Jack Chaucer


I'm John Cullen and I write under the pen name Jack Chaucer. I live in Litchfield, Conn., with my wife and twin toddlers. I'm the author of the new poli-sci-fi thriller "Queens are Wild," which will be published on Smashwords in late July (2012).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Chaucer Drive in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, so it must be fate that I became a writer. I enjoyed Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in high school, too. As a result, I picked Chaucer for part of my pen name. My family moved to Chaucer Drive when I was 6. By age 7, I was already the leading force in creating a neighborhood newspaper with other kids on the block. We'd pass the handwritten paper around at the end-of-summer block party and all the adults would get a good laugh. Writing novels and raising twins may be my day job, but I'm still in the newspaper business at night. I edit and design pages at the Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School." I know. The title is quite long -- kind of like Pearl Jam's song "Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town" or a Fiona Apple CD title. The subject matter of this book, however, is no laughing matter. When 20 first-graders and 6 women were gunned down at an elementary school on Dec. 14, 2013 -- and not all that far from where I live with my wife and kids -- the whole world seemed to stop and pay attention. How could gun violence in our schools and country get any lower than an entire class of first-graders being wiped out 11 days before Christmas? But, of course, the world goes on about its business eventually.
Not for me. In fact, this was the only topic I could think about as I considered what to write about next. My new book, which will be published on Sept. 27, is the culmination of eight months of wrestling with this brutal but extremely relevant plague on our society.
The protagonist, Nicole, receives a warning in a dream that one of her classmates -- a boy she once knew in elementary school -- is plotting the next big school massacre at her high school in New Hampshire. The story follows her attempt to reconnect with and befriend the boy before it's too late.
It was an extremely hard story to write, but I'm very proud of how it turned out and I look forward to sharing it with the world very soon. I've dedicated the book to the Newtown victims and have pledged to donate half of the proceeds to the Newtown Memorial Fund, whose motto is "Hitch Your Wagon to A Star."
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Where to find Jack Chaucer online


Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble
Pre-release—available October 9, 2015. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,910. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Nicole Janicek has survived being shot, but can she overcome the blues of her early 20s? Nearly four years after foiling a shooting plot at her high school, Nikki gets hired by an organization whose leadership consists of people labeled troublemakers by the Church of Scientology, struggles in her relationships and considers an offer to leave the planet. Can this former teenage hero rescue herself?
Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,280. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Adam Upton and Thomas "Lee" Harvey are plotting the next big school massacre at their New Hampshire high school. Nicole Janicek, who knew Adam in elementary school, tries to reconnect with the damaged teen at the start of their senior year. But will Nicole’s attempt to befriend the would-be killer disrupt the plot and turn Adam’s life around before the clock strikes 12:14?
Queens are Wild
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Margeaux Quigley has it all: the eyes of every guy in her senior class, a full scholarship to Stanford thanks to her soccer skills … and the seat as Commander in Chief of the United States in 2036?! Margeaux finds herself being dragged through a deadly chess game from 1984 to the future where her presidential self has been kidnapped by a tycoon who wants to rule the world. She must checkmate him.

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  • Never Alone on March 06, 2013

    This is a psychological and erotic thriller that is extremely well-written, seductively entertaining and penetrates all the right boundaries for this genre. I haven't read "50 Shades" and never will based on the horrible reviews I've seen. It's popularity is due to hype, no doubt. "Never Alone" is quite the opposite. Erynn delivers the goods with her story and deserves some hype of her own. I highly recommend this book!