Bryan L. Johnson


Long before he thought of being an author, Bryan dreamed of being a performing artist.  As a child of the 80’s, the early influences of R&B groups like New Edition and Five Star he spent a lot of his time performing in plays and musicals in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  In the tenth grade, he, his brother, Paul, and three neighborhood friends formed the rap group, 5A2 (Pronounced “Five-A-Squared”) and started dreaming of becoming a rap star. They later changed their name to “Lakwater” (pronounced “Lake-Water”) and tried to make it big on the music scene.  


After moderate local success, the group disbanded and Bryan decided to leave music behind.  He went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Hampton University and his Masters in Business Administration from the Michigan Ross School of Business then spent time focusing on a corporate career but he always sought new creative outlets and entrepreneurial ventures.   As a result, he started writing a political blog in 2007 (, an internet radio 

show in 2010 ( and an entertainment company in 2006.  However, he never lost his love for music, and literature.  It was these loves that inspired Bryan’s first manuscript that would become “IXI: Rise of the King,” in 2013.  


Bryan spends much of his free time reading, writing, and following politics.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and volunteering in church and in the community.

Paul A. Johnson


Paul is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan who's love of music led him to writing songs for various artist in the Detroit Metro area. Paul fell in love with writing at a young age of ten and actually received his first payment of $100 when he wrote a song for a neighborhood acquaintance. He realized the power of words when he wrote a short story about race in his African American literature class, and witnessed the bevy of emotions that the piece evoked.


He went on to utilize his writing is talents at Southern University and A&M College where he wrote poems for students to present to their "love interest". 


Paul currently lives between Georgia and Michigan where he enjoys spending time with his friends and family.