I’ve been absent on the blog for a few days — weeks actually.  But there is a good reason.  My second novel, contracted by The Wild Rose Press — the publisher of ‘Acquisition’ — has been keeping me busy!

Yes, my friends.  Novel number two will be coming out this year!

With taglines to write, blurbs to approve, cover art to look through, and my first round of edits, it has been an exciting start to the new year.  And I am not complaining.  On the contrary!  I couldn’t be happier.

“Content is King. Promotion is Queen.” — Bob Mayer Tweet this

Receiving the offer for the second novel has been supremely validating.  I suppose there is a part of the psyche ready to accept that publishing one novel could be a fluke.  The second offer has settled me into my role as a novelist, and yet, it has made me hungrier than ever to learn more about the craft and grow as a writer.

And while the editing process for this second novel — (I’ll release the title in another post.  Isn’t that just like an author — leave you in suspense so you’ll come back for more!) — continues, I am proceeding to write the next new novel and working on the young adult which has been an ongoing project.

“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin

While this is wonderful, it is time consuming.  So there may be gaps when I am missing from the blog.  I apologize for this in advance.  Just know it is in the effort to make even more art from my imagination and/or personal experiences.

There are a few terrific posts coming up — mostly interviews with some exciting writers and teachers you will not want to miss.  The Monastic Writing workshop I attended in Italy will be featured soon, preceded by an interview with its founder and instructor.

“Where will your writing take you?” Justen Ahren  Tweet this

A musician-turned-writer — someone most of you will recognize — is in the works.  I hope to have some guest posts for you as well.

So even when I am not blogging or visiting with you, I am working to obtain inspirational pieces worthy of your time, or honing my professional skills.  In the meantime, stay warm and safe.  I’ll be making my rounds to visit with you soon!

“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.”  Paulo Coelho tweet-graphic-1

As per the advice of Paulo Coelho, please share your thoughts about writing — or anything else — in the comments section.

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.