“No matter what I write, I want it to be haunting, suspenseful, and unforgettable. I want my readers, no matter who they are, to be able to step into my stories and interact with my characters. I want them to be able to step outside of their world and into mine. I want them to laugh, to cry, and to fall in love, if only for a short time.”

Sarah Johnson is a fiction writer from Michigan. However, she has lived in Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Ohio longer than she lived in Michigan. She loves Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and sarcasm. Her first book, Deadly Dreams, her YA paranormal romance, was self-published in 2011 under the name Sarah Dieng. Since then she has put out two others in the Death Walker Series and is working on the fourth book in that six-book series.

She began writing when she was just a child, handwriting a story about a boy and his dog, then reading it to an elderly disabled neighbor after every little bit that she finished. She once worked as a Feature Writer for a small-town newspaper, also taking her own photos and developing them in a darkroom. Sarah has always been an avid reader, reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mysteries when she was young, to currently reading Laurell K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, and Dale Mayer, among many others.

Sarah’s hope is to not only write books that allow the reader to disappear from the real world for a short time and enter a new one, but to “see” what she does when writing the story. Her goals are to finish the Death Walker Series at the same time she is trying to finish her thesis novel which is an adult paranormal/mystery/suspense novel. Her long-term goal would become not only a full-time author but also a professional freelance writer.

Sarah has a BA, MA, and MFA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Her other areas of study are Minors in Professional Writing and History, and a professional MFA certificate in Professional Writing. She currently lives in Mansfield, Ohio with her family and beagle-mix rescue dog Buddy and black domestic short-hair cat, Gator, also a rescue.