Romance Writing Workshop

I’m pleased to announce that I’m participating in the Monterey Public Library’s Indie Author Day!

Come Join Us

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 at 12pm to 5:15pm.  The free event includes workshops, author panels, readings, and treats!

Check out the flyer to my romance writing workshop held at 4:15 to 5:00pm…

Write a Romance with author Victoria M. Johnson

I’m also in the Author Reading Group 2, which takes place at 1:45 to 2:45 pm in the Quiet Study Room.

Check out the flyer to see the amazing authors in my group…

Author Victoria M. Johnson at Monterey Public Library

Get Feedback on Your Project

In the Query Letter Workshop, which is really a private ten-minute session, bring your queries and spend one-on-one time getting advice from published authors or an editor. 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Author Victoria M. Johnson Query Letter Workshop

Other workshops and panels include: Writing the Spec Screenplay, Science Fiction and Fantasy panel, Thriller and Suspense panel, Children’s Books panel, Youth Writer Workshops, and more!

It’s all happening at the Monterey Public Library

625 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 646-3933

ONE DAY Only!  Don’t miss it.

The Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures

I attended the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair and I wrote a really cool blog post about it, which you can find the link to below. But I had too many pictures to post them all in one place, so here are a few more.

Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures by Victoria M. Johnson

Detlef Bierstedt a.k.a. George Clooney

Amazon Publishing’s Booth

Detlef Bierstedt is the George Clooney of Germany. Let that sink in a moment. He is a German actor who is the voice of George Clooney (among others) in American movies that are voiced-over for German audiences. He is also the voice in many audio books for Amazon Publishing.

Frankfurt Book Fair in Pictures by Victoria M. Johnson

We all sat on book cover stools. Um, I didn’t see my book cover.

Amazon booth at Frankfurt book fair

Editors answering questions and meeting with clients.

Victoria M. Johnson

That’s me!









Scenes From the Book Fair Floor

Frankfurt Book Fair pitching

Literary agents, authors, publishers and other book professionals pitching projects.

celebrity author

An author talk ended with attendees wanting an autograph and photo.

Children's books in Spanish

Edelvives, a children’s book publisher from Spain.

Frankfurt book fair floor

Books everywhere.

Calendar Exhibit

Some of the calendars on display were several feet wide.

Calendar Exhibit

Hundreds of calendars on exhibit.

Where's Waldo German calendar

I found Waldo in Frankfurt!

Frida Kahlo calendar

Lovely Frida Kahlo calendar









Champagne time!

Many of the vendors hosted parties in the evening. Lots of champagne, wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

music at Frankfurt book fair

Live entertainment throughout the book fair floors.


Champagne toast

champagne time

Me with editor Lauren Edwards. Cheers!


If you want to find out the fascinating story behind the pictures, and I know you do, then click the link to my Classic and Cozy guest post: What Really Happens at the Frankfurt Bookfair



I’m the Guest Author at the Saratoga Library!

Victoria M. Johnson Guest Author

On October 1st I had the honor of being the guest author for the popular Authors Series at the Saratoga Library.  The event was hosted by the Friends of the Saratoga Library and they were wonderful hosts.  It was a fantastic experience with a friendly and captive audience.  They asked great questions, and it’s always nice when I’m asked something new.  The hour passed by quickly.  For those who live in the Bay Area they will continue the series each month with a new guest speaker.

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All I Need to Know in Life I Learned From Romance Novels

Main description

This book is an inspirational how-to as much as it is a celebration of romance novels. There really is a wealth of insight, hope, and common sense within the pages of romance novels. The book captures those qualities that makes romance novels special and reveals how anyone can use that knowledge to be more heroic in their own lives. When times are toughest, when all seems lost, it takes guts to persevere. It takes motivation. This book helps readers define what’s really important in life… And shows her how to get it.

All I Need To Know In Life I Learned From Romance Novels is sure to please readers of romances. Learn how you can apply the savvy of romance novels to your own life. Learn what women are really looking for in a man. See what qualities make a woman a heroine. The heartfelt essays tap into the know-how of romance novels to bring to light how men and women can revitalize their real-life relationships. The book includes excerpts and quotes from favorite authors. These talented authors disclose why they write romances and why millions of loyal readers worldwide enjoy reading them.

The book is now available in ebook format!

All I Need to Know in Life I Learned From Romance Novels by Victoria M. Johnson

The stories you love reveal the secrets you need!


All I Need To Know In Life I Learned From Romance Novels, received favorable mention in People Magazine, Mode Magazine New York, Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, Library Journal, Romantic Times Magazine, St. Petersberg Florida News, National Women’s Review, Teheran News, and many others.

What People Are Saying:

Drawing on the wisdom found in the pages of romance novels, All I Need to Know in Life I Learned From Romance Novels, imparts priceless pearls of wisdom…  Romantic Times Magazine

Finally, a self-help book that reveals how an ordinary person can achieve all the heat, passion and moral fervor of a dime-store novel. Really.  People Magazine

All I Need to Know in Life I Learned From Romance Novels is unlike any other book of its kind as it gives the reader a guide to romance by using the writing style of the genre to demonstrate how men and women can better relate to one another.  National Women’s Review

Unlike romance novels, Johnson’s book is non-fiction. That means fact, reality, truth. Like romances, her book contains useful, surprising information about love, relationships and romance.  Tehran International Weekly Magazine

…a light but pragmatic look at the various lessons taught by romance novels and the difference they can make in readers lives…  Library Journal

…this book offers up observations on life… These collected truths, gleaned from the pages of romance novels, are deceptively simple at first glance but reveal themselves to be more meaningful upon reflection.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

…self-help advice based on themes from romance novels.  St. Petersburg Times

It looks like fictitious romance novels aren’t pure fantasy after all. …find 29 truths about love, sex, and passion…  Mode New York

Read an excerpt:

at Amazon

at Smashwords


What’s Under Your Tree This Christmas?

As we begin our holiday list making, it’s a good time to remember to add books. No matter the age and interests of those on your gift list, there are no doubt a wide variety of books to choose from. And don’t forget to add books on your own wish list.

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has officially launched a “Shop Bookstores This Season” campaign, encouraging their members to support bookstores and purchase books this Christmas. According to the RWA web site, “During the excitement of the holiday season, bookstores offer shoppers the perfect opportunity to select some remarkably personal gifts for friends and family.”

I agree that books make a great gift. Each year there are at least a couple of books under my tree. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s, and poetry. This year will be no different for the Johnson household. How about you? Can you add a book or two to your shopping list?