Interview with Food Blogger Penny Johnson

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

pennysfoodblog on IG

just started a FB group called The Sourdough Connection

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

My blog is called Penny’s Food Blog, so original I know.  The blog started because people were always, always asking me for recipes and I was always typing them up and them my husband suggested that I start a blog so there would be a place for people to find all my recipes.  I didn’t know anything about blogging so my husband researched and found Word Press which provided a pretty simple way for me to blog.  I used my name so that my friends could find it easily.  I think I would have come up with a more creative name if I’d known how long I would be blogging for and how many people would follow me.  I have about 1500 followers, I know that’s not a ton but it still blows my mind!  I also have 11,000 followers on Pinterest which is even more mind blowing!

  • What is your favorite food?

I have a massive sweet tooth or perhaps a whole mouthful of sweet teeth so baked goods are my fav especially chocolate but I also love Italian food, if I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life it would be Italian.

  • What foods do you crave all the time?

Chocolate and sweets and pasta and bread, all the things that are bad for the waistline.

  • What is your favorite comfort food?

Ben and Jerry’s Everything But The ice cream.

  • If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I love learning about all the foods!  Just recently I’ve gotten into sourdough starter and that has been a blast.  I do wish I was a better pie maker. 

  • What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

I love getting feedback from people telling me that they’ve tried one of my recipes and loved it!  I also love connecting with people from all over.

  • What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Just dive in and go for it!  It gets easier the longer you do it.

  • What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read and bake and cook and go to the movies and also the beach.

  • What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

I love to play with food and love to try new recipes so that makes blogging pretty easy for me.  It’s not often that I don’t want to play with food.

  • How do you attract new readers?

I have no idea how to do that.  I just blog away and hope for the best. 

  • What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Other bloggers and their great ideas.

  • What is your favorite genre to read?

Sci Fi and Fantasy

  • What are you reading right now?

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  • What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

I’m a food blogger but I don’t make any money from my blog yet so my day job is in the film and television industry as a script supervisor.  I was working on a movie called “The Card Counter” written and directed by Paul Schrader and starring Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe, Tye Sheridan., and Tiffany Hadish when the corona virus hit and we were shut down with only a week to go.  I’m hoping we can start back up soon and finish it because I think it’s going to be a really good movie. 

  • What kind of music do you like to listen to?

80’s alternative like Depeche Mode, the Smiths, the Cure, Roxy Music, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc    

Who are your top three favorite authors? 

Dean Koontz, John Scalzi, Anne Tyler

  • Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

any by the above authors

  • What projects are you working on right now?

I’ve been diving into sourdough and trying all things sourdough with my starter – waffles, pancakes, bread, biscuits, and I’ve also been trying all the Disney recipes that they’ve been releasing during this weird time of quarantining and social distancing Thanks for including me, let me know if this is okay. I realized that I don’t have a lot of pictures of my self.  The one attached is from a TV show I worked on called “Extinct”. 

Thank you Penny for such a wonderful interview!

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