The Osceola Sun and Country Messenger has hired Dan Johnson of New Richmond, Wisc. as a summer intern.
Johnson is just finishing his junior year at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn., where he studies communication and English. Johnson spent the first part of his life in the Twin Cities, before moving to Hammond Wisc. and later to New Richmond, Wisc.
Johnsons’ interest in writing started when he was very young. He began writing his first novel ‘War on the Great Sea’ when he was 8-years-old and self-published it when he was 13.
“Ever since I can remember I was super into storytelling,” he said. “Especially writing.”
Johnson has published two fantasy novels total, and recently finished a draft for a third. He said long form storytelling is so appealing in part because the work can ebb and flow as you write.
“I had a plan in mind, but the story kind of takes on its own form,” he said. “It felt like I was more discovering it than writing it. That sense of discovery is what motivates me.”
Johnson brings a good foundation of news-writing knowledge and the natural curiositiy and creativity necessary to become a capable journalist to the Sun and Country Messenger. He hopes to use his experience and education to pursue a career in any form of writing.
I would love to be a journalist,” he said. “Especially writing the less prominent stories. I’d love to just do anything in writing.”