The Authors Bookshelf – Sue Johnson @SueJohnson9


Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Another new to me author this week, Sue Johnson writes is a poet, short story writer and novelist as well as a writing tutor. Definitely, a good person to know! It’s been lovely getting to know you Sue, and thank you for taking part. I hope you all enjoy her bookshelf.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
The first book I remember seeing (when I was still in my cot) was a rag book that a friend of my Gran’s made for me. It had pictures of a house and the animals that lived in it.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
In the Heart of the Sea’ by Nathaniel Philbrick. (It’s the true story that ‘Moby Dick’ is based on)

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The House of New Beginnings’ by Lucy Diamond.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

A Pocketful of Crows’ by Joanne Harris, ‘Birdcage Walk’ by Helen Dunmore, ‘The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café’ by Mary Simses, ‘The Silk Weaver’ by Liz Trenow, ‘Longbourn’ by Jo Baker.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The latest one by Lucy Diamond, ‘The Travelling Bag’ by Susan Hill, ‘Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book‘ by Lucy Moore.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

The Joy of Mindful Writing’ by Joy Kenward.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
I am amazed and thankful that any of them are there! I am particularly proud of my latest book ‘Apple Orchard, Lemon Grove’ – published just before Christmas.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
The Lollipop Shoes’ by Joanne Harris.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes – I’m working on two different ideas at the moment. One is a regency and the other is a time-slip.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Sue Johnson’s Bookshelf

About Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist. She also creates books aimed at helping other writers. Sue is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor and also runs her own brand of writing workshops. Her poems and stories are inspired by walking in the countryside near her Worcestershire home, eavesdropping in cafes and reading fairy-tales. Further details of Sue’s work can be found at Follow her on Twitter @SueJohnson9

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Thank you so much for taking part Sue.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right no


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