Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Welcome, Margot Johnson!

 For many years, I worked in a busy corporate environment, and I left a leadership role in human resources and communications to focus on writing. Now instead of guiding employees, I create characters who have minds of their own! 

After my first book LOVE TAKES FLIGHT was published, I received a card that says Dream Big & Work Hard. Displayed near my work space, it always inspires me. I believe in that motto, and I like my characters to share the same outlook as they work through challenges mixed with fun. 

LOVE LEADS THE WAY draws on my experiences at work and at home. The story is fiction, but my heroine, Tessa, and I share much in common. I’d love to have lunch with her and compare notes on office gossip, single parenting, family quirks, and cute golden retrievers. One key difference is I didn’t meet my handsome husband at work! 

In the story, Tessa coaches Mark in leadership, but they both need lessons in love! I hope you have fun with these clashing coworkers as they discover where love leads. 


Single mom Tessa runs a successful leadership program at work and supports a mother with dementia. She can handle any challenge in her jam-packed schedule as long as nothing spins out of control…especially her feelings.

Engineer Mark is an expert on pipelines at the same company, but his interpersonal skills need a makeover. Advancing to an executive job requires enrollment in a leadership course he doesn't think he needs.

When their professional and personal issues entangle, life at the office gets a lot more complicated. Romance is impossible…or is it?


“Tell me what you know about Leadership Camp.” Tessa worked down the list of standard questions she always used to screen candidates for the program. Just because Mark earned executive endorsement didn’t mean he could skip the usual selection process. She remained alert for signs of his infamous, clipped attitude.

“I’d rather you describe it.” He gripped the chair arms.

“I’ll get to the details.” Tessa sipped water. His abrupt tone was just short of snappish. With a full hour booked, she wouldn’t rush through the process. “I always like to hear what people know about the program. If your learning expectations are way off my expectations, we have a challenge on our hands.” She plunked a palm on the table and flipped it for emphasis.

“I really have no expectations. Liz and Don recommended it.”

“You must have picked up things from the class alumni?” She took time to breathe and examine his expression. Staring out the window, Mark’s eyes were icy pellets.

“People say the course is a big time commitment and starts with a retreat for a few days at an actual camp. The group meets four days a week for three weeks.”

Tessa nodded. “Yes, what else?” She fixed on his blue eyes.

“I gather you play games. Sometimes, people cry.” He raised his eyebrows. “I heard the class produces results. The people who participate are often the next ones to get promotions.” Mark swept a hand through the front of his hair.

“Oh, I see.” Tessa sized up his commitment. He appeared more human with a few hairs out of place. She had yet to see him smile. Under the surface, he either held a natural reserve or a trace of arrogance. Whatever the cause, no doubt, he was anything but excited.


After the devastating loss of her husband, Erin Humphrey is rebuilding her life. She runs the Canine Corner dog kennel in Moose, Saskatchewan. Then a prairie blizzard strikes just as Erin’s family arrives for the weekend, followed by a handsome but a difficult client, Drew Dixon.

A daring jet pilot, Drew is a magnet for Erin’s young son Noah, upsetting Erin who is terrified of flying. Drew is at a crossroads because of a career-threatening mistake. Despite an icy start, the couple warm to each other, sparking an undeniable attraction. But will their secret fears keep Erin and Drew’s love from soaring?


Margot Johnson grew up in a family of writers and is the author of two novels. 

Her newest book is Love Leads the Way, a sweet office romance that brings together clashing coworkers who are leaders at work and at home. They unlock new feelings as they deal with challenging work, single parenthood, and mothers with dementia.

Love Takes Flight is her first novel, a fun, sweet romance between a daring jet pilot and a woman who owns a dog kennel business. This feel-good story explores themes of trust, resilience and pursuing your dreams. 

Before turning her focus to writing, Margot held leadership roles in human resources and communications. When not writing, she connects with family and friends, volunteers with the SK Writers Guild, and walks at least 10,000 steps a day (unless it's minus 40!). Her beloved golden retriever Sophie is the real-life inspiration for her loyal canine characters. 

Margot lives with her husband in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Margot Johnson, Author 


  1. Congratulations on your book. I love your doggo!🐶
    D. V. 🦉

    1. Thank you very much! It's very exciting. Aww yes, dogs are the best! :)

  2. LOVE LEADS THE WAY sounds like a wonderful read, Margot. And it releases the same day my latest book does! Wishing you great success with it.

    1. Thank you, Judith, and best wishes to you on your launch! February 17 will be an exciting day!

  3. Enjoyed the post, Margot! Wishing you all the best. :)

    1. Thank you, Mary! I appreciate all the encouragement and support from my fellow Wild Rose Press authors.

  4. Thank you, Jennifer, for this wonderful opportunity to connect with readers and authors here on your blog! It's always fun to spend time with other people who love reading and writing.