parents gave me. My brother was the one that gave them gray hairs so I had a pretty easy slide through my teenage years.

3. Where is your favorite place to write? A local coffee shop with booths. It’s comfortable. I can people watch during breaks, and listen to my music. I get so much written! But I have to order something each time, of course, which adds up. Then there’s the calorie laden options to order, so often I skip the coffee shop to prevent the temptation.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? It’s rare that I kill my darlings. I write very lean and since I self-publish I often choose to keep what I write, or make it work so I get the best of both options. My editor doesn’t often get adamant about slicing and dicing portions of my manuscript.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I have no idea what I’d ask JR Ward, but I’d love to talk to her and just chat about the industry and her experiences. She’s been such a powerhouse for so long and she doesn’t spend a ton of time online, but hosts and participates in huge reader events. I can’t imagine reaching that level of success.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. People are taken off guard when they learn I’m a veteran. I got out almost twenty years ago and rock the frumpy country mom look way better than a pair of combat boots. I also play hockey—when I can fit into my breezers. The local women’s team is laid back and loves teaching newbies and helping us improve.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack? My items are going to be so boring. Chocolate. Water. A picture of my family. You might be surprised that I don’t add a book, but I rarely re-read books. So being stuck with just one book to read over and over is not my idea of survival.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? To clean my house with the power of thought. Clean toilets? Boom. Done. Scrub the floors? Done.

9. Favorite snack? Chocolate covered almonds. It has to be milk chocolate and they’re getting hard to find.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? I’m the slow driver. I never used to be but I feel like I’ve used up all my close calls with my driving in my younger days. You know, those times I was cruising down the interstate with my feet on the dash and the music up loud? Now, my ears have constant ringing and I drive 55.

Based on Principal

by Marie Johnston


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



By day, Natalia is the strict principal of a private school with a staid, troubled legacy. By night, she’s a lithe, agile assassin with a penchant for latex. Or at least her cosplay character is. The two identities don’t mingle until she meets a handsome comic book shop owner at the local comic con. Now there’s a guy she’d be willing to peel her mask off for.

Too bad he’s the father of one of her students.

Single father Chris has no time to date, thanks to his business, his daughter, and his ex’s meddling family. But how can he resist a comic lover in a business skirt? She’s his perfect woman. Or she would be, if she didn’t keep the professional and play parts of her life so separate. And he swore he’d never date a woman ashamed of him again.

Too bad she’s obsessed with what the wrong people think of her.

Together, they could be an unstoppable duo, but when Chris’s daughter acts out at school, Natalia will be put in an impossible position: break all her school’s rules, or pack away her cape forever.



“About the name calling—”

Jaycee cut Ms. Shaw off. “Oh my god. Mr. Budinski’s an adult, and he’s getting snippy about a kid messing up his name?”

“Jaycee…” He hadn’t expected to finish his warning, but Ms. Shaw was gazing at him like she was waiting for him to finish. He scrambled to find an acceptable reproach. “It’s about respect.”

“Then he can respect what I want to be called. Yet he refuses to use Richards.” She crossed one leg over the other and folded her arms. He knew that mutinous look, the one she wore when she refused to listen. A spear of fear went through him when she pinned Ms. Shaw with that look. “I mean what if people called you Mrs. Shaw and knew perfectly well you’re not married.” He cringed at the way she stressed not married. It wasn’t a death sentence to be single. “Or what if they called you Natalie instead of Natalia.”

He jerked his head to face Ms. Shaw. Natalia Shaw. What were the odds her name was the same as—

What were the odds her butt was as spectacular in a skirt as in a cosplay costume? What were the odds he’d feel like they’d met before?

The odds were pretty damn good. She couldn’t hide that mouth, just like she couldn’t hide the poleaxed expression in her widened eyes. His daughter’s principal, the woman he couldn’t quit lusting over, was the same woman he’d held in his arms just days ago.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, an old cat, and a young dog. After trading in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.


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