Mental (2018), which took 23 years to complete, is based on Johnston’s late teens and early twenties in the 1990s in Texas. Weaving journalistic scrutiny with magic realism, Mental draws upon a broad set of themes, all of which reveal why one young woman’s emergence from childhood to take responsibility for her life was belated.
Told by identical twin narrators in three parts, Mental delves deeply into the inner workings of the psyche to achieve a hard won happy ending, leaving the reader with the suggestion that it is one’s attitude that directs one’s fate. Drawing upon Buddhist wisdom and with a strong foundation in the natural world, Mental‘s subject matter may at times be dark–but the message of the piece as a whole is overwhelmingly positive.
This Second Edition of Mental, released on the first anniversary of its original publication, is meant to inspire those who are struggling to find themselves in a world that can be full of evil, disappointment, loss and grief. This novel is about dealing with changes and transitions, and is offered to illustrate the importance of continuing the search for peace even in the midst of suffering.
This is Johnston’s second novel. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She is also the author of Dandelions (2019), a long poem, Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), and Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it.
To read a preview of Mental (2018) for free now, go to https://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Mental is an eBook ($9.99) and a paperback ($9.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Mental-novel-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1690980842/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569337062&sr=1-1 to add this novel to your personal library now!
Published by Marie K Johnston
Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist, resume writer, website creator and publisher. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University in the 1990s and was accepted into Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000. Marie K Johnston wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, worked for a variety of print and online publications (including “The Daily Texan” and eHow.com), and taught high school English/tutored UT@Austin students in Liberal Arts subjects for 14 years before she married. She is the author of 2 novels and 3 books of poetry, all of which can be previewed and purchased at http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston and http://www.BooksbyMarieKJohnston.com! She writes local color “faction,” taking a journalistic approach to her everyday life in Texas and blending this “seamlessly” with the style of magic realism (a combination of the “real” and the “surreal”) in order to universalize the basic human pursuit of peace and wholeness in a world which seeks to crush even the most resilient of spirits. Johnston’s “faction” always reveals the triumph in the struggle, the maturity in riding out the “ups” and “downs” of life in order to grow in wisdom and serenity and achieve “success.” She is also the owner of Astute Pursuits (http://www.astutepursuits.home.blog), where she has been using her verbal prowess to garner dream jobs for her clients since 2010! With the invaluable assistance of the McCurry dynasty, Johnston has been reviewing and sharing the work of idealistic and gifted writers of fiction and non-fiction as head publisher of Halcyon Days Press, Inc. (http://www.HalcyonDaysPress.Wordpress.com), an IQ Publishing Haus of TX Company, with locations in Tomball and Houston, TX. She is also working to open her own Etsy store, “Boho Art by MKJ,” to sell her original “word art,” visual art that attempts to inspire her audience to be happier and to achieve their full potential, as well as a wide variety of yet-to-be-revealed decor for the home; a preview of her visual art can be found at http://www.MarieKJohnston.com (“The Fiction and Folk Art of Marie K Johnston”). In her capacity as an author, Johnston is currently working on two projects: 1) the publication of her non-fiction essays and journal entries, collected over the past 25 years, which explore the themes of love, loss, marriage, motherhood, pursuing careers in education and art, dealing with mental illness, and coming into one’s own, and 2) a third fictionalized narrative dealing primarily with her daily, lifelong battle with Bipolar I with Psychotic Features. Both of these intense projects are due for publication and release in December 2020.