John Doe Versus Death

A chef named Doe avoids wartime service when he’s mysteriously assigned as a cook for condemned men at an isolated prison. While he escapes what he thought would be certain death as a soldier, he can’t elude reminders of his mortality. Fear follows him home, forcing him to question man's beliefs. Friends and killers and a pie-obsessed elderly woman help Doe come to terms with life.

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Words: 75,680
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301373536
About Michael Philip Kashgarian

Fictional characters are not created by writers. They’re created by individual readers. It doesn’t matter how extensive or sparse a writer’s description of a character, the reader ultimately creates that character from the parts offered. Of course, there are tricks writers use to manipulate a reader into liking or hating or having mixed feelings about a character. In an analogous world, writers who hope to have their fiction read pen short bios such as this in hopes of creating a likable author in the mind of the reader. Or they just write up a resume in paragraph form. Or offer no bio. Does it really matter? Just as no one may read our books, no one may read our bios. On the other hand, you may be like me and enjoy reading these mini bios and not necessarily the books of the writers. If so, I hope you’re enjoying this one. Here’s my writer’s life in condensed form: As a child, I imagined myself one day writing books of revelation. As a young adult, I led a life without direction. I took a college journalism class to see how those people wrote, but I had no desire in becoming a journalist. The course required me to write an article for the school paper, and I did so reluctantly. Another class, more articles. Then a teacher, who worked as an assistant city editor for the local paper, asked me to write a story for the paper. I did. I interned at the paper. I graduated with a degree in journalism. I worked at a few daily newspapers, first as a reporter for seven years, then as an editor for another eleven. Then I quit. Then I wrote my first book, a book of fiction about life and death, a book titled John Doe Versus Death. Then this bio. An autobio, really. Maybe, you’ll give my book a look. If you like it, thanks. If not, sorry.

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