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About Me:
I write mystery/suspense novels, sometimes with a tint of fantasy. My day job is copyediting for a newswire service.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Publisher, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Robert B. Parker, John D. MacDonald (pre Travis McGee), Stephen KIng, Harry Potter series
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Life On Mars, new Doctor Who, X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Sports Night, Scrubs (seasons 1, 2 + 4), Lil' Bush, new Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, Saturday Night Live, L Word, Aqua Teen Hunger Force

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Posted on October 11, 2008 at 12:08am

"height of his/her powers"

I've come to realize that whenever a book jacket describes the author as "being at the height of his (or her) storytelling powers" it's the publisher's way of saying: "This book sucks but this writer wrote a lot of good novels in the past so we had to buck up a huge advance, and now that the author is resting on their laurels we're praying this book at least breaks even." Oh, and another piece of jacket copy to keep an eye for is when they say the writer is "at the top of their game." Beware… Continue

Posted on July 12, 2008 at 11:00pm

Money Shot by Christa Faust

Wow, what a novel!

On an average year, I'll pick up about 150 books, finishing about 70. Of those 70, a handful or two I'll give five out of five stars over at my LibraryThing account. Obviously, Money Shot got five stars.

It's been almost a month since I finished Money Shot, and I can't stop thinking or talking about it. Faust's novel has it all: perfect pacing, dead-on dialogue,… Continue

Posted on July 6, 2008 at 2:12am — 1 Comment

"What up, ditch?"

For years I've been fond of calling everybody "bitch". But that's a little too politically incorrect for me, so I'm now using "ditch". It's kinda cool 'cause I get lots of double takes.

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 1:28pm

YA draft is done

I'm kinda jazzed. The draft for my first Young Adult novel is done (only took a month to write). It's 20,000 words, but I'm not too worried. A lot of my drafts are underwritten. The first rewrite is where I start fleshing shit out, doing more showing and less telling.

I'll probably wind up trying to sell this novel, since I have no idea how to reach the YA audience. Though, I may put out a limited hardcover version on my small press. We'll… Continue

Posted on June 23, 2008 at 5:34am

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At 3:07am on May 21, 2009, B.R.Stateham said…
Johnny Ostentatious--hell, I love that name. He should have a girlfriend by the name of Margo Mayhem. Or maybe Diedre Deadly. (grinning)
At 11:11pm on June 14, 2008, Jon McGoran as D. H. Dublin said…
Hey Johnny O.
Thanks for asking! I'm always most enthusiastic about my latest, so I'd say Freezer Burn is my favorite right now, althopugh it is a series, so if you want to start at the beginning, you might want to get Body Trace. Let me know what you think!
At 9:59am on April 28, 2008, Karen from AustCrime said…
Hello and thank you for the friend invite. I'm starting to think I'm the only person in the known universe that hasn't seen Life on Mars :) :) :)
At 7:00pm on April 26, 2008, Adrian Hyland said…
HGi Johnny. Thanks for getting in touch. Hope that Aussie slang doesn't tie you up in knots! Good luck with your own work. If you want to get in touch, try me at:
Warm regards

At 11:29am on April 17, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Keep writing, keep putting your work out there. And good luck finding a publisher.
At 9:57am on December 5, 2007, Olav Guldbrandsen said…
A Charles Williams book... Try Dead Calm. It was made into a movie a long time ago. still a very modernized version. and nicole kidmans breakthrough movie I think.
At 4:47am on November 11, 2007, carole gill said…
Anybody who calls himself Ostentatious has got to be on my wave length! how ya doing?
I have a wip and recently did my first draft. I found that I got bored and want to do a seat of my pants more inspired draft next. I'm going to try the fog method!
At 10:33pm on November 8, 2007, Rose Mercer said…
You're welcome... there are so many more but that will do for a start, right? Hope you enjoy them. Shane Maloney has had his books make into TV movies and I must confess I like them better than the books :( Also Adrian Hyland's "Diamond Dove" is making a huge splash. When do you think you may move Down Under?
At 12:27pm on November 4, 2007, Rose Mercer said…
Hi Johnny, have you heard of an Aussie comedian called Austen Tashious? Hilarious! Mysteries set in Sydney... let me thing: Peter Corris, Tara Moss, Kathryn Fox, Gabrielle Lord to name a few. Some set in Melbourne by Peter Temple and Kerry Greenwood may be fun too. Let me know if you'd like more information. I used to live in Sydney but have been here in Melb for almost 19 years now.
At 12:21am on October 4, 2007, JackBludis said…
Yep, John D. Wrote some pretty good pot boilers. I still remember some of the lines. But I like Trav too.

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