John Leader

Biography

John Leader enjoys writing science fiction, his first choice. He writes horror just as well. He works using commercial arts techniques and creates his own book covers. His science fiction stories take on action adventure themes.

He reads general and technical magazines and books when he can find good materials.
He is a part time martial arts practitioner and is familiar with a variety of defense systems.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was my first book called Aftermath. I had no way to publish it. I sent several copies to the major book publishers, but new authors like myself have very little chance of success. I had none, only rejection letters with little hope to publish. Then I was lucky enough to land on Smashwords. I reworked the book, published on Smashwords. Later I changed the name to "Blood Grip Against The Land" and reworked the cover. I had written the first copy on an old IBM used electric typewriter, for those of you who remember. This was long before even Star Wars. I enjoy writing science fiction and some horror.
What is your writing process?
At first I could just sit and write from my imagination. When I had things on my mind I tracked events, people, and other issues I wanted to refer to quickly. With this approach I use a table with titles like Book Title and Author and under that a table with headings like, you can use any you like:
Chapter, Names, Places, Vocabulary Words - regular or invented - and Character Traits. Sometimes I will color code items depending on need. For example, I might decide to color code all character names in green, red, or favorite color. This approach can help if you use speicific details that carry across many chapters. Nevertheless, I start out with a simple concept for the book or story, write a simple outline and add to it if I need to later, but this comes after I plot out what I call the skeleton of the plot with some idea of what the beginning, middle and end might read like. Sometimes I will ask mysel, What would I do if I were the character or what would that "character" do, etc.
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Books

My Green Potato Monster
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Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
This is a book for the young reader. Written for entertainment, fun and easy reading practice. It is a fun fiction that helps foster the imagination and builds creative insight. It is a good book to entertain and make the younger reader think.
Brainy Kids BOOK II: Pre-K Activities
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Price: $10.50 USD. Words: 700. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
Instructions: Use copy or select all with microsoft word to print all or one activity page. Great for children ages 3 to 5, or older. With 123 different activities you can keep your child engaged as he/she builds their skills. Work with the alphabet page alone or use one of the 66 other reading activities. The social studies set has 32 activities and the health set has 24 activities to work on.
Simple Counting: Monkeys
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 280. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
This ebook is for beginning Pre-K counting or to reinforce the concept of numbers. It has two sections. One has a picture format for counting from one to ten. The second section has art activities for coloring, counting, and simple arts and crafts constructions. Note: Use your Microsoft Word to copy the page, or use the copy all function, and print it.
Simple Counting: Bulldozers
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 280. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
This ebook is for beginning P-K counting or to reinforce the concept of numbers. It has two sections. One has a picture format for counting from one to ten. The second section has art activities for coloring, counting (1 to 30), and simple arts and crafts constructions. Note: Use your Microsoft Word to copy the page, or use copy all function, and print it.
Pre-K Puppets: Illustrated
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Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Elementary
This well illustrated puppet ebook is an excellent how-to tool and learning resource for parents and educators. With guidance, puppet use can aid the 3- to 5-year old child grow socially and emotionally, develop oral-language skills and personality traits, and learn to connect with community. The different puppets provide a springboard for creative ideas for child, parent, and educator.
Brainy Kids Book I: Pre-K Activities
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Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 520. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
Instructions:Use copy or select all with microsoft word to print this great set of activities for ages 3 to 5. You will find activities for pre-reading, pre-writing, and art. Under each subject there are activities that promote the skills of coloring, dot-to-dot, cut and paste, and tracing. The activities, designed to develop pre-school academic skills, may be used in any order.
Joke To Joke
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Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This joke book is for people who like funny, silly, humorous, tongue in cheek wit. These are clean jokes for all ages. Chuckle if you dare!
Space Retriever: Mike Long
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,390. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
The book everyone’s been waiting for! This Sci-Fi physical drama with sophisticated overtones tracks Mike Long in his treacherous quest to reclaim treasured objects stolen from select highly financed principals demanding their return. Travel with Mike Long as he traces, fights, plans, and retrieves valuables. Encounter android assassins, and the corporal actions of, Ticker, his android assistant.
Space Warrior AD 60,400.111103
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Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 11,780. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Peter Blunt policed for profit. Government control of policing lost out. Private business had overtaken and won the job of enforcing civil law. Contract work for law enforcers lasted six months, max. No job security, pension, or health care to argue about. The government, the protectors of the people, had given the job of policing and enforcing civil law to the civilian creeps, the profit makers.
Alien Jokes
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Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an alien joke book for humor and enjoyment. I hope you enjoy it. Who knew aliens were funny and off beat. These are clean jokes for the average person.
Sankor Sangres: Mercenary For Hire
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,180. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A great and fast Sci-Fi read for daring readers! At the wild edge of the civilized galaxy sits the The Delcor Corporation, a biochemical and biomedical research giant. An anthropological research team meets obliteration, losses viable specimen, and treachery follows. Faced with chocking facts it must turn to mercenaries, especially Sankor Sangres, for resolution. Hot combat from start to finish.
The Horror of Skull Face
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,480. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
This is a short tale of horror and mystic terror. The evil-doer Skull Face must be stopped. Andrew Blackman, Father Santa Cruz must track, dig up, and perform the only ritual to stop Skull Face. They must find a way to block Skull Face from destroying the town. Father Santa Cruz has tracked Skull Face all his life. They must find the artifacts for failure means death. Chiling to the bone.
Space Warrior AD 60,400.111102
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Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In the future the civilian population must hire private enforcers since governmental police has been terminated. These are the adventures of Peter Blunt,an enforcer for hire. Because of the high risk involved in his profession he is called a Space Warrior. Quick, fast and fun read stories. Four(4) shorts stories: 1.Sneak Attack, 2.Blade Man's Blood, 3.Sniper Game, 4. To The Rescue
Courage For Profit
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Price: Free! Words: 1,990. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
In the future the civilian population must hire private enforcers since governmental police has been terminated. These are the adventures of Peter Blunt,an enforcer for hire. Because of the high risk involved in his profession he is called a Space Warrior.(Hello and Thank You!) See Also: Space Warrior AD 60,400.111102 and Blood Grip Against
Blood Grip Against The Land
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 107,650. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Blood Grip Against The Land is an easy and fast read sci-fi adventure on Earth. Bront Lacid faces hard facts and struggles in combat. Cities and social covention are destroyed. Everyone is cut off by marauding groups and Blood Skull controls no man’s land. Others join Dr. Ramsey, a genius and his group. Co-Ti an aura master, Cobra, a strong fighter, searches for her children. Its a hard struggle.