John Paul was born and raised in West Michigan. He discovered detective stories at an early age through the magic of Old Time Radio. Since then he has devoured hundreds of hours of radio shows (such as Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Boston Blackie, Richard Diamond and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar) and mystery stories. With all this knowledge, he decided to take a crack at recreating those hard-boiled stories of yesteryear. Someday he plans to expand into scifi and westerns.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Loren D. Estleman, Dashiell Hammett, Hilaire Belloc, G. K Chesterton, H Beem Piper, Jules Verne
How do you approach cover design?
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Two short stories: A Matter of Silence and A Matter of Action. The Emperor Kadzrick has decided that the Tribe of the Fathers must change their faith to suit him. The Tribe of the Fathers have held true to their Faith for centuries and will not change now. They are a peaceful tribe, but they will be forced to take up arms to defend what they hold dear: their faith
In a culture that views good as evil and evil as good, and where it often takes courage to live according to God’s ways, we need the saints. If the demands of life leave you little time to read, but you want to learn from the lives of holy men and women, this book is for you.
Benny Cahill is back. After getting involved in a crooked horse race in Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, the cynical and wise-cracking private detective returns in four never before published short mysteries. These noir stories are inspired by the author's love of Old Time Radio shows. This collection includes a foreword by Theresa Linden, author of Chasing Liberty.
Benny Cahill is a private eye. His job is to help little guys with big problems. However, Benny always gets served a large portion of hurt for his troubles. Things don't turn out any different when Benny is hired by a crooked jockey who never heard of the phrase: "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth".
Inside The Bubble: a short story
on June 15, 2014
Great story. I almost wish it was longer story. Maybe we could find out who heard Dr. Laman's message and what did they do about it? Also, I would recommend a professional cover. This guys does a great job for $5 or more: http://www.fiverr.com/jimmygibbs/design-a-professional-ebook-cover.
The Sentient Soldier
on Oct. 28, 2014
I agree with some of the other reviewers that this story needs to be longer. It sounds more like an outline for a much larger story or even the prologue of a story. Think about expanding.
Jack of All Trades - How to Master All Sorts of Skills in Short Amount of Time and Be a Modern Renaissance Person
on Oct. 06, 2015
Throughout a person's life, the idea of specializing is pounded into his head. From a young age, he is asked what he will be when he grows up. He spends many years learning one trade. What happens when that trade is no longer needed or even relevant? He must retrain in another profession. This isn't always easy to do when you're older. That's what this book hopes to prevent.
This book is full of great, practical ideas on how to overcover the limitations of a specialized education and instead become a well-rounded Renaissance man (or woman). There are a bunch of self-help ebooks available that have nothing but platitudes and nothing of substance. This book gives you pages and pages of real ideas and instructions based on the actions of successful people, such as John Milton, Einstein, Marie Curie, and Story Musgrave. It teaches you how to read smarter by skimming and doing exercises to keep you mind sharp, but it doesn't stop there.
I read a number of self-help books in my life and this is the first book that actually made me think that I could succeed. I wish I had read this book sooner.