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Lana Wood Johnson

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Lana Wood Johnson was born and raised in Iowa in the time before the internet but has spent the rest of her life making up for that. After years working in wireless communication for companies of all sizes, she now works doing the same for a local youth shelter. Lana lives in Minnesota with her husband and their English bulldog.

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Lana Wood Johnson I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't think about anything other than traditional publishing until I wrote and FULLY queried three different manus…moreI made a deal with myself that I wouldn't think about anything other than traditional publishing until I wrote and FULLY queried three different manuscripts. I made sure to focus on getting better at all the pieces each time.

I told myself after three I'd decide if I wanted to go farther or self-pub. TYSI was my third MS. My second one got close, so close each rejection hurt. TYSI got so much closer, but it wasn't till I was about done querying that I got my offer.

The farther you push the harder it gets. But I learned how to turn rejection into proof I was trying. It's okay to stop every once in a while and reevaluate what is important to you, but never think it's over. There's a lot about pursuing publishing that's business, don't take rejection as anything other than a business decision, not a critique of your skill.(less)
Lana Wood Johnson TYSI was a combination of a few things: the vague idea of writing a "Return of Martin Guerre" retelling, volunteering at a local youth shelter's text …moreTYSI was a combination of a few things: the vague idea of writing a "Return of Martin Guerre" retelling, volunteering at a local youth shelter's text line, and a friendship I had in the mid 90s. The inspirations all kind of came together when I wanted to try writing a book that leaned all the way into what I'm good at, just to prove I could write a book.

Haley and Martin's relationship is similar to but very different from one I had, but as for characters based on real people...let's just say I got really lazy in the worldbuilding because I didn't think I was actually going to pull the story off.(less)
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Told partly through chat transcriptions, the novel reimagines Cyrano de Bergerac for the tech era. Aspiring tech genius Skylar tries to keep her academic competition team together by setting up her most valuable teammate with her archnemesis, only to realize she's falling for him herself.

It should hit stores mid-2021 but you can add it to your TBR today!

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