{Behind The Book} Sadeqa Johnson On ‘Second House From The Corner’


Sadeqa Johnson, author of the new novel "Love in a Carry-On Bag, due out March 2012.
Sadeqa Johnson

On the eve of her sophomore release Second House From The Corner, we had the opportunity to sit down with bestselling author Sadeqa Johnson. Listen in on our discussion and comment below.

Congrats on your new novel ‘Second House From The Corner.’ Tell the readers about it?
Sadeqa Johnson: I love everything about Second House From the Corner. In the novel, Felicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood, while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra and breathes her way through most situations but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.

Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second Felicia’s innocent fantasy becomes a hellish reality. The call pulls her back into a life she’d rather forget. Felicia hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to the Philadelphia of her childhood, where she is forced to confront the family demons and long buried secrets she thought she had left behind.

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
Sadeqa Johnson: A lot of Felicia’s backstory came from stories that my grandmother would tell me about different relatives in my family that died before I was born. I have three children and when I started writing the book they were just a little older than Felicia’s children. I really wanted to highlight the ins and outs of motherhood and really give a platform for woman to know that it is okay to express how hard rearing children can be, especially when you haven’t dealt without yourself.

How long did it take for you to write it?
Sadeqa Johnson: I had the idea for a few years but when I really sat down and put my full focus on it I would say it took about a year and half to two years. It’s always hard to say because I do a lot of drafts. For Second House From the Corner, I think I drafted it at least seven or eight times.

Do you know any Felicia Lyons?Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
Sadeqa Johnson: Felicia represents all women. We are all flawed in some way. What I like about her is that she has to strip down to her bare core to figure out who she is so that she could rebuild her life. Often we walk around with baggage and secrets and have to stay two steps ahead of our personal demons. At some point there is no place to run and I like how Felicia responds when her back is against the wall. I think she is a character that we can all relate to.

How can readers use your book to find peace in their lives?
Sadeqa Johnson: I am a big believer in mediation. In the book Felicia attends a class that is life changing for her. Reading is also very therapeutic. I hope readers will be able to see themselves in the story and know that whatever they are going through, it is only for a season. There is always sunshine after the rain.

To read more of this interview, please pick up a copy on 2/15/16. Interview by Cleavester.

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