John Heldon


John J. Heldon, Jr.(1947-) I was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. and attended Rutgers University. After a long career in sales before founding my own business, I 'retired', to work and love twice as much as a writer. I've always been an avid student of human behavior, from its funny side and foibles, to its disgust and profundity. "Ark Book IV: Ghosts" is my first novel of the Ark series. I live in Boynton Beach FL, with my wife, better half, and inspirational character, Ginni, along with our hyperactive Maltese, Lily, who keeps us young.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
A few years ago, I saw the cover story of the New York Times magazine about Amanda Hocking. She started as an indie author, finding success through the blogosphere. She parlayed this into a traditional publishing deal, leading me to think about using her road map. I'd been blogging at the time, and soon after got an idea for a novel story. An already published friend also thought hers was the way to go. If he had a do over, he'd go that route.

Here it is, a few years later, and I've found there's little I'd rather do more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sitting down, facing my chrome book windshield, tickling and shifting the keyboard, then driving the story as more of it comes to me.
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Ark Saga
The Ark Saga is a series of three trilogies told in order of the middle three, the first three, then the final three. It's a corporal and spiritual view of life in our solar system. This view considers 'universal' concepts, ie, there are no bar scenes from Star Wars. The time span is from eons ago thru the far future.

Ark Book IV: Ghosts

Price: Free!

Ark Book V: Beneath

Price: $0.99 USD.

Ark: Book VI Above

Price: $0.99 USD.


Ark: Book VI Above
Series: Ark Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,940. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Introducing Book VI of the Ark Fantasy Saga, ending the middle trilogy. Life on Earth continues to teeter between doom and salvation.
Ark Book V: Beneath
Series: Ark Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,880. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
“Field of Dreams Meets Stargate” The Ark, nickname of the old Sunnyside College gym in Delaware, has an impervious portal appear suddenly in its basement floor, the first event in a series foretelling a near and certain Doomsday, unless a way to enter it can be found.
Ark Book IV: Ghosts
Series: Ark Saga. Price: Free! Words: 56,270. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense
Nicknamed the Ark, this old gym is a limbo for six ghosts from 1971, who are discovered by a retired alum who they hope will be the conduit between themselves and their unhappy living persons, thereby providing the answers to their 'young' and 'old' predicaments.

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Smashwords book reviews by John Heldon

  • Sweet Little Lies on Feb. 22, 2016

    This is my first Liz book. I chose wisely! Compact, couldn't find wasted words. Fast paced, snappy dialogue, she paints boldly. Fast fun. Great job, Liz!