Hi, there! I'm Brooke Johnson, writer of historical-inspired science-fiction and fantasy, writing everything from steampunk to medieval fairytale retellings, 20th century pulp adventures to traditional sweeping epics. I also write cozy mysteries as Joanie Brooks.
When I'm not writing, I'm an avid gamer, home baker, dabbling artist, tabletop roleplayer, novice knitter, and amateur meadmaker. I am a notorious hobbyist who loves learning new skills and techniques, and I would be an excellent addition to any post-apocalyptic survival team as someone who can cook, ferment, sew, knit, and MacGyver pretty much anything.
I'm an Arkansas girl through and through, and I spent many afternoons of my childhood tromping through the woods of Central Arkansas near my grandparents' house with a machete in one hand and a hatchet in the other, climbing trees, fishing for crawdads, making mud-pies, and building haphazard forts. Growing up, I gained a great appreciation for the outdoors trekking across the Natural State with my dad, who often took me and my sister on long hikes to take pictures of waterfalls and mountain vistas. (I may have picked up the nature photography bug from him.) To this day, I love spending time out in nature—hiking through the woods, camping, kayaking across a lake or down a slow-moving river, swimming in creeks, or just being outside with the wind and the trees.
I now live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas with my husband, Aaron, and our perfectly weird and wonderful daughter, who never ceases to amaze. We are outnumbered by four ridiculous pets: a chihuhua-terrier mix named K.K. (after the Animal Crossing character), a very vocal Russian Blue named Merlin, a snuggly stray calico shorthair we took in named Oatmeal, and a demandingly playful Shiba Inu named Leeloo (after the character in The Fifth Element).
Without them, my life would be painfully boring.