Mary Johnson gathers together fictionalized runaway and vagabond stories in new book

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‘Strange Ruins’ shares a collection of tales from varied, colorful perspectives

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Mary Johnson’s collection of short stories titled “Strange Ruins: Volume I” (published by Archway Publishing) leads readers down an imaginative path that explores the ecstasy and the agony of life examined from an intimate panorama.

In the volume, two aliens meet and learn from one another before walking way with a new perspective on loneliness. Another piece features a man finds love he didn’t imagine finding in speed dating. While on a trip, another man makes a decision to take control of his destiny. In a final story, one woman continues in her refusal to be responsible for another person’s happiness by ending a love affair.

Hoping that “Strange Ruins” will speak to a versatile cache of readers because of the diversified collage of tales, Johnson says that “A life of curiosity, people-watching, and colorful interactions” helped her write the collection.

“Strange Ruins” is available for purchase online at:

“Strange Ruins”
By Mary Johnson
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 318 pages | ISBN 9781480884687
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 318 pages | ISBN 9781480884700
E-Book | 318 pages | ISBN 9781480884694
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Johnson worked in aviation corporate operations, public relations and municipal government. Today, she finds that storytelling is at the heart of her happiness. The Louisiana native now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Although “Strange Ruins” is her first collection of short stories, she plans to continue writing.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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