Let's face it--we're all staying home a lot more these days. Some of us don't get out at all! And after a while, even Zoom conversations with champagne or wine can become humdrum. Perhaps the only good thing about being constantly indoors for the past year (yes, almost a year) has been the opportunity to spend time in front of my computer writing as well as looking for interesting new authors and intriguing stories to read.
That's why I enjoy featuring authors on my blog, because I get to not only learn about their books but about the people behind the people behind those books as well. Today's guest in My Writing Corner is author Margo Johnson, and I've enjoyed discovering her story and her latest book.
Author Margot Johnson grew up in a family of writers and says she has always loved books and
When not writing, she says she loves to connect with family and friends, volunteer with SK Writers Guild. She tells us she also likes to walk at least 10,000 steps a day (except when it's minus 40!) She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with her amazing husband and beloved golden retriever.
Let's get more directly from Margo herself:
For many years, I worked in a busy corporate environment, and I left a leadership role in human resources and communications to focus on writing. Now instead of guiding employees, I create characters who have minds of their own!
In LOVE LEADS THE WAY, Tessa coaches Mark in leadership, but they both need lessons in love! I hope you have fun with these clashing coworkers as they discover where love leads.
The story is fiction but draws on some of my experiences at work and at home. I’d love to have lunch with Tessa and compare notes on office gossip, single parenting, family quirks, and cute golden retrievers. One key difference is I didn’t meet my handsome husband at work!
Tessa and Mark both support a mother with dementia which brings some tough but also light moments. My late dad died of complications from Alzheimer’s, so that part of the book is close to my heart. He was a journalist who always encouraged me to read and write.
My characters love dogs, and my loyal, old golden retriever, Sophie, is the inspiration for the adorable dogs in my books.
When not writing, I love to travel. One of my more unusual adventures was appearing on the TV game show Let’s Make a Deal where I almost won a car! You can often find me reading a good book for my monthly book club while munching on a large bowl of popcorn.
Thank you, Margot. Let's find out about more about LOVE LEADS THE WAY:
She coaches him in team leadership, but do they both need lessons in love?Single mom Tessa Shore runs a successful leadership program at work and supports a mother with dementia. She can handle any challenge in her jam-packed schedule as long as nothing spins out of control…especially her feelings.
Engineer Mark Delaney is an expert on pipelines at the same company, but his interpersonal skills need a makeover. Advancing to an executive job requires enrollment in a leadership course he doesn't think he needs.
When their professional and personal issues entangle, life at the office gets a lot more complicated. Romance is impossible…or is it?
Want more? I do! Let's get a short excerpt:
Pacing around Crescent Park in moonlight trimmed with stars, Mark breathed fresh air and slowed his erratic heartbeats from the shock of Tessa’s invitation. Apparently, the woman who directed the class with the precision of an air-traffic controller could flex…at least, a little. She wanted to spend extra time with him, and he couldn’t refuse.
“I didn’t think we’d bump into other participants at this late hour.” She hugged tighter her windbreaker against the cool breeze. “We won’t mix business and pleasure. I’m strictly off duty, and so are you.”
“Okay, Tessa, whatever you say.”This sounds like book we're going to enjoy. Here are the buy links and ways you can learn more about Margot and her books::
Any questions or comments for Margot? Thank you, Margot, for bringing us the details of your latest book!