Interview with John Ploskina

When did you first start writing?
When I was five years old, I would staple printer paper together, fill it with incompetent drawings and misspelled words and run around telling everyone I wrote a book. I have only marginally improved since then.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order: H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, James Clavell, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jonathan Stroud, Garth Nix, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ayn Rand, Alan Moore, Frank Herbert, Lois Lowry, Philip K. Dick
What do you read for pleasure?
On the fiction side I read a lot of cozy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and adventure. I read more middle grade and young adult novels than I probably should. Pure story!

I also read a ton of non-fiction, especially philosophy, history, evolutionary biology and psychology. I'm addicted to learning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Currently I play bass in a metalcore band and I have my own solo material, which is folk rock in the vein of Paul Simon or Jim Croce. Sometimes I act in local theater and independent movies. I'm always digging around for more creative stuff to do.
Describe your desk
One Retina iMac, two 32 inch additional monitors, and an eclectic array of microphones, cables, guitars, amplifiers and tools. It's a big mess.
Published 2016-02-27.
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Books by This Author

A Mirror for the Stars
Price: Free! Words: 10,730. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Karen was the love of Jack’s life… until she dumped him to take a job as a research assistant at a government science lab in Chicago. Years later, Jack is depressed and alone. But when Karen appears in his dreams and whispers a mysterious number, Jack is pursued by government agents with bizarre super powers and placed on a terrorist watchlist.