I’ve always been a writer and I’ve always wanted to write a book.
I grew up in New York City. Manhattan was my backyard. Like the city kids of that era I took the museums, concerts, and theater for granted. When I married my husband the day after he graduated the Military Academy at West Point, the world became my backyard and what a grand experience it was!
I’ve always written for my own pleasure and kept a journal. Most times in book form and always in longhand. Sometimes I’d scribble on scraps of paper, backs of envelopes, old bills, when thoughts came to me in restaurants, doctors’ waiting rooms, and airports. Those snippets were put into a drawer and nearly forgotten—until the day of the BLOG. Now they’ll see the light of day. The Bamboo Bends waited twenty years in that drawer.
I’ve worked for two major newspapers, The Anchorage Daily News and The Miami Herald. I published a Miami interior design magazine and soon discovered it was more fun writing for a publication than being on the business end.
I hosted my own talk show on WKAT Miami, a CBS affiliate, for several years and interviewed a never-ending stream of celebrities from the world of film, theater, and high society. You’ll see them time and again in some of my future books.
While at The Miami Herald and again while I was at WKAT, I had the opportunity to go to Vietnam to report on the war. I was one of the first women to go into the combat areas. The experience changed my thinking forever.
Truman Capote came into my life in the 80s. He came to hide out for various reasons; to see his plastic surgeon, try to stop drinking, or to write. I was always amazed that no matter what, at the end of the day he had filled pages of script. We did a lot of sitting by the pool gossiping. Truman was many different people. I came to know the kind compassionate one. He encouraged me to write The Bamboo Bends.
I’m starting on my second book now and it’s totally different from my first.
Right now it’s structured on the theme, ‘walk in the other guy’s shoes.’ It will be humorous but carry a message. You can follow the progress on my blog. Go to my web page acavanaughjohnson.com and click on blog. I look forward to hearing from you.