Jean D. Johnson

Biography

I have always been a writer of poetry and stories. This developed into a very special book after my mother died: Poetry on the Loss of a Mother. It consists of poems I wrote about grief and her nearly every day following her death. It's very dear to my heart, and I hope you'll appreciate it, also. Please leave a review after you've read it.

Like many talented people, I struggle with anxiety, depression, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, and some PTSD from an abusive childhood. You'll find some poems about these and other lighter topics in My Bouquet of Poetry. Some of the poetry in the book relates to my work as a substitute teacher in elementary school, also.

When I told the kids at school that I write, they asked if I'd written any books for them. I hadn't at that point, so I wrote two children's poetry books. Currently I'm working on picture books for children. Since my drawing skill isn't good enough to illustrate a book, I'm submitting manuscripts to publishers, hoping they'll be accepted.

I gathered all of the funny things that have happened in my life and put them into a book called Tripping Along. I still laugh when I think of the time I went for a walk with my husband without my glasses and tried to pet a skunk, thinking it was a cat!

I'm a native of Virginia, happily married with two great young-adult kids, and I love to look for old dolls as estate sales to add to my doll collection in my free time. I love a doll with a story to tell! And yes, I still have my Chatty Cathy from when I was a child. She really freaks out my daughter, and - to be honest - sometimes she freaks me out a bit, too, but she's part of my history, so she matters. I love playing Scrabble, writing, spending time with my family, and substitute teaching (especially elementary school music!).

I hope you enjoy my books, and please remember to leave a review after you have read one, so you can share your enjoyement with others (and to let me know - good or bad - what your experience was).

- Jean D. Johnson

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I didn't start out writing stories. I wrote poetry from a young age. Mom would use scalloped scissors to cut the small typed-up papers, put the papers and cover she'd made from wallpaper samples together, and she'd send the book lets to my grandparents. I began a neighborhood newsletter when I was in sixth-grade or a little earlier. I wrote my first story in English class in high school, and I submitted stories and anecdotes for publication in my twenties. Then, except for papers I wrote for English classes, I let my writing lapse - until my mother died on Dec. 23, 2014. As therapy, I was told to write letters to her, but suddenly poem after poem about Mom and grief came out. At the end of the first year, I figured my poetry that others said had meant a lot to them might help others, so I published my book of it on Amazon. I did the same with a book about my mother's life in Richmond, Virginia, that I am now working on adding to Createspace and turning into a paperback. So stay tuned.
What is your writing process?
I just think about what I want to write and sit down and write. The poetry I wrote about grief and my mom came flowing out. Sometimes I ended up writing two poems each day. The book about Mom's life was taken from a memory book she made for me a few years before she died. It covers her life from birth, growing up in a tourist home in Richmond, marrying my dad, leaving the abusive marriage, and then retiring to Florida to an entire new - and happier - life. I'm still trying to write a romantic suspense novel (the genre I love to read).
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Where to find Jean D. Johnson online


Books

Lost But Not Forgotten: My Mother's Life
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 31,970. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse
A few years before my mother died, she gave me a huge memory book she had made of her life. In my book, Gone But Not Forgotten: My Mother's Story," I include everything from that book, a chapter on the things I did the first year to try to come to terms with my mother's death, Mom's last letter to us, and two true stories she wrote for a creative writing class.
Poetry on the Loss of a Mother
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,020. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
This is a book of poems about my feelings about having lost my mom and about grief in general during the first year after my mother died.

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