Welcome back to Literacy Musing Mondays, your linkup for all things about literacy, learning, reading, and writing. This week’s guest post is from Lisa Tillenger Johansen. Lisa is a Registered Dietitian who counsels clients on a wide range of health issues. Her debut nutrition book, Fast Food Vindication, received the Discovery Award (sponsored by USA Today, Kirkus and The Huffington Post). She lives in Southern California.
Reading and Writing…It’s All It’s Cracked Up To Be
At six-years-old, I joined my first book club I looked forward to getting a new book in the mail each month. My favorite books included The Happy Hollisters, The Bobbsey Twins and The Phantom Tollbooth. I loved immersing myself in those wonderful stories.
At this same age that my brother, sister and I started spending time at the library, although I admit that then and to this day I prefer to own a book rather than borrow it. I enjoyed experiencing all the great books; so I became a voracious reader from a young age. As a result of all that reading, I performed quite well in our school spelling bee while in first grade.
In second grade, my family moved to Texas and my teachers determined that I surpassed my grade level in knowledge in certain subjects, including reading and writing. They recommended to my parents that I skip a grade, but they declined that suggestion keeping me in second grade. I don’t remember a whole lot about that school year, but what stands out to me is that I spent a great deal of time in classes reading the book Charlotte’s Web to the rest of the students.
I wrote my first play in fourth grade about a Christmas story which I ended up performing with my friends for my whole class! My father made the sets, my mother the costumes, and I played Santa Claus. The next year history repeated itself, and I wrote another play about American Indians which we performed for our class. In seventh grade, I penned my biggest production, Rocky and the Boys, about bank robbers and I played Rocky. We performed it on the big stage in front of the seventh grade class. It was awesome!
In high school and college I excelled in English and earned straight A’s. I even earned my master’s degree in nutritional science with a 4.0 average.
I can’t imagine not reading. It’s simply incomprehensible to me. Plus, writing has been a part of my life for about as long as I could read. Reading and writing has even affected my family life. My husband is New York Times Bestselling author Roy Johansen and my mother-in-law is Iris Johansen. It’s funny how all that worked out.
So how does reading impact my writing style? In every way : from grammar and spelling, to sentence construction, to structure, tone and style, it impacts all I do. I’m happy to still do both, and I’m so thrilled that my new book Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! is a bestseller. I couldn’t be happier…and some of my success certainly has to do with a lifetime of reading and writing.
I hope you enjoyed this guest post by Lisa. I read her book this month and posted a review with a great giveaway! Monday morning which I hope you will come back and read!
Now on to our weekly link-up for everything literacy-related!
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