About Merrie Sue and Johanna
Since I Have Arrived is a collection of travelling tales by Merrie Sue Holtan and her daughter Johanna.
Merrie Sue Holtan teaches communication studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. A native of Rushford, Minnesota, she has an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and master degrees in communication and writing from North Dakota State University and MSUM.
She has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years and is interested in documenting stories gone missing. She was also the managing editor of OPEN magazine, a city and lifestyle magazine of Fargo-Moorhead
Johanna lives in Scotland and manages an internationalisation project at the University of Edinburgh. Her journey has taken her to the Republic of Georgia with the Peace Corps, Jamaica, England, and throughout the United States. Joining her is a former Georgian street cat, who lives up to her name Datvi (meaning ‘bear’ in Georgian).
She is a former All-American volleyball player, a recipient of the Juniata College Young Alumni Achievement Award and enjoys taking photos, cycling, volunteering, and reading crime novels.