J.J. Johnson is a youth counselor turned young adult novelist.
J.J. is the author of This Girl is Different (2011), The Theory of Everything (2012), and Believarexic (coming October 2015). Her books have received numerous honors and have been translated into six languages.
Before writing novels, J.J. counseled at-risk teens and coordinated youth service programs such as The Learning Web, Justice Summer, and Youth Advocacy. She has a Master of Education from Harvard University, with a concentration in Adolescent Risk and Prevention.
She is also an artist, dancer, and amateur carpenter. She volunteers on the Book Harvest Authors Circle and as a Little Free Librarian. Her mantra is “Every day, strive to create more than you consume, even just a little.”
She lives with her husband, son, and dog in Northgate Park in Durham.