Interview with Jonathan Lowe

When did you first start writing?
Around age 15 I began by writing poetry. Also composed a few pieces for piano. This resulted from reading and listening, mostly science fiction, and mostly classical/jazz music. Never tried to publish anything until college, and then had a few poems published. A few early stories I sent to Ray Bradbury. He actually encouraged me, answering every letter I sent him.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Judge Jury: Hybrid Stories" is my first story collection, some new, some published in magazines. Hybrid because they are both story and script, a mashup like I once did in an audio CD. One story is an expansion/twist on my audiobook "Transcendence 2." Another is a prequel to the Tom Cruise movie Collateral, in which Tom played a hitman...never revealing his past. Great film, always wondered about what turned him! A romance stand-alone story is taken from "The Miraculous Plot of Leiter & Lott," which here is "The Final Plot of Leiter & Lott." A few others fill it out. Have had a dozen one-act radio dramas produced, so enjoy writing scripts too. "Jackpot Island" is based on the true story of John Caldwell, developer of Palm Island in the Grenadines, about whom I wrote articles. The place is now an upscale resort. Amazing true story! Trump once tried to buy the place, and Caldwell turned him down. The Powerball lottery part of it is fiction, but he did fight off renegades and help the Marines, as mentioned. The Amazon edition and Audible audiobook is titled "Lottery Island," published June 4, 2018, narrated by Tom Lennon. 'The Methuselah Gene" came as the result of writing several unrelated astronomy articles, when I was inspired to look into the work of life extension. Dr. Cynthia Kenyon was successful in extending the lifespan of worms, while work with mice had shown similar lifespan effects using recombinant DNA and Crispr. She mentioned the possibility that science could have a pill that would extend life by decades one day...sooner rather than later. i began to wonder how much such a pill would cost. My sister's cancer meds are $500 a shot. Hundreds of billions of dollars could be made by the first pharmaceutical company to patent such a drug. Who might want that formula so much--prior to patent--that they'd be willing to kill? How many lives would they be willing to sacrifice to test it? Hacking is viral now. Put all this together, and you have a massive conspiracy that might actually come true. Buy any ebook here and get another free. Just review and send link. Contact address at TowerReview.com.
What is neglected in fiction today?
The concept of WHY people do things. This is often thrown in at the last moment---as an afterthought---by many writers who have a large audience and so are required by their publishers to produce a book a year. Most of these genre fiction novels are about the WHO more than the WHY. But if you don't care about WHY people do what they do, except to click off some mindless list to fit the formula, nothing truly interesting is achieved.
Published 2018-06-04.
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Books by This Author

Postal: Postmarked for Death
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 85,180. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A postal clerk turned political bomber plays cat and mouse with a postal inspector, who is hunting Tucson for the wrong man. Told from the alternate points of view of antagonist and protagonist, the novel is a thriller relevant to today's political debates, and was endorsed by John Lutz and by Clive Cussler, who called it "a class performance, powerful and accomplished...mystery at its best."
Awakening Storm
Price: $6.66 $3.33 USD. (50% off!) Words: 64,340. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Coffee to avoid sleep and nightmares is required by Michael Rivers in this Christian horror novel featuring a greedy televangelist haunting a young man who comes to a psychologist for help. Veronica McCord is listening to him raptly, too, because it's the same preacher who mesmerized her son, and she intends to confront the millionaire at his beach mansion in Miami...even during a freak hurricane.
Jackpot Island
Price: $7.77 $3.88 USD. (50% off!) Words: 90,460. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Meet Howard Rosen, $900M Powerball winner. It's his second mega Powerball win. He lost his ticket the first time, and the media made the mistake of laughing at him. Now he is determined to rock their world. Survivor meets Lethal Weapon in this confluence of fate and chance, from the award winning author of The Methuselah Gene and Postmarked for Death. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
The Umpire Has No Clothes
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 38,200. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Archery, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Sports satirist Walter Witty renders a play-by-play account of America's own most radical of obsessions: sports. Is everything a sport? From the hundred million plus salaries of sports gods to the games played by politicians and televangelists, Witty whistles and points at both Icons and Emperors prancing in their skivvies. Who will win? You will win.
Judge Jury: Hybrid Stories
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 51,890. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Artificial intelligence, suspense, revenge, murder, and a prequel to the movie Collateral. Stories from award winning author Jonathan Lowe.
Who Moved My TV?
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
There are dozens of new TV shows added every season, and endless sports, plus commercials for junk food and prescription drugs. For Connor, some sneaky new arrivals in his suburban home are about to change his life forever. What's real and what's fantasy? Maybe television is subtracting part of Conner's brain, and giving it to the invaders?
The Final Plot of Valerie Lott
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 88,420. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
An unpredictable story of transformations and surprise events, The Final Plot of Valerie Lott combines tragedy and enlightenment to show what it sometimes takes for people to change. Included is an attack on the Burj Khalifa, (the world's tallest building,) a kidnapping, an astronomical event unseen in 400 years, and a romance that defines what love is: acceptance and sacrifice.
The Methuselah Gene
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 99,480. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A genetics researcher working on extending the lifespan of animals is hacked, his formula stolen. With his job on the line, Alan Dyson is forced to take a vacation, and decides to hire his own hacker, and follow a lead to a small town in Iowa where a bizarre clandestine experiment is already underway. The twists that follow are epic.
The World's First Trillionaire
Price: $1.00 USD. (Free!) Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Howard Rosen becomes The World's First Trillionaire after winning the Powerball, and investing in artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and real estate. Now he can buy and sell the Shark Tank portfolios out of petty cash.