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John M.


Philadelphia, PA

Member since:

July 5, 2013

What is your favorite writing saying?

"I'm 100 percent committed in fiction to the pleasure principle,...Some pleasure is difficult. It should be for the reader as well as the writer. But it has to be pleasure." Martin Amis (by David Wallace-Wells, 2012)

What is your favorite book on writing?

"The Courage to Write", Ralph Keyes (1995).

What do you write?

Fiction and Nonfiction (current event/historically-based).

What do you read?

Biography (Machivavelli. Miles J. Unger, 2011; The Wilderness Warrior, Theodore Roosevelt. Douglas Brinkley, 2009); Historical (The Great Influenza. John M. Barry, 2005; Havana Nocturne. T.J. English, 2007); Novels (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. John Berendt, 1994).

Tell me something else about yourself, please?

Repeated failure to conquer anxiety about actually reading the "The Courage to Write". . .


Director, Philadelphia non-profit where he provides consultation to criminal justice agencies and training, especially law enforcement. Practiced law for 14 years including serving as an assistant district attorney in his home county, Lancaster.

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