Author Spotlight – Justine Johnston Hemmestad

Justine lives in central Iowa. She says creative writing helped me to rehabilitate myself after a 1990 car accident in which I sustained a severe brain injury. She is the mother of seven children, five of them adults now. Her oldest son Bradley created the cover art for a yet unpublished novel about the Three Fates and Macbeth, called “Macbeth’s Spinners” Seen Below.

When asked about writer’s block she responded “I’ve suffered with writer’s block, but writing is so important to my health that I know I need to keep writing, even if its bad. I revise and rewrite later. I treasure the connections I tend to make between storylines.”

Her response to what she does for fun was “I’m never not writing, since it’s part of my health. I also love learning about history and magnanimous people, and I integrate that in my writing. The research I do for stories is one of the most enjoyable parts of writing. I also love reading and learning about classic literature, and I have a Master’s Degree in English Literature.”

Justine has a Facebook Page to keep up with her activities.

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