Johnnie Bernhard, author

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About Johnnie
A former English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard is passionate about reading and writing. A published author, her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, both nationally and internationally. She has written articles and columns for: the Suburban Reporter of HoustonWorld Oil MagazineThe Mississippi Press, the international Word Among UsHeart of Ann Arbor MagazineHouston Style MagazineUniversity of South Florida Area Health Education Magazine, and the Cowbird-NPR production on small town America.  Johnnie's entry for Cowbird, "The Last Mayberry" received 7,500 views, nationally and internationally.  
A Good Girl is  published by Texas Review Press.   The historical fiction novel received top ten finalist recognition in the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, one of America's most prestigious literary prizes. The novel has been selected for panel discussion at the 2017 Mississippi and Louisiana Book Festivals.  It is a finalist in the 2017 national Kindle Book Awards, and a nominee in the 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

Johnnie's second novel, ​How We Came to Be ​is set for publication in spring 2018. It is a finalist in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition.  Her nonfiction work, "Ignorance or Innocence" received "Runner-Up, Short-Listed" for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition in the essay category.  The international essay competition was judged by bestselling non-fiction writer and poet Rodger Kamenetz.  
Johnnie is the owner of ​Bernhard Editorial Services, LLC, where she writes book reviews for ​Southern Literary Review, as well as assists writers in honing their craft.  If you are a writer interested in what ​Bernhard Editorial Services, LLC, ​can do for you, please send an email describing your particular project to:       
Johnnie and her husband, Bryant reside in a 19th Century cottage, surrounded by ancient oak trees and a salt water marsh near the Mississippi Sound. They share that delightful space with their dog, Lilly and cat, Poncho. All residents eagerly await holiday visits from the Bernhard's adult children and granddaughter Frieda, the Belle of Crossmaglen, Ireland.
Photo by Valerie Winn