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Iowa City
About Me:
I'm a newspaper editor and blogger who loves literature of all stripes, particularly mystery/crime fiction, as well as many, many types of music.
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Reader, Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Ken Bruen, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Larry Brown, Chris Offutt, William Gay, Lawrence Block, Al Guthrie, Duane Swierczynski, James Ellroy, James Lee Burke...

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New story up at Beat to a Pulp

After a long layoff from here and from writing crime fiction short stories, I finally have something to report: A new short story of mine is up now at Beat to a Pulp. "A Wild and Crazy Night" tells of a recent parolee and his troubles with the generation gap.

If anything, getting this story out there finally is testament to the fact that you can find a market for your story if you wait long enough. After a couple of rejections from places that sought more blood and guts than I… Continue

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 12:02am — 1 Comment

Interview with Craig McDonald

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the latest Monday Interview at Things I'd Rather Be Doing is with author Craig McDonald, a fellow Crimespacer who has a great new novel, Head Games, out now. We talk about that book, his pending series and his past work doing wonderful Q&As with some of the top crime writers in the business.

Posted on October 30, 2007 at 11:22am

New story in ThugLit

As someone who has been dabbling with fiction writing for years with little to show for it, I'm happy to report that I have a new story in the latest issue of ThugLit. The story, "Cut," came quickly and showed me that perhaps all of my years of reading mystery and crime fiction has given me a sort of innate sense of how to write my own. None of my attempts at straight fiction have been as easy or felt so complete. Of course, mine isn't the only story there; Todd and Co. have picked a great… Continue

Posted on October 3, 2007 at 2:10am

Interview with Jason Starr

This week's Monday Interview at Things I'd Rather Be Doing is an interview with author Jason Starr timed with the release of his great new novel, The Follower. Check it out here.

Posted on August 9, 2007 at 9:07am

Interview with Sean Chercover

The latest Monday Interview at my blog, Things I'd Rather Be Doing, is with Chicago author Sean Chercover, who talks with me about his debut thriller, Big City, Bad Blood. It's a great book, and Sean is an open, engaging interviewee. We discuss the way he approached the book knowing it would the first in a series, his love of Chicago and the way his background affected his writing.

Posted on May 30, 2007 at 7:10am

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At 9:33am on September 23, 2009, RONALD FEASEL said…
we midwesterners are smart
At 12:48am on September 22, 2009, RONALD FEASEL said…
ty john am axcious to read your work
At 1:41pm on October 4, 2007, John Kenyon said…
Thanks for accepting Dave. I'm a fan of Hardluck Stories and I'm glad to make your e-acquaintance.
At 1:30pm on October 4, 2007, Dave Zeltserman said…
John, thanks for the invite.--Dave
At 2:45pm on October 3, 2007, John Kenyon said…
It's good to see you here, Craig. I'm looking forward to reading Head Games. Perhaps I'll have you back for a Monday Interview soon...
At 2:13pm on October 3, 2007, Craig McDonald said…
Thanks for the invite, John. And thanks for so many great Monday morning reads.
At 8:35pm on July 20, 2007, Otis Twelve said…
Allow me to second Daniel's remedy.
At 3:47am on May 24, 2007, John Kenyon said…
OK, how do we do this again?
At 1:11pm on May 16, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
An empty chat wall? Let me remedy this immediately.

There. That's better.

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