The Birth of I Confess


I dreamed since I was fourteen years old to spend most of my existence writing. I began reading at this time, and reading became my passion. I knew this was the vocation for me. I wanted to continue to read and then write that best selling novel.

As my years progressed I continued to read and write, structuring some poems, and short stories, and working on a few novels. I didn't do anything with the novels, short stories or poems, but it was a thrill in just writing them.

One day I began writing about one hundred short stories. I kept them in a binder and continued to write them. I was reading a BLACK ROMANCE magazine one day, and their stories sounded so familiar to mine. The writing techniques were similar, and the stories were of love and romance. I believed I had the same ingredient that this magazine was looking for in the guidelines, so I submitted a few of my short stories, and hoped for the best. I really wanted to write for this magazine.

Of course writing doesn't come that easy, or anything that you want out of life. You have to work diligently to make it happen, and this is what I had to do to write for BLACK ROMANCE Magazine. The first five of my short stories were rejected, but the editor was very nice. She wrote some interesting and helpful comments on one of my short stories, and told me to resubmit with the revised changes. I was happy as a lark because I still had a chance to make my writing debut in this magazine.

I resubmitted the story about three times, and then finally I received a contract in the mail. They were going to publish my short story, THE BUS STOP ROMANCE. This was one of my favorite short stories because I actually met a man on the bus stop when I was going to work one hot summer day in May. I was overjoyed beyond comprehension. I had to keep looking at the contract because it was amazing to get a published story. I had finally made it as a writer, and I loved every minute of it. My story was published in JIVE Magazine, an affiliate of BLACK ROMANCE Magazine in the November 2000 issue.

I continued to write for the magazine, ending up writing nineteen short stories. I had so many stories left over that I decided to put them into a novel form. I CONFESS was born. It's a collection of confession short stories for the modern relationship with a touch of reality. I'm very proud of my debut novel, which was published and released on December 18, 2004 by Publishamerica.

Some of the short stories included in my novel are: LIES BY ASSOCIATION, about a marriage trying to be saved; THE JAILBAIT, a woman who falls in love with a very dangerous man; LIVING LARGE, three plus-size women who definitely have it going on; NOT UNTIL I'M MARRIED, a woman who finds a man who turns out to be something very different from other men; REJECTION, an overweight woman who is so in love with her boyfriend, she decides to lose the weight and teach him a lesson, or does she? THE ICE BENEATH THE FIRE, a woman dreams of skating, and her mate who is right there by her side, maybe; THE TEASE, a woman who is so angry with men she uses them, but payback is something else; BELLS AND BUTTERFLIES, an interracial couple's love; EMAILING LOVE, finding love on the internet; HE PROPOSED, a woman finally getting married; MILITARY LOVE, falling in love and then losing that love; I'M FORTY AND HE'S EIGHTEEN, a woman finds love with a man half her age; TWENTY-TWO YEARS LATER, finding love after so many years; EX'S, getting back with your husband you divorced; YOU CHEATING DOG; a woman gets even with her cheating man; I'M A SLAVE FOR YOU, tired of being a slave for her man, she takes matters into her own hands; BUSINESS LOVE, can a man and women mix business with pleasure? NATIVE NEW YORKER, a woman finding love in the big apple; PARTING IN SWEET LOVE, a long distance romance; IN LOVE WITH AN OLDER MAN, an eighteen year old finding love with a much older man; THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, waiting until marriage; IN LOVE WITH MY SISTER'S HUSBAND, sisters in love with the same man; THE FIVE DAY SEPARATION, a husband and wife's martial problems in five days, etc. My book is a page turner, and you won't be disappointed.

My goal is to sell a million copies of my book, and to do that I need everyone to purchase my book. My cover is green and gorgeous, and I'm very proud to be associated with this project.

My joy of writing is for everyone to enjoy my book, and maybe get something out of one of my stories. I'd hope that one of my stories were the answers to a dilemma in someone's life. I know I read all the time and in most of the books the characters are going through the same avenue of problems that I find myself going through constantly and on a regular basis. It gives me significant hope that the way I solve my problems, is the way someone else is doing the same thing. The answers that I'm searching for is right there in a book.

I write because I just love telling stories, and taking along my characters to do anything I want them to do, and then some. Writing is also therapeutic for a lot of people, including myself. I find when I get so depressed about something happening or not happening in my life, I'd get my laptop computer and write about it. I like writing stories with happy endings because they're most of my dreams. I can write a happy ending to my life and live with it. If only this could strike into real life, then there would be a lot of exciting people living today in this world, and less chaos going on.

My job is to promote my book, and continue to let it be known to the world that books are the revolution of education. Reading a book is better than just watching television, going to movies, and clubs. It's the most relaxing time of a very emotional and difficult work week.

Why not sit back in your favorite chair, in your favorite room and catch up on some reading with a romantic book of love, and reality situations in the world of dating?

Buy I CONFESS and enjoy a ride of good reading, and happily ever after endings; in a setting of a splash of reality scenarios in the real world. (1,144)

My name is Carol Ann Culbert Johnson. Please visit my website at: www.freewebs.com/jcarolann">http://www.freewebs.com/jcarolann Also please purchase I CONFESS at www.publishamerica.com">http://www.publishamerica.com. I reside in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. My email is: www.jcarolannjohnson">http://www.jcarolannjohnson@aol.com.


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