Three Times A Charm with S.R. Johannes

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week I’m excited to welcome, smack dab in the middle of her book release, author, S.R. Johannes. Shelli, tell us about yourself.

S.R. Johannes lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. You can find her hanging out online and visit her at

Shelli, congratulations on the release. Tell us about your beautiful new book, Untraceable.

Everyone leaves a mark. 
What would you do if yours was erased? 
Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business.

I would say plotting, patience, and passion.

Without those, it’s hard to succeed.
Plotting your book out – even at a high level – gives you diretcion and ensures you are pointing somewhere. Even if it changes.

Patience/Look to your next project – This biz is slow and if you sit around waiting, 6 months can go by where you do nothing and writing nothing. When yo get something out – as hard as it is – sit back down and keep writing. The days wont drag by and you will be moving towards another goal.

Passion – If you do not love what you write – it shows. NO matter what happens in the market – put on your blinders and push forward on something that inspires you.

Top 3 pieces of advice for kids these days.

Relax. Unplug. Connect

Relax. I know life seems so hard but it gets so much better once you get out of high school. Try to find your real friends and hunker down. This too shall pass.

Unplug. Get outside. Staying inside on the computer changes your body’s hormones and make up. I promise you – if you feel down or overwhelmed – get outside and you will feel better.

Connect. In person. Get off the social networks and be sure to get some people time in. It’s not a real relationship unless its balanced with real live talk and online talk.

Top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

Marine Biologist – the only reason I didn’t was because my dad would not pay out of state tuition for Miami University and I was too cheap to pay anything.

Singer – I sang in a jazz band all through school and after. I love to sing.

Professional freeloader J - it speaks for itself.

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Be sure to check out all the festivities Shelli is having to celebrate the release of Untraceable. Thanks for chatting with us today. I can’t wait to read your book and I hope all our readers rush out to get it themselves!


  1. Great profile. I enjoyed getting to know Ms. Johannes.

    All the best,

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  2. Great interview, Shelli and Kai. I think Patience is one of the most difficult parts of writing. I want things to happen now, not months from now. Waiting is so hard.

    Congratulations on your book. It sounds interesting.


  3. Congrats, Shelli and thanks, Kai for posting about the book. Lovely cover, btw. See it at yalitchat all the time.

  4. thanks everyone.

    Beverly - self pubbing is a short cut to pubbing but not to writing. But it is definitely hard and very time consuming - its hard to find time to write


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