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Mark Johnson

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I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Now, in my sixties, I live happily in Scottsdale, Arizona, among the saguaros and palm trees.

From an early age, I found writing to be comforting and exhilarating. Since retiring in 2014 from corporate life, I've authored several books to pay tribute to vivid people and memories from my experiences in North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and Arizona.

From Fertile Ground, my first book, is a three-generation memoir and writer's mosaic about love and loss. It explores the importance of family and desire we each have to create our own path.

My second book, Tales of a Rollercoaster Operator, includes stories from my Missouri childhood. It was a nonfiction semi-finalist at the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books Literary
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Mark Johnson Writing brings me joy and comfort. It is my creative sanctuary. When I write, I am happiest exploring the beauty of nature and the most meaningful mom…moreWriting brings me joy and comfort. It is my creative sanctuary. When I write, I am happiest exploring the beauty of nature and the most meaningful moments and people in my life,(less)
Mark Johnson Make your writing a regular practice. Create a small space in your home that is devoted to your writing. When you are in the early stages of the writi…moreMake your writing a regular practice. Create a small space in your home that is devoted to your writing. When you are in the early stages of the writing process, hold tight to your words, ideas and creative convictions. If gathering feedback is important to you, wait until your first draft is complete. Then, share it with a few trusted friends who are your creative allies.(less)
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From Fertile Ground: FREE March 24 through 28

In late March 2016, at age fifty-eight, I completed and published my first book From Fertile Ground: The Story of My Journey, My Grief, My Life. This story set me on a course to create a life as an author, which a few years before felt unattainable.

I introduced readers to three writers--my farming grandfather, resilient mother, and grief-stricken self--weaving together our stories in our own words Read more of this blog post »
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