John Roth

Biography

I was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1955. I grew up there and went to Catholic grade and high school. Oddly enough, when I was in second grade, I thought the public schools in Sandusky were Protestant schools because all the Catholic kids I knew went to Catholic schools. Ah, the innocence of youth! After high school I attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and received a B.S. degree in English and History. After college I bummed around for six years working and writing, thinking that my big break as a writer was just ahead. I'm still waiting for that to happen. I eventually went back to school and got a B.S. degree in nursing. I have been an RN for over the past thirty years. I got married, raised a family and kept on writing. I guess the most constant factor in my life has been the pursuit of writing. I live in Northwest Ohio now and work for a large public school system as a nurse.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My writing desk is usually a clutter. I am interested in many different subjects and usually I have a stack of books close at hand reflecting my current interest. Right now I am reading books about the history of the Negro leagues in professional baseball, 17th century Dutch painting and, always, books on religion, philosophy and mythology. Besides my stack of books, I have a very old computer that I use to write, plus many scraps of paper scribbled over with ideas and images that come to me at times when I can't be at my desk. My wife says my desk is a mess, but it is an organized mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sandusky, Ohio. I guess you would call me a Midwestern writer in the sense that I find the values of the American heartland always get referenced one way or another in my stories. I had a very Roman Catholic childhood. I don't consider myself a Catholic or Christian writer, but those idea and experiences often furnish a starting point for my writing. Just as a quick example, a friend of mine was taking a class in Bible studies about thirty years ago. One of the questions they discussed was why Jesus wept after he resurrected Lazarus. I have had an ongoing conversation about that question with my friend for the past thirty years. The result of it was my latest book, The Claw of the Dove.
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Books

The Claw of the Dove
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,240. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The Claw of the Dove is a novel which tries to imagine the life of Lazarus after his resurrection.

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