Jon has lived in the Midwest US, not in the fictional city that most of his stories take place in, but not far from there, for all his life, apart from quick sorties to Canada and Mexico and a somewhat longer one to France (Paris, Brittany, Normandy, Loire Valley). He has a degree in French from a university in the Midwest.
Interests, apart from writing, have included classical guitar, cycling (before something effectively destroyed his sense of balance), most of the arts, especially photography; and gay rights and human rights in general.
Likes the novella form -- which the popularity of e-reading is reportedly re-invigorating.
Max and Julie
by Jon Rutherford
Cedric was excited when Julie asked if he'd put up Aaron, her college-professor son, for the Christmas visit he was making. Meeting Aaron, Ced was sure it was love at first sight--again. Maybe it was, but it soon got a lot more complicated, until finally things started falling apart. In the end, he wasn't sure what to think, about a lot of things.
by Jon Rutherford
At first, Russ intended to have a go at picking up the agreeable stranger he met on the subway thanks to those bumpy tracks. But he had a change of heart--and before long, things started getting really strange. Within a week, he knew that if he didn't get some answers, he'd go crazy. Then he got them. But that was not nearly the end.
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on Jan. 21, 2012
When I started reading "Deathless" and discovered it was fantasy and not only that but -- well, I won't spoil it by elaborating -- I was disappointed but, boy, am I glad I kept on reading. By the last page I was in tears and desperately wanted the tale to go on...and on...and on. It has never quite left my mind in the well over a year since, and when I wanted to re-read but couldn't think of either title or author, I was sad. Then I found it again!
For me, at least, this is a profoundly touching story, and moreover it cured my intransigent dislike of fantasy. It's that fairly rare thing, a can't-put-downer with characters I came to love like real friends.
- One Thousand Lollipops
on May 12, 2012
I confess to having not been a child for many decades now, but I guarantee that if I'd heard or read this story when I was a kid, I would have loved it. Beautifully written and consistently entertaining, the story is carried along on a current of goodnatured satire that delighted me. Well done indeed!
- Fallen Soldiers
on May 13, 2012
One of the most poignant stories I've had the pleasure of reading. Sarah's gift is truly marvelous, and gives special meaning to the term "awakening" as she finds herself involved in a most unusual adventure. I was rooting for the protagonists from the first moment of revelation. The characters are drawn so vividly that I felt almost as though I knew them myself. And as with any really good book, there is food furnished for thought long after the final page is reached. Wonderful reading. Thank you, Ms. Applebee!