John grew up in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City before attending the University of Kansas. He was working on his PhD in Psychology when his career took a dramatic change as he and his good friend Greg opened a business in Lawrence.
John became an entrepreneur, owning several businesses before entering the world of consulting. He was chugging along with his career when his life was interrupted and nearly terminated with Stage IV cancer. This life-altering event caused a reevaluation of priorities, which led to his pursuit of life-long ambition of becoming an author. His first book was Duty and Defiance, a young adult science fiction adventure.
John is happily married with two grown children, Matthew and Elizabeth. He and his wife, Holly, share their home with seven cats and a dog, all rescue.
Soul Man is mixed-genre but qualifies as a supernatural mystery/thriller. It provides an unusual perspective as it is told by the spirit who is inhabiting the body of his killer.
As snow falls, a shadowy figure murders psychiatrist David Reynolds. As Reynolds approaches the light, he suddenly finds himself seeing through the eyes of his killer. His essence is imprisoned in his killer’s body who is unaware of his presence.
David realizes he must be in this position for a reason. First he must solve the mystery of why he was killed, then figure out a way to prevent his killer from killing again.
His host is a man on a mission, trained to push aside any emotions. Learning more about him, David discovers shocking secrets about his past and the reason why he took David’s life. But can he stop him from committing another murder, and find peace for his own soul?
Duty and Defiance
YA Science Fiction
Earth is in trouble. The Zanchee can help. But will they? Is it Sen? Zanchee projections show a terrorist will set off a nuclear bomb near LA with catastrophic results, but their laws prohibit intervention. Axel, the teenage son of the Zanchee leader, refuses to accept the inevitable and risks everything to stop it. He hatches a plan to skirt Zanchee law and save humanity. Only it requires help from both his cat-like mentiot companion, Chermal and a human teenager with psychic potential. Oh yes, and the fleet's only time-warp ship.
In the process of trying to save humanity, Axel's human partner, Jeff must choose whether to stop the terrorist, or save his friends who are being held hostage by drug dealers.
Dusty Plains and Wartime Planes
The men and women who fought in World War II are often referred to as “The Greatest Generation,” and for good reason. Before ever stepping onto the battlefield, most had survived The Great Depression, and if they happened to live in the Midwest, The Dust Bowl. Such was the case with my father. Dad grew up in poverty in rural Kansas with no electricity or plumbing, not even an outhouse. While in college he became a pilot, and then joined the Army Air Force shortly before WWII. For someone who never fired a gun or received enemy gunfire, he had one of the most amazing service records. He managed two of the most famous airfields in the world – Heathrow and Le Bourget -- then became one of the first Americans to visit Hitler’s bunker only a couple of days after his suicide.
From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes is educational, moving and highly entertaining. This first person account includes some of the most famous periods and places in our nation’s history, including the Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, World War II, Heathrow, Normandy, Le Bourget, and Hitler’s Bunker. The storyline is supplemented with historical notes and fascinating photos.
For many of us, cancer is an inescapable reality. Estimates say one in two people will be affected by the disease during their life. ‘Mortal Musings: Waiting for Dawn’ is a moving, thought-provoking, and intensely personal account of one man’s journey.
In October 2016, my indigestion turned out to be cancer — one not only rare and incurable but Stage IV. I likely had only a few months to live. A death sentence like that naturally makes you think about your mortality and what lies beyond. However, I refused to believe in a no-win scenario.
People say it is always darkest before the dawn, so I set about waiting for the sunrise. Being impatient, I did everything I could to hurry it along.
Mortal Musings is about my fight -- physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is about hope, faith, and denial, how cancer impacted my life and the lives of those around me, my treatments, and the emotional struggle I endured. But it also delves into speculation about what lies ahead, beyond this mortal coil.