Amy R. Johnson currently resides in Plano, Texas with her husband and two sons. Always passionate about teaching, learning, and helping others, she teaches high school English at a public school and College Preparatory Courses at a private school.
In her two previous novels, Never Let Go and Never Say Never, Amy tackled the tough issues of domestic violence and PTSD. Her characters and situations are so authentic and life-like that readers often question her about the parallels of her life and the characters in her novels.
Never Let Go, an eye-opening story about dealing with domestic abuse, is a tribute to her hometown, El Dorado, Arkansas. Never Say Never is the second book in the series about the fictional character Amina Jefferson and this book touches on the struggles and harsh realities of PTSD.
“So many people have asked if I based the character on myself and my life experiences. The answer remains yes, no and maybe. Amina is me, you, your mother, your sister, your daughter, your aunt, your cousin, your niece, your co-worker, your best friend, the woman you can’t stand, the women that you speak to everyday and the strangers that you pass by without a second thought. There’s a part of her in every woman. I sincerely hope that you enjoy her stories,” was Amy’s remarks at a book signing event for her first two books.
Never Look Back continues Amina’s story. Alcoholism is the main topic, and Amina shares the “struggle” spotlight with Anthony, his daughter Arielle, and her coworker Serena. Expanding these characters’ stories has led to the promise of another book in the series, Never Give Up.
Over the years, Mrs. Johnson’s reasons for writing have transformed in many ways, but they basically remained the same: “My purposes for writing are to shine a ‘soft and empathetic’ light on painful life experiences, provide hope, laughter, joy and promote a ‘love affair’ with literacy. “If my words can help someone laugh, love, or learn, then I feel like I have contributed something meaningful to the world and hopefully my legacy will live on for many generations.”