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Megan Johns

I always enjoyed writing, but juggling a family and career left little time for anything else. It was only when life slowed down that I truly discovered my creative streak. Actually, it was during a period of illness. I found it so therapeutic to be able to ‘escape’ inside my head and it was then that I got really hooked. Suddenly I discovered how much was stored inside, waiting to be unleashed. We are such complex characters, moulded by our unique life experiences, and once you start to delve inside your head, things from way back that you think are forgotten creep back into your conscious mind. There is no telling what you might find!
My first publication was a children's book, but mostly I write women's fiction with a strong romantic thread. My aim in The Path of Innocence was to write a contemporary romance for women who understand that life is not clear-cut, that love exists in different forms. As well as a romance, it is also a deeply emotional book about the complexity of love and its contradictions.
The inspiration for my writing usually comes from mentally transporting myself to a location with which I feel a strong emotional attachment and I find that most of my ideas spring from this sense of place.
I live with my husband in a pretty village in the Essex countryside, UK, having moved from London several years ago. Now, instead of a never-ending sea of rooftops, my view is one of fields, of horses grazing in a nearby paddock, of woodpeckers, jays and a family of pheasants who visit every day. 
We are empty-nesters apart from an adorable, but incurably mischievous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

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'The Path of Innocence by Megan Johns was an excellent book. It held my interest the entire length of the story. I didn't want to put the book down.' 
'This novel shows readers that when Love is strong between two people that nothing , not even the cruel hands that fate delivers us
can stand in the way and destroy what is there. 
Excellent Read, addictive, well worth the purchase, kept my attention, stirred emotions.'

Seasonal ruminations from Megan 
SPRING IS SPRUNG (well, nearly!)
Daffodils, the cheerful heralds of spring, guaranteed to drive away the winter gloom, have yet to emerge en masse over here this year. Disappointed visitors to Wordsworth’s Lake District, where spring daffodils are almost a tourist industry in their own right, have been faced by a host of unopened blooms. Apparently, this is the latest that daffodils have bloomed in over thirty years; although we are assured that Easter should give us some magnificent, albeit late, displays. I hope so, as it never really feels like spring proper until the daffs are out.
So what is my obsession with daffodils? Well, maybe it is because I am half-Welsh.
The daffodil, along with the leek, has been adopted as the National emblem of Wales and, on St David’s Day (01 March), it has become tradition to wear a daffodil in one’s buttonhole or, at the very least, to display a bunch of vibrant, cut daffodils in a vase. This year, however, the bunch I gave to my mother looked decidedly meagre and not at all resplendent.
There have been many discussions as to which is the real Welsh emblem- daffodil or leek? The use of the leek as an emblem can be traced as far back as 1536, but possibly some confusion arose because the Welsh word for leek is Cenhinen and for daffodil Cenhinen Bedr (Peter’s leek).
It is claimed that the English prefer the daffodil because the leek has associations with the defeat of the Saxons (St David advised the Britons to wear leeks in their caps in the battle with the Saxons so as to distinguish friend from foe). By the 19th century, it was certainly gaining in popularity and its endorsement by the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, who chose the daffodil to symbolise Wales at the Investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1911, sealed its fate.
Yet, although a relative newcomer as an emblem , ironically the wild daffodil in Wales pre-dates the leek, which was introduced by the Romans, and in some locations it goes back to the ice age. Whatever, one’s view, however, it is generally agreed that the daffodil makes for a more attractive buttonhole.
So, is my fondness for the daffodil a patriotic throwback? Probably not.  I just love their gaudy, brazen brightness which drives away the bleakness of winter and, as the sunshine slowly coaxes out the flower heads, I am holding my breath in anticipation. 


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A Shore of Secrets
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THE PATH OF INNOCENCE Blurb: ‘The Path of Innocence’ is a contemporary romance which explores the challenges faced by Fiona and Roger, two young innocents from opposing backgrounds, as they journey towards adulthood along a turbulent pa...
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'Poppy' our lovely Cavalier, guarding my work station

'Poppy' our lovely Cavalier, guarding my work station

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