Laura Susan Johnson


Laura Susan Johnson has been writing since the age of eleven, cutting her teeth on stories of the family dogs and cats. She has written two novels: CRUSH and BRIGHT and three short stories, BURDENS, OUR HOUSE and COLD FOOT. All of these projects are now available here at Smashwords. CRUSH is also available in print at Beaten Track Publishing.

She is currently working on another short story entitled OLD CARS and recently completed her second novel, BRIGHT. She lives in Idaho, Oregon, Arkansas and California.

Inspired by gay couples she took care of in her career as a hospice nurse, Laura Susan began penning her novel CRUSH in August 2010.

Laura Susan has applied much of her own life experience to her characters in CRUSH and BRIGHT. She is now working on her third novel, ARMOUR (Aug. 2016).

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Every individual, whether they are a writer or not, has a story to tell. To me, the greatest joy of writing is opening my tiny universe to others, sharing things that are important to me, telling stories about human beings who are trying to find their way in the world, and having the opportunity to touch people's lives as well as entertain them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without them, without my audience, there would be no reason to write. Writing is communication, and communication is constantly important for the world to function. When a fan tells me that my book really moved them or provoked them to think about things, it really lets me know I'm finally doing what I was born to do.
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Where to find Laura Susan Johnson online

Where to buy in print


Debut novel for Laura Susan Johnson, first published in 2011, being reissued in early 2015 with a beautiful new cover art by Regina Wamba/Mae I Design

Bright (The House On Glass Beach #2) Book Trailer
The extraordinary story of 2 ordinary young men united by a freak accident.

Nectar: A Short Story
A middle aged woman remembers...Nectar tells the story of one young woman's struggle to survive during the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide. Nectar is available as a stand-alone short or as part of the anthology "Never Too Late", nine stories of people who show that your identity expands far beyond the exterior, and truly lies in your mind and heart.

Armour (teaser April 2017)
Book #3 in THE HOUSE ON GLASS BEACH to be release 2018


The House on Glass Beach
A series of stories and novels by Laura Susan Johnson
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Boyfriend Goes Home
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Nectar (The House On Glass Beach #4.1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,190. Language: British English. Published: April 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » General
The horrors of the Armenian Genocide are told through the eyes of one fifteen year old girl who narrowly escaped a gruesome death in the Syrian Desert.
Series: The House on Glass Beach, 4.1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Nectar tells of the atrocities of the Armenian genocide through the story of one young woman’s lifetime—the family she lost, the love she found, and her determination to survive.
Never Too Late
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 128,860. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Never Too Late is a collection of nine stories featuring characters over the age of fifty – stories of travel, finding your purpose, of friendships past and present, and of love. Never Too Late brings you to a world where gender sees no borders, where the only way you’re identified is by the goodness of your heart.
Old Cars: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Jamie Pearce and his husband Tammy Mattheis must decide whether they are capable of adopting Jamie's autistic cousin.
Series: The House on Glass Beach, 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 153,990. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Monty and Walter are an unlikely couple who meet under the most extraordinary circumstances. They dive into a passionate secret relationship, and though they appear to be polar opposites in personality and lifestyle, they discover that they have a lot more in common than they realise. Book Two of 'The House on Glass Beach' (all stories are stand-alone).
Series: The House on Glass Beach, 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,100. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Raw, graphic, candid portrait of two young gay men whose love affair is deeply affected by the scars they sustained from childhood sexual abuse. Tammy and Jamie are soul mates, but their love is thwarted for years by bad timing, fear of ridicule, and the damage that lingers long after childhood. Along with the internal, there are external forces that threaten to separate them forever.
Boyfriend Goes Home
Series: The House on Glass Beach, 4.4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,230. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. As a family scrambles to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, they discover that the greatest blessing of all is just being together and being alive.
Bright (The House On Glass Beach Book 2)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 151,580. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A gay couple in Idaho grapples with alcoholism, homophobia and religious traumatic stress while trying to conceive a family with the help of their best friend.
Cold Foot: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Essay » Sociology
(5.00 from 1 review)
Eighteen year old Shyla Kapek is arrested for the beating death of a sixty-seven year old woman in Alaska. The case attracts the attention of careworn animal rights activist Tammy Mattheis, who travels to Alaska to stand in support of the young woman. As Shyla's dark history with the victim comes to light, Tammy realizes that unless he makes some changes, his own sanity is in danger.
Our House: A short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.00 from 1 review)
A serial killer receives a warning he should heed, from his last victim.
Burdens: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Alice is overweight, overworked, overtired and overwhelmed. Her Mama's had a bad stroke, her Aunt Sue is self-absorbed, and her cousin Lainie is so perfect it makes Alice sick. Nobody seems to care about Alice's burdens. Then she meets Sylvia. Rated 15+ mild sexual dialogue, no sexual scenes, lesbian romance
Crush (The House On Glass Beach, Book 1)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,100. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(4.60 from 10 reviews)
Raw, graphic, candid portrait of two young gay men whose love affair is deeply affected by the scars they sustained from childhood sexual abuse. Tammy and Jamie are soul mates, but their love is thwarted for years by bad timing, fear of ridicule, and the damage that lingers long after childhood. Along with the internal, there are external forces that threaten to separate them forever.

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Smashwords book reviews by Laura Susan Johnson

  • Followed on Oct. 11, 2012

    Very suspenseful and disturbing! I was in discomfort while reading it, which is a good sign it's a great short story! Recommended for fans of thrillers,crime dramas and suspense!
  • Champagne on Nov. 02, 2012

    A very colorful and complex portrait of '80s life as a gay man. Debbie McGowan paints a vivid and disconcerting portrait of the sordid underworld which her youthful protagonist, Sammy, haunted for life by the abuse he endured by his now missing father, navigates with cautious aspirations. Every sense is involved as you follow Sammy during the outrageous 1980s gay street/bar scene in London. McGowan's writing is comparable to Sarah Waters' extremely thorough and captivatingly sensual descriptions. The journey that Sammy takes, and his relationship "Champagne" reminded me a bit of watching the movie "Gia" which was the portrait of the lesbian supermodel's chaotic descent into drugs and disallusion. But unlike Gia, "Champagne," while dark and disturbing in its depictions, is not a story of a downward spiral into doom. Rather it is an enthralling and intimate peek into one plucky and personable young man's search for the truth, and for answers, and his refusal to give up finding those answers. I read this on a PDF on my computer. I have a harder time reading that way, and want to buy the paperback as soon as I can so I can enjoy it even more. I love gay themed fiction and I especially love period pieces. Highly recommended.
  • Suicide Watch on May 18, 2013

    Beautiful, real and poignant, with lovingly rendered characters facing the bleakest of human situations as bravely as they possibly can. I am the slowest reader on the face of the earth, but it was so worth taking my time. This is a book that cannot be read if you have the least bit of interruption or distraction. Get somewhere quiet and have your tissues ready! A powerful read!
  • In Motion on June 29, 2013

    Sadly I admit I flew through this novel by mostly unknown but very talented Andrew Evich who has also written under the name Manley Foxx. IN MOTION is not for everyone. A youth called Felix is dismissed by his drug addicted mother because of his birth defect, and the book is his journey to finding who he is. While he is not innocent per se, he is very young, and learns most of his lessons in the hardest ways. Quite original and there's never a dull moment, truly. But again, if you're easily offended by tales of rent boys, pedophilia and hate crimes, you will probably want to avoid the works of Evich. I plan to soon read another one of his books, KILL 'EM AGAIN. Obviously, I am drawn to tales of boys in trouble. If you like J.T. LeRoy or Chuck Palahniuk, you might enjoy Evich.
  • Province on Sep. 12, 2016

    Unique characters, unique settings, unique romance, unique heroes and villians. Highly recommended for lovers of LGBTQIA fiction!!!