John C. Brewer – For the love of story…
I love stories. I always have. From the time I was a small child there was nothing that I liked more than going to the movies or stretching out on the couch with a good book. Even today nothing grabs my interest like a great story. It can be set in space, set in another time, set in another universe, or be a true story from Main Street, USA. The only thing for me is that it be a great story with relatable characters and a solid plot. Harder than it sounds!
Somewhere along the way I started wanting to tell stories. Maybe it was when my kids were young and I got the thrill of reliving my own imaginative childhood through their eyes. That’s when I started writing novels and screenplays. Just like a teacher learns more about the subject than any of the students, creating a story has proven to be far more exciting and fulfilling than watching or reading. When you create a story, you really do get to be part of it!
Unlike some writers I don’t look for a market. I know this is bad marketing, but I write stories that I would want to read, or that I’d have liked to read as a kid – and I have a lot of interests. Stories of adventure and loss, challenges and failures, adversity and sometimes even victory. If you like the work of the late Michael Crichton or movies by James Cameron you’ll probably like my stuff. I like to mix traditional themes with non-traditional settings and emerging technology. Just remember, in 1,000 B.C., iron was an emerging technology – just like virtual reality is today.