He identifies the influential person in his life as his grandmother, Esther Hazell, who was a singer and writer. He was also influenced by his love for Stephen King’s later novels. Now, Norwood Johnson is set to release his debut novel entitled, ‘It Takes A Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility For Ending Baltimore Crime’.
Johnson is scheduled to have a book signing on February 6, 2016 @ St. Matthews United Methodist Church at 625 N. Boudin Avenue (near Monument St.) with more signing dates to come. When asked what his book was about, Johnson gave this synopsis. Two millenials, Cynthia Jones and her best friend, Korea (a male) are lifelong residents of Baltimore. During a heated exchange regarding the crime rate, Korea accuses her of being too critical of black men and making generalizations. Cynthia, upset, wants to leave for a safer city. On her way home, she is in a serious car accident which leaves her in a coma. After she recovers, she decides to make a difference in her community. She asks Korea to join her. This leads them to face multiple challenges affecting their community. The journey puts her in the path of facing an unforeseeable proposition.
Johnson said he was Influenced to write the book because of the crime which is running rampant in the Baltimore area. He said he feels he has something of value. He said this book, influenced by the senseless homicides and illegal drug activity primarily in urban settings is for more than just urban America. He feels people have to come together to make a difference to keep the drugs out of their communities. According to Johnson, the community has to work together to realize we are the difference makers.
Originally from Newark, NJ, Norwood Johnson has lived in the Baltimore area for most of his life. He is an alumnus of Morgan State University and is a federal government retiree. Johnson gained recognition as an exceptional technical writer. Johnson also shares his time with others. He volunteers, mentors others and feeds the homeless. In addition, he is a member of the Black Writers’ Guild – a group of African American writers and authors whose goal is to support each other’s endeavors.
He cites a challenge in getting ‘It Takes a Hood’ completed. He describes himself as a man of faith. When he did not have his mindset on being calm, he found it difficult to write. Johnson said he had to get in the spirit in order to write. His life was not easy and he had to handle various trials, which he kept inside until he experienced prayer, yoga and support.
Norwood Johnson is at work on another book about global warming, to be released by the end of 2016.
‘It Takes A Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility For Ending Baltimore Crime’ is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Nobles.
This author can be reached at www.norwoodjohnson.com.