Norma Tadlock Johnson's publishing history began with four romance novels co-written with her daughter, Janice Kay Johnson (herself a multi-published author of books in the romance, historical mystery, young adult and picture book categories) as Kay Kirby. These were followed by two romantic suspense novels on her own (Walker and Co). She then switched to writing for middle-grade children, and published the well received Bats on the Bedstead (Houghton Mifflin; Avon Camelot) and The Witch House (Avon Camelot). More recent work includes a non-fiction history of the 10th Mountain Division of World War II titled Soldiers of the Mountains.

Norma graduated from Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington, and has been named to its Hall of Fame. A Cum Laude graduate of Washington State College (now University), she did graduate work at Mexico City College (now University of the Americas). A widow, she now resides in Burlington, Washington. Besides her daughter, Janice, Norma has a son, Karl, and three granddaughters. She has lived primarily in Washington, Oregon, California and Mexico. While residing with her husband on Camano Island, WA, she was active on a local water board, where the startling acrimony experienced among members, along with the perpetual battling of slugs in her garden, inspired her to write Donna Rose and the Slug War. Her hobbies include reading, gardening and swimming.

Book List in Order:6 titles

  • Recently widowed Paula Madigan agrees to house-sit for a friend on Puget Sound. Soon, new friends and a fresh perspective find her on the golf course, where to her shock, she discovers the bejeweled hand of a dead woman in the sand trap. The victim, ...


  • WEED WHACKER Retired schoolteacher and avid gardener Donna Rose Galbreath is no longer slinging slugs over her neighbor Cyrus's fence, but the duo continue to waver between feuding and friendship. Still, nothing brings folks together like a dead bod...


  • Retired schoolteacher Donna Galbreath loves her community of Cedar Harbor, Washington, but it's changing. That fact is brought home to Donna when, digging clams one morning, she finds the body of water board chairman Lyle Corrigan. Then, after she an...


  • When Ginny and her family move into the mansion they have inherited from Great Aunt Maybelle, they are unprepared for the ghostly Maybelle's nighttime visits....


  • At the death of her stepfather, Stewart Collins, Angie Evans inherits the modest house in a small town on Puget Sound in which he has lived since Angie's mother's died. Wanting nothing more than to dispose of the house, put her unhappy memories behin...