About John

People always ask whether a book or character is autobiographical. The answer is yes and no. Some part of people you know—and yourself—inevitably creeps into any story.

Take Pete, the protagonist in my first book, A Being Darkly Wise. We both worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency. We both backpacked many of the most remote areas in North America. And like Pete, I have taken wilderness survival and I’m a former marathon runner (knees went). But the resemblance stops there.

My life is much simpler. I like to hang out with my wife Linda and my dog Misty (who looks exactly like a wolf). Whenever I can, I visit my daughter Megan in London, my son Will in New York, and my stepsons, Kiel and his wife Anna, and Kevin. I get together with friends here in San Diego and with a number of serious reprobates and ought to be twelve-steppers from around the country as often as possible. Life is good.

When I’m not writing novels, I write occasionally for ClimateProgress and I’m a frequent contributor at CommonDreams.

I studied writing at the well-known Bethesda Writer’s Center, where I learned two important things. First, you don’t learn to write in a class, you learn to do it on the page. Second, writing is a journey without end. You’re never “done.” Every book you read, every story you tell, every article you write, offers an opportunity to grapple with new challenges and polish your craft.

I’ll be sharing some of what I’m learning from time to time on these pages.

THOUGHTS ON WRITING

Writing is a journey without end. You’re never “done.” Every book you read, every story you tell, every article you write, offers an opportunity to grapple with new challenges and polish your craft.


CONTACT

Do you have any questions or comments? I would love to hear from you! Please contact me at sisypheanpress@gmail.com