Johnson's granddaughter Gina Caneva (above) wrote a story about Johnson, which will be delivered via email to LocalLit subscribers on Tuesday.
Recently Caneva spoke via email with Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.
Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.
Caneva: Ever since I was a young child, I loved to write.I started writing poetry and stories and later joined the school newspaper when I went to college.
Professionally, I've written 70 opinion pieces that have been focused on education, as I was a Chicago Public School teacher for the last 15 years.
I'm still writing those today, although I'm now a school librarian at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park.
Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?
Caneva: I've been most successful with the op-eds focused on education as they have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, US News and World Report, CNN.com, Education Post, The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine and The Chicago Reporter.
But I love writing poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Caneva: This is a creative nonfiction piece that tells the story of my grandfather, Oscar Johnson [of Lockport], who was a World War II veteran who died in early October.
Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now?
Caneva: I haven't published yet. I do have a young adult novel written that I am trying to get published when I have the time.
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Caneva: They can follow me on twitter – @GinaCaneva.