Ana Johns, a Metro-Detroit native who now resides in Indianapolis, studied broadcast journalism and worked over twenty-years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. 


Her debut Historical Fiction novel, THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is an international bestseller, Globe and Mail instant bestseller, and BBC Radio2 Book Club Pick. It's published with Park Row Books/HarperCollins/Harlequin in the US and Canada, and Legend Press in the UK, with UK audio rights to Bolinda, and has been translated into 20 languages and counting!


Ana Johns is a second generation Slovak with family that can be traced back as early as 1715 to the tiny village of Devičie (pronounced Day VEE chee ay) in the Banská Bystrica region of Slovakia. Her great-grandfather John (his father also named John) immigrated to the United States in 1907.  In 1912, he was able to send for Ana's great-grandmother (Anna) and their two children—Ana's grandfather (John) and great aunt (Anna).  They settled in Delray, Detroit—at the time, the second largest Hungarian community in the world outside of Budapest.

What started in the 1700s with Anna and John passing down their given names became a family tradition that continues still. In fact, there are so many “Ana and Johns” in Ana's family that her aunt (middle name Ann) once said, “to call out for either at a family gathering was to address the room.” 

When not writing, Ana summers along Lake Michigan's beautiful coast. You'll find her (and her little writing buddy River) on the water or working in her garden where she tends a Monarch Waystation and small Wildlife Habitat. 

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