John Crane, MD


John B. Crane, MD DLFAPA is a psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1970. He closed his office in Washington, Missouri, in July 2012 and is now seeing patients part-time in an out-patient mental health clinic in Union, Missouri. Dr. Crane attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, did residencies in psychiatry at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Crane and his wife live on a small farm between Washington and Union. Mrs. Crane is a Certified Master Gardener, and Dr. Crane enjoys playing on his tractor and messing about in the sundry sailboats he and his sons have stashed here and there. Dr. Crane's oldest son is an Optometrist, the middle son is a physician specializing in sports and regenerative medicine, and the youngest is a computer and robotics engineer. The Cranes have seven grandchildren.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As a psychiatrist, I spend most of my time listening to other people's stories. I enjoy this still, after 50 years, but I've decided it's time to start telling some of my own. I'm finishing my first novel, "Belle Of Calhoun," and it's been exciting to find that, once I sit down and start to write, it seems to flow... and leads to some of the most interesting and surprising developments, things that weren't remotely in my mind when I sat down. I'm not sure where some of the stuff comes from... inside my characters' heads, maybe?...but it's great fun, even if it doesn't all end up in the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Just now, at the very beginning of my writing experience, I don't yet have any fans. I'm hoping that there will be people who enjoy my writing as much as I enjoy doing it, and those are the people who I'm writing for. To have someone validate my ideas by saying they find them valuable, or entertaining, or helpful, is extremely important to me. I hope to hear from folks who read my writing... positive or negative.
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The Terrified Child Within
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 30,810. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain)
Terrified children in our society ore often the result of abuse, of all kinds: Physical, emotional, sexual, neglect and even abandonment, most commonly most or all of them together. These children believe they've done something "wrong" and if they just try hard enough, they'll be loved and protected. As adults, still trying, they become pathologically dependent, confusing love and abuse.
Belle of Calhoun
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 101,580. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Belle's memories of her life began in a haze she would never remember. Orphaned and abandoned at age four, she experienced it yet again after the "new Momma" who took her in bestowed the family name and died suddenly. Belle was placed in an orphanage from which she traveled to Calhoun County, Illinois, aboard its namesake, the steamboat Belle Of Calhoun" to meet the Follets, her foster family.

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Smashwords book reviews by John Crane, MD

  • Two Year Novel Course: Set 1 (Basics) on Feb. 29, 2012
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    I've finally gotten around to reading Set 1, and it seems to be a good introduction for a novice novelist. The assignments are a particularly good, useful feature, and the list of sets to follow holds considerable promise for me. Good job! John B. Crane, MD