Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family and their dog and teaches writing at a local college. She spent two years as a media specialist and children’s librarian in Minneapolis Public Schools.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Kate DiCamillo
Marion Dane Bauer
Phyllis Root

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love working with words, and I love reading.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Never quit, even as everyone is telling you that you will never make it. Keep going. And don’t be afraid to fail.