J.E.T. Johnson


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Why does the 'marketing' of stories require vivisection of the personal?
This is my very last digression before trying the 'preview and publish' icon...

Oh wait...now I am going to make it the first question on my list; just because I can.
And also because it is an interesting inquiry.

I find the whole concept of 'actively' marketing oneself just to sell a story, dangerously invasive. Such marketing ploys seem to rely on vivi-motional (I just made that up to encompass emotional surgery/vivisection) procedures enacted UPON the author. That is, you, the reader, require that the author spew forth uninhibited outpourings of their emotional, intellectual and spiritual beliefs so that the curiosity of you, the public/reader, is sated.

Or do you?

Who is actually demanding the vivi-motions to begin with? Is it really you, the reader/s?
I know I have never read a word on the nature and/or background of any of my literary heroes. I have found that in real life, actually meeting a respected but hitherto anonymous entity, is usually very disappointing. What they say and what they actually believe are often diametrically opposed; or their ability to enact their higher ideals is somehow perverted by either discourtesy, ego, delusions of superiority, and/or all of the aforementioned.

Or is the curiosity a media-lithic (= media monolith) construct - as I suspect. After all, such monoliths need to be self-perpetuating. They have jobs to secure and profits to make and investors to over-indulge and audiences to deceive in order to capture their ongoing custom so that jobs are secured and profits made and investors indulged and even more customers deceived and their money captured and...

So what is it readers?
Is your alleged curiosity about the author manufactured by the media under its (profit producing) construct of 'fame' and its attendant 'responsibilities'?
If so, I have never been interested in achieving either 'fame' or 'infamy' - see below comments on secretive and solitary - so I have nothing to say for myself in terms of a 'profile'. I will say however, that my WRITING is a multi-directional bridge between dark and light. Some stories are lighthearted. Some are black. Some definitely do not under any circumstances reflect hidden or covert beliefs of the author...some do. Some are in-between. Some even I am not sure of.
And at this point, I don't yet know which of them I will offer for publication and consumption. (Just looking out for your digestive tract, ppl!)

In fact, at the time of writing this, I have only uploaded one file - i.e. 'The Ugly Detective Agency (TUDA); Case of the Stalker Mum'. I am currently editing a second TUDA case; one 'angelic' murder/mystery starring Tantrum, Seraph & Surly; one murderous 'journal of a lunatic' tale; and a few short stories starring certain canines who have insisted they had better see the spotlight of fame forthwith or my linen will not survive its next hanging out.

I can understand that one may be interested in the author and/or characters behind any TRUE story. But for fictional stories, surely it is simply a matter of a reader either liking the story...or not. If the story and characters are part of a series you will continue to follow them...or not. I am certainly not going to assume that your readership of murder/mysteries reflects upon your character, beliefs, and/or general humanity and behaviour. So what does the author's thoughts/beliefs/background have to do with anything?

Of course, my beliefs could be a hangover from my activist days when I was agin all things systemic. Or they could simply reflect that I am old and you are not. Or perhaps it is a more personal characteristic, in that I have chosen to embrace the secrecy of the family rather than join the ranks of 'normal' human interactions - if I actually saw such curiosity as 'normal' rather than invasive; which I don't. Or, it could be all of the above.

I neither know nor care. Let the story speak for itself, I say.

Oh and now I see this whole interview break has actually chewed up two hours!!
When did you first start writing?
When one is this ancient, who can remember when things began?
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Too Dangerous To Defend
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 170,300. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
'Justice In Action' are Queensland-grown vigilantes. The acronym JIA adorns products as diverse as cups to condoms whilst social debate rages on their existence. The Taskforce charged with stopping the group admit they have no clues, even after eight months and twelve executions. The public celebrates the fact that crime rates have dropped and more offenders are more harshly punished.
The Haggy Chronicles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,650. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical
After reading my description of the Hagster you have probably come to suspect that there is a darker side to her writing - and you’d be right. There is. Haggy has a complex and severe mental health (MH) affliction that she’s struggled with all of her life. It’s only recently been diagnosed though - but too late to change her core thinking and belief patterns, I’m afraid. So some of her stories
The Heater Hog
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,010. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Fire roars through over and through its victims, leaving visible scars in its wake. Fourteen year old Jason Lightfoot has learned that lesson the hard way. His next lesson will be even more painful. Jason is yet to learn that fire can also burn - unseen - within. Buried in a guilty conscience it razes love and hope and happiness - and inflames cowardice. Can he survive those flames?
The Homeless Houseguests
Series: The Ugly Detective Agency, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: Australian English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A good, if misguided, deed leads to a gay couple asking for help to evict their two house guests. The homeless mother and her 12 y.o. daughter have refused to leave and have ‘taken over’ the couple’s lives. The women confess to being afraid of the ‘mousey’ mother and ‘over-friendly’ child. Then the girl disappears and all evidence points to the child’s sexual abuse by the gay women.
The Ugly Detective Agency In The Case of The Stalker Mum
Series: The Ugly Detective Agency, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,360. Language: Australian English. Published: September 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Who better to investigate a son’s claims of his mother’s stalking, than mother and son PIs? Marilyn and Dylan Harris own ‘The Ugly Detective Agency’. When their client is abducted Dylan advises leaving it to the police, but Marilyn disagrees. Knowing her pursuits incite mayhem, Dylan forces a promise of restraint from her. But when he is kidnapped, she warns the Cosmos that all bets are off!

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