I was first introduced to Rodney C. Johnson through another writer, Aislin Keeley. I remembered thinking at the time that he was an interesting person, a man who could certainly write, and yet…he wrote in a foreign language—the language of science fiction. I don’t read science fiction. My limited exposure to it is through the movies. Yet, I am a lover of languages, so I decided to follow The Falcon’s Crag, the name of Rodney’s blog.
The Falcon’s Crag aims to provide its readers with stories, artwork, and a gateway into what drives Rodney’s view of the world. He asks us to expect only the unexpected! With an invitation like that, I thought it would be cool to learn more about science fiction from someone who is so passionate about the subject. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed.
For a newbie like me to the genre, I’ve gleaned more interesting and useful information about sci-fi from Rodney’s writing than anywhere else on the Internet. With summer officially around the corner, I encourage you to explore the heat of the strange and brand new worlds that inhabit the mind of Rodney C. Johnson.
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Rodney C. Johnson lives in Westbrook, Ct. with his two beagles, Zoey and Bentley, plus the family cat Gretchen. He enjoys reading and writing. He considers himself a “Foodie”. His love of Science Fiction was driven by Star Trek and Frank Herbert’s classic work DUNE. In his free time, Rodney C. Johnson is an avid collector of books, new or used. Mostly Science Fiction books (Sci-Fi), but he will read anything, provided it catches his interest. It’s not about the genre – it is about if the author paints a vivid picture with his words.
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Inside Rodney C. Johnson’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Writing without interruption, with a refrigerator full of exotic food. Or at least the stuff I like eating, including a never ending supply of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.
What turns you on creatively? Music, usually 80’s rock and a good (or bad/cheesy) movie will light my creative core. Though my inspirations can come from almost anywhere. More than a few times I’ve gotten plot ideas from hanging around on the Trek BBS – I will make plot choices that I know Star Trek fans will loathe, just because I can. I don’t mind being a curmudgeon when it comes to going against expectations of the Sci-Fi genre.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “That” also if I could get rid of “and” somehow I would.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Being able to choose and not regret taking action once that choice to act has been reached.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Confidence in being female/feminine, and the gumption to kick butt, while taking names. I think I just described Frederika and Nadia from my novellas; they’re take charge kind of women, not afraid to “fight like a girl” and who own their womanhood.
What is your greatest regret? I think I should have come out of my shell sooner. The internet has helped me show a part of myself, the outgoing opinionated part which I might otherwise never have thought to reveal to the world.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be more outgoing. I’m the stereotypical, moody introverted writer. Not so helpful socially.
What is your greatest fear? Falling into obscurity as a writer. I don’t need to become a millionaire off writing, I love doing it – I’d settle for a dedicated cult following eager to read me and talk about my writing long after I’m gone.
Which living person do you most admire? Hmm, I could answer this in a few different ways, but since I’d rather not sidetrack your blog, I’ll choose a somewhat literary answer, or at least a fiction centered one. Ronald D. Moore – I think he did a fantastic job sheepherding the modern version of Battlestar Galactica. If you asked me which dead person, I would have said Frank Herbert.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Chef, I love food of all types. I find myself writing about food at a drop of a dime in my book. But it’s a little too person orientated for my comfort level of dealing with other human beings.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A hawk or some other bird-of-prey. I’ve a slight obsession with winged things.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement thus far is completing my novella series “Falco Invictus”, of which the first novella: “On The Forge Of War” should be out very soon. There is an extended preview on my blog for those who are interested.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Self-doubt, dithering. If you’re going to do something, don’t talk about, just shut up and do it!
What is your greatest extravagance? Paté, preferably with foie gras.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Go to a party at the Playboy Mansion.
What is your present state of mind? Determined.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Fuck or its Scifi variants such as “Frak” from Battlestar Galatica, and “Keshla” from my Falcanian Legacy novellas tends to be a favorite. I almost always use it though in the context of intercourse.
What is your motto? Be yourself.
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Thank you Rodney for being an outstanding guest. To all the readers out there, I happen to know that Rodney makes some fine crepes. If you leave him a comment, he might even send you some!