Hello, thank you so much for dropping by! I’m Maria Johnson (pen name), an author. I love everything to with books, words and writing. I have two historical fiction novels and one fantasy/mystery novel for older children published. Head here to check out my published books!


Recently I was interviewed on a podcast ‘Castaway Books’ by author Deborah Klee. I chat about 5 books that have influenced me as an author. Here it is below if you want to check it out!

Also here’s the extract of Lottie’s Locket read out by my friend’s daughter, Jess Williams! It featured as part of a ‘meet the author’ event and I think Jess did a wonderful job!

About Me

Let me tell you a bit about me. I’ve been scribbling down stories for as long as I can remember. The main character for my Celtic era historical fiction series, Daniel (the first three books, anyway!) has been in my head since I was seven. I’ve also just submitted my third historical fiction novel to my publishers, so I’m now waiting to hear back from them!

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At the moment, I’m writing the 4th novel in my historical fiction series. It’s set in the same world but about 15 years later and from the point of view of a different character, Imogen. I’m also currently participating in Camp NaNoWriMo2021, a virtual writing challenge.

As well as my novel writing, I have I have a blog. I post every Monday, or sometimes Tuesday, about a variety of topics. There’s ‘The Writer Craft’ series where I talk about aspects of writing, book reviews and short stories in response to writing prompts. More occasionally I also blog about my author updates or something related to the world of my novels.

I also have a newsletter I send out on the 3rd Saturday of every month. I update you on a bit of author news and recommend a featured book each month, as well as a handy link to my latest four blog posts. Plus a cute picture of my dog in a little section called ‘Chewie’s Corner’. You’ll get a free copy of my recent fantasy novel ‘Lottie’s Locket’ when you sign up! At the moment I’m also thinking of including an ‘extra’ smaller edition on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Finally, there’s my gallery section where you can check out book covers and other aesthetics. Happy browsing!

Author Interviews

For more info about me as a writer, you can check out an Olympia spotlight interview I did my publishers, soon after my first novel was released. I’ve also had a interview with with the review blog Across the Bookiverse’. Then there’s this author interview with historical fiction reader, writer and blogger, Jean Roberts, focussing more on my historical fiction.

I also appeared on my husband’s podcast, Daily Dose of Joy, where I talk about my books and how they relate to my Christian faith. Then most recently, I appeared on Deborah Klee’s Castaway Books podcast, where we chatted about 5 books that have influenced me.

Each chat focusses on slightly different elements of my writing and my books so you may find them interesting! 🙂

Other interests

As an author, you can imagine how much I love writing. I also enjoy swimming, spending time with my friends and delving into a good book with a cup of coffee. I’m a Christian, so I love church and getting involved in wider Christian organisations. I’m looking forward to meeting with my church family physically!

I also love walking this one, my 2 year old Staffy cross named Chewie! He is very friendly and loves cuddles and cardboard.

Lovely to connect with you! Here’s another chance to check out my my blog, more about my books and my newsletter, where you can get a free preview of Lottie’s Locket. These links are also on my site menu.

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Till next time, Maria 🙂