Sandra Johnson began her literary career as a freelance writer, including being a regular guest op-ed columnist for The State, South Carolina’s largest daily newspaper. That led her to writing Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South (2002), a narrative nonfiction book that garnered acclaim from O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Southern Living, and many other publications. It also won a Christopher Award for Literature. While continuing to freelance, she taught creative writing at Midlands Technical College for eleven years, served as an adjunct English professor at several other colleges in South Carolina, and evaluated manuscripts for the University of South Carolina Press on an as-needed basis. In 2012, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Queens University, consistently ranked by Poets & Writers magazine as having one of the best writing MFA programs in the U.S. In 2016, Texas Review Press published her novel Flowers for the Living which was nominated for a prestigious PEN-Faulkner Award. In May, 2019, Sterling Publishing, an imprint of Barnes and Noble, released Sandra’s self-help book, The Mind-Body Peace Journal: 366 Mindful Prompts for Serenity & Clarity, which drew praise from internationally bestselling authors M.J. Ryan and Timber Hawkeye.
Though Sandra provides exceptional editorial services for diverse genres, she especially enjoys working with the following:
Fiction: upmarket commercial, literary, women’s, multicultural, mystery, and historical.
Non-fiction: narrative, self-help, memoir, spirituality, biography, travel, home design, and narrative cookbooks.