Jonathan Lowe is the award winning author of the Clive Cussler endorsed POSTMARKED FOR DEATH, AWAKENING STORM, THE METHUSELAH GENE, JUDGE JURY: Hybrid Stories, and LOTTERY ISLAND (JACKPOT ISLAND on other channels than Amazon.) He has published widely in magazines, with awards for fiction and drama.
When did you first start writing?
Around age 15 I began by writing poetry. Also composed a few pieces for piano. This resulted from reading and listening, mostly science fiction, and mostly classical/jazz music. Never tried to publish anything until college, and then had a few poems published. A few early stories I sent to Ray Bradbury. He actually encouraged me, answering every letter I sent him. He even sent me a poem about his dog. Amazing man, imaginative and fearless. In his novel Fahrenheit 451 he anticipated the development of the wide flat screen interactive TV, and that was in the early 1950s. It's in the original film with Julie Christie. He always said that "factoids" or sound bites, and sports watching on TV, would kill our imagination and make us vulnerable to what would today be called "fake news." People who don't read don't accumulate knowledge, they absorb bits of this and that and believe they understand the world, which is far more complex than they imagine.
What's the story behind Jackpot Island?
"Jackpot Island" is based on the true story of John Caldwell, developer of Palm Island in the Grenadines, about whom I wrote articles. The place is now an upscale resort. Amazing true story! Trump once tried to buy the place, and Caldwell turned him down. The Powerball lottery part of it is fiction, but he did fight off renegades and help the Marines, as mentioned. Think of it as Survivor meets Lethal Weapon. The Audible/iTunes audiobook is titled "Lottery Island," narrated by Tom Lennon. 'The Methuselah Gene" came as the result of writing several unrelated astronomy articles, when I was inspired to look into the work of life extension. Dr. Cynthia Kenyon was successful in extending the lifespan of worms, while work with mice had shown similar lifespan effects using recombinant DNA and Crispr. She mentioned the possibility that science could have a pill that would extend life by decades one day...sooner rather than later. i began to wonder how much such a pill would cost. My sister's cancer meds are $500 a shot. Hundreds of billions of dollars could be made by the first pharmaceutical company to patent such a drug. Who might want that formula so much--prior to patent--that they'd be willing to kill? How many lives would they be willing to sacrifice to test it? Hacking is viral now. Put all this together, and you have a massive conspiracy that might actually come true.
A biomedical student at ASU, his partner in geek crime, and a secretly cooked drug that produces dreams of the future... What might go wrong? More than either could possibly imagine. From the award-winning author of The Methuselah Gene comes a science fiction story that unfolds like a movie script. It's party time in Tempe. Time for night terrors that just might come true in a machine mind.
A postal clerk turned political bomber plays cat and mouse with a postal inspector, who is hunting Tucson for the wrong man. Told from the alternate points of view of antagonist and protagonist, the novel is a thriller relevant to today's political debates, and was endorsed by John Lutz and by Clive Cussler, who called it "a class performance, powerful and accomplished...mystery at its best."
Coffee to avoid sleep and nightmares is required by Michael Rivers in this Christian horror novel featuring a greedy televangelist haunting a young man who comes to a psychologist for help. Veronica McCord is listening to him raptly, too, because it's the same preacher who mesmerized her son, and she intends to confront the millionaire at his beach mansion in Miami...even during a freak hurricane.
Meet Howard Rosen, $900M Powerball winner. It's his second mega Powerball win. He lost his ticket the first time, and the media made the mistake of laughing at him. Now he is determined to rock their world. Survivor meets Lethal Weapon in this confluence of fate and chance, from the award winning author of The Methuselah Gene and Postmarked for Death. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Sports satirist Walter Witty renders a play-by-play account of America's own most radical of obsessions: sports. Is everything a sport? From the hundred million plus salaries of sports gods to the games played by politicians and televangelists, Witty whistles and points at both Icons and Emperors prancing in their skivvies. Who will win? You will win.
An unpredictable story of transformations and surprise events, The Final Plot of Valerie Lott combines tragedy and enlightenment to show what it sometimes takes for people to change. Included is an attack on the Burj Khalifa, (the world's tallest building,) a kidnapping, an astronomical event unseen in 400 years, and a romance that defines what love is: acceptance and sacrifice.
There are dozens of new TV shows added every season, and endless sports, plus commercials for junk food and prescription drugs. For Connor, some sneaky new arrivals in his suburban home are about to change his life forever. What's real and what's fantasy? Maybe television is subtracting part of Conner's brain, and giving it to the invaders?
A genetics researcher working on extending the lifespan of animals is hacked, his formula stolen. With his job on the line, Alan Dyson is forced to take a vacation, and decides to hire his own hacker, and follow a lead to a small town in Iowa where a bizarre clandestine experiment is already underway. The twists that follow are epic.