MOntage of Milly Johnson photos & books

About Me

Hello. My name is Milly Johnson and I’m a novelist, poet, after-dinner speaker, professional joke writer, columnist, cruise correspondent, short-story writer, winner of Come Dine With Me – and I pop up on the telly sometimes.

I come from Barnsley in South Yorkshire where I’ve lived all my life – apart from a few years at University in Exeter doing Drama and Haworth in West Yorkshire, where I went hoping to catch some Bronte writing magic. BUT I am a half-Scot. My mum and her clan are from Glasgow.

I used to teach, trained for a while as an accountant, worked in sales, offices, mills, and a suggestion scheme. I’ve sold cruises (although I was sacked for ‘having an accent better suited to the textile industry’) and was a professional greetings card copywriter for many years along with the best friends you’ll ever find. My first job was ghost-writing for Purple Ronnie when it first hit the scene in the 1980s.

I gave it my last and final big shot to break into books when I hit 40 and did it and haven’t looked back.   I love what I do and I hope that comes through.

I live with my partner, my teenage sons and cats around the corner from my mam and dad in the centre of Barnsley.

I’m a regular on the MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER circuit and can tailor make a speech to your requirements.  No audience too large… please contact me for details or via The Women’s Speakers agency.

Milly Johnson Portrait