Thanks for visiting my site. I'm John. That's me, above. Hi!
So, to meet your expectations upon visiting an "ABOUT ME" page I will share a little about myself. I don't want to tell you too much in case you are only here to steal my identity. It's a fine line I need to walk here.
I was born in Western Pennsylvania. (Too vague? Okay, Sharpsville. That's a real town. Not to be confused with Sharpsburg, PA which is south of Pittsburgh. Sharpsville is north of Pittsburgh.) I was the fourth of five children in the family. (A middle child . . . make all the assumptions you want. I should add that my younger brother was born only 15 months after me. Psycholanalize away!) I'm a Scorpio. (I am not into astrology, but whenever I mention I am a Scorpio to people who are, they typically react with the same concerned expression as those in the wizarding world of Harry Potter upon hearing the name Voldemort.)
I was raised Catholic.
I am a graduate of Grove City College.
My first job out of college was as a claims examiner at Prudential's AARP Medicare supplement operation near Philadelphia. I lasted four years, though I am not sure how. I think they were glad to see me go. I think that because on my last day, my manager said, "we are glad to see you go."
I went to work for Montgomery Newspapers, a group of community weeklies in the Philly suburbs. I started out selling advertising to local businesses and kept moving up until I was the Advertising Director. Everyone who had been ahead of me in line for the position had either died or disappeared mysteriously.
After 11 years there, I left for Lancaster Newspapers (now LNP | LancasterOnline) to be their Retail Advertising Manager. By my 10th year with LNP, I was the VP of Sales & Marketing. Again, the more qualified people ahead of me, and even outside candidates, met untimely, unexplained ends. About 8 years later, LNP made me disappear. I was out on my ass and unemployed for the first time since college.
I was fortunate that my lack of gainful employment lasted only a month. I was hired by the Chestnut Hill Local, a weekly newspaper in Northwest Philadelphia, to be their publisher. The previous publisher . . . yep . . . had just disappeared without so much as a note of explanation.
At the end of 2021, in the throes of the pandemic, I finished my first novel and then I thought, "wouldn't it be fun to try to write one!?" Actually, I had started writing "Another Christmas Carol" a couple of years earlier.
I am married. I have 4 children. We have a dog. We live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
I hope you will be a regular visitor to this site and that you'll look for my book.
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