Nonfiction Book Award Status: SilverNonfiction Book Award - Silver Winner - 150


Like the Beverly Hillbillies in reverse, Michaela Johnson’s family moved from an upscale neighborhood in Sacramento (where even the family dog lived in luxury) to a trailer in the mountains. With no running water or electricity, a culture-shocked adolescent Michaela had to adjust — and fast — to a new normal that would forever affect her life choices. Teetering on Disaster is the humorous, heartfelt true story of Michaela’s coming of age in the face of extraordinary circumstances. Readers will cheer on Michaela as she awkwardly navigates her way through the teen years and into adulthood, forever changed by her unusual upbringing.

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Author Bio:

Award-winning author Michaela Renee Johnson is a licensed psychotherapist and small business owner who hosts the weekly podcast, Be You Find Happy, which is an iTunes Top 100 in Self Care and has had celebrity guests such as Sanni McCandless (Free Solo) and Janusz Pozniak (Blown Away on Netflix), as well as Instagram Influencers like @missholldoll and @everchanginghorizon. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son.

She enjoys traveling and has visited 19 countries; she loves the ocean and everything in it. She rarely finds herself without an activity, whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering in the garden, golfing, reading or spending time outside. She loves poetic quotes and all things metaphysical. To learn more about the author, visit or connect with her on Instagram at

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