Author J.J.Brown was born in the Catskill Mountain region of New York and has lived in New York City for two decades. She has published novels, short stories and poems. J.J.Brown was a research scientist before turning to fiction writing. She completed a PhD in genetics and her research is published in leading science and education journals.
Distracted by Death: New York Stories is a horror collection of short fiction and novellas from scientist author J.J.Brown. From the Catskill Mountains to New York City and it's science research labs, the stories uncover psychological horror in ordinary lives.
A New York City scientist flies to Puerto Rico to investigate genes linked to an unborn baby's death. Fears of Zika virus and mosquito hosts haunt her preparations and her dreams. Her DNA experiments reveal a future she is not ready to accept.
Doctor Marsha Arzt has mysteriously gone missing somewhere between Manhattan and Brooklyn, in the first novella of The Doctor's Dreams. Looking for clues, her brother discovers Marsha kept a secret dream diary of nightmares. In the second novella, workaholic chemist Eve Wissen is adrift in New York City after a surprise layoff. Numbers are no longer her friends as she tries to reinvent her life.
In the isolated town of Brindle, a community is torn apart by gas drilling. A scientist investigating a report of a dead pet cat suspects the chemicals injected deep below in the ancient beds of the Marcellus Shale. Follow the fates of an artistic teen daughter, her pregnant mother, and her veteran father over 24 hours during the last day in the life of their town.
A young artist living in poverty finds himself in line to inherit a family castle. Follow his journey to overcome clinical depression and claim a place in his family with his son. In this character study, scientist author J.J.Brown explores healing of creativity for people with emotional illness.
Find a love of nature and our human connections with the supernatural, from earthquakes to lightning storms, in these poems. J.J.Brown's words pull readers into a stream of union with the natural world. The author writes of supernatural fears, spiritual visions, and love poems to probe both tender bonds.
Opera student Eva is infatuated with her mentor, a successful older man who runs a philanthropic Foundation for HIV care in New York City and South Africa. She confuses dramatic opera fantasy with reality as she plunges into her first romance. Her showcase performance in La Boheme mirrors her own tragic, blossoming love.
J.J.Brown's scary short stories uncover the faces of death and the meaning of dreams. From a country childhood to the research labs of New York City, these stories illuminate the beauty and the horror of ordinary lives. Mothers, daughters, scientists, and murderers explore the fine line drawn between hopes and dreams.