Author Archives: journojohnson

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.

New Zealand and the Lord of the Rings

Novelist S.C Skillman had visited Australia several times and even lived there for a period, but in November 2019, she made her first trip to New Zealand. As writer of paranormal mystery novels and a lover of JR Tolkien’s Lord … Continue reading

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New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud

To introduce my series about New Zealand past and present, I want to share some pictures of the place I have visited and enjoyed three times. New Zealand, or ‘Aoteroa’, as the Maoris call it, ‘Land of the Long White … Continue reading

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Ilness and Loss

As a follow-on from my series on writing with illness, disability and loss, I would like to finish the series by drawing some parallels on these topics by referring to my book, Waireka. Eliza, the heroine of my book, is … Continue reading

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Creativity through Loss

During these times of dealing with a major pandemic, illness followed by loss is a large part of our national and personal experience. Following on from my series dealing with creativity in sickness and disability, I would now like to … Continue reading

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3rd posting in my Writing with illness and disability series

Hello, Kathryn at this time of medical crisis in the UK, I am interested to see that you have been both a hospice nurse and a patient of cancer yourself. 1) Can you talk me through your nurse training and … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings to all my followers

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Rosemary Smith

Here is my second blog in my series, ‘illness and disability. While we are all self-distancing and worried about the Coronavirus, it is worth still remembering those who suffer or have suffered from cancer. Here below is Rosy Smith’s story. … Continue reading

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Writing with illness and disabilities 1

Contentment in the challenges? By Liz Carter It’s such a delight for me to be engaging with Sheila’s questions today. Sheila asked me to share a little about some of the challenges I’ve faced with my long-term lung diseases, especially … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Waireka’ by Sheila Donald, set in nineteenth century New Zealand – a story which makes you see your own life in a new perspective

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Before I start my series on New Zealand, which I visited in November 2019, I am delighted to review a book set in the very place I visited – New Zealand’s North Island. Map…

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My talk on New Zealand and my book Waireka

I would like to share with you my slides of New Zealand which I have put together for my talks. I will also share some of the content with you too. I want you to feel that you were there! … Continue reading

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