Linda Johnson’s love of reading began at an early age. When her six-year-old sister was learning to read in school, Linda asked her mom to teach her to do the same. She was four at the time. Later, when Linda entered kindergarten, her teacher would ask her to read to the class whenever she needed a break.
Linda’s love of reading led to her love of writing. The idea for the anthology — extending the reading life for someone with memory loss — combined her two loves.
Her flash fiction, Crossing Guard, centers on a middle-school girl who is embarrassed by her mother’s need to always do the “right” thing instead of the “cool” thing. She admits it is based on “a true event that happened as my mom drove me to school one day.” She updated the story to present day and added a fictional ending which causes her narrator to reevaluate and appreciate her mother. From a brief memory, Linda created a full story with a character who experiences an “ah-ha” moment of personal growth.
Linda’s other recent publications have been in the anthology, Carolina Crimes: 21 Tales of Need, Greed and Dirty Deeds and the Red Clay Review. Another story, Awakenings, will be published in the upcoming Boundless anthology which will launch in mid-April at the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Her story is about a woman who is dealing with her husband’s decision to transition to a woman, a story inspired by Bruce Jenner transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner and the subsequent national dialogue on this topic.
In addition to her writing life, Linda volunteers as a reading tutor through the Chatham Educational Foundation’s SOAR program. She finds her volunteer hours rewarding and hopes to bring the joy of reading to a little girl who is currently struggling with learning how to read, but like Linda, the girl shares “a positive outlook and drive to learn.” Tutoring is Linda’s way to complete the circle in her reading and writing life.
If you’d like to read more of Linda’s story, check out the book here: bit.ly/READFLASH
If you’d like to keep up with Linda and her writing, visit her website: lindajohnson.us
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.