MEET JOHN

THE AUTHOR’S BRAND : I write to hopefully inspire and educate my readers. I combine my passion for history, knowledge of human behavior, interests in ornithology, and creative writing and imagination, to produce relevant fiction. My preference is for literary fiction but I admit “Abandoned in Berlin” is very much a true story. Its story line however is so unbelievable that it might just as well be fiction.

 

I grew up on a farm in the north of England trading birds’ eggs at primary school and created my Life List of birds while in grammar school. I lived on one of two farms surrounded by moorland, with the nearest village several miles away. We moved to live in this small village when I was nine. Being on your own and enjoying loneliness were early abilities. Teamwork and conversing with others came from playing for the village cricket team from a very early age.

I was bused to grammar school each day in York with maternal pressure to stay on at school and go to university. Obedience was easy and soon I had an honors degree in Geology and Geography from the University of Hull. And thus I moved to Ford Motor Company in Brentwood, and later to its Dagenham Estate. The next twelve years was spent at Ford in Human Resources. Then in 1978 I joined Bank of America in its central London headquarters for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Division Office, and shortly thereafte was transferred to the Bank’s headquarters in San Francisco. In 2000, I left the Bank and moved into Higher Education, first as the head of Human Resources at Stanford University, and then to the Office of the President, the University of California. Retirement arrived July 2013.

Almost immediately I chose to become a self-published writer. My first publication,  “An Unplanned Encounter” was a story I had to tell. Now I want to write a little more slowly and on subjects that should have a broader appeal to my readers. “Bonfire Nights” should be published by year-end 2018 and “Abandoned in Berlin” by late summer 2018. I am thankful to the many people who continue to encourage me.

My greatest fans maybe my son and daughter. Both are married, one living in Arroyo Grande, CA and the other Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Each are parents to two of my grandchildren. Other pursuits, in addition to bird spotting, are travel, golf, reading, recreational poker, and gardening. To help with my self-publishing, I am a member of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA.org) and recently stepped down from a Board appointment to dedicate more time to writing. I am forever indebted to the help BAIPA has given me.

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