Interview with T. John Greene

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was a child, I slept in a crowded house, up in a converted attic. There was a cubby hole in my bedroom that I never entered alone, day or night - it contained a vampire that would have dispatched me to the realm of the undead. So, naturally, my first stories were about vampires, particularly Dracula, though at that age I considered them all to be based on true stories from my life. I have since learned to draw a sharper line between fantasy and reality, most of the time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't recall the first story I ever read, but the first novel I read (about twenty times) was Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert. It filled my heart with a love of idealism, justice, and merry old times with good friends. I think it was a very good book to read as a child, and the bravery of Robin et al in the face of a hostile hierarchy was, in a subtle way, good preparation for life. {It was years later that I learned that Maid Marion was actually Robin's sister in Celtic mythology - I like to think that she represented freedom to Robin and his band.}
Published 2013-10-05.
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Books by This Author

Queen Of The Dreamers
Price: Free! Words: 930. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
These six poems convey the vital nature of imagination in our lives. If we do not imagine, we cannot have better individual and collective futures. The Queen's names are Freedom, Peace, Love and Charity. I do not attempt to imagine for the reader, but instead try to inspire your inner courage to make the best of what you have, and then some. These poems rhyme, and can be thought of as songs.
"Life Is About Choices" For Dummies
Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Essay » Political
A very short work of fiction for those still dazed and confused by the daily grind; on the other hand, plain and obvious truth to those who have woken up and smelled the coffee. Whether you see this brief work as fiction or non-fiction, you'll have to admit - it is very concise.
Entrance To A Strange World
Price: Free! Words: 300. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
One poem. "Humming, whirring, gyring and groaning machines orbit about the central power; frightened, I sleep." With words alone, we fight the armies of the world everywhere we go - we want peace, and we are the immortal human spirit.
Suns
Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Can a person truly see the world from different, unique vantage points? Intriguingly, some claim so, while others rebel against the idea of multifaceted truths. Truth may be knowable, but it is inexpressible. These five poems explore the theme. 470 words.
That Son Of Yours
Price: Free! Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Flora has a visit from old neighbors who demand an apology from her son.
The Escape Artist
Price: Free! Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Literature » Literary
What is there to be thankful for, when everyone seems so lost?
Surrender To The Valkyrie: Life In Six Poems
Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
I cover a lot of territory here, starting with our expulsion from what would have been paradise, through the prisons of civilization, and returning at last to a new paradise in a lover's arms.