Author Spotlight on Shai Lynne Johnson: From Dyslexia to Publication


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I won the young author’s contest in elementary school. I wrote a fairy tale story and won 1st place in the Young Author’s competition. The name of my story was the Magical Butterfly. I choose a butterfly because I did a research on them and they start as a caterpillar then wraps itself up in a cocoon and then hatches out as a butterfly. I thought about how I am, which is, shy until I get to know you. Moving to Indiana was hard for me at first so I just turned some of my life into a fairy tale. My mom would say when I have no one to play with, I could entertain myself. After several people read my story, I was encouraged to put it into a book.


How long does it take you to write a book?

I have only written one children’s book and it took about a week to write it.


What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I am a full-time student and I help my mother with our family business. However, when I settle down in the evenings, I work on my next book projects.


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don't know that I have one but I do know I have a very active imagination!


Where do you get your information and inspiration for your books? I get my information and inspiration from my life and from my imagination.


When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book eight years ago. However, since then, I've continued to improve the book as well as add accessories to it. I o