It’s part two of Frozen week on the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight today! Michael Johnston is one-half of the Frozen writing duo (the other being the awesome Melissa de la Cruz). How much would most of us love to be part of a husband/wife writing team extraordinaire like these two? How much do you want to dive into his head and find out exactly how he got this great gig? Go ahead, we don’t blame you! Just be warned, Frozen and its authors are addictive. You may find yourself waiting on pins and needles (ouch!) for the sequel.

Name: Michael Johnston   

Novel: FROZEN Heart of Dread Book One

Available:  Now!

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? No Favorites, but I recently read Daniel J. Borstin’s The Discoverers and thought it was quite inspiring.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I love the world—it’s a scary place, but I love spending time there.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?

Where do you write? I have an all white office, everything is white. It’s like one big blank canvas.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? I was trained as an architect. If I had heroes they would likely be architects: SANAA, Sou Fujimoto, Herzon & de Meuron, and Zaha Hadid. They are all doing great work.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Yes.I recently tweeted a photo of my dog reading FROZEN. She looked entertained.

What is your favorite season? Fall/Winter. I like the cold. Don’t ask why I live in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Asgard. I’m sure it’s a real place.

Do you have any writing rituals? I drink obscene quantities of espresso while writing. It helps me stay awake.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Art makes me happy. Whenever I have money I make certain to spend it on art.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? I saw Sigur Rós at Coachella this year. They were amazing.

What are you currently working on? Heart of Dread book two, of course!


Thanks, Mike! We can’t wait to read Heart of Dread book two!!

You can find Mike on Twitter.

Find The Heart of Dread series and Frozen on the series tumblr!

Add Frozen to your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads!

Purchase Frozen from your preferred retailer!


  1. fletcherlibraryteens reblogged this from penguinteen
  2. elletlibraryteens reblogged this from penguinteen
  3. viceverdeen reblogged this from mundiemoms
  4. mundiemoms reblogged this from penguinteen
  5. pageturnersblog reblogged this from penguinteen
  6. penguinteen posted this