About the Authors



Bill Johnson has loved fantasy books from the time he was able to read. Once he had children, he realized that not only did he enjoy reading fantasy stories, but he had a keen gift of writing them as well. Running his successful consulting business left him little time to pursue any but technical writing, so he used his creative talents to tell stories that made his children and friends laugh and beg for more.

Now “retired,” Bill is passionate about making the world a better place for his three daughters, their children, and the successive generations. He views writing as a fun way to teach key principles that inspire people to care for the world around them. He has always loved dogs and refuses to live without his canine companions, much to his beloved wife Diana’s dismay.

His favorite books include The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down. His favorite artists are… well, all contributors to this series.

Ariana Ayu by Asheville portrait photographer Julie McMillan of Silver Birch Studio Photography


Ariana Ayu is a published author (The Magic of Mojo: The Creative Power Behind Success, Tate Publishing, 2015), a columnist for Inc.com about entrepreneurship, a business and brand strategist, and an international speaker.

Ever since her dad helped her read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in elementary school, she was hooked on books. She loves how stories can give us insight into the human condition and understand people we otherwise wouldn’t relate to.

Ariana is passionate about empowering women to be the best versions of themselves while accepting their “flaws” with compassion and self-love. She hopes her heroines can inspire young people to love themselves and the world around them.

Learn more about Ariana and her work.