Tag Archives: Varian Johnson

May 31

Cover Reveal: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance is a puzzle mystery, and was certainly influenced by The Westing Game, the Newbery-winning masterpiece by Ellen Raskin. But The Parker Inheritance also tackles real social justice issues, which are just as important to the story as the puzzle. Specifically, much of the novel was inspired by an interaction with my brother […]

May 28

Varian Johnson’s Code of Conduct (Or the rules of writing The Great Greene Heist)

The Great Greene Heist, my first middle grade novel, is unlike anything I’ve written before. Similarly, my writing process for this novel was very different than my process for my other works. Jackson Greene, the main character, has a code of conduct he usually lives by; likewise, I had my own set of rules for […]