John Covil


John is a full-time engineer with a degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. He has been writing on his blog and elsewhere online for years, and has recently started writing fiction. His wife Hilary is an experienced writer of several genres, including journalism, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and was co-author of 33 Packs a Day.

John's writing interests include technology, civil liberties and privacy, criminal justice and criminal justice reform, Christian faith and more. John and Hilary live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with their beagle Marco.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I've been going back to some big whiffs on my part lately. I was really late to Harry Potter, ashamedly. When I finally read it, it became my favorite work of fiction of all time. I've been wrapping up the Chronicles of Narnia, and planning on getting to CS Lewis's Space Trilogy. Before that, I read Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga and loved it. So obviously a lot of fantasy, which is very different from my story.

Besides fiction, I read a lot of news and opinion on current events, especially relating to technology, privacy, civil liberties, economics, etc. Writers I pay a lot of attention to are Radley Balko, Tim Carney, Gene Healy, Conor Friedersdorf, and others.

Most importantly, I spend time (though not as much as I probably should) studying the Bible, and I always love accessible theological writings, especially from CS Lewis, who I already mentioned. Getting to see his grave at Holy Trinity Church in Oxford last year, and the pub where he met with Tolkien and the other Inklings, was one of the geekiest, most special moments of my life, and a real blessing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the iPad a lot. I appreciate the concept of the earlier generation reflective Kindles, or the new Paperwhite Kindles, but I already have the iPad on me when I get home from work, so I'm always keeping it charged.
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Where to find John Covil online


33 Packs a Day
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,080. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Who’s watching you right now? Is it your child’s spaghetti-soaked face? The brown eyes of your pooch? Or is it someone else? In “33 Packs A Day,” a young doctor, Seran Barzani, stages a protest when a new government program goes too far. This catches the attention of an ambitious homeland security agent who brings Seran's darkest fears to fruition in this thriller about government surveillance.

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