J.P. Farris
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What first drew you to the mystery genre?
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When I was in second grade I wanted to be the world's greatest detective like Sherlock Hemlock on Sesame Street.  When I learned to read one of my favorite stories was The Adventure of the Speckled…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kemosabe Apr 14, 2010.


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Alamo, TX
About Me:
A love of reading led to a love of writing for me. In college I studied psychology, criminology, and theater among other things not related to any particular degree plan, but everything contributed to my writing career. I have had many publications in various literary magazines and periodicals, including the prestigious Taj Mahal review. The first crime thriller I wrote was entirely in longhand. The three novels that followed were supernatural thrillers. Now I've returned to my first love - mystery & suspense which is the primary focus of my writing career. I am also actively seeking literary representation.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
My shelves are full of mystery novels and books on forensics. Some of the authors that populate my shelves are Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, Robert B. Parker, Lisa Jackson and Mickey Spillane among others. I also love the classic Sherlock Holmes in all his adventures.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Ocean's 11, The Italian Job

TV: Castle, CSI, The Mentalist, Numbers, Criminal Minds

What I'm working on:

The Banshee & the Archangel:

John Banshee is a man of the cloth and a police consultant. Michael Archangel is an infamous assassin wanted by the FBI. They are the unlikeliest of allies. When Archangel’s calling card is found at the scene of a gruesome murder everyone believes it’s an open and shut case and refuse to look any further. Only Banshee can get to the truth of the matter, but as he digs deeper someone wants to silence him permanently.

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Crosswords or Cryptograms

Some people find joy and mental stimulation in the Sunday Morning crosswords in the newspaper. I like the crosswords, but what I turn to for a cerebral challenge - on the same page as the crossword puzzle - is the cryptoquips. They have always been my favorite.

The most frequently used letters in the English language are E, T, A, O, N and S - in that order. That is a major key in finding the solution to many a cryptogram. Look for double letters and apostrophes and you are…


Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:13pm

Addicted to Mysteries

I'm a lot like my father. I have to keep my mind working or the anxieties of mundane life catch up with me. The enduring cure for life's tedium is the mystery story. A mystery is a study of human nature, psychology and sociology. It is a puzzle that engages the mind of a reader unlike any other genre. I am disinclined to say it is the most popular of genres since I don't have the statistics, but take it into consideration. There are bookstores that specialize in crime & mystery. How many…


Posted on April 9, 2010 at 5:45am — 1 Comment

Stories as Christmas presents

If you are anything like me you may not always have the money to buy Christmas presents. I believe the best gifts are a reflection of the one who gives it. I'm not a toy maker like Santa Claus - although I wouldn't mind having his job, and I do get to play the role at the family Christmas party. I'm a writer. My creativity is in weaving words, so for the past couple of years I have given stories as gifts. I write a new one for my niece every year. This year I have written two mysteries for a… Continue

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 3:53pm

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At 9:59pm on May 17, 2010, Peter Steiner said…
Thanks, JP. I hope you enjoy reading The Terrorist as much as I enjoyed writing it.
At 10:39pm on April 13, 2010, Benjamin Sobieck said…
Hi, J.P., nice to meet you! Not too many people can say they've written a novel by hand, at least nowadays.
At 4:11am on December 17, 2009, JackBludis said…
Nice profile ... yep, we all strive to do what we love.

At 3:56am on December 17, 2009, B.R.Stateham said…
J.P. thanks for inviting more to your 'friend' list. Always a pleausure to sit down with a fellow writer and talk about writing.
At 1:56am on December 17, 2009, Josh Getzler said…
I look forward to reading it. Josh
At 12:31pm on December 16, 2009, Katherine Angela Yeboah said…
Thanks for the friendship! Happy Holidays!
Katherine Angela Yeboah
At 10:07pm on November 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi J.P , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" an Award-Winner in the General Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards. It is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.
Best regards
Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

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