Isla Rising by
'A delightfully macabre journey through 19th century Edinburgh'
- The BookLife Prize
It is 1833, and fiery Edinburgh widow Isla is dying. Ready to meet her maker and eager to reunite with the love of her life, she is not afraid of passing, but Isla’s death is only the beginning of a series of otherworldly adventures that she must undertake on her quest to find her husband.
Born in Connecticut, PJ Johnson moved to Australia at the age of eighteen. An editor for dotdotdash magazine, former President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia and with degrees in Social Sciences and Creative Writing, PJ has had stories and poetry published in dotdotdash, Re-Placement, Lines in the Sand, Windmills, and Creatrix as well as in online journals. Isla Rising is PJ’s first book.
As a reader PJ was always drawn to adventure and historical fiction, captivated by far-away places and eager to join in through the pages of a book. From the Greek myths to Tolstoy to Stevenson, she was hooked. "As a writer, the prospect of creating a new world drawn to one’s own specifications with the task of creating the characters to inhabit it, was altogether too tempting to ignore."
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I feel very fortunate to have had my first book Isla Rising published recently by Ferguson Books. Despite having worked in the arena of writing and writers for many years, having a book published is a new experience for me, and I can’t imagine that I am interesting enough to fill a website, so it is lucky that we have the whole world of writing and literature to talk about.