Kecia A. Johnson was born and raised and still resides in Gainesville, Florida. Inspired by her experiences with students as a middle school reading teacher, K-12 writing coach, and elementary and high school media specialist, she decided to explore storytelling and creative writing. She was drawn to students who were reluctant to engage in literacy activities because they struggled in those areas.
The encouragement from five friends, support from family, and divine inspiration led her to write and publish The Kiojah and Lee Book Series. The first two books in the series are Don’t Bring Me Bad News (Book 1) and Can You Handle the Truth? (Book 2). She is the founder of the Run to Win with Kiojah and Lee Teaching Initiative, which was established to help parents and teachers use her books for Christian discipleship and to share with elementary aged children the good news of Jesus in practical ways that preteens can understand. Through this initiative she has published The 1st Fives Curriculum: Don’t Bring Me Bad News and the The 1st Fives Coloring Book: Don’t Bring Me Bad News as supplemental tools to accompany Book 1 of the series.
She hopes her books will give children positive experiences with literature, a good laugh, and something to talk about.
She holds a BS in journalism and an MA in mass communication with concentrations in writing for print news and multimedia storytelling from the University of Florida.
Lindsey Bailey is an artist and illustrator currently based in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 with a BFA in Graphic Design. She has worked on editorial illustration, character design, book covers, children's books, and portraits for clients including Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Bleacher Report, The Georgia Review and ESPN.
Acacia's Ark LLC was set up by Kecia Johnson in 2020 to partner with institutions and support initiatives both community-based and national that champion the health, development, and wellbeing of children to help end social disparities and deprivation.
A world where children have faith, find hope, and know love.
To support the welfare of children by promoting literacy, creating exposure to opportunity, and inspiring their spiritual growth.