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.

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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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


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. 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.
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
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 » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
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

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  • 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.
  • Living Within Temptation on Dec. 19, 2012

    Just a couple of grammar errors but no big deal. It's a very enjoyable and erotic tale of forbidden love between women! If you enjoyed the beautiful and controversial Indian film FIRE, you may love this tale of danger and passion! I love stories from exotic lands! Great work!
  • 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.