Virtual Conference

PLA 2014 Virtual Conference logoAuthor Interview with Erika Johansen

Thursday, March 13
3:00–3:30 PM

Erika Johansen (photo by Victoria Webb)

Photo by Victoria Webb

Erika Johansen is the debut author of The Queen of the Tearling (upcoming in 2014). She graduated from the celebrated Iowa Writers’ Workshop and claims she heard then-Senator Obama give a speech in 2007 and was inspired to create the series’ idealistic heroine, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn. The author completed the novel over a four-year period while finishing law school. The Queen of the Tearling and the upcoming books in Johansen’s series introduce readers to a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns with full blown magic; it is a magnificent debut, a feat of epic world-building, and one of the most original works of fiction to come around in years.