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Name: Elana Johnson

CONTROL ISSUES, Simon Pulse – Summer 2011

CI synopsis: In a world where Thinkers control the population and Rules aren’t meant to be broken, fifteen-year-old Violet Schoenfeld does a hell of a job shattering them to pieces. When secrets about her “dead” sister and not-so-missing father hit the fan, Vi must make a choice: control or be controlled.

Visit me at
my blog, twitter or facebook. I always like new people to stalk, I mean, friends.

What made you decide to be a writer? Oh, man, I think this answer might get me ostracized or something. See, I didn’t have this deep, burning desire to write since fourth grade or anything. I experienced some devastating losses in my life and writing became an emotional outlet. And it still is, which is why I continue to do it.

Favorite books/authors? Scott Westerfeld is a genius in my book. The man can write anything and I’d read it. I also adore Kathleen Duey and her Skin Hunger series. Most recently I’ve fallen in love with the grittiness of Elizabeth Scott, and the breathless romance in Carrie Ryan’s dystopias.

Morning person or a night owl? Night owl.

PC or mac? Uh, both? I use both, and like them equally well.

What did you have for dinner today? Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.
1. I could eat bacon for every meal.
2. I watch a lot of reality TV.
3. I drive too fast.
4. I love to laugh.
5. I attended four colleges/universities before someone would give me a diploma.
6. I now teach typing and Internet safety to 5-12 year olds.
7. I am terrified of all animals, even ducks and some kittens.
8. I took a picture of Adam Lambert to my stylist and said, “Make my hair like this.”
9. I chew entirely too much bubble gum.
10. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like.
11. I wish I could experience my first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill my desires, I write young adult science fiction and fantasy.



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May. 24th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)

(I am incapable of saying anything coherent right now.)

May. 24th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
It did! :) Thanks for the incoherentness. LOL!
May. 24th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Hurrah!!! Welcome Elana!
May. 24th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Congratualtions, Elana! So excited to hear about CONTROL ISSUES -- the premise sounds fantastic.

You've listed quite a few of my favorite foods, btw. :)
May. 24th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
So glad you're with us!!! Where's the thing about Jeff Probst for Prez? ;)
May. 24th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, just my obsession with Survivor (and most other reality TV). Yanno. :)
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May. 24th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Hi, Elena. CONGRATULATIONS! & welcome to The 11zees. Hey, wiat... rules are meant to be broken? Uh-oh.
May. 24th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Elana!!!! YAY!!!!
May. 24th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Welcome! I could eat bacon at every meal, too. Bacon and coffee.
May. 24th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hi Elana and welcome! Gosh I wish I actually "knew" how to type. I'm just a speedy hunt and pecker.
Your book sounds thrilling!
May. 24th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the 11sies, Elana. I think you summed up why a lot of us write YA.
May. 24th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm bacon. Great for breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, nuncheon, high (or low) tea, supper, dinner, fourth meal...
May. 24th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yes! All of the above.
May. 24th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, friend! I am doing such a happy dance for you over here .... congrats on the sale. It will be fun to have you share this journey!
May. 24th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks Tess! <3
May. 24th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Hey! I drive to fast too! I'll race you!!

Welcome to the party! Can't wait to read your book! Yay!
May. 25th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Dude, Lisa, I'm pretty sure you'll win. A fast car, I do not have. Sadly.
May. 24th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)

So glad you're joining us! :)
May. 24th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hi Elana!

I googled Adam Lambert and wow, the hair resemblance is definitely there! I love your haircut, Adam aside.

Welcome to the 11sies! I can't wait to read your book. I'm a summer release too!
May. 24th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I mean, I don't wear guyliner, but the hair. Mmmmm.
May. 24th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
So awesome to have you here Elana! YAY on your book deal! I just read it again on PW.
But seriously - how could you be afraid of cute, cuddly sled dogs?
Well, I'm afraid of peanut butter so I guess we all have our failings.
Welcome, welcome!
May. 25th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Have you ever seen the teeth on those "cute, cuddly sled dogs"? 'Nuff said. ;-)
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