John Sleeper


Johnny grew up in the foothills north of Los Angeles. He was a very active child, one of those who you never caught sitting still. He and his cousins, 25 at last count, would play outside making use of what they had lying about. They did not know they were poor and if anyone ever told them they were they would not have cared. They enjoyed each other’s company and never was the word bored used by any of them.
As he grew he collected memories and experiences like other children collected baseball cards. Through his school years and on into his military service in the US Navy he often thought of his many experiences and like many others he thought of writing a book about them.
John progressed through many phases during his life, the carefree childhood, rebellious adolescence, loving husband and father of 5, proud grandfather of 10, healer and finally author.
His first book to be published is Taking Control which portrays his idea of how the world should be if we could take control of our lives and be answerable only to our conscience and morals. ‘Do unto others’ and ‘an eye for an eye’ are recurring themes in this first book. He is not an advocate of anarchy but neither is he in favor of big government. The idea that a community founded on good moral grounds will take care of its own was the concept for the book.
The idea that he should sit down and write the books he has conceptualized was given to him by his oldest granddaughter, Kayla. She also enjoys writing and it was during a conversation with her about this subject that the seed of authorship began to grow in him.
He wants everyone to enjoy his books and come away with a feeling of empowerment and confidence in themselves. He is fond of saying, “If you have a desire to do something that is off the beaten track, don’t be afraid. As long as it doesn’t hurt you or anyone else, go for it. You may never know what pleasure and joy you may find at the end of the path.”

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The idea for this book came to me while watching the news on TV one evening. It struck me that all the gang violence in my home town of Phoenix, Arizona and in my birth place of Los Angeles, California was causing a great deal of stress, anxiety and tension on all the peaceful law abiding people that live in these big city areas and I started daydreaming about what I would do if I could take control of the situation.

Thus “Taking Control” was born.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching my characters come to life and go their own way without my guidance.

It absolutely amazes me when I sit down to start a new book. I get a picture in my mind of the main character and where they are going to go and what they are going to do. Surprise, within one chapter they usually take a left turn and go their own way.

At first I thought this was just a fluke but now that I am into the 8th chapter of my third novel and this one didn’t even make it to the end of the first chapter before taking off on its own story line. Se la vie…
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 56,750. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Myths and legends are fascinating. How would you react if someone pulled you aside and said you were a descendent of what you were always told were mythological gods? Chances are you wouldn’t believe it but… what if they offered to prove it to you? And if they gave you some small but compelling evidence on the spot? Can you say you would tell them to get lost and walk away? No, you wouldn’t.
Taking Control
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 97,310. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The new book “Taking Control” by John Sleeper, introduces us to a new kind of super hero. The book takes us on a journey through tragedy, violence and discovery of the powers of the mind. The hero of the book grows in understanding of the extent of his mental power as he faces dramatic challenges. Well written and scary believable, can’t wait to see what this new kind of super hero does next.

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