Nard J

Biography

Hello Smashwords audience, my name is Dennard Johnson. The pen name I use is Nard J. Right now I am twenty-six years old. I first started writing at the age of seventeen. I didn't really know how to write or what to write, I just knew that I wanted to write at some point in life. My first few projects didn't pan out because I just didn't take as much interest in them. I was starting college and working full time. I joined the military, then got sidetracked even more. It wasn't until recently that I got the time to actually sit down and put my thoughts on paper and learn how to write.
To get a little bit more personal about myself: I grew up in a single parent home and was essentially an only child. I did have older siblings, but they were years older than me. In school I was an all-around athlete and student, however, I wasn't great, but I was above average in just about everything I participated in. In college, I changed my major three different times. First I studied Agriculture, then History and finally Software Engineering. I enjoyed all three, but neither could hold my attention longer than a semester or two. My passion has always been writing and being in control of the words and thoughts in my mind. I hope that you all enjoy the work that I publish here and let me know what you think about it.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Arkansas called Pine Bluff. It's 30 minutes south of Little Rock on I-530. Growing up there, if you weren't into sports, there wasn't much to do outside of school. I took that time to start dabbling in writing short stories and poems, until I got sidetracked trying to find my way. I went through a lot, but it has shaped me and gave me a lot of things to write about in a fiction style.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in when I was around 17 years old, but I stopped for a while, then started writing again around the age of 24.
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Books

Recognizing What's Real
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,710. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Deidra comes back into Tim's life at the most unexpected time and turns his whole world upside down. Tim finds himself stuck between choosing if he wants to try and work it out with his old flame or continue going around in circles with his now girlfriend, Ally. While Tim's life seems to be going up in flames, his friend Shaky finds himself falling for a woman who wants nothing from him.
Four Walls
Price: Free! Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
After spending an awesome night together, Darius and Phire's romance is starting to heat up. They have spent a lot of time together over the last few weeks and after not seeing each other for a while, Darius invites Phire to his new house for a romantic dinner. So much for the forbidden fruit being off limits. Their relationship is striving to prove that your business can be your pleasure.
In The Morning ft. Darius Coleman
Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Darius has just finished his first season in the NBA as a stand out player. He's looking to make his name a household brand and he needs a real agent. A friend of his family introduces him to Phire Wilson and he sees more than just an agent in her. After he hires her as his agent, he is feeling confident and asks her out on her on a date, but he isn't sure if she will see the date in the same way.
In The Morning
Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Phire Wilson is about to take her talent search agency to the next level by signing an up and coming NBA star. She has been all work and no play over her career. Now that it is time to make the biggest deal of her career thus far she is starting to feel that a little play time might be in order. Darius catches her eye, but she knows that he is like a forbidden fruit for her career. Will she bite?
Quiet Savage
Price: Free! Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Troy aka Savage has finds himself in a state prison and is looking to do his time as quietly as possible. Most of the other inmates respect his decision to do his time by staying out of the way. He spends his time by reading, working out and watching television. When trouble arises, he is faced with the decision that most prisoners have to deal with at some time or another, fight or walk away.

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