A former AP English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard’s passion is reading and writing. Her works have appeared in the following publications: University of Michigan Graduate Studies Publications, Heart of Ann Arbor Magazine, Houston Style Magazine, World Oil Magazine, The Suburban Reporter of Houston, The Mississippi Press, University of South Florida Area Health Education Magazine, the international Word Among Us, Gulf Coast Writers Association Anthologies, and the Cowbird-NPR production on small town America. Her entry, “The Last Mayberry,” received over 7,500 views, nationally and internationally.
Johnnie received “Equal Runner-Up” in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Essay Category. Her essay, “Ignorance or Innocence” was judged by bestselling, non-fiction writer and poet Rodger Kamenetz. Her novel, A Good Girl received top ten finalist recognition in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. It is set for publication in spring 2017 by Texas Review Pres. For more about A Good Girl, please visit the author’s web site at www.johnniebernhardauthor.com .
As a literary agent for Loiacono Literary Agency, she is a speaker for writer’s conferences around the country, where she supports writers in developing their craft. For more information about her work, visit LLA on line at www.llallc.net .
Johnnie and her husband reside in a 19th Century cottage surrounded by ancient oak trees and a salt water marsh near the Mississippi Sound. They share that delightful space with their dog, Lily, and cat, Poncho.