Plez Jackson is evil personified, though that isn’t what we see when we meet him. But he is beguiling enough to make this woman lose herself to him. He has a method to stripping Cheryl down. Plus, his brutality, anger and unpredictability keeps the reader on edge. Plez is a villain that many women have known. He stays with you long after the last page is turned.
Cheryl Green thinks she's found perfection in sexy Plez Jackson. But she soon finds what she thinks is perfection...is hardly that! Can she teach this DOG new tricks? Or will she leave him where she found him, wagging his tail?
I watched the movie, Precious, and subsequently read the book, Push by Sapphire. I was drawn to the idea of writing a book about a young woman who experiences adversity, but comes out okay on the other end. However, I wanted to write the story without the flashy Hollywood ending where everything is cleanly resolved and tied into a big beautiful bow. That's not real life. I wanted to end the book the way a real person might experience it.
What is one thing you would have done differently at the beginning of your writing career with the knowledge that you have now?
I would have stopped waiting for external forces to come along and give me inspiration. Because a lot of times the inspiration never comes. Sometimes I have to just sit my butt in the seat and stare at the computer screen. I put on some John Coltrane or Billie Holiday and sip a nice glass of wine to help pass the time if I need to.
Which character do you think that readers will love to hate and why?
Plez Darnell Jackson. He is evil personified. Though it is alleged that he suffers from mental illness, you can't really blame the illness on his behavior. He knows what he's doing, and reveals quite a sadistic streak.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading The Dog Catcher?
That it was an enjoyable read.
What is a hidden talent or pastime that you enjoy that would surprise others?
A favorite pastime of mine is to watch a marathon of The Golden Girls or A Different World. I think both series are still hilarious today.
About Lloyd Johnson
Lloyd has traveled both domestically and abroad, having visited 14 countries. Besides the relaxation traveling has afforded him, he has found much of his creative inspiration. An avid reader, he enjoys African-American fiction and biographies.
Lloyd Johnson is currently working on his third novel. He lives in New England.