All posts by Lyndsay Johnson

About Lyndsay Johnson

Lyndsay grew up in the wide expanses of Texas, where the only thing stronger than the accents was the state pride. An over-active imagination, tale-telling father, and encouraging librarian mother lead to her love of all things creative. When it comes to books on her bedside table, young adult literature has always been a favorite. But it was actually an old, yellowing copy of Scandinavian Folk and Fairy Tales that planted a particularly relentless seed. Shapeshifters and sea nymphs began forming the idea that would eventually grow into her debut novel. When she is not writing, you can find Lyndsay spending time with her family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. She enjoys sitting in dark theaters, trying new gluten-free recipes, watching breaking storms over the peaks out her window, and secret naps.

The Multitasking Maven (or how to balance life as a writer and mother)

This was a post I worked on last summer, and thought I would share it again. Enjoy! _____________ Ah, summer. The perfect time to write my next novel. The kids are out of school. Swim lessons are in full swing. We’ve got parks, pools, bugs, battles, stings, sunburns, tattling, tantrums, and lego messes that only rival my laundry messes. As a stay-at-home-mom to three, it’s not always easy to find time to write. Since I am an expert, I thought I would share ten tips for a well-balanced life, full of time to write (and in my case also promote my existing novel) among the mayhem of motherhood moments: 1. […]

A few thoughts on creativity.

You may have seen this quote from Twyla Tharp: “Creativity is an act of defiance.” Sorry, Twyla, but I have to disagree. I don’t see creativity as an act of defiance at all! I think people who oppose creativity—who repress and discourage it—those are the ones being defiant. But the actual act of creating something out of the sheer desire and even need to do so? That’s harmony. We are born creative beings. The entire universe IS creativity. Even when things seemingly fall apart, there is energy there. There is change and motion, and that is also creation. To be creative is to be original, inspired, experimental, innovative, and even […]

A little more about me and Fire of the Sea

Fire of the Sea will be released by next week!! I am really excited. I recently started working on interviews for my upcoming blog tour, and I thought it might be fun to share some of my answers: 1. Tell us something unique about yourself. I grew up riding horses. My best friend and I competed in show jumping, and we loved it. We spent every extra minute of our lives at the stables. But when my friend started dreaming of the two of us competing in the Olympics, I said, “I don’t have time for the Olympics—I have to go to college!” ? 2. What inspired you to become […]

Closing in on Fire of the Sea’s release!

It’s been months since I’ve blogged! So long, in fact, that I had to try three different passwords to log in. Sheesh. I admit I’ve been distracted by the impending birth of our third child (and by impending, I mean she’s about 5 days away from arrival). But this week I had a surprise in my email: cover designs for Fire of the Sea! I am super excited. We are in the final stages of design, and it should be done this week. The book should be out later this month or in early March. After years of waiting for this, I feel like I have two new babies on […]

Still plugging along!

My first major round of edits are done! I forgot how long my book is. Editing reminded me (and I shaved off some of my word count in the process). The manuscript is back in with 48fourteen, and the next steps will be the cover art, and my own personal attempts to edit the footage shot for the book trailer. I have a new post up on my author blog that introduces the main characters, and gives some sneak peeks into the Icelandic footage for the book trailer. If you want to check it out, you can read more here: Also, I’ve had the pleasure of designing some bookmarks […]

Beginnings of a Book Trailer

I am still waiting for my manuscript to come back from the editor, which is totally fine by me, because it gives me a few more days to get some things in order. Today I’m thinking about the book trailer. I have a cinematographer husband (Wes) and a producer brother (Greg). So between the two of them, they have convinced me that we are going to create a book trailer for my little Icelandic mermaid tale that could easily verge more on the side of movie trailer, and outshine the book itself by leaps and bounds if I allow them to fully unleash all of their creative prowess. I have […]


Every author inevitably comes to that point where some other set of eyes, trained or otherwise, needs to take a look at the work in progress. So they turn to friends/colleagues/peers/coworkers/family to join the ranks as what we call beta readers. I’m not going to sugar coat it. The first time one of these beta readers gets a hold of your precious baby manuscript, you kind of freak out. First you start in on those delusions of grandeur that authors create at different stages of the process (tell me this isn’t just me). “They are going to LOVE this story. No changes. Perfect as-is. Send me more chapters immediately!” Not […]


My manuscript is currently with the editor (biting nails). I am simultaneously excited and petrified. There is a great feeling of relief to know that my book is in the hands of a professional. It’s being polished and perfected. But I know that there are long nights of editing ahead for me. I have to face the changes. I have NO idea what the editor will say, like, dislike, cut, add… It’s really a totally new experience for me. In the mean time I have started a new WIP. It’s not a sequel to Fire of the Sea. That’s not to say there won’t be a sequel. I definitely have […]


So this is officially my first blog post! I’m so excited to be joining the 48fourteen team. This is a wonderful bunch of talented authors, and it’s wonderful to be numbered among them. I’ve been writing on and off since I was little. But I am also a graphic designer and illustrator, and love to combine all three talents. My debut novel, Fire of the Sea, is YA fantasy, and involves a bit of magic, mythology, and mermaids. To learn more about me and my path to publication, you can view my profile here on 48fourteen, or hop on over to my author website: For my first blog post […]