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New Extreme Novelists Course now online. Read about this exciting opportunity.

     The Extreme Novelist book

The Extreme Novelists Book

The No-Time-to-Write Method for Drafting Your Novel in 8 Weeks



     The Shadow Princess

The Shadow Princess

To catch one of history’s most notorious killers, a princess risks losing her family, her life—and her heart…


Seducing the Princess

 Seducing the Princess

   by Mary Hart Perry

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     I Never Thought I'd See yYou Again

I Never Thought I'd See You Again

See Kathrine's short story in the anthology.


     The Wild Princess

The Wild Princess

by Mary Hart Perry

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The Gentleman Poet

The Gentleman Poet

by Kathryn Johnson

Now available

A novel of love, danger, and Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

The Gentleman Poet was awarded the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award for strong romantic elements.

Danger, and Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
Winner of the Booksellers' Best Award
for Young Adult Novel

Detroit Prize

Check out Kathryn's interview on Borders True Romance Blog

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WRITE BY YOU: A Personal Mentoring Service

Kathryn M. Johnson, LLC

Helping novice and veteran writers reach their full potential.

Do you dream of sharing your stories with the world?

Does becoming a published author who works from home appeal to you?

Or perhaps your writing career isn’t living up to your expectations these days and you feel it needs a boost.

If you’re willing to invest some time, effort, and a little money in your future as an author, I’m willing to share my experience with you and help you move closer to achieving your writing goals. But before you make any decisions about inviting me into your life, you’ll want to learn something about your writing coach…


Getting to Know Your Writing Mentor: Kathryn Johnson

When I started writing with the dream of becoming a published author, I discovered something surprising.  The most difficult task wasn't putting words on paper.  It was getting honest, knowledgeable feedback on my writing.  What was I doing right?  Where were my weaknesses and how could I write better?  Did my manuscripts look like the work of a professional, or had I unwittingly left little clues that I was a rank amateur?  After years of writing and submitting to publishers, the only thing I had to show for my effort was a pile of rejection slips.

Then something magical happened.  Read more

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I work with writers of all levels from novice to multi-published. Fiction is my specialty—novels, novellas, short stories—in a variety of genres. Among my favorites are romance, mysteries, thrillers, historical and mainstream fiction for both adults and children. I also have helped clients with their memoirs, biographies, and family histories.

Because my background is in education, I don’t simply edit material that comes to me. I work hard at educating and advising my clients, helping them become better writers and showing them ways to shape their style and their concepts to work for today’s publishing market. I keep in touch, gently critique, and encourage my writers to stick to a productive writing schedule. My clients know they can call on me when the going gets rough. We untangle writing problems together. Read more