A Conversation with Melora Johnson, author of Earthbound

Thank you to Christy Jackson Nicholas for hosting me on her blog today!

Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist

Today, I am hosting a fantastic newly published author, Melora Johnson! Her first novel is being published on January 15th, 2020 by Tirgearr Publishing.

Cover of Earthbound by Melora Johnson

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Thank You
I’d like to start by thanking Christy for hosting me on her blog and in her newsletter so I can reach out to all you lovely people who enjoy reading fantasy! And thank YOU for taking the time to read.

About Melora

My name is Melora Johnson and I live high on a hilltop in the countryside of Upstate New York. I’m a mom to one funny and sweet pre-teen girl and I’ve been married for almost ten years to my wonderfully supportive husband. I’m also a librarian in a small city.

I got a lot out of reading growing up – escapism, comfort, and learning. In college I learned that there was a term for it, “bibliotherapy.” I wanted to give…

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My First Interview as an Author

Wow! My first interview as an author just went up. Check it out! (I think I said too much.)




The Friday Poem: Sometimes


The Friday Poem: Autumn Morn


The Friday Poem: Good-bye Dragonfly


The Friday Poem: But what?

A Friday mystery poem. Anyone care to take a stab at what changed, or continue the story with their own?


Update: Poem Shares and Write-ins


Wow! There were 172 shares of my last poem when I grabbed this screen capture on Monday. I’m always amazed, and grateful, when I post a poem and people let me know that they are enjoying it. A lot of the time I’m just trying to get feelings out about a situation or event, or trying to capture a moment in time. It’s wonderful to know that some of what I’m saying is resonating with others. Thank you!

I hosted a write-in at my library over the weekend. Getting a room full of people together to work on their own projects may seem a little odd to someone who has never experienced it but it generates a kind of creative energy in the room that propels you forward.

I provide a spread of food and prizes for various little contests. We do writing sprints, where people write as many words as they can for ten minutes and then the person who writes the most gets a prize. (Sometimes I give a prize to the person who writes the least too.) This time we also did prizes for the first person in the room, someone writing a memoir, and someone who did research before the write-in.

If you’d like to experience a write-in, National Novel Writing Month is coming in November and there will be write-ins all over the country. You can find more info at NaNoWriMo dot org.

Personally, I did more research than writing this time but I guess that’s the way it goes when you’re trying to write a story that captures the feel of a historic event like the reconnaissance of Iwo Jima in 1945. I keep finding new facts that spark new questions. Eventually, the story will find solid footing and then it will really take off.

The Friday Poem: Imprints


Update: Inspirational Books – Not What You Think

Like a crazy writer, I’m just adding pages every day to my works in progress, using whatever inspiration comes my way.
Working in a public library, one thing that catches my eye are the books on the shelves. Here are a couple that I found inspirational this past week.
Excruciatingly correct behavior, anyone? I’ll take a pass. But, it could be a fun thing to play with in a story.

The Friday Poem: Hidden


The Friday poem. From A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace, Grief, and Passion. (Available through Amazon as print or ebook.)

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