Jack Chaucer


I'm John Cullen and I write under the pen name Jack Chaucer. I live in Litchfield, Conn., with my wife and twin toddlers. I'm the author of the new poli-sci-fi thriller "Queens are Wild," which will be published on Smashwords in late July (2012).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Chaucer Drive in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, so it must be fate that I became a writer. I enjoyed Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in high school, too. As a result, I picked Chaucer for part of my pen name. My family moved to Chaucer Drive when I was 6. By age 7, I was already the leading force in creating a neighborhood newspaper with other kids on the block. We'd pass the handwritten paper around at the end-of-summer block party and all the adults would get a good laugh. Writing novels and raising twins may be my day job, but I'm still in the newspaper business at night. I edit and design pages at the Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School." I know. The title is quite long -- kind of like Pearl Jam's song "Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town" or a Fiona Apple CD title. The subject matter of this book, however, is no laughing matter. When 20 first-graders and 6 women were gunned down at an elementary school on Dec. 14, 2013 -- and not all that far from where I live with my wife and kids -- the whole world seemed to stop and pay attention. How could gun violence in our schools and country get any lower than an entire class of first-graders being wiped out 11 days before Christmas? But, of course, the world goes on about its business eventually.
Not for me. In fact, this was the only topic I could think about as I considered what to write about next. My new book, which will be published on Sept. 27, is the culmination of eight months of wrestling with this brutal but extremely relevant plague on our society.
The protagonist, Nicole, receives a warning in a dream that one of her classmates -- a boy she once knew in elementary school -- is plotting the next big school massacre at her high school in New Hampshire. The story follows her attempt to reconnect with and befriend the boy before it's too late.
It was an extremely hard story to write, but I'm very proud of how it turned out and I look forward to sharing it with the world very soon. I've dedicated the book to the Newtown victims and have pledged to donate half of the proceeds to the Newtown Memorial Fund, whose motto is "Hitch Your Wagon to A Star."
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Where to find Jack Chaucer online


Nikki White: Polar Extremes
Pre-release—available March 24, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,420. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nikki Janicek already has survived solitary confinement, a swim with sharks and a scary journey to the South Pole. She wants to train to go to Mars, but not with The Bridge — a company that abducts and violates people. She’ll attempt to free herself, her father and her ex-lover with the help of the man who shot her 7 years ago. It’s a previously inconceivable alliance, bonded by polar extremes.
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A young woman named Evie desperately wants to be the heroine of her story, but heroin is a heartless killer. This short story was inspired by one of the thousands of real-life tragedies playing out all over America right now.
Freeway and the Vin Numbers
Price: Free! Words: 42,570. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
In this musical novella, a mobster's son named Vincent Masoli and a talented guitarist from the projects nicknamed Freeway form a band that channels the late great Jimi Hendrix and wows pop-weary fans. Dozens of original song lyrics.
Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,910. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young female journalist is wooed by an organization obsessed with the looming effects of global warming and the race to colonize Mars.
Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School
Price: Free! Words: 53,280. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Adam Upton and Thomas "Lee" Harvey are plotting the next big school massacre at their New Hampshire high school. Nicole Janicek, who knew Adam in elementary school, tries to reconnect with the damaged teen at the start of their senior year. But will Nicole’s attempt to befriend the would-be killer disrupt the plot and turn Adam’s life around before the clock strikes 12:14?
Queens are Wild
Price: Free! Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Margeaux Quigley has it all: the eyes of every guy in her senior class, a full scholarship to Stanford thanks to her soccer skills … and the seat as Commander in Chief of the United States in 2036?! Margeaux finds herself being dragged through a deadly chess game from 1984 to the future where her presidential self has been kidnapped by a tycoon who wants to rule the world. She must checkmate him.

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adult 18 and over    adult adhd and relationships    alien    antarctica    area 51    australia    band    chess    china    courage    drama    drugs    fiction about choices    global warming    heroin    heroine    high school    king    lyrics    mars    mars colonization    military    mob    moutain climbing    music    new adult    newtown    pawn    poker    queen    redemption and forgiveness    relationships    rock    school    scientology    shooting    teen    teens    united states    young adult   

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Smashwords book reviews by Jack Chaucer

  • Never Alone on March 06, 2013

    This is a psychological and erotic thriller that is extremely well-written, seductively entertaining and penetrates all the right boundaries for this genre. I haven't read "50 Shades" and never will based on the horrible reviews I've seen. It's popularity is due to hype, no doubt. "Never Alone" is quite the opposite. Erynn delivers the goods with her story and deserves some hype of her own. I highly recommend this book!