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‘An English Major who hated to read and write’

By Staff | Nov 6, 2019

Dr. Brian C. Johnson

MUNCY–November is typically reserved as the month which Thanksgiving occurs; however, multiple observances which pertain to authors, reading, and writing are also noted. For example, weekly observances include National Young Readers Week (second full week), National Authors’ Day (Nov. 1), and I Love to Write Day (Nov. 15).

National Novel Writing Month, known as “NaNoWriMo” also launches each November, and through the established Internet website, challenges participants to write a novel by the end of 30 days. The novel must contain 50,000 words, or an average of 1,666 words per day. The writing platform has been especially crucial in helping a local author recently publish his last two books.

Known among his colleagues as the English Major who hated to read and write, Dr. Brian C. Johnson, of Milton, joined the website community in 2008. “I plan my month around NaNoWriMo,” he said. “It’s an excellent program if you want to be a better writer. For me, NaNoWriMo is the way to get words on the page.”

Dr. Johnson was on hand at this month’s First Friday event in Williamsport, signing books at Otto Book Store. This Sunday, Nov. 10, he, along with other area authors, will be present at the second annual local authors event at Muncy Public Library Nov. 10, scheduled from 1-4 p.m.

Published last August, Dr. Johnson’s newest release, “Send Judah First,” is quickly becoming a must-read, unforgettable title. Though it is categorized as historical fiction, the story is based on Judah, a real-life young African girl who was enslaved at Belle Grove Plantation in Virginia. It also includes 35 recipes which he either created himself or adapted from other recipes. The book was also selected as Editor’s Choice for this month by the Historical Novel Society organization. Johnson was elated upon notification.

Dr. Johnson believes an integral key to optimizing NaNoWriMo is the scheduled group meet-ups with other regional writers. Typically, the Williamsport chapter meets Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. at the James V. Brown Library or on Saturdays 12-4 p.m. at Panera, both in Billtown. There, they socialize, write, and encourage each other to press onward during the month-long marathon.

Johnson, who has previously published six other titles, has a lifetime goal of writing 20 books; no doubt participating in NaNoWriMo will be included in that process.