“Life’s A Ball” and then some: An interview with Dalton Johnson

Wayne: What got you into journalism and writing?

Dalton: My mother is huge reader, and her mother was a writer, along with some of my aunts and uncles that wrote songs and poetry. Growing up I always wrote sports notes down and made up lineups for the Giants and Yankees, and I just loved to read. I didn’t get serious about journalism until my sophomore year at Santa Rosa Junior College and I’ve loved it more ever since.

Wayne: Was there a teacher that you credit as giving you the tools and motivation you need to write? Tell us what that was?

Dalton: In fourth grade at Penngrove Elementary School, my teacher was Ms. (Coleen) Maloney and I’ll never forget her. She didn’t get me into journalism by any means, but she was the most encouraging teacher I’ve had and really pushed reading. We also went on more field trips than any other class I was ever in and she just always encouraged us to go out and learn.

A Short Story By Author Dalton Johnson
A Short Story By Author Dalton Johnson

Wayne: Tell us about your short story LB Lange Comes Home  that was recently release for Kindle on Amazon?

Dalton: LB Lange Comes Home is a short story I wrote about a man who was once considered the best baseball player in San Francisco since Joe DiMaggio as a senior in high school. A family tragedy leads him down some bad paths and he comes back to San Francisco for the first time in 22 years to see a new star at his old high school going down the same road, and feels it’s his responsibility to help.

Wayne: Do you have any future stories you that you are working on and intend to publish in the future?

Dalton: I am always writing down ideas for the future and hope to have many different works published. Right now, I am working on a nonfiction piece that is a big project on someone that has been one of my biggest inspirations.

Wayne:  Thank Dalton and we wish you the very best in your last year at Armstrong and your future in journalism.

Dalton: Thank you for the interview.

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