Hidden Shelf
Feb 17, 2020
11 min read

Basic info:

Full Name:  Brian C. Johnson

Printed works: Send Judah First: The Erased Life of an Enslaved Soul; The Room Downstairs.

Current Projects : Caesar: Free Slave; Me, My Selfie & I: A Black Lives Matter Novel; Sintimacy: The Novel

Quick Facts About Me: I am the father of 4, and the grandfather of 8, and I am an avid kite flyer.


Background, Growing up, and a little bit about yourself

  1. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
    Nurturing, Committed, Fanatic
  2. Where did you grow up?
    New Castle, PA
  3. Describe your hometown in three words:
    depressed former steeltown
  4. What were your parents like? What was your relationship with your parents?
    I grew up in an uber religious home. My father died when I was five, so I had a single parent for the most part. My mom is the black Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond). Growing up, my mom and I were very close (I am the youngest of her three sons). She taught me a love of food, particularly cooking and baking.
  5. Do you have siblings? What was your relationship like with your siblings growing up?
    I am at once the youngest child and the middle of my siblings. My mom remarried when I was 21. My father (we don’t do “step” in my family) has three daughters all younger than me. Yup, we are the black Brady Bunch.
  1. Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?
    I have to thank my wife, Darlene, as she has been my biggest challenger, cheerleader, and supporter. She’s helped me to see possibilities where I felt there were none.

  1.  As a child did you enjoy school? What kind of student were you?
    I LOVED school! I was identified as gifted and got to attend the Academic Games which were these brainiac nerd games.  
  1. What were you like in high school?
    I was semi-popular, but had very low self-esteem. Senior year, I was voted “best dressed.” I used to be a real clothes horse.
  1. When you were younger, what did you “want to be when you grew up”?
    I used to say either a fireman or a preacher. Now, being a pastor, I realize that I am a fireman of sorts.
  2. If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
    I’d be a kangaroo. I love being a father, and I live for my kids. If I could pack them away in a pouch, I probably would.

On Books and Writing:

  1. What time of the day do you usually write?
  2.  What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
    Persistence. I’m easily distracted.
  3.  What do you like to do when you are not writing?
  4. When did you first realize that you wanted to be an author?I didn’t know I could write—never imagined being a novelist. I’m a storyteller. Finding out my writing gift was a blessing.
  5.   What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
    I see my books as movies first.
  6.   What suggestions would you give to aspiring writers?
    There is room for your story, your unique perspective and ways of looking at the world.
  7. Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
    Twitter: @thereelbrian   IG: @dr.briancjohnson

Written by Rachel Wickstrom 

Rachel Wickstrom coordinates marketing at Hidden Shelf Publishing house. She’s an avid reader, master party-planner, craft enthusiast, a mom to two young boys with wildly long hair, and is married to a hospital chaplain. As an Oregon native, Rachel’s childhood memories are scented with juniper berries and the crisp mountain air of Central Oregon. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho where her days are scented with lukewarm coffee, and spilled snacks.

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