New Author Shines Light on Religious Hypocrisy

Lawrenceburg gained another published author last year.  Martha Johnston, Lawrenceburg resident for 30 years, had a desire to write a book for many years.  “It was always my dream to be a published author,” Martha said.

Writing for years, she wouldn’t complete her story, “In My Heart and Mind,” until after she retired.  Written under the pen name, Marti Lyons, her book explores the story of growing up in rural central Kentucky in the 1950s amidst religious hypocrisy.

Although it’s not an autobiography, her book shows the light on many subjects that she experienced through her life.  The story, which is based on a seven year old girl named Nora, explores devout rural Christianity and how Christian teachings were not followed by those proclaiming to be doing so.  Martha said that she wanted the story to resonate with those who grew up in that era and beyond.

After finishing writing and editing, Martha decided to try to get her manuscript published.  She went to Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington where they pointed her to a list of potential publishers.  After several years of writing to different publishers, Page Publishing out of New York picked up her book, and it officially became available on June 11th, 2015.  Her book is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardback, paperback, and even ebook.  Although she just had her first book published, she is looking to the future and is planning to write a second one.

To purchase “In My Heart and Mind,” check out the Amazon page.

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