Johanna is of Ngati Tukorehe and Ngati Kahu ki Tauranga descent.
She also has English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. She lives on Te
Atiawa land in Te Whanganui-a-Tara where she works as a writer and
In 2018 she completed an MA in creative writing at the IIML and, in 2019, a diploma in rongoa at Te Wananga o Raukawa.
She's currently working on a PhD in creative writing, exploring journeys of reconnection with Maori whakapapa from a personal perspective. Her other books include Guardians of Aotearoa (Bateman Books, 2018) and Ethical Fashion (Rosen Young Adult, 2019).