John Vorhaus


John Vorhaus is now known to one and all as the man who brought Radar Hoverlander – con artist extraordinaire – to life in the “sunshine noir” mystery novel, The California Roll, and its acclaimed sequel, The Albuquerque Turkey.

John is also well known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You're Not. This seminal book on writing comedy for television and film is now in its fifth printing, and continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia.

An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 26 countries on four continents. He recently worked in Moscow, running the writing staff of the Russian version of Married… with Children, and in Tel Aviv, consulting on the Israeli version of The Golden Girls. He also travels regularly to Nicaragua, where he builds social-action comedy/dramas to provide positive role modeling for the poor, young and disenfranchised of that embattled country.

Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has consulted to Walt Disney Feature Animation and taught at such institutions as Northwestern University, the American Film Institute and the Writers Program of the UCLA Extension. He is the author of a dozen books, including Creativity Rules! A Writer's Workbook, the novel Under the Gun, and the Killer Poker series.

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Lucy in the Sky
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,840. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
A coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969, Lucy in the Sky lightly touches on such weighty issues as the meaning of life, the purpose of art and the existence of God. For those interested in answers to The Big Questions or just keen to revisit a simpler time, Lucy in the Sky promises a fun and compelling trip – and that’s trip in every sense of the word!
World Series of Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,160. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The prequel -- of sorts -- to Vorhaus's Radar Hoverlander novels, World Series of Murder introduces us to Radar's lovable, hapless, flaky sidekick Vic Mirplo, as he joins forces with poker goddess Megan Moore and obsessive collector Jim Rafferty to unravel a secret conspiracy to control the wealth of Las Vegas. Poker, murder, Mirplo...what's not to love?

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