RM Johnson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After high school, he served five years in the United States Army. After which he received his Bachelors degree in science, from the University of Louisiana. He worked as an x-ray technologist, and radiation therapist for a number of years while continuously working on his writing, and earned a Masters degree in creative writing from Chicago State University\
Since then, RM Johnson has written nine novels, to include the best-sellers, THE HARRIS FAMILY, DATING GAMES, and THE MILLION DOLLAR DIVORCE. STACIE AND COLE was his first young adult novel, published in December 2007 by Hyperion Books.
In 2009, RM threw his hat into the non-fiction ring, with the release of WHY MEN FEAR MARRIAGE, a detailed look into the hesitation and explanations as to why so many men are reluctant to marry.
Video: RM Johnson (11:53) Highlights from the As The Pages Turn Book Club's Literary Luncheon Fundraiser held Saturday June 28, 2014
One in the World
by E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson
Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well-educated district attorney, knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother, Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster care system. Following their parents' death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years.Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that in order to inherit the wealth of his father's estate and save the struggling family business, he must marry a woman before he turns thirty-five. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi's sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi's wife.
Eric discovers Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead, he entrusts the information to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150,000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down both on Blac's efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi's attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested, and life-altering sacrifices are made.
Hardcover: 304 pages
In the final installment of The Million Dollar trilogy, RM Johnson delivers a juicy and shocking conclusion to his fan-favorite saga.
Without thought, Freddy squeezed the trigger of his gun, shooting Mr. Kenny in the chest. He shot him again in the belly.
There was something comforting about the gun going off in Freddy's hand, something calming. Freddy fired two more times, his arms absorbing the shock of the small gun's kick, a lifeless expression on his face. He shot the man in the thigh, again in the chest.
Kenny staggered back, horror in his eyes, blood
stains blooming large on his white shirt.
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He took slow steps to the building, feeling as though he was being marched, blindfolded, to his place in front of a firing squad. Payment for the debt of leaving his children to grow up without a father, without love, without the knowledge that he even cared....There was no turning back at this point....He would handle the fear that he'd been escaping for twenty years, now.
From RM Johnson, a breathtaking new talent in American fiction, comes The Harris Men, the powerful, stirring portrait of one father and the three sons he walked out on years ago.
Fifty-five-year-old Julius Harris has one year to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Though devastated, he has known there would be some form of penalty to pay for leaving his wife and three sons twenty years ago. Since that time, he has made no form of contact with them. But now he has made a promise to himself: find his sons, reconcile with them, and make his family whole once more before he takes his last breath.
But there will be difficulties...
Marcus, the middle son, hates even the memory of his father and wrestles with fears of abandonment that prevent him from committing to the one woman who has turned his life around.
Caleb, the youngest son, couldn't care less about his father because he is too busy struggling to support his son, prove himself to his girlfriend, and make his way in a world that seems relentless in trying to keep him out.
And then there's Austin, the eldest son, who adores his father's memory and seems to be taking after him, abandoning his own wife and children as his father did twenty years before.
Drawing inspiration from experiences familiar to him, RM Johnson explores the world of the Harris men -- and the ever-growing problem of absentee fathers -- with arresting and deeply moving compassion. As his characters grapple with the fears that haunt them and the choices that lie before them, Johnson skillfully gets to the heart of a complex, real-life issue that will forever be the source of much debate: what it means to be a man.