Rhonda Denise Johnson


I am the oldest child of an oldest child. Born in the Washington, D.C. of 1965, I have lived on thirty-one streets in six different states. Whether my characters are fictional or factional, I like to delve deep into their minds and hearts. My hope is that you will also delve into your own heart and mind and find something unexpected and joyful there.

Rhonda Denise Johnson
The Writer who Paints Pictures with words

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That would have been one of the Little Golden Books in my grandmother's house. My family taught me to read before I started school. At 4 or 5, I didn't know if we were rich or poor, but I identified with the middle class world of Dick and Jane and developed their values as my own.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is a balance between the practical and the artistic.

It's practical because you want to have all the information there—the author's name and the title, and you want it to be large enough to be visible, yet not so large that you can't fit it all. Whether to make the canvas bigger or the font smaller is, at any time, a judgment call

And it's artistic because you have to decide on a balance of colors, patterns and mages that are congruous as a whole. Things that look good by themselves may not look good together.

At first, I thought of making it like a collage, with different scenes taken from the book. But that would have created clutter. I'm not trying to tell the story of the book on the cover. I just want to create a mood—an impression and that can be done with a few simple elements.

When you puut it all together, if it doesn't work, then you have to decide can you change this or that to make it work or should you toss the whole thing and start anew.

Balance is of the essence in every aspect of cover design.
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Where to find Rhonda Denise Johnson online


Fire Master: Book 2 of the Nanosia Series
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,450. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In this sequel to the young adult fantasy Queen of the Quantum Realm, Loby, the journeyman of the late Lord Elveston, plunges into Nanosia, a world one-billionth his normal size, to find the secret to his magic and take Lord Elveston's place as the new fire mage. Loby doesn't want to and isn't ready. King Cestor's diabolical machinations force Loby to get ready in a hurry.
Dinner is Served: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
A fun twist on a well-known fairy tale. Albert is in for a surprise when the one woman who answered his discreet ad for a wife comes with her own plans for the evening.
Queen of the Quantum Realm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,560. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Jawan hadn’t been allowed to see his parents in eight years after the powerful Earth mage apprenticed him, and now he never will. They’d been struck down by the deadly purple plague that ravages Hadley Town. When his master’s magic fails to find a clue to this mystery ailment, Jawan embarks on his own search, and finds himself trapped in a world one billionth his normal size.
The First Nine
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
The great equalizer: How one man can control 100 people with one gun and nine bullets.
Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Stuporman is the first short story that I wrote in the twelfth grade. At the time, I probably did not realize that this spin-off of the Man of Steel was actually a simulacrum for myself as I went through public schools with progressively severe visual and hearing disabilities. Despite living in a body that refused to do what came so easily to others, I still felt, on some level, powerful.
The Tale of the Western Crocogator
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
The crocogator is an urban legend in the African-American tradition. In The Tale of the Western Crocogator, I take this legendary figure out of his native home in New York's Harlem and send him to Los Angeles. In his adventure he finds out things about himself he had not known and develops a new appreciation for his female companion.
The Listening Heart
Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Inspirational
A short story. Deafness separates her from the words of the people around her, but she is determined not to be separated from their hearts.
Prince Alarming
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
What really happens when Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty ride off on his white steed? Funny you should ask. We thought we knew. But the truth is, while he's wooing Sleeping Beauty, he's still married to Snow White and Cinderella. Things get zany when the seven dwarves show up to have a word with this ladies' man.
The Crossroads of Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,760. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Chloe doesn’t believe in coincidences, so when strange things keep happening, she seeks the help of a Candomblé priestess to find out what’s what. Oya, the Orisha of the wind, takes her through time and space from 21st century Los Angeles to 19th century Virginia where she and her ancestor Ayodele, a slave on a tobacco plantation, struggle to be more than is expected of them as women and Africans.

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