Johanna Skinner signed up for Unlocking Creativity with Sydney Writer’s Studio in 2018 and has been writing ever since. She has won and been long and short listed for various short story awards and some of her short stories and essays have been published. During the COVIID pandemic, she coedited an anthology of stories and poems about individuals’ experiences which has been published by the Queensland Writer's Centre as an e book and can be found at the State Library of Queensland and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland website. She has completed one novel, is editing a second and is currently writing the first draft of her third novel. She is exploring the world of publishing and hopes to publish a novel soon.
Her other passion is distance running. She recently completed her forty- seventh marathon. She works as a GP in Brisbane and is married with three teenagers, a dog and a cat.
Johanna signed up for First Draft with Sydney Writer's Studio in 2018. She has since worked on three novels and co edited an anthology about COVID 19, Stories from the Heart, which is published as an e book by the Queensland Writer's Centre and also appears on the Royal Historical Society of Queensland website.
Her first book Blood is Thicker Than Water, is a story about identity, family and finding the courage to not only stand up for who you are but to challenge long held prejudices. It is set in Brisbane and Longreach and explores the impact of casual racism and importance of heritage and identity.
Johanna is editing her second novel, A World of Silence, a story about domestic violence and how it is often invisible even to those closest to the victim. The book is told through the dual points of view of two women. The two main characters have secrets that are gradually unearthed as the story unfolds.
Her third novel is called The Family, and explores the dark side of fundamental religious beliefs, the secrets families hide and the importance of trusting your instincts.