Catherine E. Johnson


As a young child I loved to read, but never dreamed of being a writer. . .but here I am.

As an adult I read mostly nonfiction, but one day it dawned on me how elements of nonfiction could merge with fiction in a way to shed light on the darkness of reality.

A story that shares familiar pains, but from an unfamiliar point of view could possibly empower and inspire; or at least provoke readers to think about how they themselves are living. Young adults who think they know everything there is to know about life already, could benefit from a different perspective without personal blemish, and be inspired to focus on making the right choices to make the world a better place for themselves and everyone around them.

Being an author is a brand new experience for me. I did not make the decision to become one in search of fame or fortune. Of course it would be nice to have a best seller; earn an achievement award, or even just supplement my income; but that is not the reason I write. I write because I wish to inspire and empower others . God is real and regardless of a person's name, upbringing, or personal mistakes, everyone is entitled to His blessings.

I realize not everyone believes in God and those that do may not share the same beliefs; but we ARE all united by faith. I only hope that 'Born To Return The Gift' and its sequel, 'End All To Be All' provokes the reader who does not feel worthy of God's promise, or doesn't believe in a God, to open their heart and consider an alternative reality and the possibilities involved. Most importantly l hope readers cease judging people like books by their cover alone.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Connecticut during the fifties and sixties. The first time I was called the 'N' word was a memory I haven't forgotten to this day. I I was only about eight or nine years old. Although I didn't understand the implication, I felt it was something bad because it hurt my feelings and made me feel less than the person who spit that derogatory name out at me. As I grew older I consciously learned about what was happening across the country, particularly in the South; and always felt that people should just let people be people without categorizing them on the basis of the color of their skin and what side of the tracks they lived on. My characters lived in my mind for a long time before I started writing about them because I felt compelled to tell a story with the hope that something good, empowering, and provoking could be gleaned from it. The book became cumbersome so I split it into two separate books. That's how 'Born To Return The Gift' and 'End All To Be All' evolved.
What do your fans mean to you?
LOL - The few I think I may have are mostly silent, outside of a few posted reviews; but they mean everything to my growth and improvement as a writer.
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End All To Be All
Michael was in love and when he lost it he went through the motions of living until his money was gone and his gold digging wife kicked him to the curb for another man. His fight to recover from alcohol and pain pill addiction, leads him to the position of Director over End All To Be All, an ADP geared to assist others suffering from alcohol/drug addictions. It is here he learns addiction is an imprisoned state of mind, and how easily the love of money becomes the root of all evil.


End All To Be All
Series: Returning The Gift, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 92,160. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A story of recovery and the search for a better program. An entreprenuerial venture gone wrong causes a main character to hijack the business plan created for the End All To Be All facility in order to right a wrong.
Born To Return The Gift
Series: Returning The Gift, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,400. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Struggles of depression with PTSD provoke denial. Self medication with alcohol doesn't deter reflections. Homeless again, does she stay in California or return to the East Coast to assist family members in crisis. A recurring nightmare forces its total exposure proving itself more real than imaginary as it takes demonic possession making her fight for dominion over her soul.

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Smashwords book reviews by Catherine E. Johnson

  • Spitting on the Devil on Sep. 04, 2010
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    An excellent and humorous take on hell in 8 short pages. Seriously brought to mind Plato's 'Cave Allegory' in the sense of gaining knowledge of reality beyond the illusion of the material world.