Author “cj petterson” is the pen name of Marilyn A. Johnston. She is an award-winning writer whose short fiction and non-fiction stories have appeared in several anthologies, including the 2013 The Mississippi Gulf Coast and Neighboring Sites.


Writing as cj petterson, Marilyn loves to stretch her alter-ego writing skills and writes in multiple genres. Her latest romantic suspense novel, Choosing Carter, is scheduled for launch in August 2015. Her works-in-progress include a middle grade fantasy and a budding mystery series that features a Yankee trying to earn a living as a female sleuth in the Deep South, a story line ever-so-slightly based on real life (except for the sleuth part).


Marilyn has served as a judge for Romance Writers of America’s Daphne du Maurer contest. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Guppies (SinC’s on-line “Great Unpublished” chapter), the Alabama Writers Conclave, and a charter member of the Mobile Writers Guild.


After retiring from a career in the automotive industry in snowy Michigan, Marilyn now lives on Alabama’s sunny Gulf Coast. For more information about author cj petterson, visit her Facebook page at and her blog site at


Her novel, Deadly Star, is available at B&    and on

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