Welcome to my world! I write full-time because I enjoy making things up. Seriously, this all began one day as I sat down with a notebook and started sketching out planets and technology that didn’t exist. Usually that’s when they put you in a special place with a bed, no windows and plenty of medicine. I’m just blessed enough to have readers out there who buy my ramblings and allow me to make a living with it.
Before all of this, I was pursuing a career in fitness training after having been involved with the sport of boxing(9 years as an amateur and my final year as a professional in 2007). I was the reigning state champion in Virginia in 1998 for martial arts and have studied both Universal Kickboxing and Muay Thai styles. Eventually, age became the opponent and I left the world of fighting but remained close to the fitness world, enrolling at the International Sports Sciences Association. It seemed like the perfect fit. I loved lifting, running and helping those people interested in bettering themselves. What I found, unfortunately, was a world of vein people who were there for the wrong reasons. One day, as I shadowed a personal trainer on my way to becoming one – I left.
As I was working a job I didn’t like, I prayed long and hard. I felt like I was here for a purpose, I just didn’t know what that purpose was. The next day, my wife approached me and asked if I’d be willing to become a stay at home daddy. That was something I knew absolutely nothing about, but I agreed. As a routine set in, I found myself with lots of free time. I suggested rejoining the workforce as I wasn’t used to being at home with very little to do. We decided at that moment that I’d give writing a serious go. I always loved reading and had always been in love with the idea of being an author, there just had never been enough time. In 2011, I published my first book.
Looking back, Gunship was pretty bad. I made almost every single mistake that a new author could have made, yet it found an audience. People often ask me when a person officially becomes a writer. For me, it was the day I received my first royalty check. A whopping $26. That was a make or break moment for me, and most writers break at that moment. Instead, I put the check in a frame and nailed it onto my office wall. It’s still hanging there as a reminder of what hard work can do. Most people leave when their first check rolls in and they cash out on writing. I didn’t. I worked my ass off for that $26 and for me, there was excitement in the fact that people had paid for my hard work.
Since then, I’ve learned to work (much)harder and I earn a lot more money now. I have 20+ books in print and have landed 3 books into the Kindle Top-100(The Fleet hit #1). Not too bad for a guy who’s not supposed to be here, I suppose. Believe me, I get plenty of email from other science fiction authors telling me I shouldn’t be here. Then again, I get plenty of fan mail from readers and they are the ones who matter to me.
When I’m not writing, I’m usually either lifting weights, listening to music or spending time with my family. I’m also into good cigars, rainy days and Nintendo games. Yep, I’m a nerd. I admit it. Just to clear up a few other things, Superman tops Batman, Stargate Atlantis is the greatest science fiction show out there, Amy Lee and Lindsey Stirling are the queens of music, I still prefer paper books to read and Starbucks Blonde is my brew of choice.
I’m the most accessible writer on this planet. I may not be able to respond right away, but I always respond to my readers. I’m generally on Twitter daily(too much, actually), but you can also reach me on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John currently lives in the beautiful mountains of Virginia with his wife, their two spoiled children and a couple of dogs who run the roost.