Influences

Throughout my lifetime, many individuals have influenced my love of the language and of books, not least of whom were my parents.

My father, Donald, was a voracious sci-fi and adventure fiction reader. On weekend afternoons, he could often be found relaxing on the couch with his nose in a dog-eared paperback, perhaps by Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert A. Heinlein, Louis L’amour, or H. G. Wells, and boasting some sort of heroic cover art–likely by Frank Frazetta, or one of his counterparts–depicting John Carter of Mars, one of the Sacketts, or Tarzan, smashing his way through hordes of enemies, blade, blaster, or six shooter in one hand and damsel in distress in the other.

My mother, Mary, cherished classic literary fiction, instilling in me a great love for such books at an early age–books she considered as doorways to a wide variety of experiences, adventures, and ideas–and which I accessed through the offerings of Lewis Carroll, James Clavell, Samuel Clemens, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Jules Verne to name a few. She introduced me to the wonder of libraries, bookmobiles, and natural history museums, and taught me to respect, nurture, and appreciate the magic of the written word, as well as the beauty and grandeur of our natural world. To my parents, who, by example, imparted their varied literary passions to an impressionable young mind growing up in the American Midwest, I am truly grateful.

4 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Newman on June 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Excellent writing! Just finished “Hunter” and it was the best book I have read in quite a while. I am definitely going to recommend that my students read your book. I cannot wait for the Gathering to be released. Thank you for your craft.

    • JPB on June 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Sorry I took so long to respond to your communication. Thank you so much for your complimentary words about Hunter! I am so happy that you enjoyed it. It means the world to me that readers really get into the story and that it is worth recommending to others. It is readers like you who really make my day!

      I’ve been working on the sequel, The Gathering, in fact , I just returned from Montana where I was tracing a section of Hunter and Elise’s journey south of Flathead Lake as they move across country to the west coast.

      Thanks again for the positive feedback and let me know if the school library would like a gift copy of Hunter.
      Be sure to stay in touch,
      Peace,
      JPB

  2. Melody on August 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    You are the most amazing person I have ever met. You share peace and love unconditional to everyone you meet. I am greatful for that you are in my life John. Peace love and pizza !!! Mel

    • JPB on September 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Mel! Love you guys!

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