Thursday, October 13, 2011

J.R. Johansson: INSOMNIA

J.R. Johansson is a young adult thriller author whose debut, INSOMNIA will be released Summer 2013 in the U.S. (Flux), Germany (Heyne Fliegt), and Italy (Newton Compton). She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she's nearly drowning in testosterone. J.R. lives in a valley between majestic mountains and a beautiful lake where the sun shines over 300 days per year.

Book Description: Sixteen-year-old Parker spends every night trapped in the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with, and it's killing him. He misses soccer practice, falls asleep at the wheel, and his mom thinks he has a drug problem. His exhaustion from never reaching the deeper levels of sleep is getting worse every day, and he knows his time is running out. Until he meets Mia.

Mia's dreams are the first Parker's encountered where he can finally get real sleep. A good night of rest after so long is addictive. He has to have it. But getting it means he must follow Mia and find a way to make eye contact every day. Mia is increasingly freaked out, even turning Parker's best friends against him. To make matters worse, Mia starts to receive threatening e-mails, and her wonderful dreams become scenes of a horror movie--with Parker cast as the villain. He must discover who is truly tormenting her, and clear his name, before she turns him in for a crime he hasn't committed--or worse, the true stalker makes good on his threats to end her dreams forever.

Favorite Superstition: Back in high school, J.R. had a friend that told her fortune cookies only work if you have someone else choose it for you. From that time on, she's gone to extreme measures to ensure someone else (including complete strangers) picks out her fortune cookies and hand them to her. Yes, it's gotten awkward at times, don't judge. 

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  1. So excited for Insomnia's release!
    And now I, too, am overthinking fortune cookies. Will it work if you just close your eyes and grab one?