John M W Smith

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A writer who has had many stories published in the women's weekly magazines and literary journals, John was drawn to writing at an early age. At one time in his teenage years he was reading one book a day---the subject didn't matter, but it needed to grab his interest in the first couple of pages, or he would abandon it. And this is the rule he has since applied to all his writing, believing that if you haven't grabbed the reader straight away, you are not writing well enough.. After graduating with an Honors Degree in History he spent many years in academic publishing, at last leaving to pursue his long-held dream of becoming a writer. "Easily among the very best new writers we have seen", "fresh and original", "creates life-like characters---maybe too life-like" (whatever that means!), are some of the comments made by literary reviewers and consultants about his work. His Wacky/Scary Stories Series featuring female protagonists and twist/surprise endings was bought by a Russian publisher for use as English Language Teaching (ELT) material. However, when they were released, such was their popularity that quite apart from their use as ELT material, the series became a favourite with Russian readers for its sheer quality and uniqueness as a literary form in its own right. John was reliably informed by one of the translators that at one time the books were at the top of the bestseller list at the best bookshop in Moscow!
John's favorite band is The Moody Blues.
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