Nakia D. Johnson

i write.  therefore i am.


I’ve loved writing, reading, and creating as far back as my memories can take me.  There is something so epic about meeting a group of characters, learning who they are, and bringing their stories to life.  At times, it feels truly otherworldly.  I am so humbled to have been afforded the opportunity to bring UPTEMPO, my debut novel, to you, the readers. 


My present personal story is that of being a first-time published author and the many firsts associated with that privilege, but this, my journey, has been a long time in the making.

Throughout my early years, the seeds of my love for language and writing were planted, and with careful tending my abilities slowly began to sprout and unfold.  Educated throughout the borough of the Bronx, from elementary school through college, I credit a great deal of my ability to solid, continual excellence in education.  Shout out to Immaculate Conception School (151st Street), Cardinal Spellman High School, and Manhattan College all of the Bronx.

I received a B.S. in management from Manhattan College in 2000 but the allure of writing was like a constant whisper in my ear reminding me of my first true passion.  In October of 2002, I completed my first manuscript, Jazzy, and since that time have penned a number of articles, short stories, and poems. My greatest achievement since then though, was the completion of Uptempo, which took two years to write and two more to revise, rework, and finally—publish!

I am a native of New York City and reside there.  In my completely biased opinion it is—and always will be—the greatest city in the world.  From my city to yours:  thank you for visiting my website and enjoy Uptempo.

For more information about me, as well as that of my fellow writer, colleague, and friend, Yokairy Tavarez, author of the newly released novel, The Blue Brotherhood, now available for purchase at, please  visit