SALT LAKE CITY, UT November 18, 2017
Fate has played a large role in Deanna Johnson’s life; from the raising of her children, to finding her dream job, to connecting with a man from her past who became the love of her life. Even Johnson’s passion for mystery began with a chance Christmas gift.
“My father gave me Nancy Drew’s The Secret of the Old Clock and I was hooked,” Johnson said. “I read by flashlight under the blanket after I was supposed to be in bed.”
As she got older, her tastes matured to Agatha Christie, John Grisham, David Baldacci, and her all-time favorite, Michael Connelly, as his Harry Bosch novels are based in the San Fernando Valley (Johnson’s home). As a young girl growing up in San Fernando Valley, Johnson’s father would gather her and her siblings as he told stories of mystery and intrigue, always ending on a cliffhanger to keep them in suspense.