Amy Johnson, Graphic Designer & Author
Curious, Creative, Considerate, Clever
A Grand Rapids, MI native, Amy L. Johnson is a student of life striving to do the next right (or left) thing, depending on what inspires her. Amy’s BFA in Graphic Design favors her curiosity, creativity, consideration, and cleverness. She loves a good laugh and generally believes that dogs are better than people. Letters Lost Then Found is her first published book.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:
To live in the present, we must preserve our past.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
Letters Lost Then Found offers us a glimpse through the window of another time, when communication was a physical act that required time, effort, and an investment in focused thought and emotion. Each letter written and received comprised a small, significant fraction of the writer’s thoughts, emotions, and persona.
Letters Lost Then Found features letters exchanged between 19-year-old Freddie, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces who flew over 120 combat missions, and his 30-year-old brother Willie, Circulation Manager of the Michigan-based Saginaw News. The letters reveal the drama of battle, the daily life that goes on for both brothers, and the vital importance of family connections. Included is a “Day in History” section on each page that provides a glimpse of what was happening in World War II at the time each letter was written. Additionally a ticker tape, reminiscent of the Western Union Telegram, runs across the bottom of the pages, explaining why the China Burma India Theatre was such an important part of the larger conflict.
This story may have been lost in confusion, if it weren’t for my own heartbreak. When my beloved grandmother passed away, I inherited the somber task of emptying my grandparent’s basement. It was there that I discovered the file cabinets where my grandfather had kept a trove of handwritten letters, including every one he’d received from his brother, and copies of all the letters he had sent back in reply. As I read through the letters, I saw such a profoundly moving narrative emerge that I knew could not be suppressed any longer.
This book is a beautifully designed and powerful creation. We are offered the options of viewing it as a historical text, a powerful biographical work detailing the lives of two loving brothers, as well as a nostalgic, realistic view of communication in a computer-less world. We learn about the brothers’ lives, their world, and their family. All of these factors are seamlessly woven together to create a powerfully compelling work that richly deserves its place in modern American literature.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
You are about to eavesdrop on conversations between two brothers, ages 19 and 30, during World War II. Prepare to journey within their family life and experience their frustration, happiness, and sadness. These two brothers have a story to tell.
These stories, treasures, and discoveries that were unearthed from the dark corners of my grandparent’s basement will last me a lifetime. I am sharing one of the stories with you. Enjoy listening.
Willing to travel