Camellia M. Johnson

Camellia M. Johnson
What Now

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
June 15, 2003

Q. Who is Camellia M. Johnson?

A. A woman full of joy with a story to tell (smile). I was born in Waco, TX and now reside in Dallas, TX where I am a member of The Potter’s House. I volunteer with my church and with Vitas Hospice services and I have one daughter who steps for the Step By Step team at our church as well. I minister at nursing homes and other conferences.

Q. What inspired you to write “What Now?”

A. Not what but Who is the question. God told me to write the book and share my testimony with his children. God gave me the outline and what to put in the book. I didn’t want to expose my life but God said and that was all I needed to know. So, I did it and all glory belongs to God.

Q. How has your faith in God supported you through your husband’s passing?

A. My faith has comforted me through the long nights. My faith in God has given me peace in my mind, soul and spirit. My faith has given me hope in God.

Q. Do you continue to minister to patients at nursing home.

A. Yes and some in their homes. Where are you in your faith now after writing “What Now?” Another level or should I say another mountain in life. See, life is a series of mountains and we are not on the mountain tops at the same times and on the same mountain. My next book deals with the mountain I’m climbing now of singleness in your heart but whole. My trust in God has escalated.

Q. How did you come about the title “What Now?”

A. My Publisher (Shane Wall) and I were brainstorming about the title. After bringing up many titles, I said “What Now?” I paused and I said “that’s it” He agreed that he liked it as well.

Q. Will you continue sharing your testimonies through your writing?

A. Yes, my writing and other speaking engagements.

Q. What type of atmosphere do you require to write?

A. Quiet places and sometimes soft gospel music.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from reading “What Now”?

A. Hope, encouragement and strength to make it through the storms of life. The book shows faith, growth, strength and compassion for God to show up and show out! I want people to know that they are not alone even when life hand them a hard blow. The blow didn’t come without God’s approval. God is always in control.