Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson lives in Alaska. Know Not Why is her first novel. There are many more in the works.


Toil & Trouble: A Know Not Why Halloween (Mis)adventure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,940. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
It's that Halloweeny time of year, and Howie, Arthur, Kristy, and Cora are on a mission to create the perfect haunted house event at the store in order to win over new customers. Turns out, it's not as easy as it sounds. The characters from Know Not Why return in this romp full of workplace turmoil, eerie coincidences, sexy mummy costumes, and even more bantery friendship antics than ever before.
Know Not Why: A Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,650. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
Howie gets a job at a hokey arts ‘n crafts store to meet girls. Instead, he meets Arthur. Sure, Arthur is smart and charming and has distractingly magnificent eyelashes, but there’s no getting away from one troublesome fact: he’s a dude. And Howie, who’s spent the past twenty-two years being strictly unexceptional, isn’t about to shake up his whole (mediocre) existence now. ... Right?
Fires I Would Like To Know
Price: Free! Words: 6,810. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
'He tells me, like a regular Bluebeard, never to visit the third floor.' What if Jane Eyre had found another source of fascination at Thornfield Hall?
The Beautiful Thing: Fairytales Retold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,770. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A prince is caught between the doldrums of duty and the joys of (a most improper) love. A young woman sets no stock in all that dying-for-love nonsense, and woe betide the anguished knight who tries to brood at her. And a little girl observes more of life, love, and regret than anyone would have thought to expect from a clever and vengeful witch. Three old stories given new shapes.

Smashwords book reviews by Hannah Johnson

  • Sherwood Forest: Homecoming on June 23, 2014

    "Homecoming" is the first story in the Sherwood Forest series, which retells the Robin Hood legend in a way that's less merry Disney foxes, more thoughtful examination of the sociopolitical dynamics underlying the original stories. I have to admit that the Robin Hood I am most familiar with is the super cheesy BBC TV series from a few years ago (and it was often no picnic, y'all), so I'm really enjoying getting to delve into a new version of this tale. The first story begins with Robin's return to England after fighting in the Crusades, where he finds a very different Nottingham than the one he left--a village that not only desperately needs a hero to protect them from the Sheriff, but is vaguely resentful that Robin left them to fall into such destitution in the first place. Robin doesn't take on the role of hero easily; he's haunted and shaken by fresh memories of war: Home. Where was home, now? Nowhere he recognized. But perhaps that wasn’t the problem. Perhaps he’d been gone so long, and fighting so hard that the Crusade had melted him down and forged him into something new- a valuable tool for God’s war, but entirely unusable for anything else. The story introduces a number of really compelling characters. My favorites so far are Marian -- Robin's wife, held captive in the Sheriff's castle, fiercely pragmatic and good at hiding her fury at the way Nottingham has fallen to pieces -- and Shaima, a young woman brought back from Jaffa by Robin and rightfully upset over being dragged into a new world that seems to have no place for her. (I gotta say that the dynamic between Shaima and Will Scarlet stands out; friends, I ship it already.) Fans of Robin Hood tales, medieval settings, and/or compelling ensembles of characters will really enjoy this read. I love serialized storytelling and the way it lets us get to know the characters in such a substantial, long-lasting way; I'm really excited to get to know the Sherwood Forest characters better in the following installments! A fantastic beginning.