Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Welcome Renee Canter Johnson

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IMG_1605Today, I’m thrilled to welcome my beautiful and talented North Carolina friend and writer, Renee Canter Johnson. Please help us celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Haunting of William Gray.

Disclaimer: I am not Jill Weatherholt. Sorry about that and please don’t be disappointed. We all love her warmth and ease of bringing us along for a trip into her world.

My name is Renee Canter Johnson and many of you know me from our blogging tribe. For you, and for those who aren’t familiar with me, I’m sharing a fresh insight into my journey. Thank you, Jill, for allowing me this opportunity while you are busily editing your new novel.

How did I become a writer? That is the question most often asked of me, and the answer is simple. I believe it is innate. I’ve always written.

My earliest memories revolve around reading and writing. I wrote my first novel when I was nine, in pink ink on lined paper. In it, I lived adventures I wasn’t able to outside of the pages. It was a tremendous insight for such a young girl. I didn’t share this novel with anyone, though. Packing it into my little green hard-shell suitcase, it was stuffed into the bottom of the closet. Several years later, my sister threw it all away.

But this was the start of how I would continue to write novels, even after graduating to word processors and finally a computer. It was a private matter between me and the page. I would say, “Aah…the end,” print it, and stuff it into a box in a cupboard.

It took the encouragement of Janet Hulstrand—professor, writer, editor, traveler, blogger—to convince me to open those dusty containers, breathe life into my characters, and send them out on their own journey into the known world.The Haunting of William Gray is my second novel to spring to life with publisher, The Wild Rose Press. Set in Georgetown, South Carolina, it is the story of some unlikely characters being thrust together on a journey to discover if there is a ghost haunting William Gray, and if so, what does he want and how do they rid the estate on Pine Island of his presence?

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Favorite Passage:

A long, cold finger wrapped around her cheek. Her heart palpitated in an uneven rhythm, drumming an odd cadence in her chest and causing sweat to bead along her forehead. She was frozen to the ground, unable to make her feet move as the strange wisp made chilly contact.

It moved along her arm and touched her hand as she watched it slipping through her flesh and bone, entering on one side and exiting on the other. A scream formed. It built, silently, and remained without sound, her entire vocal system shutting down.

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If you would like to read more about this, the link for The Haunting of William Gray is: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6486

Or from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-William-Renee-Canter-Johnson-ebook/dp/B0166TH0O2/ref=la_B014O1AT88_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447249477&sr=1-2TheHauntingofWilliamGray_w9

About me:

Renee Canter Johnson is the author of Acquisition and The Haunting of William Gray, both published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives in North Carolina with her husband Tony, and a very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.

Renee has been a visiting writer in residence at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard in October of 2014 and 2015, and has attended writing retreats in Italy and France.

Bonjour Paris, Storyhouse, and Study Abroad have featured her articles and/or essays, and she maintains two blogs: http://writingfeemail.com for travel and random insights, and http://reneejohnsonwrites.com which features her journey through writing, editing, and publishing.

Learn more about Renee Canter Johnson from these sources:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/johnsonrenee
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneejohnsonwrites
Website: http://reneejohnsonwrites.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writingfeemail

CONGRATULATIONS, RENEE!

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

103 thoughts on “Welcome Renee Canter Johnson

  1. Congratulations to Renee! You have taken a childhood dream, circa 9 years old and as you said about writing, breathed life into the dream. 🙂
    Ah! To be twice published really dds to the momentum, too, Renee.
    Jill has such a warm and generous spirit, featuring writers on her blog Summer of 2014. We all like to see and know of successful dreamers. ♡

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  2. Well, hello Renee. Nice to meet you here. I have become blogging friends with Jill over the past half year or so, and think she’s the ‘real thing,’ the cat’s meow, etc., and any friend of a friend…well, you sound really terrific too. I look forward to reading your new book. And checking out your blogs. Congrats!

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  3. “It moved along her arm and touched her hand as she watched it slipping through her flesh and bone, entering on one side and exiting on the other.” I have goosebumps and I’m almost scared! The power of description.

    Congratulations! Thanks for ‘sticking’ with writing. Janet Hulstrand encouraged you. Now you are encouraging people like me. 🙂

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  4. Great to meet a new person. Thanks Jill.

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  5. Your post is inspiring and encouraging! I gasped when you said your sister threw away your earliest writing. Your post shows the importance of someone to encourage us along. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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    • Sally, thank you. I think we find our ‘blogging tribes’ because of that support and encouragement we receive from each other, but I wouldn’t be blogging today, or publishing, if not for Janet. She is awesome–a real mentor for me.

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    • Hi, Sally! It’s great to see you. I agree, Renee’s story is both inspiring and encouraging. I’ve learned, when we receive encouragement, we can soar to new heights. Enjoy your weekend…even though there’s no snow in the forecast.

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  6. Thanks for high lighting Renee, Jill. Both of you have inspired me more than you know! Look forward to reading Renee’s new book….and your’s Jill! 🙂

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  7. Good luck with your new book, Renee. I lost my breath for a moment when I read that your sister threw away a novel written by your 9-year-old self. Your book sounds great!

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  8. Good luck with your new book!

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  9. Congratulations, Renee, on the release of your novel. I’m glad you persisted, despite the fact that your sister threw away your novel!

    I also began writing early–age 8. I wrote stories on lined notebook paper. Like you, I graduated from word processors to computers. I remember the days of the Brother word processor that printed one page at a time!

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  10. Always interesting to learn how a writer got his or her start. The book sounds intriguing. Best of luck with your launch!

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  11. Lovely to meet you Renee and congratulations on your second published book! 😀 Massive achievement and you must be so excited. What a great excerpt you gave us and left us on such a cliff-hanger! Brilliant enthralling writing.

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    • Wow, Annika, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I picked one I thought would give a flavor of the ‘haunting’ gothic style of this novel. And yes, with the first novel there was this little thread of thought that maybe it was a fluke. Being able to follow it with a second one is thrilling.

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    • Thanks for stopping by to meet Renee, Annika. If that excerpt doesn’t make you race over to Amazon, I don’t know what will. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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      • How true! Sounds like a great book. Have a lovely weekend too. Although it is a dark day and I can’t help but feel shocked and deeply saddened after the events in Paris last night.

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  12. Wonderful post, both of you!

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  13. Wow! A sister in spirit. We live in NC, give in to a spoiled golden retriever, and LOVE traveling Europe! Great to cyber meet you, Renee. 🙂

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  14. Downloaded Renee, looking forward to it. Hope it flies for you. How did/do you feel about having your first m/s thrown away like that?

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  15. Well done, Jill, introducing us to Renee! And congratulations to you and best wishes for your book, Renee. The except was excellent.

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  16. Wonderful post, Rene. I enjoyed everything–especially the opening disclaimer: “I’m sorry I’m not Jill!” I got quite excited when a post from Jill came through me feed. I know how busy she is so have been attempting to be patient (something I’m not good at). Your post was welcome.

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  17. So nice to meet you Renee! Congratulations on the publication of your second book – the excerpt you chose is very creepy! I have so much admiration for you writers – your dedication and dogged determination to see your ‘offspring’ through from conception to publication. Thank-you Jill for introducing us to Renee – I hope your editing is going well.
    Best wishes,
    Clare 🙂

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  18. So good to connect Renee! Congratulations and welcome 😍

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  19. Jill, the Paris attacks are devastating for me. I’ve barely been home two weeks, and to think I likely shared some public space or other with one of these criminals plotting these attacks, gives me chills.

    I have heard from my friends and contacts in Paris and they are all safe, so for that I’m thankful, but also aware that many people will not be able to say that. For them, I hold the deepest sympathy. Thank you for remembering my attachment to Paris, and all of France actually. Another example of your thoughtfulness.

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    • I can only imagine how you’re feeling. As I mentioned on your beautiful tribute post to Paris, I immediately thought of you yesterday. I’m relieved to hear you were able to make contact with your friends and contacts in Paris, Renee. Praying for your friends and all of the victim’s families.

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  20. Nice to meet you, Renee. 🙂 Congratulations on your novel!

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  21. Hi Jill and Renee! Wonderful to see you here Renee, your book cover is fantastic and your excerpt bone chilling to say the least. My kind of story! I always enjoy so much reading your personal reflections about your writing journey on your blog, and I equally enjoyed reading about your early writing experiences as a girl here. But oh no…your sister threw your book out? You must have been gutted! I have this delightful image of you sitting in your room scribbling away and then your smile as you wrote: “The End”. All I can say is thank goodness for your friend’s encouragement that guided you out of your room and into the open, right here, today, sharing your wonderful writing with us. I wish you every success. Thank you Jill for sharing Renee with us today, and I wish you both a wonderful weekend 🙂 xoxo

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    • Sherri, I am so appreciative to Jill for letting me guest host here and wanted to share something new about me, so I’m thrilled that this first writing experience has opened a window in how long I wrote in complete silence. Thank you for your lovely comment and well wishes. I hope your weekend is terrific.

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      • Thank you Renee, but as with you and the rest of the world, I’m reeling about the attacks in Paris and I thought of the chats we had in the past about our mutual visits to and love for Paris through our blog posts…thinking of you, and so glad to know you and your friends are safe in reading your comment above, and of course praying … ❤

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    • Hi Sherri! It’s been a pleasure to help celebrate Renee’s second book birthday. I too love her reflections on writing…and her fabulous photographs. She’s quite the photographer.
      I’m thinking of you and I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend. Thank you for the sweet e-mail. ❤

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  22. Congrats, Renee, on publishing your second novel. I find it interesting that in the early days of your writing journey, you didn’t share your stories. I think many of us writers have a similar history. I’m so glad you persevered!

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  23. Congratulations, Renee. Your ‘favorite passage’ has really whetted my appetite to read more of your novel. Good luck to you.

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  24. I had chills reading that paragraph, Renee! I think I’d better start with ‘Acquisition’! 🙂 🙂 Why aren’t there designated reading hours in a day? It takes me ages to get through most books because life (and the laptop) intrudes. The Algarve is good reading time with no such distractions so we’ll see. Good luck to you, hon. You are enjoying the process and that’s the most important thing of all.

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  26. A wonderful post and love your ideas Renee. Best wishes with your new book and to you too Jill as you continue on the edit journey!!

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  27. Hi Renee, good to meet you. My book club loves mysteries. We are now reading the mystery series by author Louise Penney and thanks to Jill we have our next author. Good progress in your craft Renee. Take Care

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  28. Thank you for the introduction to Renee, Jill!
    Congratulations on your second novel, Renee!

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  29. Hello, Renee, I love reading about writers who started writing young (I was 9 when I got my first “brilliant” story idea) with pens, pencils, maybe an electric typewriter at best. I was 17 when my mom gave me an electric Smith-Corona for my birthday. I was in heaven, as my handwriting has always been poor. Still, I don’t miss those days when one correction on one page meant having to retype the whole manuscript 🙂 Congratulations on your book, Renee. It sounds like one I would enjoy reading. And, Jill, you so impressed me with your priorities. I miss you, but it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing you are working diligently on your novel 🙂

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  30. I love a good ghost story and this sounds like a great one. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for letting us know about it! I also started writing as soon as possible and wrote stories that sounded suspiciously like cartoons.

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  31. Thanks Jill for introducing us to Renee! It’s funny, I used to write in journals when I was a kid, creating fan fiction from my favorite tv shows and books. None of it stuck but I love looking at it and seeing how far I’ve come.

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