Media Kit

SPILLWORTHY Media Kit


About the book:


A Spillworthy is an idea so good, it has to be shared and ten-year-old Ulysses Finch doesn’t let being homeless get in his way. He scrawls his best thoughts on pizza boxes, releases them into the wild, and relishes every response. After moving to Idaho, Ulysses finds Gem Rost’s journal and dives into reading it. She must be a kindred spirit! Or is she?


"This novel reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird; the kids are of about the same age, and sometimes the tone is similar. Then again, it's something completely different, something not attempted before, both in style and form." — Mariam Kobras, author of The Stone Trilogy

"There are great messages in this book, the characters are so lovable, it's an entertaining and captivating read, and the twist that happens ... Blew. My. Mind. I really wasn't expecting that." --The Idaho Statesman


"Spillworthy, the self-published gold medalist in the Mature Issues fiction category, not only deals with homelessness and human trafficking, but gives voice to the young victims who rise above their trials through the powerful magic of words. Idaho-based author Johanna Harness proves that reading, writing and communication truly does heal and can save souls -- and books like hers, along with the rest of this year's Moonbeam winners -- can change the world." - Moonbeam Childrens' Book Awards

"Ulysses Finch is a homeless ten year old boy and creator of the "Spillworthy" concept, which is the act of writing one's thoughts and releasing them into the world to be shared by anyone who is willing to read, even if it is left unread, it is the act of release that is of importance here. In this "middle-grade" novel, that's ages 12 upwards to us Brits, Harness not only provides a voice for the usually ignored youth, but she allows the reader to see how beautiful and deeply thought they can be." -The Avrupa Times




About the Author:


Johanna Harness

B.A., English
B.A., Psychology
M.A., Literature
M.Ed., Education

Ten years experience teaching college English. Fifteen years experience homeschooling, writing, teaching workshops, and puttering around her big, red barn.


Johanna Harness loves exploring the natural world and enjoys trees in particular. She was born and raised in Idaho, where she and her husband went to kindergarten together. She now shares her love of books, science, and history with her kids, sheep, cats, and guinea pigs (but mostly with her kids).

Social Media:

Twitter@johannaharness
Instagram: johanna_harness
Blogjohannaharness.com

Writing Workshops:


POETRY TRADING CARDS
HermitFest Music Festival, Kuna, Idaho, 2014

FOUND POETRY YOUTH WRITING WORKSHOP
HermitFest Music Festival, Kuna, Idaho 2014

YOUTH POETRY WORKSHOP
Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell, Idaho, 2014

FAIRY TALE WRITING WORKSHOP
Midvale Middle School, Midvale, Idaho, 2013

JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING WITH TIMED WRITING
Coeur du Bois Chapter, Romance Writers of America, Boise, Idaho, 2012

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS
Society for Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators, Boise Chapter, Boise, Idaho, 2011

Publications:

SPILLWORTHY
Spillworthy Press, Nampa, Idaho, 2014.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BELLE ROBBINS
Mystery Times Nine. Edison, NJ: Buddhapuss Ink, 2012.

CHERRY BOMB
Mystery Times 10. Edison, NJ: Buddhapuss Ink, 2011.

EVIL’S DAY OFF
Escape Into Life: Online Arts Journal (2011): 2011.

HAPPY
Adventures in YA and Childrens’ Publishing. 25 Nov. 2011.

ON THE SUCCESS OF THE AMWRITING HASHTAG
The Publishing Talk Guide to Twitter. London: Reed Media, 2011.

YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE CAN’T BE JUST A GIMMICK
Interview by Jane Friedman. Writers Digest, 12 Aug. 2010.