Carolyn Howard-Johnson

As a college freshman, Carolyn Howard-Johnson was the youngest person ever hired as a staff writer for the Salt Lake Tribune--"A Great Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspaper"-- where she wrote features for the society page and a column under the name of Debra Paige.

Later, in New York, she was an editorial assistant at Good Housekeeping Magazine. She also handled accounts for famous fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. She wrote releases for celebrity designers of the time including Pauline Trigere, Rudy Gernreich and Christian Dior. She was also a consultant for the Oak Park Press in the Chicago area.

Her nonfiction and humor have been seen in national magazines. She has been a columnist for The Pasadena Star News and is now a columnist for Home D’cor Buyer, a trade magazine, and others. She writes movie and theatre reviews for The Glendale News-Press.

She studied at the University of Utah, graduated from USC and has done postgraduate work in writing at UCLA. She attended the UCLA and San Diego State Writers’ Conferences and has studied writing at Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University in Prague.

The author’s first novel, This Is The Place, and her book of creative nonfiction are award-winners. She also wrote a screenplay, The Killing Ground. The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t was named USA Book News’ Best Professional Book of 2004.

Howard-Johnson’s stories have appeared in anthologies like Pass/Fail, edited by Rose A. O. Kleidon, PhD; Calliope’s Mousepad, edited by Sarah Mankowski; Feminine Writes published by the National Association of Women, edited by Sheri L. McConnell; and Freedom Isn’t Free, edited by Kim Wilson.They have also appeared in review journals like California State University at Stanislaus’s Penumbra and the Mochila Review..

She has been honored as Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award by California Legislature members, Carol Liu, Dario Frommer and Jack Scott. She is the recipient of the Book Publicists of Southern California’s Irwin Award and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance.

Born and raised in Utah, Howard-Johnson raised her own family in sunny Southern California. Learn more at and

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