John has long been a believer in characters that touch us by reflecting ourselves in their stories. He has spent his life exploring characters with his students. With a bachelors degree in Language Arts and Theatre, and a masters in teaching literature, his career has spanned the last thirty years. Each person who he explored character with through theatre, film, and literature has shaped his writing today.
In his free time John is a marathoner who loves running under the clear Kansas sky with his wife and running partner. He crafts games out of scrap wood, creating mounds of sawdust in the process. And among talents and hobbies too numerous to mention here, he loves to read and be transported on far flung adventures.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
LImiting to five is hard. Among the list would be "The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. I liked the exploration of the darkness that Marlowe saw on his journey and the reflection of the soul gone to far. Another book I find myself going back to is "Rendezvous With Rama" by Author C. Clark. His depiction of space travel is realistic and the exploration of a totally alien civilization sucked me in. The explorers with limited time and resources were forced to leave with more questions than answers. The novella "The Bicentennial Man" by Isaac Asimov is a fascinating look at how most humans can be inhuman while one of our own inventions can evolve to be more human the us. "Remnant Population" by Elizabeth Moon takes an unlikely hero- a old woman who through her super power, kindness and understanding, becomes the mother to a new intelligent life form. Again, the rest of humanity should be ashamed by the way we treat each other. Finally, what ever novel I am currently reading. I love losing myself in the characters and plot.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly Science Fiction and Mysteries. If the novel is a Science Fiction Mystery, all the better.
Tommy is a Central Systems Postal Service captain tasked with returning the dead letter to their senders. A malfunctioning casket awakens a young woman frozen for sixty-three years. Without any memories of her past, her presence ignites an adventure that brands them as rogue, pits them against pirates and sees them chased across the galaxy by programing code from her distant past.