John Darling ~ Since May of 1976, John has written and published many short stories, poems, and magazine articles. His lone play, Stage Directions, has been produced in the United States, Canada, and most recently at the Soho Theatre in London, England on October 3, 2012. Most of his publications have been short stories and articles, though he has had some poetry in print. Many of his short fiction stories have been collected in two books.    

On Borrowed Time contains eleven different mysteries revolving around his anti-hero, Detective Anderson and his colleagues. The Angel and The Bear is an eclectic collection of mixed genres from hard edged science fiction in Saving Abraham to romance in The Right Note to YA literature in Jennifer Rising.

You’re the Who?: A guide to classic band name origins + rock connections!, is a collection of short articles which tell how rock bands and singers chose their stage names while also showing Rock Connections between performers. He also co-authored a cookbook with his late grandmother, Loretta Duffy. Grandma’s Favorite Recipes is a cookbook made up of his late grandmother’s favorite recipes which she hand wrote over the course of 70 years.

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21 Things You Should Know About This Author

What book have you gifted the most?

That is easy: The Last Juror by John Grisham which I can get for $2 a copy, often brand new, from a local library volunteer gift store. So far I have given away 27 copies and I still have a few more in my stock.    Why?  Simply because it is the best book I have ever read.  It has so many layers to it, so many stories interwoven, and so many emotions from laughter to tears in it. 

What is the one productivity tool you use every day?

I wish I could say that I write every day like I used to but I don’t, however when I do write it is usually a cathartic event; I have words and ideas that I have been collecting while NOT writing and they just have to come out.  

What word do you misspell most often?

Recieve

What three things do you do to be a successful writer?

Be curious, ask questions, think of alternative answers.

What are the titles of the last two books you have read?  

James Patterson’s 9th Judgment, John Jakes’s Savannah

What is your favorite word?

Peace

What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?

Thesaurus

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

My Way or No Way

What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?

Southern Comfort on the rocks

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

I was looking at an elaborate sketch one day with a friend and said that I wish I could draw like that. She said, that since I write, I could do it in words.  She was right.

What animal are you most similar to and why?

Dogs, all dogs. I can be friendly or fierce depending on your attitude.

How would your best friend describe you?

Intelligent (don’t ask me why)

What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)

The thought that all that mankind has worked for over the centuries could be destroyed by the act on ONE single human. That is not right.

What is one thing you will never do again?

Get married. I like the bride I have had for 37 years.  No need to change now.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?

Frozen lasagna and cookies from my grandma’s cook book.

What is the best compliment you have received?

I wrote a very short work called Dream Lovers about two people who meet in reality after having met in a dream. It is very surrealistic and hopeful and was once published on a now defunct web site called Friends and Lovers.  A few days after publication I received an email from a lady in a mid-eastern country who told me that her on-line boyfriend, and truly the love of her life even though they had not met since he was of another religion than hers (they were terrified about how their families would react) had both read the story.  She told me that the story gave them both hope and that it had brought them even closer together than they were before.  I was truly amazed that my words would have such an effect on people’s lives.   I doubt that I will ever get a better compliment on my work.  Dream Lovers is now part of my collected short stories published in my book The Angel & The Bear.

What question do you hate to answer?

Umm…this one.

Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?

Small groups are fine but I loathe big crowds.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I actually won a Karaoke contest by singing Folsom Prison Blues which proves that if people are drunk enough, I sound like Johnny Cash.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

No BS Zone Ahead

What is the one question you wished I would have asked you?  

I wish you had asked me about my very talented son because I like bragging about him. You can see and hear how talented he is on his web site:  http://www.jamesdarling.net/