Sunday, October 26, 2008

Meet Author Tinisha Nicole Johnson

Humble, down-to-earth, reserved at times, and a cheerful giver, are just a few words to describe Tinisha Nicole Johnson. She was born in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and grew up and still resides in Denver, Colorado. Tinisha is an entrepreneur, an only child, a wife and mother of two. When she's not writing she also hosts political teleconferences.

Her deepest passion for writing started at the early age of eleven, with poetry. One of her earliest poems written at the age of fifteen, can be read at Poets Haven, entitled, "Prisoners of Life." Since poetry, she began writing short stories, then novels and also articles.

Tinisha has written various articles for 'The Black Corner' section of a local urban magazine entitled, Denver's Finest Underground. In 2004, her short story, "Mother and Son Moment," was published in the Chicken Soup for the African American Soul (2004). Her poetry can be seen on various sites, including her own poetry website. She contributed poetry to a collaborated anthology, entitled Step Up To The Mic: A Poetic Explosion, edited by Michael J. Burt. (September 2007) It features some of HBO's Def Poets, and many more.

Tinisha's debut novel, Searchable Whereabouts, was published and released in February 2008 by Xpress Yourself Publishing. Tinisha recently collaborated with two authors in the inspiring book, Somebody Prayed For Me with a release date of December 2008. She is currently working on her next novel.

In addition to Tinisha's literary passions, she is co-founder of a non-profit organization Authors Supporting Authors (ASA). The group was created by founder, Linda R. Herman, in September 2007 and promotes avid reading and supports authors, while providing resources. It's a great network of talented authors, artists, poets, professionals and publishers. Tinisha also publishes a quarterly newsletter for the group.

Some of her influences are Maya Angelou, Stephen King, Zane, James Patterson and Oprah. She also says that she's influenced by new and old authors alike who are passionate about what they do.

Lastly, Tinisha has an Associates Degree, a Paralegal Certificate and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. And she has successfully completed Long Ridges Writers Group, which is an 18-month program entitled, Breaking Into Print. Tinisha would love to hear from you. Click on 'Contact' or sign her guestbook which she reads frequently.

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